In This Fast-Moving Story, Online Resources Rule

What was occupying your time on March 1? We hadn’t yet heard of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Now we talk about the FFCPA as naturally as we’ve come to use initialisms and acronyms like EPA and OSHA. The same is quickly becoming true of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES.

Knowing the law has taken a little more time than knowing the lingo, but we are gaining on that, too.

Information around COVID-19 is too extensive and too fast-moving to contain in Shortliner. We instead are building a changing-every-day web page for members that helps them make sense of what’s happening at both the state and federal levels and how they need to respond.

Check out If you need a reminder on your username and password, call the office at (314) 878-2304, or send an email request to Tricia Kidd at

This web page has come together with support from member companies Nilan Johnson Lewis and KCoe Isom. It is the product of questions you have asked and problems you’ve faced.

Get anwers to these questions. They are scattered throughout the web page, but many can be found in this webinar and this Q&A from the Department of Labor.

  • Is my business considered “essential,” thus exempt from stay-at-home orders?
  • What do we do if we have an employee test positive?
  • Under the FFCRA, if providing child care-related paid sick leave and expanded family benefits would jeopardize the viability of my business, how do I pursue a small business exemption?
  • May employees take 80 hours of paid sick leave for self-quarantine and another amount of paid sick time for another reason provided under FFCRA?
  • Can we reduce pay due to economic slowdown?
  • What if I have a fearful employee who refuses to come to work?
  • Are there unemployment benefits being considered for a reduction in hours?
  • What do we need to think about related to unions?
  • Will employers be reimbursed for wages paid under the FFCPA?

Find these documents and templates:

Review this state-by-state information.

  • See governors’ orders in stay-at-home states with definitions of businesses deemed “essential.”
  • See what states are offering tax relief and filing extensions to businesses.
  • State-by-state response information that includes bulletins from health departments, key contact information, executive orders, and travel restrictions.
  • Get tools for contacting your governor and examples of language seeking their support in your continued operation.

Find guidance on these topics.

If you have a legal question related to workforce, and you do not find the answer online, you are entitled, as a regular member of this Association, to a no-cost, confidential, 60-minute consultation with HR attorneys Joe Schmitt and David James.

Call Nilan Johnson Lewis at (612) 305-7500. The firm will verify your membership.