TACCA Update March 23
Monday, March 23, 2020
Posted by: Devorah Jakubowsky
Things are evolving rapidly around the Coronavirus and response to directives to keep our communities healthy and safe. TACCA will continue to provide new information as it becomes available to keep you informed to help your business, employees and clients.
Essential Service Providers
The Federal Department of Homeland Security has published an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Service Provider (ESP) designation, and so far there is no Texas-specific ESP designation. Governor Greg Abbott has left decisions on shelter in place orders up to individual counties, and Dallas County referenced the federal ESP designation in its shelter in place order.
TACCA contacted the Department of Homeland Security Dallas office which verified that HVAC/R is considered "essential" as part of the construction workforce. Based on this and a conversation with the Governor’s office, we are confident HVAC/R is considered essential in the State of Texas. We have prepared a letter for our members to use as needed. Please contact us for a copy.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (passed)
TACCA sent an email last Friday with information about this Act which is effective April 2, 2020 and applies to employers with 1 to 499 employees – large employers with 500 or more employees do not have to comply with this law. Please see ACT for more information.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Available
Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state. You can apply for these loans at SBA. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.
NOTE: Legislation is pending in Congress which may provide for Business Interruption Loans that your business may be eligible for. Wait to see the outcome of that legislation before taking out a Small Business Administration loan, which could make you ineligible for a Business Interruption Loan. TACCA will keep you up to date on all Coronavirus-response legislation affecting your business.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has waived the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits. We encourage you to read the information from TWC before making any decisions about laying off employees.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns we can help with.