In these challenging times triggered by the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Department of Commerce wants you to stay informed. In collaboration with our state and federal partners, we have assembled a comprehensive list of resources related to the COVID-19 response to assist Alabama employers and workers. This page will be updated periodically, and important developments will be shared on the Made in Alabama web site and its social media channels.
Governor Kay Ivey has launched altogether.org, an online resource that will serve as an up-to-date hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. The site is the state’s official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts, to help empower those impacted by the outbreak and those who want to offer support.
Information and Resources for Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program prioritized Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing loans up to cover job retention and certain other expenses. The PPP expired on Saturday, Aug. 8, while the PPP Loan Forgiveness Platform began accepting submissions on Monday, Aug. 10.
The SBA has provided details about PPP loan forgiveness. See the FAQs.
Small business impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply for assistance under the SBA’s Economic Industry Disaster Loan program for COVID-19. The program will continue until Dec. 31.
The SBA is automatically deferring payments on previous disaster loans through the end of the year. Learn more details.
Visit the SBA’s Alabama District Office website.
The Coronavirus Relief Fund website is a resource for businesses and other entities seeking assistance in the form of grants during the pandemic. Visit the website.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has information for employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect April 1, 2020. Read the guidance.
The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the IRS’ Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments webpage.
For exporters, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering unprecedented financing flexibility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for business and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. Visit the CDC guidance web page.
Information and Resources for Employees
The Alabama Department of Labor has announced that Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 are eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.
Read the Department of Labor’s FAQ on unemployment insurance benefits.
Visit the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 web page.
Employers seeking help with layoff aversion ideas or help with a temporary layoff should contact the State Rapid Response Team’s David Niesen at (334) 242-5417 | David.Niesen@commerce.alabama.gov
Read the AlabamaWorks Handout on the Rapid Response Team’s assistance for dislocated workers.