Covid-19 Updates

Due to the continuous changes in the new regulations and policies issued by government agencies on both the state and federal level related to the  COVID-19 pandemic, Keevily has made a compilation with information, links, and webinars organized by topics that we consider an essential resource for your company. These official links will be updated daily. We know that, like us, you are receiving hundreds of emails with information related to this situation. Instead of overloading our clients with regular emails, we think it is best to make available these official links, webinars and additional information that you can turn to in search of accurate and up-to-date information.

Your Keevily team remains operating at 100% capacity as we made the necessary accommodations for our employees to work remotely and continue providing the service you deserve.  We hope that you find this information a helpful resource.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Covid-19 – Important links

Restarting your business

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Reopening Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
United States Government Plan: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
Industry Specific Resources: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/

About the disease

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

New York State Department of Health has established a website and telephone number that provide the latest, most comprehensive information about the State’s response to the virus.

NYS DOH Coronavirus Hotline:     1-888-364-3065 (fully language accessible)
NYS DOH Coronavirus Website:    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

Other Helpful Resources:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
NYS Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/
NYS Department of Financial Services: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/

NYS Information

NYS Workers Compensation Board
Stakeholder Briefing Now Available: WCB COVID-19 Outbreak Response
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has created a briefing to inform stakeholders about the Board’s actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The briefing provides a summary of the actions the Board has taken to date, with links to more detailed information.
Please see NYS Workers’ Compensation Board COVID-19 Outbreak Response.

Last updates
– Governor Cuomo Announces Financial and Administrative Relief for All New York State Hospitals. CLICK HERE
– Governor Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg Launch Nation-Leading COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program to Control Infection Rate. CLICK HERE
– New York Smart Cities Innovation Partnership Program – CLICK HERE
– ESD’s Guidance on Essential Businesses was updated on April 19, at 9:45am. CLICK HEREto find the updated guidance.

Information for Business Owners

General Information

NYS Business FAQ: https://esd.ny.gov/novel-coronavirus-faq-businesses
NYSIF Portal: https://ww3.nysif.com/en/FooterPages/Column1/AboutNYSIF/COVID-19

HR

Paid Family Leave: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19#faqs

Webinars

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Employers.
We encourage you to watch this video from “The Business Council of New York”. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New York State, it is important that employers and employees understand the impacts of the virus and how the strand affects individuals, day to day business and the economy.

Family First Coronavirus Response Act | What Employers Need to Know

Learn about the most recent developments affecting employers from a human resources perspective and gain insights into what legislation may be coming later this week.

Webinar link

Loans and Financial Resources for Business

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Opening at 10:30am April 27th
Lenders may resume processing Paycheck Protection Program applications beginning at 10:30am today. Additionally, the SBA has recently posted an updated FAQ for lenders and borrowers. CLICK HERE 

Federal Relief Bill Approved
On Friday, April 24, President Trump signed a $484 billion federal relief bill into law that will provide an additional $310 billion in funding to the Paycheck Protection Program designed to keep employees on small company payrolls. 
CLICK HERE for US Chamber Bill Summary
CLICK HERE for Full Bill Text

Empire State Development Resource Guide to COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans: https://esd.ny.gov/resource-guide-covid-19-sba-disaster-loans
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
The Shared Work Program: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm
Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page

IRS Tax Relief

IRS: Coronavirus tax relief: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus

OSHA

OSHA: Safety & Health topics: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Cyber Security & scams warnings.

Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams: https://ag.ny.gov/coronavirus
Cyber Security: https://www.cisa.gov/    If you don’t have Cyber Insurance we can help you with that. Please call 1 (800) 523-5516

Cyber Attacks have increased 800% due the coronavirus outbreak.

There are several steps individuals, businesses, and government agencies can take to prevent a cyber-attack — even with so many remote workers.

  • Make sure everyone is using a VPN, or a virtual private network, to do office work from home.
  • Require devices to have two-factor authentication, which verifies a person’s identity before logging in.
  • Only use Wi-Fi networks that are password protected.
  • Companies should maintain a reliable back up for their data on a different network.
  • Organizations should make sure their antivirus software is up to date.
  • Everyone should think before they click on links and emails.

As always, Keevily remains committed to meeting the needs of you and your employees. We want to help you and your business during the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Thank you.

COVID-19 Disclaimer: Any statements contained herein relating to the impact of COVID-19 and/or the coronavirus on insurance coverage or any insurance policy is not a legal opinion, warranty, or guarantee and should not be relied upon as such. The situation surrounding COVID-19/coronavirus is changing constantly; as a result, any discussions that might take place may not necessarily reflect the latest information regarding recently-enacted, or pending or proposed legislation or guidance that could override, alter or otherwise affect existing insurance coverage. Answers to policy-specific questions will always depend on the terms and conditions of an individual policy and the specific facts relating to a potential claim. As insurance agents/brokers, we do not have the authority to make coverage decisions or render legal advice.