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Workers Comp Premium Installmenst Deferred - June 1, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers' premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Ohio Protecting Ohioans Order in Place - May 23, 2020

Gov. DeWine has replaced Ohio's "Safe at Home" order with an "Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans." While the previous mandates in the "Safe at Home" order are no longer mandatory, the ban on mass-gatherings and rules for restaurants and bars will remain in place. You can read the new advisory HERE.


Several New Sector Opening Dates in Ohio Have Been Announced - May 22, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.

Beginning Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.

Guidance for baseball, golf, general non-contact sports, and skills training are attached. Full guidelines to ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible are/will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

 


Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory - May 21, 2020 

NOTE:  This Order Rescinds and Modifies Portions of the Stay Safe Ohio Order

Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisor" recommends that Ohioans continue to stay home as much as possible, but maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio:.

Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including those who are elderly and those who are sick, are strongly urged (but not required) to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. According to the CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people who are 65 years or older and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including: 

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
  • People who have serious heart conditions;
  • People who are immune compromised;
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BM!] of 40 or higher);
  • People with diabetes;
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and
  • People with liver disease

 The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are urged to avoid places where they are likely to be exposed to an increased number of people. When out in public, they should wear a mask unless not otherwise indicated. They should also practice good hand-washing hygiene.

 All other Ohioans who are not considered high-risk are advised to take precautions to limit the spread of this disease and rely on their sense of personal responsibility and accountability to others when leaving home. Because individuals can carry the virus and spread it prior to or without showing symptoms, this Urgent Health Advisory recommends, but does not require, that Ohioans who are not considered high-risk stay at their place of residence when possible with the intent of lowering the rate of spread of COVID-19.


Governor to Appoint Enforcement Team to Ensure Bars & Restaurants Are Operating Safely - May 19, 2020 

Governor DeWine announced that he is assembling an enforcement team to ensure that bars and restaurants are operating safely under the Responsible RestartOhio plan. The enforcement team will operate as part of the Ohio Department of Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and will conduct safety compliance checks in crowded bars and restaurants.  Businesses found violating the Stay Safe Ohio order or the Dine Safe Ohio order will receive administrative citations that could result in the revocation of liquor licenses.  The OIU team will also work with municipal prosecutors to take potential criminal actions against business owners who do not follow the order, which includes the requirement that patrons remain seated while eating/drinking and that parties stay six feet apart.


SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application - May 18, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.  

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. 

  • The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
    Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

 The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. 

CLICK HERE to view the application and instructions.

 

Cleveland Clinic Offers Resources and Back-to-Work Guidelines - May 14,2020

To support you and community residents as reopening begins, we want to remind you of the resources we have at the Cleveland Clinic. Feel free to use and share the links below for COVID 19 information and the back-to-work guidelines. Tips on cleaning, social distancing and emotional health are among the many topics. Helpful videos can be accessed from the links below. 

 clevelandclinic.org/coronavirus 

 www.Clevelandclinic.org/covid19atwork

There is also an employer webinar series, Getting Back to Work Safely: What Employers need to know about COVID-19 with our health experts. The first one –recorded on May 6  -  is available for viewing now. Please click here. The second installment of the webinar series on COVID-19 Update: Emotional Well-Being in the Workplace will be available for viewing shortly.


Pendamic Unemployment Assistance fo Unemployed Who Do Not Qualify for Traditional Unemployment Benefits - May 13, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has launched its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application tool for individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 but who do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits. Unlike regular benefits, which rely on employers’ reported earnings for each employee quarterly, PUA relies on individual income tax records and proof of employment provided by claimants.  
The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25.  For those eligible, PUA benefits will be retroactive to the date they qualified, as early as February 2. The program will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any weekly extensions also may be eligible for the program.  
To apply, please go to https://pua.unemployment.ohio.gov/.  When you visit this website, in the lower left corner of the page, click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.”  Ohioans without Internet access can dial 1-833-604-0774.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services


Governor DeWine Orders Responsible RestartOhio - May 7, 2020

Sector specific operating requirements have been developed for busineses to reopen. Click HERE to view all sectors.


PUCO ISSUES GUIDANCE ON WATER SUPPLY FLUSHING - May 6, 2020

 The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has issued the following memo regarding water supply flushing:

As businesses and buildings reopen under the "Responsible RestartOhio" plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that have had little to no water usage, it is important to flush water that has been stagnant. Low water usage can contribute to bacterial growth, including Legionella which can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. It can also cause other water quality issues with potential health risks due to the build-up of lead and copper in stagnant water that's been collecting in older pipes and fixtures. 

As buildings reopen, it is critical to drain, flush, and if necessary based on a review of building conditions, disinfect the hot and cold-water systems to remove harmful contaminants. Devices that store water, such as drinking water fountains, water heaters, storage tanks, and any droplet or mist-forming devices such as cooling towers, humidifiers, showerheads, and certain medical and manufacturing devices and process equipment should also be flushed and disinfected in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations or industry best practices.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued a letter with more information, which you can access HERE, as well as "Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration", which you can access HERE.


Manufacturing, Distribution &  Construction Open Today - May 4, 2020

Manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.


Clarification on Wearing Face Masks or Covering in the Workplace - April 30, 2020

As Ohio begings to reopen business and manufacturing, the State is providing clarification on the need to wear face masks or face coverings.  Click HERE for the most recent directive.


Ohio Issues List of Entities That Will Remain Close Until Further Notice - April 28, 2020

Click HERE to view list


Ohio to Increase Testing for Coronavirus - April 25, 2020

In order to increase testing capacity, Ohio is partnering with Thermo Fisher to produce reagents and ROE Dental Laboratory to produce swabs. Ohio will also be partnering with an organization called Partners in Health to increase the ability to trace contact exposure to COVID-19. This testing will dramatically increase Ohio's ability to test in its priority areas, including nursing homes, hot spots, congregate living settings, food and grocery stores, and essential manufacturing facilities.


Additional Funding Approved for the Paychck Protection Program - April 24, 2020

Another round of federal funding has been approved for the Paycheck Protection Program. Chick HERE more information and sample forms. Contact your banker immediately if you plan to apply.


Ohioans Can Now Apply for Unemployment 24/7 - April 23, 2020

Click HERE to be taken to Apllication Page.  It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.


Workers' Comp Checks to Go Out Soon - April 22, 2020

Less than two weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers. Governor DeWine has announced that a total of more than 170,000 checks will be mailed over the next five days. This dividend is intended to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio’s business community and the economy.  The dividend equals approximately 100% of the premiums paid in policy year 2018. Approximately $1.4 billion will go to private employers and nearly $200 million will go to local government taxing districts, such as counties, cities, townships, and schools.

SharedWork Ohio - Fedeal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation - April 20, 2020

SharedWork Ohio (SWO) is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under an SWO plan, eligible employers will reduce affected employee’s weekly work hours between 10 and 50 percent. Participating employees will work the reduced schedule and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will pay them a prorated unemployment benefit. Click HERE for more information.


Governor DeWine Announces a Phase-In Opening of Stte's Economy - April 17, 2020

Beginning May 1st, the state will begin a phased-in reopening of the state economy.  The plan will be fact-driven over a long period of time to minimize the health risk to business owners, employees, and their customers. In consultation with Dr. Acton, Lt. Governor Jon Husted will lead the governor’s board of economic advisors to identify best practices, similar to the current requirements on essential business operations to ensure Ohioans health and safety as businesses begin the process of reopening.


Bureau of Workers Compensation 2020 Employer Dividend - April 15, 2020

Governor DeWine has asked the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to send up to $1.6 million to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of COVID-19 on Ohio's economy and business community.  Details HERE


New Information From IRS on Economic Impact Payments - April 13, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new tool to help those who do not typically file income tax returns to register for the Economic Impact Payments. Eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019, or who were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to, should utilize this new portal to ensure you receive your economic impact payment. After providing your information through the secure portal, you will not need to take any further action to receive your payment. More information and link to the IRS website HERE


SBA Relief Options - April 10, 2020

If you haven't yet applied for the SBA Relief Options for Small Business, review this material to see what is available. Click HERE to access information


Ohio Health Department Stay at Home Order Extended to May 1, 2020 

Read complete order HERE 

Kudos to City Manufacturers for Stepping Up to Aid in Dealing with COVID-19

FireDex, a maker of turnout gear for fire fighters, has modified their production to make medical gowns and chemical-resistant coveralls worn by healthcare workers and first responders. 
Spray Products Corp. is awaiting approval from the FDA to produce hand sanitizer in an aerosol can.


Click HERE to watch a message from Mayor Hanwell for our business owners in the City - April 3, 2020


Medina County Health Department 
The Medina County Health Department is staffed for EMERGENCY questions only 24/7.  Use the Health Department main line, 330-723-9688.

State of Ohio Health Department

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital

Center for Disease Control

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief


A call center, staffed by health care and infectious disease professionals, is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634.

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton are holding daily updates on this developing situation. These are usually held sometime between 2 and 3pm. Check the schedule on a daily basis as it varies.  These can be viewed at www.ohiochannel.org


Information for Businesses and Unemployed Workers

SCORE has a series of free webinars for small businesses and a Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub - April 3, 2020

Click HERE for a list of webinars and the Hub

Federal Stimulus Package (CARES Act) for Small Businesses -April 2, 2020
This federal stimulus package includes loans for small businesses that can be used to assist with rent, utilities, payroll and other expenses. Click HERE to read.

JobsOhio Announces Webpage for Employer Resources - Aprril 2, 2020

JobsOhio has released a webpage with COVID-19-related resources for employers, including Ohio's municipalities, which you can find HERE. The webpage will be continuously updated with information such as economic impact reports and industry sector-specific guidance to help employers keep their workforce safe.


Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation Payments - March 29, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announcee that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020, at which time the matter will be reconsidered. This is for public and private employers. BWC will not lapse (cancel) coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Installment payments due for the three-month period total approximately $200 million.  For more information click HERE

Small Business Disaster Loans - March 28, 2020

Heritage Ohio presented a webinar on March 24 that gives detailed instructions on how to complete the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan.  You may want to view it before attemping the application,  It can be viewed HERE

Small Business Administration (SBA) has now approved the Economic Injury Loan Assistance program. It may be used by Ohio small business owners and nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.  The current rate for nonprofits is 2.75%.

The loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on the borrower's ability to repay. Loans can be completed online, or applicants can obtain a paper application and assistance by calling he Cleveland office at 1-216-522-4190. For more information about the loan program visit disasterloan.sba.gob/ela.  Be sure to apply for an Economic Disaster Loan if you qualify.

For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and for information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus

Ohio Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits

Residents who find themselves unemployed as a result of the Governor’s orders to close businesses can apply for Coronavirus Unemployment Insurance Benefits.  If you are receiving unemployment benfits, they will be extended for six months. For more information, visit: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm 

Emergency Business Continuity Plan

When business is disrupted, it can cost money.  Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential.  More information HERE

State, Federal, and City Taxes - Updated April 2, 2020

Federal, State and City Income Tax filing has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020.  If you are expecting a refund, it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible, as refunds will be processed quickly.

  • Net profit taxpayers (calendar year) who have opted to file with the State Tax Commissioner will have until 7/15/20 to file and pay their 2019 municipal income tax return with the State.
  • Net profit taxpayers (calendar year) who file directly with the tax administrator of the municipal corporation will have until 7/15/20 to file and pay their 2019 municipal income tax return.
  • First and second quarter estimated tax payments (individuals and calendar year net profit tax filers) will both be due by 7/15/20.  

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service are allowing all individual and other non-corporated tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax, including self-employment tax payments, due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020. 


Utility Relief During Coronavirus Emergency

First Energy Corp/Ohio Edison is discontinuing power shutoffs for customers who are past due on their electric bills. Click HERE for more information. If you have trouble paying your bill, the company is willing to work with you. Various payment options are available. Beware of scammers who prey on fears to achieve their illegal gains. Please remain alert to calls that are demanding payment to avoid immediate shutoff.  If you sense something isn't right or you would like to discuss payment options, please call customer service at 1-800-633-4766

Columbia Gas of Ohio is suspending shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they are offering to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 a flexible payment plans, and will suspend late payment charges until May 1. 

City of Medina Water Service disonnections shall be suspended from March 15 thru June 30, 2020.  Water users will continue to be billed at the normal rate for water usage during this time period and shall include charges for interest and penalties.

Medina City Water/Trash Bill payments may be paid in a number of ways.
Deposit you payment slip and check in the One Stop Utility Drop marked City Water in the parking lot of Medina      Municipal Court Parking Lot
Online payments may be made by check or credit card (Master Card or Visa) for no additonal charge
Call the 24-hour phone line at 855-922-1075 for no extra charge
During business hours payments can be taken by phone at 330-722-9053

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