March 20 2020

CEG Tips for Essential and Non-Essential Manufacturers under 100% Workforce Reduction Mandate

Starting the night of Sunday March 22, New York State will require a 100 percent workforce reduction for non-essential businesses. CEG is first advising Capital Region manufacturers to determine whether they satisfy the criteria for “essential manufacturing,” as outlined in an Empire State Development (ESD) Guidance on Executive Order 202.6

Essential Manufacturer Options

To enhance worker safety, consider reducing the number of workers on the floor by participating in NYS Department of Labor’s Share Work Program.  This will allow employers to retain skilled workers while reducing their number on the floor and leveraging unemployment insurance benefits. More info

Reconfigure shop floors to ensure workers are space at least six feet apart. CEG Business Growth Solutions (BGS) can provide insights on how this can be achieved. Schedule a consultation with CEG BGS here

Non-Essential Manufacturing Options

If you are a manufacturer that does not fall under the essential manufacturing industries identified by ESD but are a supplier to a company that does, request an essential business designation. Apply here

Reduce you workforce by 100 percent and apply for a Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan here. Apply here

CEG can assist non-essential manufacturers in applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Schedule a consultation with CEG BGS here

Pivot operations to produce an essential good or service. If you believe you currently have the manufacturing capabilities to produce high-demand items please reach out to CEG BGS here.   

CEG will continue to provide the Capital Region’s business community with updates on the COVID-19 response here. Also, follow us on Twitter at @CEG_NY.

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