The Department of State has taken a number of steps to relax restrictions on pharmacies to ensure Pennsylvanians can continue to access the medications they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Out-of-state pharmacies will be permitted to ship goods into Pennsylvania under some circumstances, and temporary licensure will be granted to pharmacies in other states so they can provide goods and services to Pennsylvanians for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.

Also, pharmacists will be permitted to provide remote supervision by telephone or computer to pharmacy technicians and interns, ensuring these employees can continue to dispense medications without a pharmacist physically on the premises.

More details about this announcement are available here.

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There have been significant changes to FMLA and paid sick leave that will have an impact on employers with fewer than 500 employees. There is a “paid leave” component. As with the expanded FMLA provision, the bill contains language allowing the Secretary of Labor to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the paid sick leave requirement.
 
Please click the link to review:
 

Following is a link to a press release regarding the new paid leave act (Families First Coronavirus Response Act): https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320

Please continue to monitor our website for forthcoming guidance regarding this issue: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

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Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19. If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves.  Complete information is located on the Unemployment compensation website:

https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx

COVID Guidance and Resources:

https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3RuUzAyAN3iavdPdVgRM-Wslbkusefed7oOC5xUiExM9V_STHbD8pvIGI

How to file for Unemployment:

https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Video-How-to-File-for-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

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The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will provide up to $100,000 to eligible small businesses at 0% interest. Agricultural Producers will have a 2% interest rate.

Year 1:  No Payments

Year 2:  Principle & Interest payments based on a 12 year amortization

Year 3:  Principle & Interest payments based on a 12 year amortization

Balloon Payment after Year 3

Loan program dollar amounts will be based on prior 3 months operating obligations. Funds can be used for working capital needs only.

All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to www.dced.pa.gov/CWCA.  These documents are PDFs that can be filled out and signed digitally once you download them.  Wedco is standing by to help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.


Working Capital Access Program fact Sheet - NEW!

Working Capital Access Program Guidelines

Exhibit A: COVID-19 Company Profile 2020F

Exhibit B: COVID-19 Certification Applicant Other Entities 2020F

Exhibit C: COVID-19 Debt Schedule 2020

Exhibit D: COVID-19 Cash Flow Analysis 2020

Exhibit E: COVID-19 Personal Financial Statement 2020v2

W9 2018 IRS Fillable Form

W9 Electronic Signature Form

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FaceBook Grants Link

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Pocono Mountains United Way and its coalition of partners are working together to establish the Crisis Response Fund. This initiative aims to rapidly deploy resources to regional organizations that work with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this health crisis. The Crisis Response Fund functions in the form of a one-time grant to financially support organizations that have deep community roots and strong experience helping residents in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • At-risk populations.
  • Those without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave.
  • People with limited English language proficiency.
  • Healthcare and tourism workers.

Grants will be released on a rolling basis, with the initial round of funding expected to move within the next few weeks. The anticipated primary areas of need include:

  • Food for children out of school, seniors, families.
  • Rental assistance to keep people housed.
  • People experiencing homelessness.
  • College students facing barriers.

“This fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity as efficiently as possible,” said Michael Tukeva, President/CEO of Pocono Mountains United Way. “A coalition of philanthropy, government and business partners is working together in real time to make this happen.” Pocono Mountains United Way will administer grants from the fund, while grant recipients will be determined by a subset of the non-profit’s Board of Directors and other community leaders. The specially formed Crisis Response Fund Committee is chaired by Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Pocono Mountains United Way commits that 100% of donated funds will be used to support crisis response efforts with 0% overhead fees assessed by United Way or the recipient organizations.

Click here to donate or learn more about the Crisis Response Fund.

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