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Small Business News Highlights for June 29:
- Employees can take paid leave to care for kids whose summer camp is cancelled
- UPS creates Small Business portal and offers discounts to SMBs
- Opinion: SBOs flouting social distancing rules share responsibility for rising cases
Parents can take paid leave if children’s summer camp is canceled
“The expectation that employees take FFCRA leave based on planned summer enrollments is not different from the closing of other places of care such as a day care center.”
The Department of Labor issued a ruling today allowing parents to take paid leave if their children’s summer camp has been canceled due to public health restrictions.
The ruling states that summer programs fill the same need for childcare as daycare or school and that, as such, parents are eligible for benefits if they can prove that their child would be enrolled in a summer camp program if not for COVID-19.
UPS creates a Small Business portal, offers discounts
“The new offering for small and mid-businesses comes at the heels of its ‘Be Unstoppable’ campaign. The campaign attempts to showcase the resilience and determination of small businesses as they work to recover from the pandemic, and bringing attention to the many resources and services available at UPS.”
The United Parcel Service is doing their part to support small businesses in the process of reopening. The shipping company has created a dedicated portal for small business owners, complete with a code for significant savings for shipping and other resources.
This move comes on the heels of a UPS survey from May that found that nearly half of SMBs do not expect a quick return to normal operating conditions.
Are SBOs to blame for coronavirus resurgence?
“Crowds are partying at bars and restaurants in holiday spots, city centers and outdoor events, many not wearing masks and many others clearly violating social distancing guidelines. And they’re being fed and fueled by small business owners who know the rules are being ignored but are just too eager to make up for their coronavirus losses.”
Over the past months, much discussion has been dedicated to the plight of SBOs and their need for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. One small business consultant wants to hold some SBOs accountable, however, for their part in the rising case numbers in many parts of the country.
While many SBOs are doing their part to encourage patrons to observe public health guidelines and social distancing efforts, others seem to be prioritizing profit over safety.