Massachusetts Rapid Response
If your workplace is temporarily closing or downsizing due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Massachusetts Rapid Response Team can provide assistance to you and to your employees.  For more information contact:

Carol Snyder
MA Rapid Response W. MA Regional Coordinator
MassHire Springfield Career Center office
95 Liberty Street, Springfield 01103

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center BizTeam

All Career Center Job Fairs and Employer Spotlights have been cancelled for March and April, but we continue to post jobs and assist employers to fill open positions and to conduct job matching/referral with qualified candidates.  For more information contact:

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Business Services Team
Penni Menard x 329
Marija Boily x 359
(this email goes to both Penni and Marija)

Department of Unemployment Assistance
Employers with questions/issues with the employer side of unemployment claims may email:

Department of Unemployment Assistance – Workshare Program
Gives employers a way to avoid layoffs by sharing the cost of wages with the State of Massachusetts. Employers apply online with their UI Online Employer Account.  If you have questions or difficulties applying for the Workshare Program contact the Western MA Rapid Response team listed above.

Massachusetts Covid-19 Resources for Businesses
Small Business Administrations (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan application, tax relief (postponement of sales, meals, room occupancy taxes until June 20), Small Business Recovery Loan Fund (on hold until SBA EIDL funds expire), SBA bridge loans/grants, Paycheck Protection Program, and Debt Relief Program.  Also see link below for SBA resources in Federal Covid-19 legislation/resources below.

Massachusetts Covid-19 Executive Orders
Regarding closing restaurants and bars for on-premise consumption, hospital and assisted living visitor restrictions, among others.

Covid-19 Unemployment Information for Employers and Employees

Franklin County Community Development Corporation
Small business lending, Covid-19 Fast Track Loan program, Emergency Farm Loans, other Covid-19 business resource links.

Northampton MA Emergency Small Business Grant Program

City of Northampton and Valley Community Development Corporation have teamed up to provide grants to low and moderate income businesses to assist in remaining open during/after Covid19 crisis. Applications open April 15, 2020 at 9am. Limited funds. Northampton for-profit businesses only, 10 or fewer employees including owner, must be in operation for at least one year as of March 1, 2020, owner must be low/moderate income.

Restaurant Strong Fund
$1,000 grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The FFCRA Act requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The U.S. Department of Labor website provides fact sheets for employers and employees, questions and answers providing more detail, an the temporary rule for implementation.

Click here to see U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service details on family and sick leave tax credits for businesses.

New Federal Covid-19 legislation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce guidance on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Website includes guides in English and Spanish on emergency forgivable loans as well as other resources.

Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options – Paycheck Protection Program, loan advances, express bridge loan, debt relief.

Contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) Massachusetts Springfield office to learn speak with a local SBA representative about Covid-19 small business guidance and loan resources.

Learn more about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Coronavirus Tax Relief for taxpayers, businesses, employers including: Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid sick/family leave tax credits, employee retention tax credits, deferred tax payments, and more.

U.S. Department of Treasury Paycheck Protection Program guidance, forms, how to apply.