Resources and News
The Covid-19 state of emergency in Ohio was lifted on June 18, 2021.
Information about Ohio's vaccination program and other resources continue to be available
through the Responsible Restart Ohio website and the links below.
UPDATE: November 5, 2021: Summary: OSHA Covid Vaccination Emergency Standard
Click HERE for the Ohio Covid-19 Dashboard
Click HERE for Ohio Vaccination Program information
- Vaccination Program for Business and Organizations
- Vaccinating your Employees/Members: Guidance for Employers and Organizations
- American Rescue Plan tax credits available to small employers to provide paid leave to employees receiving COVID-19 vaccines; new fact sheet outlines details
Click HERE for Vaccine Provider Location Search
Click HERE for Posters and Signs, including:
- MaskUpOhio and Face Coverings
- Employee Break Rooms
- Social Distancing
- Business Sector Responsible Protocols
Public Health Advisory Alert System
Click HERE for the Public Health Advisory Alert System
COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Click HERE for more Travel Advisory information.
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Director’s Orders and Other Information Resources
The Ohio Department of Health has a dedicated website section for updates about the virus in Ohio and nationally.
Click HERE for individuals and employers to report identity theft and unemployment benefits fraud.
Click HERE for information about what to do if you received a 1099-G from the Ohio Department of Taxation or the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Executive Order expanding the definition of good cause throughout the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Good Cause now includes the following situations:
- A medical professional recommends that an individual not return to work because that person falls into a category that is considered high-risk for catching COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their employee cannot offer teleworking options.
- The employee is 65 years of age or older.
- There is tangible evidence of a health and safety violation by the employer that does not allow the employee to practice social distancing, hygiene, and wearing personal protective equipment.
- The individual has been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and subject to a quarantine period as prescribed by a medical or health professional.
- The individual must stay home to care for a family member who is suffering from COVID-19 or subject to a prescribed quarantine period by a medical or health professional.
Dispute Resolution Commission
The Dispute Resolution Commission was created under the Stay at Home Order (amended) to facilitate the resolution of disputes regarding what is or is not an essential business in circumstances where a conflict between decisions or actions by local health authorities is demonstrated. Click Here for more information about the Dispute Resolution Commission, including meeting agendas and advisory opinions.
- Advisory Opinion tobacco stores (4-16-20)
Office of Small Business Relief
The Office of Small Business Relief serves as the state’s designated agency for administrating federal recovery funds awarded to Ohio for small business support and recovery.
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured. View ODI Bulletin 2020-03 PDF.
Convenience Distribution Association
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Leave
The FFCRA, passed by Congress, requires that employers provide two weeks of COVID related paid sick leave and paid family medical leave.
- Employer FFCRA Poster (required)
- Webinar: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, hosted by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
- Paid Family Leave and Back to School Delays/Hybrid Models: Updated FAQs
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Updated Guidance on Masks and Testing [7-27-2021]
- National COVID case tracker by state and county
- Guidance: Employees Who Have Been Exposed to Covid-19 Can Continue to Work
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Businesses and Workplaces: Plan, Prepare, Respond
- Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- Resuming Business Toolkit, designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19  and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations Regulated by FDA
Derived from CDC recommendations, this summary outlines key steps that employers and workers can take to help stay open, prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, and support continuity of essential operations if workers are diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or show symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- OSHA Revises COVID-19 Guidance to Incorporate the CDC’s Latest Recommendations [overview from Roetzel & Andress updated August 19, 2019
- COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. See OSHA's Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for more information.
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19
- Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
- How To Prepare For A Covid-19 OSHA Inspection
U.S. Small Business Administration
- Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
To apply for PPP loan forgiveness, borrowers must complete the application and submit it to their lender. The lender may have a portal for borrowers to complete the application electronically.