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Post: Mar. 30, 2020

Monday Economic Report: Off the Charts: Job Losses Spike, Service Sector Shaken Amid COVID-19

Unsurprisingly many economic indicators hit historic and troubling records as the economic damage globally from the COVID-19 pandemic grows. Here are some of the record-breaking numbers from last week:

Monday Economic Report 0330 2020


White House Extends Social-Distancing Guidelines Until End of April

President Trump said he was extending the administration’s social-distancing guidelines for another 30 days through the end of April.

Mr. Trump, speaking at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, said the peak of the death rate from the new coronavirus was expected to hit in two weeks. Mr. Trump predicted the country would be on its way to recovery by June 1.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won,” he said. “It’s very important that everybody strongly follow the guidelines.”

Read More in the WSJ


Governor Cuomo Announces “NYS on Pause” Functions Extended for an Additional Two Weeks

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS On Pause functions will be extended for the next two weeks. The Governor also directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15th. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.

Read the Summary of the Governor’s Sunday Press Update


Council of Industry ZOOM Call – Key Elements of the CARES Act and Related Programs Including Disaster Relief Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program  

  • When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1 pm
  • Where: Online webinar/conference call
  • Cost: No fee to participate
The SBA will be the key implementer of the CARES act, the Federal Government’s response the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.  
Robert Piechota SBA Branch Manager, will discuss key elements of the CARES Act as well as other related programs such as the Disaster Relief loans. Mr. Piechota will also explain the key features of the Paycheck Protection Program.

OSHA Guidance for COVID-19 Workplace Safety

Bond, Scheoeneck & King Attorney Steven J. Ricca writes Employers are aware that the “General Duty Clause” (§5(a)1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to furnish a workplace that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” During the current global COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus known as “SARS-CoV-2,” there are issues in every workplace to varying degrees regarding application of the General Duty Clause. 

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COVID 19 Related Employment Law Issues Web Conference Essential HR Discussion with Greenwald Doherty  

When: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1 pm
Where: Online webinar/conference call
Cost: No fee to participate

contact abutler@councilofindustry.org for more information.

Register here

Through this discussion with three partners at Greenwald Doherty, participants will learn about best practices for managing the workforce, workplace safety and employer options concerning sick time, FMLA PFL, salary reductions and layoffs.