On Tuesday at noon, my colleagues and I are holding a video webinar on practical tips for employers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis now and in the near future.  The program will have a national outlook but we’ll hit on a few state specific resources.

The webinar is free to register HERE, though already we have our highest signups on record. Be sure to register as soon as possible and then login 5-10 minutes before the start time as well.  The program will be CLE-eligible too for the attorneys out there.

(Connecticut attorneys should already know that the MCLE requirements for 2020 have been suspended.)

There’s been a lot to digest the last few days and we hope to put a more useful spin with some key takeaway for employers on what actions they should be considering.

We’ll talk about the differences, for example, between layoffs and furloughs, and how each might factor into your decision-making processes.

One takeaway for small employers (under 500 employees) in particular that we’ll touch on: Beyond just knowing the paid leave provisions that become effective April 1, 2020, you need to take a look as soon as possible at the loan forgiveness provisions of the new CARES Act.

I held a separate webinar with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce on Monday, that featured U.S. Senator Chris Murphy as well.  That webinar advised employers to reach out to their banks this week to get information. The loans that are available can help with payroll for the next 8 weeks but there is no assurance that the fund will be sufficient for the requests so get your loan applications in early.

Bring your questions to Tuesday’s webinar; we’re going to try to leave lots of time for that well.

We know there’s a lot going on but I hope the webinars we’ve been giving will help make things a little less confusing.