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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.

Resources & Updates

Updated DOL FAQs - Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. This document includes the FAQs issued Apr. 3, 2020.

FFCRA Small Employer Exemption: DOL Guidance
Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requires all private employers that have fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave (paid leave) for specified reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the FFCRA includes a provision under which certain small employers may qualify for an exemption from two of the FFCRA’s paid leave requirements.

IRS FAQs: FFCRA Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) tax credits apply to small and midsize businesses. The FFCRA, was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.

Employee Retention Tax Credits for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) creates an employee retention tax credit, which is designed to encourage eligible employers to keep employees on their payroll, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19.

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Model Letters & Checklists

Coronavirus Consultant Model Letter.doc

Coronavirus Employee Model Letter.doc

Coronavirus Office Closing Model Letter.doc

Coronavirus Essential Business Identification Model Letter.doc

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Remote Work Policy
This policy establishes the guidelines will use to select and manage those employees approved to work remotely.

Recent Webinars

Deal Center Hotlist … Newly Released Feature in Response to the Crisis
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Responding to the Challenge:  Managing Your Firm Through the Coronavirus Crisis
A Three-Part Webinar Series for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms

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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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.