As I write this post, I have been officially "laid off" my non-essential job due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the Coronavirus is taking the world by storm (and obviously not in a good way). I am now one of the thousands to even millions in the U.S. concerned about and coping with the shutdown of life as we know it, including my job.
To be fair, I thoroughly agree with Governor Larry Hogan's decision to cease non-essential operations and to keep the public and others safe. My social distancing has been reallyyyyyy on point for the past few weeks. But I know that this virus in general is causing grief, concern, worry, stress, anger, and more for all of those affected.
As I am only day 1 into my "shutdown unemployment", I can't help but feel absolute worry for the health of the small businesses around me, for the people I love who are most at-risk, for the parents, children, employees and employers who have no idea what's next. And just when you think the federal government might finally come up with a COVID-19 aid package for the country, there ends up being a bump in the road. *(Update as of March 26th, it looks like the federal government has finally agreed to an aid package for those affected in the U.S. by the Coronavirus!)*
Fortunately, Maryland has been working on and creating aid plans to help small business owners & small business employees get through this tough time. I just hope that other states follow or are in the process of helping their communities. By communities I mean the now unemployed employees and nonoperational small businesses and business owners.
If you are a small business affected by this virus, contact your local government today for potential aid. If you are a small business owner who is still operating for the time being and has Human Resources related questions or concerns about COVID-19 related employee or staffing policies, pay, safe workplace operations, unemployment, etc., please reach out to us today.
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Stay safe and stay healthy everyone, we've got this!