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COVID-19 Resources & Impacts for Businesses


As the regional chamber of commerce, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to providing employers with the latest information and resources to help you deal with COVID-19 and its impact on business, our community, state, and nation.

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For a complete archive of past bulletins visit our blog

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9/24/21: Navigating the New Federal Vaccine Mandate for Employers
7/30/21: Poloncarz Updates BNP Members on Delta Variant
7/13/21: The Successful Employee Re-Entry Plan

Preparing Your Business for COVID-19 Vaccines – Special 3-Part Series:

04/16/21: #1 Considerations for HR, Operations & Sr. Leaders
04/23/21: #2 Creating a Vaccine Policy & Plan 
04/30/21: #3 Communicating with Customers & Employees

03/04/21: Understanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit
01/12/21: Relief Package 2.0 & Employee Vaccinations
11/17/20: New Guidelines for Out-of-State Travelers
08/26/20: School’s Back (Mostly): What Employers Need to Know About Paid Leave
08/20/20: Borrower Beware: Defending PPP Loans from After-the-Fact Gov’t Scrutiny
07/23/20: Contact Tracing – What Employers Need to Know
06/25/20: A Reentry Plan for Today; A Strategy for the Office of Tomorrow
06/11/20: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act – Updates to the PPP
06/04/20: Manufacturing Council Hosts: Navigating lending, tax law changes and the future of PPP
05/28/20: Manufacturing Council Hosts: Employer Liability Protection
05/20/20: NYS Reopening Guidelines: HR & Legal Implications
05/07/20: Manufacturing Council Meeting: Safety & Operational Protocols
05/16/20: WNY Impact Survey Results
05/01/20: NYS Shared Work Program – Retain Employees During a Slowdown
04/10/20: SBA Loan Facts – EIDL and the Paycheck Protection Program
03/20/20: Covid-19 Latest Updates for Employers from Phillips Lytle
03/25/20: New Paid Leave Policies for COVID-19: Clarity for Employers
03/30/20: COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Details & the Business Impact

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Vaccine Access
Vaccine Education
Vaccine Policy & Plan
Vaccine Communication
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Essential Businesses
Vaccine Policy & Plan
Vaccine Communication
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Paycheck Protection Program

1/25/21 Small Business AdministrationNew PPP Interim Guidance 

1/11/21 Small Business AdministrationSecond Round of PPP Loans 

1/10/21 Small Business Administration2021 PPP Amendments 

1/8/21 Small Business AdministrationPPP Borrower Application

12/22/20 U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Emergency Loans Guide

6/19/20 Small Business AdministrationUpdated PPP Transparency 

6/16/20 Small Business AdministrationRevised Loan Forgiveness Application

6/16/20 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Updated Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

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Express Bridge Loans
Additional Loan Programs
Debt Relief
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NYS Business Assistance
NYS Lease Assistance
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Small Business Guides
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Employee Health Screening

 U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Rally for Recovery Commitment Toolkit

U.S. Chamber of CommerceWorkforce Tips for Employers

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationCOVID-19 Employee Daily Health-Screening Form

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationCOVID-19 Employee Health-Screening Questionnaire 

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationJob Refusal Checklist Form

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International Association of Business Communicators: COVID-19 Resources & Template Communications

The Communications Network: COVID-19 Crisis Communications Triage Kit


Crisis Management & Planning
Business Continuity & Recovery Planning
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Do you have specific questions related to running your business or your business unit?

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From the Blog

1.13.22 COVID-19 Bulletin: SCOTUS Blocks Vax-or-Test Rule

By | January 13, 2022

This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s emergency rule that required employees at workplaces of 100 or more to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly.

1.7.22 COVID Bulletin: The Latest on Vax Mandates – OSHA Rule to be Enforced Monday 

By | January 7, 2022

OSHA is set to begin enforcement of its Vax-or-Test Mandate for organizations with 100+ employees on Monday. After months of litigation, the latest U.S. Circuit Court decision upheld the mandate.

12.21.21 Advocacy Alert: What’s the Latest on Biden’s Vax/Test Mandate?

By | December 21, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

12.17.21 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Again Require Testing for Entry

By | December 17, 2021

Today, Canadian officials announced they would be reinstating a requirement that all entrants present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The requirement will take effect Tuesday, according to the Buffalo News.