Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Washington's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order goes into effect today. "Essential" business workers do NOT need a pass or letter to commute to and from their workplace.
- Watch Governor Inslee's full "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" address on TVW.
- Governor's Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list
- If your business is not listed on the governor's "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list, or you’re unclear whether it is considered essential, please reference the following links from the Washington Emergency Management Division:
- Employer Requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: writeup by K&L Gates
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans up to $2 million (flyer), with an interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Nonprofits can apply too, at a 2.75% interest rate. Apply here.
- SBA's Washington Disaster Declaration: here
- Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund information (update expected week of 3.23.2020)
- Facebook is soon offering small business grants. Stay tuned.
- The city of Seattle's Office of Economic Development has been allocated $2.5 million to help qualifying small businesses. These businesses must be located within Seattle and have five employees or less, among other criteria. Businesses may receive grants up to $10,000. Click here to learn more and apply for these Seattle Small Business grants.
- Amazon has created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to help small companies located within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters. Click here to learn more and apply for the Amazon neighborhood small business relief fund.
- Social Justice COVID-19 Crisis Fund - Click here if you are a previous grantee of a Social Justice Fund or here if you aren't a previous grantee but would like to apply to their ongoing Rapid Response Fund.
Insurance: If employers have bought the right endorsements, insurance policies may cover cancelled events or businesses losses. Contact the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562-6900 or go to www.insurance.wa.gov for more information.
- Federal: IRS Coronavirus tax relief
- State: The Department of Revenue offers extensions on tax filings and certain late fees, as well as rescheduling audits and more time to file or renew a business license. Contact the department at 360.705.6705 for more information.
Help to pay your employees
- The Employment Security Department has new emergency rules in place. For example, workers who are ill with COVID-19 can qualify for benefits. Also, workers that are exposed and quarantined while the business remains open can now qualify for unemployment insurance. This ESD Unemployment chart can help determine which benefit applies to your situation. This FAQ page for workers and businesses answers questions and gives resources to help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs.
Small Business Guidance
- U.S. Small Business Administration guidance and loan resources
- U.S. Small Business Administration export working capital program. For exporters, the SBA's Export Working Capital Program can help small businesses gain access to capital.
- U. S. Chamber Small Business Resources for Surviving Coronavirus
- Virtual meetings and events - consider using one of these free services: Zoom, GoToMeeting, Join.Me, Skype, or other virtual web conferencing apps
- Xfinity - Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details.
- Jamm - a voice and video collaboration and communication for teams working remotely is offering it free of charge. This service integrates well with Slack.
- Google - Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and G-suite is available to all customers free of charge until July 1, 2020.
- Loom - This video recording and sharing service offers boosts to free service plan, discounted prices on LoomPro and free access for educational institutions through July 1, 2020.
- Microsoft 365 E1 - free 6 month trial
- LinkedIn - 16 courses offered for free - “Remote working - setting yourself and your teams up for success”
- DropBox - offering free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for 3 months to nonprofits and NGOs focused on fighting COVID-19. If you are an organization working to stop the virus or provide relief, apply here.
- LogisticsManagement - Librestream Onsight platform remote expert app free. This allows remote work to maintain the benefit of in-person meetings (content markup, shared visual/audio, and more).
- Apply for SharedWork, a smart alternative to layoffs
- Temporary layoffs: Standby for up to 8 weeks, partial employment status or furlough
- Educate employees to contact WorkSource
- Job search or retraining through Dislocated Worker program
- File a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN)
- Albertsons (Safeway, Randalls, United Supermarkets) - Apply here. Hiring 30,000 positions: delivery drivers, personal shoppers, distribution centers, and call center
- Amazon - Apply here. Hiring 100,000 immediately.
- WorkForce - delivery, janitorial, manufacturing jobs especially needed
- CVS - Apply here. 50,000 positions to be hired immediately.
- Walmart - 150,000 to be hired immediately
- Instacart - 300,000 to be hired immediately
- Dollar General - Apply here. They are adding up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.
- Dollar Tree - Apply here. 25,000 full and part time workers to be hired for stores and distribution centers.
- PepsiCo - Apply here. Immediately hiring 6,000 full time front line employees.
- Papa John’s - Apply here. Hiring 20,000 immediately.
- Domino’s - Apply here. Hiring 10,000 immediately.
- Pizza Hut - Apply here. Immediately hiring more than 30,000. New drivers can start working in as little as 5 hours after hire.
- 7-Eleven - Apply here. Hiring up to 20,000 new employees immediately.
- GE Healthcare - Apply here. Needs manufacturing employees to build medical equipment.
- Fred Meyer/Kroger - Apply here. Hiring more than 10,000 workers immediately.
- Shipt - (competitor to Instacart) Apply here. Hiring thousands immediately.
Toolkits, Checklists, and more Resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources
- National Association of Manufacturing’s COVID-19 Resources
- Washington state's official coronavirus response page
- Governor Inslee’s office resource links and links specifically for businesses
- Governor Inslee’s News Releases
- Washington Department of Commerce Small Business Crisis Planner
- Washington Small Business Development Center's Small Business Resiliency Guide
- Employment Security Department's COVID-19 Newsroom and employer information page
- Washington State Department of Health's Novel Coronavirus Outbreak page
- Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission's coronavirus response
- Veteran affairs coronavirus update page
- Pierce County Covid-19 Resources
Federal: National School closure map
- Pierce County Health Department here
- Seattle Mayor signs emergency order to temporarily halt evictions for small business and nonprofits
- Utilities' COVID-19 responses