Our state and nation are facing an unprecedented and rapidly evolving health and economic situation. As a result, SCMA is working to share accurate and timely information for companies and your employees so that you can plan and respond as the COVID-19 situation develops. Please use this page as a resource for federal and state guidance, best practices, and other resources our partners have shared.

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.

Older links and resources are available at our Archived Links Page

Latest Updates

CDC recently updated its guidance related to face coverings to address the use of face shields. 

South Carolina Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Data for the Week Ending June 27
SC Has Begun Offering the Extended Benefits (EB) Program

Global / National Resources

President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
Manufacturing Workers and Employers – Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
CDC and EPA – Reopening American Guidance
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
CDC – Businesses and Workplaces
Workplace Decision Tree
CDC – Cleaning and Disinfecting
CDC – Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events
Community Mitigation Framework
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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
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 FAQs on Face Coverings and Respirators

Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA – Disaster Assistance

FEMA Main Website
FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
CISA: Risk Management for Coronavirus
CISA: Cybersecurity for Telework
CISA: Cybersecurity Assessments

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPAs recommended use and list of registered disinfectants that are qualified for use against COVID-19
COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
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.
Please see our Archived Resources

SBA PPP Website
Main Treasury Website for Small Business Assistance
PPP Frequently Asked Questions
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act – Joint Statement from SBA and Treasury
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act – Revisions to First Interim Final Rule
Paycheck Protection Program – Revisions to First Interim Final Rule
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

American Chemistry Council
Coronavirus Fighting Products
Coronavirus Fighting Products FAQs

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.
Please see our Archived Resources

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

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

Federal Reserve
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 

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. 

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC – Updated Information: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

Other Organizations/Resources
World Health Organization
Johns Hopkins Interactive Map
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.

State Resources

AccelerateSC Final Report
AccelerateSC Website
Updated Basic Operations for Manufacturers During COVID-19

Recall Taskforce 
Offers of Work Website
Newly revised DEW COVID-19 resources website
In addition, SC DEW now has a phone line dedicated to employers only. Employers can call, 803-737-2532 with your UI related questions. Individuals need to call the TelClaim line, 1-866-831-1724.
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 13

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

SC EMD – Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center

SC DHEC Businesses & Employers (COVID-19) Page
DHEC Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios for Businesses
SC DHEC Covid-19 Screening & Testing Sites 
SC DHEC Employer Return to Work Guidance
SC DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)
DHEC Environmental Regulatory Assistance (COVID-19)
SC DHEC – COVID-19 Resources for South Carolina Businesses One Pager
SC DHEC Education and Outreach Materials
SC DHEC Water Management

SC Dept. of Commerce
Emergency Preparedness
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.

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.

COVID-19 Tax Relief

SC Governor
Executive Orders

SC Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR)
COVID-19 Page
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).