At this time, we invite contractors to visit Environmental Health & Engineering’s website to access the health & safety guidelines, a recording of a webinar on EH&E’s health & safety guidelines as well as other training materials for work involving customer contact. Contractors are requested to train additional field personnel on these guidelines internally using these materials.

The State of New Hampshire COVID-19 resources, general:
To view the latest updates from Governor Sununu, and on current case counts in NH and US. https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

State of New Hampshire COVID-19 resources and Guidance for small businesses:
The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) is actively monitoring the evolving situation with regard to the threat the coronavirus (COVID-19) presents. The health, safety and well-being of all residents and businesses is a top-priority and the actions the Governor has taken to limit the community spread of COVID-19 have not been taken lightly. Businesses that have concerns or questions, should contact their regional Business Resource Specialist, found on the left-hand side at https://www.nheconomy.com/covid19

State of New Hampshire WorkShare Program:
As employers navigate new challenges at this time, one way to help maintain their trained workforce is the State’s WorkShare program. Employers can temporarily reduce their workforce in a particular unit, shift or company 10% – 50% and avert a layoff. They can then recall the employees when business increases. Find more information at https://www.nhes.nh.gov/nhworking/stay/index.htm

State of New Hampshire Rapid Response Program:
If your business faces a potential layoff, the State of New Hampshire offers services through its Rapid Response program. Rapid Response is a comprehensive, collaborative and immediate initiative to respond to and mitigate layoffs and closures. Rapid Response benefits both employers and employees through services to workers who are laid off, as well as layoff aversion information for businesses.Employers facing potential layoffs or closures should contact Joe Doiron at Joseph.Doiron@livefree.nh.gov , 603-271-0146, to activate a Rapid Response team.

More information can be found at https://www.nhworks.org/

State of New Hampshire Waiver of Unemployment Waiting Period:
The State of New Hampshire offers a number of services for employees who have been laid off. New Hampshire Employment Security has a list of available services. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online or by calling 603-271-7700.

View the announcement regarding the waiting period being waived by Governor Sununu at https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/press-2020/documents/emergency-order-5.pdf

State of New Hampshire health and well-being resources:
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides services to ensure the health and well-being of citizens during a layoff. Dislocated workers can discuss healthcare options, apply for food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, childcare and medical savings. Individuals can apply online at NHEasy or by calling 603-271-9700.

Registrations of certain licensed professionals:
Due to the current State of Emergency around the COVID-19 Health Advisory, all board and licensing business is being done electronically via email at this time. Visit www.oplc.nh.gov for details.

Federal Resources:

General Federal resources for small businesses:
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Federal small businesses Disaster Loan Assistance Program:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now available for small businesses and nonprofits in New Hampshire that have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19. Need to apply for a small business Disaster Loan? Start here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”):
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave. Read Newswire, IR 2020-57, which clarifies what benefits are provided and how they will be fully subsidized through a refundable payroll tax credit under the Act (and a similar credit for self-employed individuals).

Federal Legislative Relief Efforts:
Through the CARES Act — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the federal government has passed legislation to provide economic assistance to American workers, families and small businesses, as well as preserve American industry jobs. Please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury website for updated information on CARES Act legislation.