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  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    The following information was provided to us from our partners at Geauga JFS.

    Families First

    Coronavirus Response Act

    Quick Answers to Your Questions on Federally Mandated Paid Leave

    While final rules should be published by April 2, 2020, here’s what we know thus far:

    WHAT IS “FEDERALLY MANDATED PAID LEAVE”?

    There are actually TWO aspects of paid leave in the Act.  Both divisions are limited to COVID-19 related leave.

    Division C:  Public Health Emergency Leave

    Uses the existing Family Medical Leave Act to provide employees with up to 12 weeks of JOB-PROTECTED LEAVE. It provides:

    • 12 weeks of PAID LEAVE to employees unable to work or telework because they must care for children whose schools are closed or whose child care provider is unavailable because of COVID-19.
      • The first 10 days may be unpaid.
      • Pay for the remaining available leave must be paid at the rate of 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate of pay, up to $200 per day, capped at a per-employee max of $10,000.
      • For employees whose work was not regular, the employer is required to average the number of hours worked for the 6-month period preceding the leave. The rate should reflect what the employee reasonably should have expected to work.

    Division E:  Emergency Paid Leave

    The second part of the paid leave provision pertains only to the COVID-19 emergency.  Two (2) WEEKS of PAID SICK LEAVE for an employee who:

    • HAS a current diagnosis of COVID-19, or is under quarantine order by a healthcare provider, employer or a local, State or Federal official; or*
    • has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
    • is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis; or
    • is caring for an individual who has a current diagnosis of COVID-19 or is under quarantine; or
    • is caring for a child whose school or care provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; or
    • is experiencing any other condition substantially similar to COVID-19, as specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      • Employees eligible for this leave should be paid their regular wages, capped at $511 per week.

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THESE LEAVES?

    • Employees working for employers with LESS THAN 500 employees who have been employed AT LEAST 30 days.
    • Part-time workers.
    • GIG economy workers (Uber, Instacard shoppers) IF they pay taxes.

     ARE ANY EMPLOYERS EXEMPTED?

    Employers with less than 50 employees can petition the Department of Labor for exemption, if providing the leave would put them out of business.

    HOW CAN SMALL BUSINESS AFFORD THIS?

    Employers required to provide paid leave under either Division C or E will be reimbursed the full amount of paid leave, within three (3) months, in the form of a payroll tax credit. The reimbursement will also cover the employer’s payment of health insurance during the leave.

    IS THIS FOREVER?

    No. It is in response to COVID-19 and expires December 31, 2020.

    WHAT ELSE?

    • An employer may not require an employee to use other paid leave provided by the employer before using the paid sick time provided under H.R.6201.
    • EMPLOYEE NOTICE. After the first workday (or portion of a day) an employee receives paid sick time, an employer may require the employee to follow “reasonable notice procedures” in order to continue receiving paid sick time.
    • EMPLOYER NOTICE. Employers shall post and keep posted, in conspicuous places, notice of the emergency paid sick time requirements made available under H.R.6201.**
    • NO RETALIATION. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or discriminate against any employee who (a) takes paid sick time, or (b) has filed a complaint or proceeding or testified in any such proceeding related to the benefits and protections provided by H.R.6201. Further, employers may not require, as condition of providing paid sick time, that an employee search for or find a replacement employee to cover the hours during which the employee is using paid sick time.
    • JOB RESTORATION.  Employees taking leave under these provisions are entitled to be restored to the position they held before the leave.
      • Exceptions: Employers with 25 or fewer employees do not need to return the employee to their former position:
        • The position no longer exists due to changes in the employers’ operations that were caused by the COVID-19 emergency
        • The employer made “reasonable efforts” to return the individual to an equivalent position
        • The employer makes “reasonable efforts” to contact the employee when an appropriate position becomes available

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    *It is not clear if this is an “OR” or an “AND”. The Act does not specify whether the employee is only entitled to a total of 2 weeks paid leave for any issue arising out of the COVID-19 emergency.

    **This will be made available to the Secretary of Labor “7 days” after enactment of the Bill.

  • Stay at Home Order (3-22-2020)

    Click below for the stay at home order issued on 3-22-2020.

    Stay at Home Order 3-22-2020

    For additional information please continue to visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

  • Help Line – Middlefield Village

    Middlefield Village Help Line If you need assistance the community is here to help.  Please email the help line at helpline@middlefieldohio.com or call 440-488-7572

  • SBA – Disaster Assistance Programs

    Middlefield Businesses’ Local Small Business Development Center is located at Lakeland Community College. Link to the Small Business Development Center Page: http://lakelandcc.edu/sbdc 

    SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus:  SBA.gov/disaster 

    Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik announced 3/19/2020 that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has qualified the State of Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

    As a result, Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may now apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, which is recommended, or by calling 1-800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.

    To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.

    As efforts to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continue, Governor DeWine and his administration will continue to identify ways to support the state’s small businesses and nonprofits. For the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

    • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

    • Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.

    SBA ELA0-Business Loan Application (SBA 5)

    SBA HANDOUT_SBA Disaster Assistance_Resources for Businesses (002)

    SBA Webinar Material-Coronavirus 03.14.20

     

  • SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

    Resources for Economic Support: CLICK HERE

    Additional Support Links:

    Small Business Support

    Resident Support

    Additional links for information and assistance

  • Public Announcement

    PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

    Due to the recent pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, Village of Middlefield Administration Office will be closed to public access.
    Items can be put in the drop box or drop slot at the Municipal Center, questions can be answered by email or by phone. This directive does not apply to the scheduled public meeting.

    The decision was based on the recommendations and guidance of State and local authorities. This closure will be in effect until further notice.

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES, EMPLOYERS, AND EMPLOYEES TO PLAN AND RESPOND TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

    Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

    Information from: Governor Mike DeWine Press Releases

    Assistance announced for businesses and workers impacted by restrictions.

    CORONAVIRUS TAX RELIEF

    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.  Click the following link that will be updated as new information is available. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

    ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:
    The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.

    Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

    SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

    Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik announced 3/19/2020 that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has qualified the State of Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

    As a result, Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may now apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, which is recommended, or by calling 1-800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.

    To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.

    As efforts to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continue, Governor DeWine and his administration will continue to identify ways to support the state’s small businesses and nonprofits. For the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

    ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:
    The Governor will tomorrow issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.

    This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

  • Opportunity Zone Workshop – Maximize Your Benefits In 2020

    Due to the current situation concerning the corona virus (COVID-19) and based on our key note speaker’s own corporate guidelines,  The Village of Middlefield and CBIZ have chosen to postpone the Opportunity Zone Workshop until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope to see you all in the near future when things have settled down and we all have a clearer scope of the situation. In the meantime, any questions can be sent to Leslie Gambosi-McCoy at lgambosi@middlefieldohio.com on the Opportunity Zone program and we will email out all the questions and answers.   We hope to reschedule for the month of April.

     

    Opportunity zones provide one of the greatest tax deferral vehicles in the tax reform law commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

    Come and find out how to take advantage of the Geauga Opportunity Zone. The goal is to provide property owners, business owners, and entrepreneurs with quality information and contacts to determine how the Opportunity Zone can work for them.

    APRIL 2020 – Date and Time TBD
    Location Middlefield Library
    16167 East High Street
    Middlefield, OH 44062

  • Industry Sector Partnership Grant Program

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
    January 23, 2020

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Carolyn Cypret, 614-995-1815

     

    (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Lt. Governor Jon Husted, in his capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership grant program, which was funded through the state operating budget.

    Industry Sector Partnerships are designed to develop workforce strategies specific to the various regions around the state, with the goal of driving collaboration between local businesses, education and training providers, and community stakeholders. The program aims to ensure that Ohioans can participate in the workforce pipeline while meeting the needs of job creators and the local economy. (more…)

  • Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network: Call for manufacturers to join group model, take advantage of grant funding

    The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network’s (The Network) created a group sponsored apprenticeship model, which is now available to manufacturers interested in training industrial maintenance employees and machinists.

    Companies who join the group model are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $3,000 per apprentice.

     More information can be found at http://www.industryneedsyou.com/