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Comprehensive COVID-19 Resources for Small Business Owners

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 is now confirmed in Michigan. How does this impact your business?

Here is a quick resource guide we have compiled to help you make some decisions regarding your business and your employees.

SBAM will continue to monitor the situation and provide relevant updates on social media and in our newsletters.

Potential HR Issues Arising from the Coronavirus

The American Society of Employers (ASE) has put together this very comprehensive FAQ regarding coronavirus and how employers can respond to and work with your employees.

Advice for Business Response

The CDC has guidance for employers regarding strategies and advice for business owners.

Responding to Michigan’s State of Emergency

Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency on March 10th in response to COVID-19 to maximize efforts to slow the spread. Read the press release here.

The Governor’s office recommends taking these steps to prevent spread of flu and the common cold that will also help prevent coronavirus disease, including:

•           Washing your hands with soap and water.

•           Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

•           Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

•           Avoiding contact with people who are sick.

•           Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.

Updates will be posted to Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. You can also choose to subscribe to updates from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

BCBSM Covering Medically Necessary Tests

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will waive member copays and deductibles for COVID-19 tests, among series of proactive steps on coronavirus.

SBAM Events

SBAM will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations in regards to all of our upcoming events. The March 18th Owner-to-Owner regional meeting in Macomb has been canceled. At this time all events are scheduled to occur.

Attorney General Warns Businesses Seeking to Illegally Profit from Coronavirus Fears

The Attorney Generals’ Office warns of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, including:

•           Charging the consumer a price that is grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold; and

•           Causing coercion and duress as the result of the time and nature of a sales presentation.

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