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Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

April 13, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal the Department of Labor & Industry is launching today. “Many life-sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania are hiring and this new portal will help connect them with people looking for a [...]

By |2020-04-13T16:20:39-04:00April 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Unemployment Compensation Update

April 8, 2020 An Update on Unemployment Compensation from the Office of PA Representative Jesse Topper The US Department of Labor has released new guidance on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (benefits for those not eligible for regular UC) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (the extra $600/week), including business owners and independent contractors. Please be aware [...]

By |2020-04-13T16:02:15-04:00April 8th, 2020|Events, News|Comments Off on Unemployment Compensation Update

Faith Community Offers Easter Messages

The Faith Community of Bedford County will come together spiritually while keeping a safe distance physically to celebrate the most holy day of the Christian calendar: Easter Sunday (April 12th.)  and An online Easter Celebration is being compiled, including many Bedford County pastors providing passages and prayers of the season. A video is being produced [...]

By |2020-04-13T08:01:47-04:00April 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Faith Community Offers Easter Messages

SBA Info Including Paycheck Protection Program

March 31, 2020 - Details and Resources re: SBA Federal Disaster Loans/Payroll Protection Program The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in your state that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is [...]

By |2020-04-03T11:07:32-04:00April 3rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on SBA Info Including Paycheck Protection Program

CARES Act Resources for Small Businesses

March 30, 2020 -- UPDATED: Resources for Small Businesses Applying for SBA Loans in the wake of the sweeping CARES Act, passed March 27, 2020. These benefits are in addition to the previously announced resources.  (FAMILY FIRST Act.)   The legislation is specifically designed to streamline the application process and get relief (funds) to small businesses [...]

By |2020-03-30T17:24:15-04:00March 30th, 2020|Events, News|Comments Off on CARES Act Resources for Small Businesses

NEW: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Info

March 25, 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as: How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage? How can small businesses obtain [...]

By |2020-03-25T20:09:20-04:00March 25th, 2020|Events, News|Comments Off on NEW: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Info

Notes from the Chamber’s Conference Call with Rep. Jesse Topper

      Notes from the Chamber’s 3.20.20 Conference Call with Rep. Jesse Topper The Legislature has been working to gain clarification on the Governor’s shut down order for non-life-sustaining businesses.  Enforcement is reportedly to begin tonight (3.20.20) at midnight. Available online (Rep. Topper, Chamber & Governor Websites) is the full list of businesses (compiled [...]

By |2020-03-24T09:03:13-04:00March 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Notes from the Chamber’s Conference Call with Rep. Jesse Topper

NEW UPDATE: Business Shutdown – Additional Info & Resources

Please be advised: The list of "non-life-sustaining" businesses has been updated.   Also, due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement [...]

By |2020-03-21T08:39:09-04:00March 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on NEW UPDATE: Business Shutdown – Additional Info & Resources

Business Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

Please be aware:  We are in contact with officials on many levels of government daily, and will aspire to provide our members and the business community of the Bedford County region with as much information as possible. The Chamber will update our website as we have new information and resources to share.  Please also follow [...]

By |2020-03-24T09:04:17-04:00March 19th, 2020|Events, News|Comments Off on Business Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

Employer Unemployment Information and FAQ

Relief from Charges Requested Labor & Industry is proposing to the legislature a change in the law to specifically allow relief to be granted for employers who have to reduce or close operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information or additional questions please visit the following link:  https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx   McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at [...]

By |2020-03-20T20:17:33-04:00March 19th, 2020|Events, News|Comments Off on Employer Unemployment Information and FAQ
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