BANGOR- Many people are applying for unemployment and paid leaves for the first time in their lives due to COVID-19, but most employers haven’t faced anything like this before either.
In these uncertain times the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce is doing what they do best, helping local businesses.
“Businesses have a lot of questions. A few weeks ago we partnered with Rudman Winchell to bring information to anyone who had questions about their employees,” said Deb Nueman, the president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.
Governor Janet Mills is encouraging business owners to apply to the new federal Paycheck Protection Program.
It would help with operational expenses like rent and payroll.
“Our sole focus is to get information out to get information out to businesses, regardless of whether their members of the chamber,” Neuman continued.
Weekly webinars streamed on Zoom and Facebook talk about the unique situations surrounding employers during this pandemic.
They talk a great deal about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
“The FFCRA covers both types of leave,” said Anne-Marie Storey, a partner at Rudman Winchell. “That’s the description for both the paid sick leave and amended FMLA [Family & Medical Leave Act] because they both fell in that act.”
Not only are they updating small businesses on federal policy, they’re helping them keep their workplaces safe.
“Everybody is in this. Everybody is being impact. It’s not anyone’s fault or any fault of your own your business is going through this right now,” Neuman said.
Storey said the department of labor’s website is the best place to find the most recent information.