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CARES Act and Hospitality

Posted By HM Staff , Monday, March 23, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020

In the massive CARES Act, being debated today in Congress, a key part of the legislation is a proposal by Senator Susan Collins to provide forgivable loans to small businesses. 

The legislation proposes:

      • Loans to businesses to help pay for payroll to keep employees on staff 

       • Health insurance payments if the employer had a plan in place before the closure.

       • Help to pay for mortgages, rent or utilities for the business owner. (The business would not be required to stay open to keep their employees on payroll.)

 More details here: 

 

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Hospitality Recovery Acts

Posted By HM Staff , Friday, March 20, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Congress is looking to pass a broad economic rescue package that the Trump administration estimates will be around $1.3 trillion. The National Restaurant Association needs help to ensure restaurant relief is properly addressed in this package.

If you agree, take a few moments to participate in this grassroots mobilization effort. Text “Recovery” to 52886 to help the #RestaurantRecovery

The hotel industry is facing an abrupt and unprecedented drop in hotel demand that is gaining pace and getting progressively more severe each day. The American Hotel and Lodging Association is requesting similar action. Click on Hotels Act

Congress can take urgent action to protect countless jobs, provide relief to dedicated and hardworking employees, and ensure that our small business operators and franchise owners – who represent more than half of hotels in the country – can keep their doors open!
 

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Loan option strategies

Posted By HM Staff , Thursday, March 19, 2020
Due to the overwhelming amount of businesses applying online for Economic Development Injury Loans the system is overwhelmed. 

  Tips to Apply Online

• Make sure "Economic Development Injury Loan" is selected
• If you need cash flow relief immediately, explore a loan deferment (SBA or a conventional loan)
• If you have an SBA loan and defer the payments, you will not be ineligible for these emergency funds if you meet all other requirements. 
Free Resources 
Small Business Development Centers: www.mainesbdc.org
Women's Business Center: www.ceimaine.org
  

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Beer and Wine approved for take out

Posted By HM staff , Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:24:06 PM 

Today, HospitalityMaine was involved in the process to clarify the word “beverage” as stated in the Governor’s proclamation on restaurants closure. 

We have confirmed that it includes beer and wine. 

“We are very encouraged that Gov. Mills included adult beverage service with takeout and delivery for Maine’s devastated restaurants,” said Dugal.

“It will go a long way to increase business for those restaurants that remain open and have liquor licenses. This is a definite advantage,” he said. 
 
Under the temporary restaurant dine-in closure  edicts, Maine restaurants can now deliver beer and wine with food.

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Unemployment Insurance Update

Posted By HM Staff, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Commissioners Heather Johnson and Laura Fortman have clarified that those who own a business and are on their own payroll WILL be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Restaurant or inn sole proprietors should use the Loan Guarantee Fund, the Finance Authority of Maine is working hard to communicate this to banks.

 

 

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EXECUTIVE ORDER TO TEMPORARY CLOSE RESTAURANTS

Posted By HM Staff, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Gov. Mills Announces Restaurant Closure: All restaurants and bars shall close their dine-in facilities. Such businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. Through March 31, 2020.

  * (if shutting downing entire operation)

 

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TAKE OUT AND DELIVERY GUIDELINES

Posted By HM STAFF, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Small Businesses Steps to take during COVID-19

Posted By HM Staff , Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What do I do if my business is experiencing immediate financial distress?

1. Contact your financial institution: Your own financial institution may be your best resource and wants to hear from you. Banks and credit unions are given authority to defer required payments, waive fees and make accommodations. Your financial institution may also be able to quickly provide a line of credit or short-term loan based on your existing relationship. Finally, letting the institution know of financial distress early is the best course of action.

2. Check into US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Because Governor Mills acted quickly, Maine is now declared eligible for assistance. Businesses and individuals seeking assistance may apply on the SBA website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans approved for Maine

Posted By HM Staff, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

AUGUSTA, MAINE — The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Mills ’application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help Maine businesses overcome any temporary loss of revenue due to the novel coronavirus. Maine is one of the first states in the country to be approved, and Maine small business owners can now begin applying for these loans.

“This is good news for Maine small businesses who will need this capital to help weather the impact of the coronavirus,” said Governor Mills. “I thank the SBA for making these funds available and Maine’s congressional delegation for their support. I encourage Maine’s small business owners to take advantage of these loans during this time of economic uncertainty.”

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Employer guidelines for pandemic

Posted By HM Staff , Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 16, 2020

Provided by Bernstein Shur 

What if, due to COVID-19, I can't afford to employ all employees?

During a temporary shutdown, employers do not have to pay employees who are not working. Employees who have earned PTO, sick or vacation time, may be permitted to use that during the period of the shutdown. Additionally, employees may be entitled to receive unemployment benefits for temporary layoffs. 

If employee self-reports exposure and contact with other employees or clients/customers? An employee who reports exposure must immediately be separated from other employees and sent home for quarantine period (currently 14 days). You should discuss with that person whom he or she came into contact with so that you can alert those individuals and, for individuals with whom the employee had sustained contact. 

Under OSHA law, employers have a duty to protect employees from known hazards. Take measures to protect others, including clients, until the risk is mitigated after an incubation period or the individual receives a negative test result. Do not identify the employee who self-reports by name and avoid giving information that may lead others to discern the employee’s identity.

Can we require employees to quarantine after return from travel? If so, what types of travel? For how long? Yes. The CDC, state and local public health officials recommend that people who have been to Warning Level 3 locations remain quarantined for 14 days or until they are symptom free without the use of medication (such as Advil or Tylenol). However, given the rapid spread of this disease and the ever-changing landscape, all employees returning from international travel or travel within the United States from areas where there are known outbreaks, or from cruises, should remain in quarantine for 14 days before reporting for work.

If an employee is quarantined, do we have to pay them? Can we require PTO? Is this FMLA? Employees can be required to use PTO, sick, vacation, or personal time while they are in a self-induced or an employer-required quarantine. If employees do not have any accrued time, the time out of work can be without pay. You may also consider creating a coronavirus leave bank for employees without paid leave who are impacted by the virus.

More here: Legal advice link 

 

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