WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched a new digital resources center with tools and guidance to help employers reopen their businesses safely and sustainably while keeping their employees and customers healthy and informed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Part of the U.S. Chamber’s Path Forward initiative, the resources center includes several new resources for business owners across America as they prepare to return to work, including:
- Employee Screening Questionnaire: The new six-question sample questionnaire represents a consolidation of questions required or recommended by states’ employee screening guidance as well as input from member companies of all sizes and sectors participating in the Chamber’s Return to Work Task Force. It includes questions to ask employees when they initially return to work as well as questions to ask employees weekly and daily.
- Small Business Reopening Playbook: The new four-page guide includes seven steps to help small business reopen as restrictions are lifted across the country and Americans prepare for a “new normal.”
- Compilation of Industry-Specific Guides: The reopening process will vary by sector. From restaurants and retailers to hair salons and gyms, the site includes eight sector-specific guidance from some of the nation’s leading industry associations and government sources. More will be added as they become available.
- State-Specific Health Guidelines: The resources center also features an interactive map and state-specific information to help businesses navigate different public health guidelines across state lines.
“Americans are eager to get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so—to earn a paycheck and continue to support their families,” said Suzanne Clark, president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Any return to work must prioritize the health and safety of employees and consumers, and business owners across America need clear guidance at the federal, state, and local level on how to reopen their businesses safely and sustainably. The Chamber’s new resource center will help businesses as they prepare for a new normal, and how our nation’s public and private sectors manage this transition will determine how quickly we can stage an economic comeback.”
The U.S. Chamber will routinely update the resources center as additional guidance and information become available. Visit www.uschamber.com/reopening-business for the latest information.
Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber
The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items as you see fit:
- Main Street Lending Program Guide
- State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance
- Backgrounder on Health Coverage Options
- Backgrounder on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act
- Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Temporary Paid Leave and Family Medical Leave Guide
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide
- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
- Coronavirus Small Business Guide
- Coronavirus Response Toolkit