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Governor 100% Workforce Reduction for Non-Essential Businesses

REMINDER: Essential businesses are exempt from the new Executive Order by Governor Cuomo to close all non-essential businesses with a 100% in-person workforce reduction by Sunday 3/22 at 8pm.
 
Essential service industries/functions and detailed guidance for businesses is now available online at:
https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
 
Businesses unsure if they are included within in exempt categories but still believe they are providing essential services or functions can request a waiver from these reductions by completing this form:
https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf
 
REMINDER: To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers…
 

     
  • DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
    https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm
 
Below is the main NYS page for all COVID-19 information:
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home