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Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit


The Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit serves as a:

  • One Stop for Business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID 19
  • Data collection for economic and workforce impacts

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includes guidance for employers on a range of topics including health protocols, information resources, employer response planning and documenting economic injuries as a result of COVID-19.

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  • All NYS Governor Executive Orders: https://www.governor.ny.gov/keywords/executive-order
  • 3/29/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.13 that directs several items related to postponements of elections and various other items. Main business related items noted below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
    • Insurance:
      • Sections 3203 and 4510 of the Insurance Law are modified to extend the grace period for the payment of premiums and fees to 90 days for any life insurance policyholder or fraternal benefit society certificate holder, as those terms are used in such sections, facing a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
      • Sections 3203, 3219, and 3220 of the Insurance Law are modified to provide a life insurance policyholder or annuity contract holder or a certificate holder, as those terms are used in such sections, under a group policy or contract with 90 days to exercise rights or benefits under the applicable life insurance policy or annuity contract for any policyholder or contract holder or certificate holder under the group policy or contract who is unable timely to exercise rights or benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
      • Section 1116 and Articles 34, 53, 54, and 55 of the Insurance Law and Sections 54 and 226 of the Workers’ Compensation Law are modified to impose a moratorium on an insurer cancelling, non-renewing, or conditionally renewing any insurance policy issued to an individual or small business, or, in the case of a group insurance policy, insuring certificate holders that are individuals or small businesses, for a period of 60 days, for any policyholder, or in the case of a group insurance policy, group policyholder or certificate holder, facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The foregoing relief shall also apply to the kinds of insurance set forth in paragraphs (16), (17), (20), (21), (24), (26), and (30) of Section 1113(a) of the Insurance Law. For purposes of this Executive Order, a small business shall mean any business that is resident in this State, is independently owned and operated, and employs one hundred or fewer individuals;
    • State Non-Essential Employees:
      • Any worker who is employed by the state of New York, shall, if deemed non-essential by their agency shall work from home or shall be able to stay home without charging their accruals until April 16, 2020.
    • Construction Essential Services:
      • Executive Order 202.6 is hereby modified to clarify that construction which was an essential service not subject to the in-person work restrictions is modified to provide only certain construction is considered exempt from the in-person restrictions as of March 28, 2020. Further, on and after March 27, 2020, Empire State Development Corporation is hereby authorized to determine which construction projects shall be essential and thereby exempt from the in-person workforce prohibition, contained in EO 202.6 and subsequent Executive Orders which further reduced the workforce requirements. All continuing construction projects shall utilize best practices to avoid transmission of COVID-19.
    • Prior Executive Order Expiration Date Alignment to 4/15/20:
      • By virtue of Executive Orders 202.3, 202.4, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, 202.11 which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, all such Executive Orders shall be continued, provided that the expiration dates of such Executive Orders shall be aligned, such that all in-person business restrictions will be effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, unless later extended by future Executive Orders.
  • 3/27/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.11 that directs a variety of items, with main business related items noted below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20211-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
    • Pharmacies:
      • Section 6808(1) of the Education Law and any associated regulations, to the extent necessary to temporarily permit registered resident pharmacies and registered resident outsourcing facilities to compound certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (March 2020);
      • Sections 6802, 6808, and 6841 of the Education Law and Parts 29.7 (10) and 63.6 of Title 8 of the NYCRR, to the extent necessary to permit pharmacy technicians and pharmacists to practice at an alternative location, including their home, as long as there is adequate security to prevent any Personal Health Information from being compromised;
    • Licensing:
      • To allow individuals and businesses licensed by the Department of State to extend the expiration date of their license:
      • Articles 6-D, 7, 7-A, 8-B, 8-C, 27, 28, 35-B, 35-C, 37-A, 39-E, 39-G, 41, and Section 399-pp of the General Business Law are amended, as necessary, to extend the time to renew a license to the 30th day following the expiration of this Executive Order;
      • Articles 6-F, 6-H, and Sections 130-131 of the New York Executive Law are amended, as necessary, to extend the time to renew a license to the 30th day following the expiration of this Executive Order;
      • Articles 12-A, 12-B, and 12-C of the Real Property Law are amended, as necessary, to extend the time to renew a license to the 30th day following the expiration of this Executive Order; and
      • Article 25 of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law is amended, as necessary, to extend the time to renew a license to the 30th day following the expiration of this Executive Order;
    • Continuing Education:
      • Section 1210.13 of Title 19 of the NYCRR, to the extent that continuing education requirements cannot be met due to the cancellation or postponement of courses during this COVID-19 emergency, to allow manufacturers, retailers, installers, and mechanics currently certified by the Department of State to continue to renew their existing certifications;
    • Funeral Services:
      • Section 307(1) of the State Technology Law to the extent necessary to allow an electronic signature to be used by a person in lieu of a signature affixed by hand in executing documents and forms authorizing or accepting funeral services.
    • School Closures:
      • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.4 related to the closure of schools statewide shall hereafter be modified to provide that all schools shall remain closed until April 15, 2020, at which time the continued closure shall be re-evaluated. No school shall be subject to a diminution in school aid due to failure to meet the 180 day in session requirement as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, provided their closure does not extend beyond the term set forth herein.
    • Occupancy Restrictions:
      • During the period when an Executive Order limiting operation of a type of facility or limiting the number of persons who may occupy any space is in effect, any operation of such a facility or occupancy of any such space by more than the number of persons allowed by said Executive Order shall be deemed to be a violation of law and in particular, but not by way of limitation, shall be deemed to be a violation of the Uniform Code or other local building code in effect in the jurisdiction in which the facility or space is located. In the event of any such violation, any state, county, or local police officer authorized to enforce laws within the jurisdiction in which the space or facility is located is authorized to remove persons from such space or facility. In addition, in the event of such violation, any state, county, or local code enforcement official or fire marshal authorized to enforce the Uniform Code or other local building code within the jurisdiction in which the facility or space is located is authorized to issue an appearance ticket, a Notice of Violation, an Order to Remedy such violation, which shall require immediate compliance, and/or a Do Not Occupy Order to any owner, operator, or occupant of any such facility or space. Nothing in this provision shall limit the authority of any governmental unit or agency to take such other and/or additional enforcement actions to the extent necessary to ensure compliance with such occupancy-related directives or facility operation-related directives.
    • COVID-19 Health Guidance:
      • Any guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health related to prevention and infection control of COVID-19 shall be effective immediately and shall supersede any prior conflicting guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health and any guidance issued by any local board of health, any local department of health, or any other political subdivision of the State related to the same subject.
  • 3/24/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.10 that directs the following through 4/22/20: Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.
  • 3/22/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.9 that directs the following through 4/20/20:
    • Subdivision two of Section 39 of the Banking Law is hereby modified to provide that it shall be deemed an unsafe and unsound business practice if, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any bank which is subject to the jurisdiction of the Department shall not grant a forbearance to any person or business who has a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of ninety days.
    • The Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services shall ensure under reasonable and prudent circumstances that any licensed or regulated entities provide to any consumer in the State of New York an opportunity for a forbearance of payments for a mortgage for any person or entity facing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Superintendent shall promulgate emergency regulations to require that the application for such forbearance be made widely available for consumers, and such application shall be granted in all reasonable and prudent circumstances solely for the period of such emergency.
    • Further, the Superintendent shall be empowered to promulgate emergency regulations to direct that, solely for the period of this emergency, fees for the use of automated teller machines (ATMs), overdraft fees and credit card late fees, may be restricted or modified in accordance with the Superintendent’s regulation of licensed or regulated entities taking into account the financial impact on the New York consumer, the safety and soundness of the licensed or regulated entity, and any applicable federal requirements.
  • 3/22/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.8 that directs:
    • Effective on March 22 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. An entity providing essential services or functions whether to an essential business or a non-essential business shall not be subjected to the in-person work restriction, but may operate at the level necessary to provide such service or function. Any business violating the above order shall be subject to enforcement as if this were a violation of an order pursuant to section 12 of the Public Health Law.
    • There shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any tenant residential or commercial, or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days.
    • Effective at 8 p.m. March 20, any appointment that is in-person at any state or county department of motor vehicles is cancelled, and until further notice, only on-line transactions will be permitted.
    • The authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate late filing and payment penalties pursuant to section 1145 of the Tax Law is hereby expanded to also authorize abatement of interest, for a period of 60 days for a taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020.
    • The order also suspends or modifies the requirements of limitations of state court operations, modification of shareholder meetings being held in a physical location and changes to Department of Motor Vehicles related matters.
  • 3/20/20: Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order
  • 3/20/20: Governor Cuomo directed that non-essential businesses and not-for-profits that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 8pm on 3/22/20 by 100 percent, an increase from the prior directives.
  • 3/20/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.7 that directs non-essential businesses and not-for-profits to implement work-from-home policies effective 8pm on 3/21/20. Businesses and not-for-profits that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent, an increase from the prior directive. The order also directs that all barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other grooming services must close by 8pm on 3/21/20. Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2027-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • 3/19/20: Governor announces 90-Day Mortgage Relief for New Yorkers, Including Waived Mortgage Payments Based on Financial Hardship and No Negative Reporting to Credit Bureaus, Waived Fees for Overdrafts, ATMs and Credit Cards
  • 3/18/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.6 that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent:
    https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

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Informational Employer Resources:

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  • Multilingual CDC COVID-19 Factsheets:
  • Interim CDC Guidance on what to do if you are sick (including guidance for returning to work): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  • Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance: DOL has been working hard to keep up with the demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended hours and restrictions about when to file based on last name: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2020/march-17-2020-1.shtm
    • The fastest and most secure way to apply (file a claim) for Unemployment Insurance benefits is at www.labor.ny.gov/signin
    • Filing can also be done by phone toll-free at 888-209-8124
  • If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits
  • DOL Shared Work Program: The Shared Work Program 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 are able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
  • NYATEP COVID-19 Updates: https://www.nyatep.org/post/important-updates-on-covid-19-in-new-york
  • IRS: Tax Day now July 15: IRS extends filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed
    • NYS Tax Filing deadline also July 15: Because New York State requires electronic filing, the date for filing state personal income taxes automatically travels with the federal filing date, which is now July 15. Further guidelines will be released soon.
  • 3/19/20: Governor announces 90-Day Mortgage Relief for New Yorkers, Including Waived Mortgage Payments Based on Financial Hardship and No Negative Reporting to Credit Bureaus, Waived Fees for Overdrafts, ATMs and Credit Cards
  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave: To address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation, the new law provides the following:
    • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide their workers:
    • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide their workers:
      • At least 5 days of paid sick leave
      • Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
      • Guaranteed access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000. Here's how to apply for Paid Family Leave and disability benefits.
    • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide their workers:
      • At least 14 days of paid sick leave
      • Guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
      • The provisions of the quarantine legislation took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature, ensuring that New York workers are able to take advantage of these benefits now.
    • Additional Notes:
      • If you are quarantined but are working from home you do not qualify for these benefits.
      • You may be eligible for additional leave under NYS Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. Please call the hotline for more info.
      • If an employer is closed due to COVID-19 or a quarantine order, employees may immediately apply for Unemployment Insurance.
      • Questions: Call the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • NYS DOL Workforce Resources:
    • Affordable healthcare options through the New York State Department of Health: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
    • JobZone is a no-cost, interactive resource to help adults manage their careers. Adults can explore career interests, occupations, and job openings: https://www.jobzone.ny.gov/views/jobzone/guest.jsf
      • Ability to “Live Chat” with a Career Advisor for advice and job search strategies
    • Jobs Express: Lists current job openings (currently, over 138,000) in New York's 10 regional economies. Job opening numbers are updated frequently. You’ll find businesses hiring because they are unaffected by COVID-19 and businesses hiring in response to COVID-19: https://labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm
  • Free or low cost Wi-Fi and Cellular Data:
    • Free WiFi: Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Comcast are giving households with K- 12 and college students, and those who qualify as low-income complimentary Wifi for 60 days
      • Families who do not have the service will also receive free installation of the service
      • Both companies are expanding Wi-fi hotspots to the public within the company’s available regions
      • Call (844) 488-8395 (Charter) or (855) 846-8376 (Comcast) to enroll
      • Individuals must call company after 60 days, or they will be automatically billed
    • Unlimited data: Charter, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are offering unlimited data plans to customers until May 13 for no additional charge

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