COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms

The TechServe Alliance COVID-19 page is a compilation of resources specifically for IT & engineering staffing firms. From model letters and checklists to the latest congressional actions, we are committed to keeping you informed of issues impacting your business and your teams.

IRS Publishes Guidance for 2021 Employee Retention Credit (Q1/Q2) (April 2021)

On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021-23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit (ERC) for the first two quarters of 2021. The ERC was originally created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and has since been modified and extended by other laws—most recently, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on March 11, 2021. Read more...

COVID-19 Exchange Special Enrollment Period Extended (March 2021)

On March 23, 2021, CMS announced that it is extending a special enrollment period through the Exchanges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, eligible individuals have three additional months, through Aug. 15, 2021, to enroll in Exchange coverage via This Legal Update provides information on the extended special enrollment period. Read more...

Paycheck Protection Program Loans – FAQs for Lenders and Borrowers (March 2021)

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including both First Draw PPP Loans and Second Draw PPP Loans. This document is published and updated by the SBA. Read more...

Comparing the American Rescue Plan to Previous COVID-19 Relief Bills – Infographic (March 2021)

President Joe Biden recently signed into law a $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan. This infographic provides an overview of the highlights of the bill and how it compares to the two previous relief bills signed into law in 2020. Read more...

On-Site, Remote and Hybrid Model Workplace Strategies (March 2021)

The remote workplace is here to stay, but its role may change. This article discusses post-pandemic workplace trends, the advantages and challenges of on-site and remote workplaces, and strategies for hybrid model workplaces. Read more...

American Rescue Plan Contains Employment-Related Provisions (March 2021)

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, a relief bill benefiting individuals, governments and businesses, among others. Included in the law are provisions of particular interest to employers and employees. This Compliance Bulletin discusses these items further. Read more...

Overview of the American Rescue Plan (March 2021)

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more. This article provides more details. Read more...

HR Toolkit: Returning Workforces & and COVID-19 Vaccines (March 2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for months. In that time, many businesses have ceased operations out of safety concerns and have waited for the right opportunity to resume. Now, with COVID-19 vaccines becoming available, employers can finally start planning for their immediate futures. This toolkit explores the COVID-19 vaccines and other workplace safeguards, and helps employers decide whether a vaccination policy is right for their organizations. Read more...

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KPIs for the “New Normal”: Effectively Managing Team Performance in a Post-COVID World
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The State of the IT Workforce Post-COVID-19 – A Candid Conversation with CIOs & IT Staffing Leaders
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From Balance to Integration: Achieving Harmony between Work and Life in the time of COVID
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Returning to the Office – The Great Debate
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Win the Relationship, Not the Deal – A Motivational Talk for Account Executives During Tough Times
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How to Lead Productive Sales Conversations in a Recessed Market
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The Changing Rules of the Game: Audits, Forgiveness & Taxability of PPP Loans
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Leading an IT Staffing Firm in a Post-Pandemic World
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The 5Cs: A Simple Framework to Help Remote Teams Navigate Change Successfully
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Recruiters – What Should You Be Doing Right Now
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Battening Down the Hatches: Fortifying Your Firm for the Economic Downturn
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State of the Industry: A Coronavirus Interim Update
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Deal Center Hotlist … Newly Released Feature in Response to the Crisis
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Managing Your Sales and Recruiting Team During a Time of Disruption
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Operating Virtually and Effectively Leveraging Technology
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Crisis-Driven Legislation & Employer Obligations: What It Means for Your Business
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Model Letters & Checklists

Post-Coronavirus Workplace Preparedness Checklist

By taking workplace preparedness steps such as updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviors and evaluating existing policies, employers can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of employees. To get started, employers can review topics on this checklist. Read more...

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

As an organizational member of the U.S. Chamber, we are able to provide TechServe members with access to their resources. This is a helpful infographic outlining eligibility for federal financial relief under the CARES Act. Read more...

Covid-19 And Your Workplace Checklist

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States. Keep your employees and their families safe by properly preparing your workplace. Consider the strategies outlined below to ensure that your workplace is prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

Sample Telecommuting Announcement

Use this letter to inform employees that, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the office will be closing and they should work from home. Please note that this letter requires customization prior to use. Read more...

An Employer's Quick Guide to Managing Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused many employers across the country to make significant changes to their standard procedures, including shifting their employees from working at the office to working from home. This guide serves as an introduction to managing remote employees and includes best practices for keeping employees engaged. It should be used for informational purposes only and not be considered as legal advice. Read more...

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act – Request Form

This form may be used by an employee to request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This form accommodates a new type of leave that can be used by an employee in the event they need to stay home in order to care for their child whose school or child care facility has been closed due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more...

Managing Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic Checklist

Employers can use this checklist to manage employees that are working from home during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more...

Remote Work Policy

This policy establishes the guidelines will use to select and manage those employees approved to work remotely. Read more...

Sample Notice of Furlough Due to Coronavirus

This sample notice explains an organization's decision to furlough its employees due to COVID-19. Note, customization is required. Read more...

Property Access Form

Employers can use this form to limit who has access to their workplace, such as vendors or clients. The form serves as a permission slip for visitors, specifying that unauthorized visitors will not be allowed on the premises. Read more...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Read more...

U.S. Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program - an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Read more...