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South Dakota Chamber Members:

We are in the process of compiling a series of links that will take you to information and resources to help you deal with the issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.


This fund is for South Dakota small businesses and non-profits with 250 employees or less who have already experienced a direct financial impact related to COVID-19. This program has limited funds of $10.5 million and applications are being evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.




CONGRESSIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
March 26, 2020: Please find links to a few summaries on the Corornavisu legislation.  While the Senate-passed bill still has a few more steps before it becomes law and also needs regulations finalized, this information may be useful.




LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES



UNEMPLOYMENT:

April 1 Updates from the Department

We have reviewed the first batch of questions you provided us regarding UI and COVID-19. Guidance is now posted at: https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/businesses/documents/covid_19_ra_guidance_businesses.pdf.



For the latest news on the relaxed requirements for unemployment insurance, go to . . .
https://dlr.sd.gov/news/default.aspx



SBA LOANS:
The Small Business Administration has made all states in the NW Region eligible for Disaster Assistance Loans.  See below for information specific to each state, and click here for the online application. 

·         Iowa

·         Minnesota

·         Nebraska

·         North Dakota

·         South Dakota



TAX ISSUES

Internal Revenue Service



THE LATEST HEALTH NEWS:

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.
For the latest information on the South Dakota go to https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx#SD 




TELECOMMUTING:  Shared by Chamber member Microsoft
If SD businesses need help transitioning to telecommuting, here is guidance we put out based on our experience with COVID-19 in China and Italy, and with our employees.  

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/05/our-commitment-to-customers-during-covid-19/

There are tips for telecommuting down in the links. And businesses can leverage extended Microsoft Office 365 for their business through the crisis to enable collaboration during this period of remote work.



TRAVEL - SD DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM:


US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. CO— is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time.

From: Hellier, Ethan [mailto:EHellier@USChamber.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:40 AM

Please find below a list of all of our most recent guides to the aid and programs being made available to assist businesses during the ongoing pandemic, including our newest guide to the paid sick and FMLA programs.  

 

-          NEW - Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

-          Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

-          Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide

-          Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

-          Coronavirus Small Business Guide

-          Coronavirus Response Toolkit

 Also, do not forget to register for next week’s conference calls to discuss all the latest developments.

-          U.S. Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce Early Education and the Coronavirus Pandemic Webinar – Monday, April 6th at 12:30pm CDT Click here to register.

-          Weekly U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Call with Member Chambers and Trade Associations – Friday, April 10th at 3:00pm CDT Click here to register.




UNEMPLOYMENT:
For the latest news on the relaxed requirements for unemployment insurance, go to . . .
https://dlr.sd.gov/news/default.aspx


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