If your company is having difficulty obtaining PPE (personal protection equipment) for your employees please contact James Richter at 803.528.1288 or james@myscma.com.

President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

The White House
Made in America Executive Order Signed to Expand U.S. Production of Critical Medicine and Medical Supplies
Memorandum on New Federal Unemployment Benefits
Memorandum on Deferring Employee Payroll Tax Obligations
Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief
Executive Order on Halting Residential Evictions & Foreclosures

US Department of Labor
DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Revised FAQs for Paid Leave Under FFCRA Related to School Reopening Scenarios
DOL’s Employment and Training Administration Guidance on PUA Eligibility Related to School Reopening Scenarios

FEMA
FEMA Issues Temporary Final Rule – Prioritization and Allocation of Certain Scarce or Threatened Health and Medical Resources for Domestic Use
FEMA Temporary Final Rule

CISA
CISA Releases Version 3.0 of Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19
Press Release
Updated Guidance
Dedicated Website
CISA: Risk Management for Coronavirus
CISA: Cybersecurity for Telework
CISA: Cybersecurity Assessments

Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA – Disaster Assistance 
Disaster Loan Applications
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act – Revisions to First Interim Final Rule
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act – Joint Statement from SBA and Treasury
Fact Sheet on New Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for Business in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, & Georgetown Counties
News Release on New EIDLs for 5 Lowcountry Counties
Flyer for NEW EIDLs for 5 Lowcountry Counties
Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program as Amended by Economic Aid Act
Interim Final Rule on Second Draw PPP Loans
PPP Guidance from SBA Administrator Carranza on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran, and Women-owned Business Concerns
SBA PPP Website
Main Treasury Website for Small Business Assistance
PPP Frequently Asked Questions
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S (for borrowers that received a PPP loan of $150,000 or less)
Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ
Borrowers Disclosure of Certain Controlling Interests Form 3508D
PPP Interim Final Rule – Loan Forgiveness Requirements and Loan Review Procedures as Amended by Economic Aid Act

SBA EIDL and Advance Program
SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Advance Program
Press Release
Additional Information
SBA and Treasury have announced new EZ and revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. PPP Forgiveness Application
PPP EZ Forgiveness Application
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions For Borrowers
PPP – Revisions to the Third and Sixth Interim Final Rules
US Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration simplified forgiveness application (3508S) for PPP loans of $50,000 or less
Form 3508S Instructions
New Interim Final Rule (IFR) with guidance concerning forgiveness and the loan review process for these loans.

CDC
CDC guidance related to face coverings to address the use of face shields. 
CDC and EPA – Reopening American Guidance
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Workplace Decision Tree
Community Mitigation Framework
CDC – Cleaning and Disinfecting
Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
CDC – Testing Strategy for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in High-Density Critical Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case Is Identified
Celebrating Thanksgiving
CDC Expands Definition of Who is Considered a COVID-19 “Close Contact”. United States health officials redefined what counts as a COVID-19 close contact

EPA
COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program

OSHA
New Guidance for enforcing its COVID-19 recordkeeping requirements, soon requiring covered employers to make an increased effort to determine whether they need to record and report coronavirus cases in the workplace.
Legal Alert from Fisher Phillips 
OSHA Alert on Preventing Worker Exposure
OSHA Grants Temporary, Good Faith Relief from Recurring Testing Requirements
OSHA – COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

IRS
IRS – Temporary Procedures to Fax Certain Forms 1139 and 1045 Due to COVID-19
IRS provides guidance under the CARES Act to taxpayers with net operating losses (NOL)
Press Release
Guidance
The PBGC and the IRS have announced extended deadlines for certain upcoming pension premium payments and pension filings. See details from the PBGC and the IRS.
Coronavirus Tax Relief
IRS Guidance Regarding Deductibility of PPP Loan Expenses
IRS FAQs on Employee Retention Tax Credit
IRS Guidance – COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs
IRS Provides Updated FAQs on Employee Retention Tax Credit. FAQs relate to the tax credit’s governmental order test and can be found here and here.

U.S. Treasury
Executive Order issued by President Trump authorizing a deadline extension for certain tariffs, taxes, and fees. Temporary final rule issued by Treasury Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CBP – COVID-19 90-Day Duty Postponement Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Treasury’s new fact sheet on Employee Retention Tax Credit

Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve to offer additional loan options for businesses
$600 Billion Main Street Loan Program – Additional Support to Private Businesses
See additional insights from Womble Bond Dickinson here.
Main Street Lending Program Webinars
Main Street Lending Program Forms and Agreements
Federal Reserve Board expands its Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Fisher Phillips has issued a new Legal Alert regarding employee requests for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) based on the unavailability of child care.
Revised Regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Press Release: Revised Regulations for the FFCRA
FFCRA leave based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs
IRS Provides Guidance on Recapture of Excess Employment Tax Credits (FFCRA and CARES Act)
Legal Considerations When an Employee Refuses to Work Due to Fear of Contracting COVID-19

Fair Labor Standards Act
Questions & Answers (COVID-19)

Family & Medical Leave Act
Questions & Answers (COVID-19)

National Association of Manufacturers
New Operational Practices to Consider in the Time of COVID-19
State COVID-19 Operations Snapshot
As more cities, states and counties issue and revise emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, NAM is working to help manufacturers nationwide assess and understand the implications of these orders and emphasize the essential role manufacturers play in leading the response to coronavirus. 

SBA PPP
Loan Forgiveness Rule
Loan Review Rule
Treasury Department press release 
Paycheck Protection Program – Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions For Borrowers
Paycheck Protection Program – Treatment of Entities with Foreign Affiliates
PPP List of Participating Lenders
Updated PPP Guidance Regarding Loan Amount Calculations
SBA PPP Interim Final Rule
SBA Lenders Serving SC Small Businesses

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Poster from Dept. of Labor related to Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA
Poster from Dept. of Labor related to Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA – Spanish Version
FFCRA Notice – Frequently Asked Questions
DOL FFCRA Field Assistance Bulletin – WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy
FFCRA Fact Sheet for Employees
FFCRA Fact Sheet for Employers
FFCRA Overall Question & Answer for Employers
Labor Department Offers Guidance On Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Effective As Of April 1 – Fisher Phillips
Temporary Rule: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Other Organizations / Resources
NCSL – State Action on COVID-19 (helpful for those with operations in multiple states)
Electric Companies and Pandemic Planning – Edison Electric Institute
U.S. Small Business Administration Release on Launching of SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program
Small-Business Grants for Companies Hit by Covid-19
GrantWatch.com tracks grants available to non-profits and small businesses.
Defense Production Act Loans
Tips For Avoiding Heat Stress When Wearing COVID-19 Face Coverings.
Fisher Phillips has issued a new Newsletter regarding heat-stress guidance and things employers should consider.
Association of Corporate Counsel Guide to Assist Companies When Determining Liability if Someone Catches COVID-19

SC Governor
SCMA Letter to Governor McMaster regarding any Shelter-In-Place Order

SC Department of Commerce
The SC Department of Commerce and its allies are available to offer South Carolina companies support in areas including: supplier development, cashflow issues, operational challenges, or any other questions you may have about coronavirus, and business impact. Please feel free to email any questions to esf24@emd.sc.gov, or call 803-737-8524. Additionally, April Chaffins, 803-542-1990, or Chuck Bundy, 803-737-0440, both of the SC Department of Commerce, would be glad to assist you in any way.

SCDEW
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending September 12th
SC DEW Executive Director Statement on the August 2020 Employment Situation
Additional Six Weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) Program Announced
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending August 29
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending August 15
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending August 8th
Notice on Fraud Concerns Related to the Paycheck Protection Program
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending August 1
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending July 25
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending July 18
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending July 11
South Carolina’s Employment Situation for June 2020
Director Ellzey’s Statement on Employment Situation for June 2020
Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s March 2020 Employment Statement
SC Employment Situation for March 2020
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for Week Ending May 30
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending May 23
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data Week Ending April 25, 2020
SCDEW issued a press release earlier this week on the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This Act contains provisions and funding for 3 main categories of financial assistance that apply to workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCDEW Employer Town Hall Webinar Recording from 4.23.20
SC DEW Employer Town Hall Slide Deck from 4.23.20
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending May 16
SC DEW – SC Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending May 9
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data Week Ending May 2
SC DEW – Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
SC DEW – What are Employer Filed Claims and How Do They Work?
COVID-19 Support Payments Explanation Document
COVID-19 Support Payment Plan Application
CARES Act Update
UI During COVID-19
SCMA COVID-19 Support Payment FAQ
SC DEW – South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending June 6
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending June 13
SC Has Begun Offering the Extended Benefits (EB) Program
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending June 20
South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending June 27

South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending July 4
FAQ’s on the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program
SC DEW Encourages Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Claimants to Respond to Request for Documentation
Extended Benefits (EB) Expiring

SC DOR
COVID-19 Tax Relief

SC LLR
Effective immediately, the SC LLR is extending the license renewal deadline for licenses, registrations, and permits scheduled to renew during the months of April, May, June, July, and August. The new renewal deadline is extended to September 30, 2020. Additional information can be found here (scroll down full page)

SC DOA
SC Department of Administration CARES Act Grant Program – Press Release
Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program
Nonprofit Relief Grant Program

SC DHEC
SC DHEC Employer Return to Work Guidance
SC DHEC COVID-19 Page
SC DHEC – COVID-19 Resources for South Carolina Businesses One Pager

DHEC Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios for Businesses 7.9.20
DHEC Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios for Businesses (Spanish)
DHEC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers 3.27.20

SC DHEC INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 SCENARIOS IN BUSINESSES 6.29.20
SC DHEC Water Management
DHEC Recent Disease Activity by County
Thanksgiving guidance and Holiday Tips
COVID-19 Community Engagement Survey
SC DHEC, UofSC, to Lead Year-long ‘SC STRONG’ Initiative to Evaluate COVID-19 Infection and Immunity Over Time. Additional details can be found here.
S.C. Senate Confirms Dr. Edward Simmer to Lead DHEC
DHEC Document with COVID-19 Outreach Materials & Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Enrollment
SC COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations
SC DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Provider information and FAQs. Enrollment process information can be found here.
SC DHEC has updated its “After the Vaccine” FAQs to reflect the CDC’s updated guidance

SC ORS
ORS Notice on Requesting Mapping Data from Broadband Providers

SC Technical College System – Ezone Retraining Program
In response to the COVID-19 situation, several manufacturers have modified operations to now produce items needed to fight the virus, i.e., hand sanitizers, masks, etc. If your manufacturing organization is doing this, you could likely be eligible to participate in the Enterprise Zone Retraining Program and claim refunds for a portion of the training on new technology or processes for incumbent workers.

To find out more about saving as much as 66% on your training costs, contact Enterprise Zone Retraining program manager, Michelle Fehr.

The EZone Retraining Program offers a tax incentive for companies wanting to remain competitive by introducing new equipment and/or new technology to their facility. If you have a facility in South Carolina with full-time production/technology first-line employees or immediate supervisors that need training on new processes and/or new equipment, EZone may be able to help. Applying is easy and once approved, the application lasts five years.

NIST/MEP
NIST MEP Emergency Assistance Program – CARES Act Funding
The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) has recently been awarded funds through the NIST MEP Emergency Assistance Program as part of the CARES Act.  The funds are being made available to support US small- and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs), including manufacturers in rural areas.  The funds will be used to provide services that directly support the efforts of South Carolina’s manufacturers and boost their ability to respond to the business challenges they face as a result of the pandemic.  These challenges lie in a number of areas including workforce, supply chain disruption, loss of business/markets and cost competitiveness.  Please contact SCMEP to learn more.