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Corona Virus and COVID-19

    Coronavirus and COVID-19 

    We know your personal safety and the safety of workplaces you serve is top of mind as we continue tot deal with the challenges surronding the COVID-19. Please find below resourses we feel are valuable during these challenging times.


    Society for Human Resource Managment (SHRM)

    Communicable diseases like coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, COVID-19, can bring a busy workforce to a standstill. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers and customers, and part of that duty of care is to do your part to prevent and respond to infectious diseases in the community. The Society for Human Resource Managment (SHRM) has put together a tool/resource webpage to help employers prepare their workforce for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines and other outcomes of a disease outbreak.

    SHRM Latest Tools, Resources and Information

    Non-SHRM member & Buisness Leader special Hub - a place non-SHRM members can use to help navigate these challenging times. (In additioan SHRM provides non-members access to a limited number of SHRM-created articles every month via their website)

     

    Montana Department of Labor & Industry

    The Montana Department of Labor & Industry launched its COVID-19 site to help businesses and employees navigate this unpredictable landscape.  The agency is coordinating all its information with the Governor’s Office and the COVID-19 Task Force. Please know that this website will be updated regularly as policy guidance and additional information is available. 

    Resource Guide for MT Employers and Employees

     

    HR 6201, Emergency Families First Response to Coronavirus Act

    Wednesday 5/18 Congress passed HR 6201, the Emergency Families First Response to Coronavirus Act and the president immediately signed the bill into law. The sweeping legislation includes important changes to paid leave policy for many organizations throughout the country. These provisions include:

    • Emergency Sick Leave- under the bill, certain employers would be required to provide 80 hours (or 2 weeks) of fully paid leave to full-time employees.
    • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act -Employers would be generally required to provide ten weeks of paid leave and pay employees two-thirds of their wages, not to exceed $200 per day and $10,000 in the aggregate. 
    • Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Paid Family and Medical Leave- the bill would provide a 100% refundable tax credit to private sector employers (with less than 500 employees) on the wages paid for leave due to COVID-19.