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SMB News Daily Rundown: Update for April 14

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Small Business News Highlights for April 14

  • Lawmakers continue to butt heads about stimulus spending
  • Infographic shows breakdown of how SBOs are faring
  • California governor proposes criteria for reopening the country 
  • How to accommodate WFH parents without punishing childless employees

“I have spoken to the leaders of Congress in both parties about the need for this relief. We have asked the administration to weigh in so that we can break this logjam in the Senate and get this done for the American people.”

President Trump and Republican lawmakers continue to clash with Democrats over priorities for the next round of stimulus legislation, even as SBA officials and others that vital small business programs could run out of funds as early as Friday of this week. 

In general, the president and Republican lawmakers want the legislation to be a standalone bill to refill the coffers of the Paycheck Protection program, while Democrats are pushing to incorporate other projects into the package.

For a look at how small businesses across the country are faring, check out this infographic

“As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”

As leaders debate about who has the authority to reopen the country, Governor Gavin Newsom of California has advanced key criteria for safely easing lockdown restrictions.  Chief among the readiness indicators is the ability to perform widespread testing and contact tracing. Governor Newsom also listed being able to reinstate orders as necessary as a critical part of any plans to move forward. 

“Frankly, even people who don’t have specific difficulties to point to still probably need some amount of accommodation right now, simply because this is a highly stressful time.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase employee stress and workplace concerns, employers are doing their best to improve communication, manage expectations around productivity and output, and provide accommodations for employees with young children at home.  

As managers shift expectations and workloads off of parents, it’s important to be aware that they’re not unduly — and unfairly — increasing the burden on other employees. While not everyone has little ones under foot, it’s a highly stressful time and priorities need to be reassessed and expectations adjusted.

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