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Posted on: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Business Resources

The City of Monroe is hoping that all businesses, employees, and suppliers are able to maintain operations, but we recognize that this might not be the case for some.  As a result, here is information in order to be better prepared for a business closing or unemployment increase.  

•    For Residents Affected by Unemployment Due to COVID-19:  

o    If you are going to file for unemployment due to COVID-19, you need to use the mass layoff case number 2000180.  By using the COVID-19 mass layoff number, it appears that this will expedite the filing process for both the employee and the workforce services staff.  This website is updated regularly with Q&A style information about unemployment assistance, how tipped occupations are affected by these calculations, etc.  

o    The fastest way to file for services is to go online at unemployment.ohio.gov.  You may also call the Ohio Dept of Job & Family Services at (877) 644-6562 or TTY (614) 387-8408.  Please be advised that the call hold times are very long (at times in excess of an hour), so calling in will take time.  

•    For Businesses Affected by COVID-19:

o    If you are planning a layoff, please reach out to Jen Patterson (Economic Development) at 539-7374 x 1023.  She will work with you to coordinate employee and employer resources in partnership with your team.  As you can imagine, the typical WARN notice and then group meeting with a Rapid Response Team isn’t an option at the moment.  We’ll need to get creative to get information out to employees as quickly as possible.  (For those of you that might not be aware, a typical rapid response meeting includes information on how to file for unemployment, how to engage with training, how to prioritize your family’s bills and other obligations, additional financial and social support resources, etc.).  We’d like to help you minimize the negative effects on your employees to the greatest extent possible.  

o    The Small Business Association has a variety of small business programs that may be useful in the next few months, including the Disaster Loan program.  This program provides working capital for small business (including hotels, recreational facilities, restaurants, retailers, souvenir shops, and wholesalers).  Please note that this program does not go into effect in Ohio until the Governor declares Ohio to be a disaster area.   (A disaster declaration actually opens up several funding streams.)  ** NOTE: A small business can be up to 1,500 employees, depending on the industry.  Click here to determine the appropriate limit for your industry. ** Mrs. Patterson can direct you to the appropriate Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for further information.

o    This document from the Office of Workforce Transformation that explains the TechCred and SharedWork programs.  These programs can be layoff alternatives that also result in professional development opportunities.  As an employer, you and your employees might find this useful.  If you have questions on the programs, please let me know.  


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