Message From Ataraxis Our goal is to help our clients succeed. We know you have questions and want to make sure you have the answers you need. As our CEO Steve Cilley explains in the first video of our new Q&A series, we are here to serve you. When can we require an employee to stay home? Protecting the health and safety of your employees is important. When should you require employees to stay home? There is no simple answer, but there are three situations to consider when making this decision. What are the differences between furlough/ termination/layoffs of my employees? Finding the best way to manage your workforce in challenging times is critical. If you need to make changes to your workforce, deciding whether the changes will be temporary or permanent determines the path you need to take. What should we consider regarding group health insurance? If you are deciding whether to furlough or terminate employees, it is imperative that you consider the impact to health benefits. We encourage our clients to give us a call and we can help you make the best decision for your business. What options are available to continue operations? There is a lot of misinformation and widespread panic around COVID-19. It is important to stay calm and look at your business situation before responding. We can help you figure out the best situation and outcome for your business. What resources are available for small businesses? The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a lot of programs for businesses, including a disaster program. We encourage our clients to give us a call and we can help you navigate the changes happening on a day-by-day basis. Must we keep paying employees that are not working? Must we keep paying employees that are not working? The answer depends on whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt. Understand the options you have for each type of employee. Will COVID-19 be covered by Workers’ Compensation? Workers’ Compensation is designed to protect employees who have been injured on the job. In terms of coverage for COVID-19, compensation will depend on whether or not there is proof the employee contracted COVID-19 on the job. We are here for you. We are here to help you stabilize your business in an unstable time. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.