• Florida Chamber COVID-19 Membership Update - March 17, 2020

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    March 17, 2020
    March 17, 2020
    A Message from the Florida Chamber: COVID-19 Update
    These are undoubtably precedented times for all, but the Florida Chamber is uniting Florida’s business community for good. Your safety, and the health of your employees is essential.
    We’re in constant contact with the Governor’s office, and we’re committed to providing you with daily updates as we meet this challenge head-on. 
    Please share this message with other business leaders, and encourage them to sign-up to receive their personal copy, and remember you can always get the latest updates from the Florida Chamber's COVID-19 Resource Center.
    Have questions or want to share information, contact our COVID-19 point of contact Greg Blose at gblose@flchamber.com
    My Best,
    Mark Wilson
    President & CEO
    Florida Department of Health
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Resources and Guidelines for Business
    Centers for Disease Control
    Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    SBA Disaster Assistance
    Business Best Practices
    Results from a Florida Chamber statewide business leader survey, details best practices that employers have implemented.
    When asked what measures has your company deployed to counteract the virus, results show:
    68%: Added hand sanitizers throughout the office
    63%: Canceled meetings or conferences
    61%: Suspended or
    limited travel
    24%: Offered working
    remotely to all employees
    9%: We have not
    changed anything
    According to Florida business leaders, companies that
    have suspended conferences, meetings and/or travel,
    the duration for that suspension is:
    23%: Indefinitely
    22%: 30 days
    20%: No Answer
    13%: Less than 30 days
    12%: Other
    10%: 60 – 90 days
    When asked about their level of concern over COVID-19, business leaders said they are:
    52%: Somewhat worried
    38%: Very worried
    10%: Not worried at all
    HR Resources
    Fisher Phillips has assembled a cross-disciplinary taskforce of attorneys across the country to address the many employment-related issues facing employers.
    COVID-19: Number of Cases in Florida
    Data Source: Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard
    COVID-19 Updates
    State Loan Program
    Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida will begin a $50 million bridge-loan program for businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus and that he has directed the state’s revenue department to extend deadlines for businesses to pay corporate income taxes. Visit FloridaDisasterLoan.org for details.
    Election Day
    Today is Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary and precincts will be open for Floridians to vote in person. Voters are encouraged to contact their local supervisor of elections before heading out to vote, as some precincts that were previously located in nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been removed or relocated.
    Trump to Seek $850 Billion Stimulus Package
    The Trump administration will seek approval of a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus package from Congress in order to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus, a senior administration official confirmed on Tuesday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to outline the package to Senate Republicans on Tuesday. More here.
    House Passes Corrected Coronavirus Bill
    The House on Monday evening passed for the second time legislation to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus after technical corrections were made to the measure. The bill initially passed in a 363-40 vote in the early hours of Saturday morning, but due to a technicality that could not be fixed administratively, it had to be brought back to the floor. More here.
    Border Closures
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the country is closing its borders to anyone other than Canadian citizens, permanent residents and -- at least for now -- US citizens. Read more here.
    Canada joins a growing list of border closures, including:
    Florida Chamber of Commerce www.FloridaChamber.com/Coronavirus
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