(Communication kits, travel notices, etc.)
Find shareable resources, social media assets and guidance for members, employees, and customers.
General Business Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs build on the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers and Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers. These FAQs are not intended for healthcare facilities; CDC has provided separate Guidance for Healthcare Settings.
TXBIZ & Peek & Toland Present: The COVID-19 Impact on Texas Employers & Foreign Workers
Closed except to essential travel
Advised to call CPB in advance - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/1DKFw13/ENcovid19
Through June 1, 2020
Suspension of Premium Processing
H-1B Visas for bachelor and master’s degree educated employees
Suspended due to COVID-19
Must stay in status is the number one priority
Making exceptions to being work site conditions temporarily
Furloughs and Employer Obligations
Not allowed to furlough someone on an H-1B visa and requires payment until processed by USCIS
Reduced wages require an amendment needs to be files and approved with USCIS
I-9 Compliance During COVID-19
Renewed documents inspected within three days of return
Federal Automated Stimulus (FAS) Program
How FAS Can Help Fast:
The U.S. Treasury Department creates the Federal Automated Stimulus (FAS) fund to support businesses directly – no bank applications involved. CARES Act funds stuck in the SBA process can be used to start the FAS fund.
Applications are received online through a simple and reliable enterprise-scale web-based software application. Here’s an example: http://coalition.axialcommerce.com.
Business owners may only apply for up to 90% of pre-COVID-19 revenue recovery and are required to provide a sworn proof of loss including basic supporting documents. Fraud and abuse will face severe penalties under existing laws.
Existing industries are collectively leveraged (banks, insurance companies and public accounting firms) to control fraud by auditing funding requests as they move through the FAS web portal. We encourage the administration to use the Defense Production Act to align and move these institutions into action.
Applications are approved in under two weeks. Cash is transferred from Treasury via ACH or check directly to the approved business.
Business owners may only apply received funds toward payroll and operating expenses including loan payments.
Proper use of funds is confirmed by industry participants. Unused or improperly applied funding is returned to the FAS Fund after reconciliation.
Texas Association of Business(TXBIZ) is working hard to help fix Texas’s and U.S. emergency supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the tools we have in our arsenal is Manufacturers Marketplace, a searchable database that connects manufacturers in the U.S. to help each other get what they need. This platform also aids the government’s efforts to deploy resources quickly to where they are needed most.To raise awareness about this tool and rally manufacturers to be part of the solution, TXBIZ has partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to launch a nationwide outreach plan that will:
Identify manufacturers with available personal protective equipment and medical devices.
Find manufacturers who can increase production and/or retool their facilities to produce needed these emergency supplies.
Connect manufacturers in the U.S. as an ongoing strategy against supply chain disruption.
TXBIZ will work to keep manufacturers informed with relevant, timely communication and resources to assist so together we can do the most good for America and American manufacturing. Call or email Aaron Cox at 512-637-7711 or email@example.com with questions or to sign-up.
Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Workforce Commission promotes and supports a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. In order to respond to the needs of employers and employees, they have resources to address your questions and concerns through their COVID-19 Employer Resource page with information on Employment Benefits, Taxes, Appeals, Precautions or Employers, Mass Claims and Shared Work Programs, and Fraud Prevention.
Texas Department of Agriculture
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives. Visit their response page for information on essential workers, weights and measures, consumer service protection, and trade and business development.
Office of the Governor Economic Development
Local businesses and communities throughout the state are the priority of this office. Economic Development & Tourism staff and community partners are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of health officials and government agencies. Visit their website for additional news and resources regarding small business, workers, and executive orders.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Each covered employer must post in a conspicuous place on its premises a notice of FFCRA requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States.
5 Ways to Manage Small Business Coronavirus Concerns When Employees Can't Work From Home
Businesses across the U.S. and the world have swiftly changed their policies to deal with the coronavirus crisis, with major corporations including Google, Facebook and Microsoft recommending or mandating remote work. While these actions have garnered many headlines, less digital ink has been spilled about the many employees who can’t work from home.
Coronavirus Response Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials.
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.
Small Business Guide
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.
Creating an Emergency Work-From Home Policy
As the coronavirus incites fear and anxiety across the nation, major companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are making headlines for encouraging employees to work from home due to concerns about the virus spreading. With the number of coronavirus cases on the rise, it’s wise for businesses of all sizes to consider creating an emergency work-from-home policy to ensure that workers can still get their jobs done if telecommuting becomes the safest option.
COVID-19 and the Workplace
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
COVID-19 NEWS | Help is Available
These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.
COVID-19 Webinar for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
SBA PowerPoint webinar in regards to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Some information includes:
• The EIDL - They have a lot of documentation that is needed and a list can be found as well as the application to apply.
• This is only for people who have been denied by a lender or do not meet lender qualifications.
Any additional questions or concerns, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.
TXBIZ & Peek & Toland Present: Hiring a Foreign Workforce? There's a Visa for That
It can be confusing to determine which visa will benefit your company in the long run and ensure you have the talent and workforce you need to run a thriving and successful business. Don’t get lost in an alphabet soup of visa types, let us help provide you with everything you need to navigate hiring and retaining your foreign workers legally in the U.S.
This TAB and Peek & Toland interactive webinar discusses the various types of visas available to your foreign workforce and learn how to attain each type of visa, how they are different from each other, and the pros and cons of each type.
The U.S. Department of Labor launched an interactive online tool to assist workers in determining paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave eligibility pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The online resource guides workers through a series of questions designed to determine the FFCRA’s applicability to their employer. If certain provisions of the FFCRA do apply, the resource provides workers with additional information and access to frequently asked questions.