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Delaware offers Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (H.E.L.P)

Governor John Carney of Delaware announced the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) earlier this year to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses that employ thousands of Delawareans.

The Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to provide funds to some of the most significantly impacted by COVID19 virus mitigation measures.   The program offers no-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month and is available to eligible businesses in the hospitality industry.  The Division of Small Business will administer the program using existing state funds.

For businesses under NAICS code 7225, the revenue cap is $15 million. Read More

PA opens portal for hazard pay grant

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. 

Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.Read More

Wolf restricts restaurant capacity, alcohol sales, and public gatherings in PA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released new restrictions in a press release you can read HERE.

The mitigation efforts included in the new orders from Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine include:

Bars and Restaurants

All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs, and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, as required by the order, including:

  • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages.
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NJ Labor Dept. Announces Expanded Family Leave, Temporary Disability Benefits

On July 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued a press release to announce an expansion of the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance Programs.

The press release is below and can be also be reviewed HERE.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that – as of July 1 – eligible New Jersey workers can take more time off and receive a larger percentage of their wages under the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance programs.
Under both the Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance programs, eligible workers can now receive up to 85 percent of their average weekly salary, an increase from two-thirds, with a maximum benefit of $881 per week, up from $667.Read More

Wolf Administration: CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Available Today

Beginning today, small businesses across Pennsylvania can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order.

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced details earlier this month about the grant program, you can read more about the program HERE.

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide $225 million in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to eligible businesses through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Businesses may begin applying for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program here.

The first application window will remain open for ten days.… Read More

DelcoSTRONG Round 2 – application opens July 7th, 2020!

Recognizing the need to provide support to Delaware County’s local business community, Delaware County has launched round 2 of their DelcoSTRONG Small Business Support Program.  We provided information on round 1 in an earlier post, you can read more about round one HERE.  

The program is being funded through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law on March 27th and intended to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Round 2 has been expanded to include nonprofit organizations and those applications will be administered by the Foundation for Delaware CountyRead More

PA Unemployment update regarding delays

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) sent an email communication indicating it is using a phased approach to resolve the outstanding issue which many are experiencing regarding being unable to file for earlier weeks in your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim.

L&I will be opening claim weeks to allow you to file for them on certain days based on the last digit of your Social Security Number (SSN).

PUA claimants not impacted with any missed claim weeks must also file the normal weekly certification on the date assigned by SSN during the roll-out of this solution.

Schedule of SSN Access to the PUA System:

How do I claim weeks that I’m missing?Read More

PA Unemployment to send prepaid debit cards – BE CAREFUL when shredding / discarding junk mail!

We previously posted information regarding PA Unemployment and the widespread fraud (occurring in multiple states) within the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that provides an additional benefit to workers unemployed as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 (up to $600 per week through the end of July).  Scammers have been using information from an unidentified security breach to apply for unemployment benefits.  This fraudulent activity is causing concern for applicants experiencing delays of their claim status / benefit payments as well as people who did not apply for unemployment benefits but received a notification or check indicating they had.… Read More

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania Announces a $225 Million Grant Program for Small Business

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced a $225 million grant program intended to support Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 related business closure orders meant to help slow the spread of the virus.

The funding comes from allocations to states and municipalities in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which was signed into law by President Trump March 27, 2020.  The funding comes as part of $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds that were allocated through the recently passed PA Budget.  Of the $2.6 billion, $225 million was earmarked for small businesses.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will distribute the funds to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants. … Read More

PA Unemployment Scam – What to do if you receive PA Unemployment you did not apply for?

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry anti-fraud division has discovered recent attempts in which scammers are utilizing personal information to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. 

Per the PA L&I, their systems or data have not been compromised. The personal information was obtained from sources outside L&I.

The fraudulent applications used personal information to apply for PA Unemployment benefits and requested the money be deposited to their bank account.  This fraudulent activity is happening across several states including Massachusetts, Illinois and several others.

As a result of the fraudulent activity, PA L&I announced that PUA Claimants will be receiving their PUA benefit payments via paper checks for the foreseeable future as a precaution.… Read More

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