Essential Supplies: Wynndalco Donates 50 Laptops and Two Mobile LAN Carts to Fenton

As many US schools scramble to find enough technology to meet student needs, Mokena-based Technology Managed Services firm, and Choose DuPage Board Member Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC, donated 50 laptops and two mobile LAN carts on August 28 to Bensenville’s Fenton Community High School. The feeling was celebratory, with Fenton Superintendent James Ongtengco, Principal Jovan Lazarevic, and School Board President Paul Wedemann in attendance alongside various DuPage County officials, including Chairman of the Board Dan Cronin, Board Members Greg Hart and Donald Puchalski, and Choose DuPage CEO and Board Director Greg Bedalov and Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, respectively. Rounding out the reception were Wynndalco founder and CEO David Andalcio, President and COO Jose Flores, and Senior Project Manager Eva Andalcio. The technology package included premium Dell Latitude 3160 Pentium Touchscreens that had been preconfigured to support Fenton’s current hybrid onsite/remote learning efforts.

“We are thrilled to have been able to support Fenton in this manner, because Wynndalco has deep roots in the public school community in Illinois and across the United States,” says David Andalcio. “Probably better than most, Wynndalco Enterprises understands what a challenge it’s been to pivot to distance learning and ensure the technology necessary for students to succeed is not only available but up to the task in terms of hardware and software capabilities. And as Fenton serves 1,500 diverse students in terms of ethnic and financial backgrounds, we are grateful for the opportunity to give back to such a great, wide-reaching local school.”

Technology to Further Education
For decades, Andalcio has been involved in procuring and setting up needed computer technology for students at myriad school systems in and around Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver, Puerto Rico and elsewhere, as well as helping gain the most robust internet connectivity possible for students to learn well at school and at home. Further, Andalcio and his team believe all children should have equal access and opportunity to the many benefits technology can provide.

“We believe our work is truly essential, as Wynndalco has deployed close to 50,000 devices to nearly 500 locations since the pandemic began,” Flores adds. “We feel honored to partner with those on the front lines of education to help keep the learning going in this historic time at our schools.”

About Wynndalco
Established in 2009, Wynndalco is a certified DBE/MBE/SBE/BEP that serves educational institutions, state- and local governments, Fortune 500 and -100 businesses, and transportation entities with proven, affordable, professional support for End-User Device Management, Warehouse & Logistics, Project Management, Technology Infrastructure Operations, and SMART Board® and A/V services. For more information, visit www.wynndalco.com.

Hugh Elliott named private-sector co-chair of Choose DuPage

Choose DuPage is pleased to announce Hugh Elliott, principal at accounting firm Dugan & Lopatka, has been named private sector co-chair of the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance, joining chairman of DuPage County Board and public sector co-chair, Dan Cronin. Elliott will serve as elected private sector co-chair for a two-year term.

“Choose DuPage plays an important role in the success of DuPage County,” said Elliott. “As we navigate the reopening of our economy in the coming months, public and private sector collaboration will be critical. As the collective voice of the business community, Choose DuPage opens the dialogue for these important discussions.”

A long-time Choose DuPage board member, Elliott moves into his new role as co-chair after having served on the board of directors for Choose DuPage since 2007. In his position at Dugan & Lopatka, he oversees the audit & review practice of the firm for privately held businesses in a wide variety of industries as well as for nonprofit organizations. Dugan & Lopatka was established over 45 years ago and is located along the I-88 corridor in Warrenville. The firm is consistently recognized as a top accounting firm in the region.

“Hugh is a respected business leader with an unwavering commitment to serve DuPage County’s  business community. His dedication to the mission of Choose DuPage and to supporting economic development in our region makes him the right choice to help our Choose DuPage members, and all our local businesses navigate these unique and challenging times. Together we will continue to foster a collaborative public/private partnership that encourages prosperity for DuPage,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.  

Hugh Elliott is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society (ILCPA), and the ILCPA Peer Review Acceptance Committee.

Elliott assumes the position of private-sector co-chair following Ahmed Elganzouri, deputy general counsel at Edward-Elmhurst Health. Elganzouri served as private-sector co-chair for two years from 2018-2020.

In addition to Elliott being named private sector co-chair, the following members were elected to positions on the Choose DuPage Executive Committee.

Executive Committee Members

Public Sector Co-Chair
The Honorable Dan Cronin, Chairman, DuPage County Board

Private Sector Co-Chair
Hugh Elliott, Dugan & Lopatka

Immediate Past Private-Sector Co-Chair
Ahmed Elganzouri, Edward-Elmhurst Health

Private Sector Vice Co-Chair
Diana Riekse, CBRE

Secretary
Mike Roth, Ice Miller LLP

Treasurer
Sue Pittacora, Corterra Solutions

Choose DuPage
Greg Bedalov, President & CEO

Finance Committee Chair
Chris Pohlman, Mesirow Financial

Marketing Committee Chair
Ray Kinney, MACLYN & Blooming Color

Programming & Development Committee Co-Chairs
Diana Riekse, CBRE
Karyn Charvat, PowerForward DuPage

Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs
John Quinn, AT&T
Sean McCarthy, Comcast – Greater Chicago Region

Workforce Committee Chair
Dan Allen, CISCO

DuPage County
Joan Olson, Chief Communications Officer

To view a full list of board members, click here.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Illinois Affected by Civil Unrest

Illinois businesses and residents affected by civil unrest on May 26 through June 8, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.

Administrator Carranza made the loans available in response to a letter from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 22, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Cook County and the adjacent counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will in Illinois and Lake in Indiana.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Illinois with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Carranza. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

In accordance with health precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SBA will not establish a field presence to assist survivors. However, SBA will continue to provide first class customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance. To this end SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application. The VDLOC information:

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Open: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
Closed: Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day
FOCE-Help@sba.gov
Phone: (571) 422-6016, (470) 363-6079

These services are only available for the Illinois disaster declaration as a result of the civil unrest on May 26 through June 8, 2020 and not for COVID-19 related assistance.

Business owners and residents should contact the SBA Customer Service Representatives at (571) 422-6016 and (470) 363-6079 to schedule an appointment for immediate one-on-one assistance in completing their applications. The Center will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be obtained by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov. The SBA will conduct extensive outreach to ensure that all impacted by the disaster are afforded the opportunity to seek assistance.


“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert Steiner.


For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.


“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room, signage, facility hardening such as fencing and non-combustible materials, and electronic security measures to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.


Interest rates are as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.25 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.


The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 24, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 23, 2021.

Stay Safe COVID-19 Signage Toolkit

From the DuPage County Health Department

As our state and communities begin to reopen, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) would like to provide resources to support you in continuing to promote safe practices for your business. To do so, they have developed a COVID-19 signage toolkit filled with a variety of Stay Safe messages in English and Spanish.

Businesses are encouraged to download the artwork and collaborate with a vendor of their preference to print an assortment of flyers, posters, window clings, and floor decals that meet their needs. The files are available to download as a PDF file and can also be resized as needed.

Any questions can be directed to the DCHD Health Promotions Team at healthpromotions@dupagehealth.org.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COVID-19 SIGNAGE TOOLKIT

RECAP: DuPage County Business Forum

Preparing your business for a post-pandemic world

On Wednesday, May 13th, Choose DuPage hosted the DuPage County Business Forum, a virtual event designed to help the business community deal with the impact of COVID-19. Nearly 200 small business owners and managers joined to hear about preparing their businesses for a post-pandemic world. 

The program kicked off with a welcome from DuPage County Board Chairman, Dan Cronin. The Chairman announced that DuPage County in conjunction with Choose DuPage is launching Reinvest DuPage, a small business relief program that will provide grants to sustain small businesses and independent contractors impacted by COVID-19.

Greg Bedalov, President & CEO of Choose DuPage followed with an economic outlook. Bedalov presented Choose DuPage’s Q1 Economic Indicators Report, which can be found here. He then expanded on Chairman Cronin’s announcement of Reinvest DuPage, providing the details of the program and encouraging attendees to join Choose DuPage for a webinar on Friday, May 15 at 11:00 AM CST to learn more, including how to apply (click here to register). More details about the program can be found here

Creating & Maintaining Company Culture in a Virtual Environment

Melissa Dimitri and Angela Jhanji of Grant Thornton gave a presentation on creating and maintaining company culture in a virtual environment. Their presentation touched on ways employers can show more empathy in order to keep employees engaged and help manage stress. They shared that leveraging authentic engagement can also lead to business efficiencies, and how employers should be prepared to accept the ‘new’ in the ‘new normal’. 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION.

Understanding the CARES Act & How to Begin Easing into the New Normal of Business

Bert Neuhring and Susannah Heitger of Crowe LLP gave a presentation on the CARES Act and PPP guidance, compliance, and easing into the unknown new normal. It included a series of recommendations for paycheck protection program recipients, such as building a case today around the necessity of the loan if you are requesting forgiveness. They also touched on compliance and reporting for the CARES Act, offering recommendations such as reading and understanding documents, determining if certifications are necessary, documenting decisions and activities, track and account for transactions, and document all costs for the forgiveness. 

The presentation also discussed how to write your own playbook when easing into the unknown new normal, along with a number of resources to help businesses.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION.

For more information on the DuPage County Business Forum, please contact info@choosedupage.com

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

From the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

For more information and to download the Guide, click here.

Table of Contents

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loans
  • Small Business Debt Relief Program
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Economic Injury Grants
  • Small Business Counseling
  • Small Business Contracting
  • Small Business Tax Provisions

Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:

  • Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
  • A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
  • To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
  • Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

State Treasurer to Make Low-Interest Bridge Loans for Businesses Available as Soon as This Week

Illinois small businesses can tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans as soon as this week to help push through the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

The state treasurer’s office will make $250 million available to Illinois banks and credit unions that wish to participate. The financial institutions will determine who is eligible for the loans.

“We can move faster than the federal government and its partners because we are not slowed by the partisanship that overshadows such efforts,” Frerichs said. “Part of ensuring the health and well-being of our residents includes making sure small-business owners stay solvent so their workers can be paid.”

Kraig Lounsberry, president of the Community Bankers Association, encourages its members to participate in this loan program. “Partnering with the state treasurer’s office will give community banks a powerful new tool to quickly protect small businesses suffering during this crisis,” Lounsberry said.

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office can move faster than others because facilitating low-interest loans is one of its core functions. These linked-deposit loans have been a staple for decades. The most widely known linked deposit is Ag Invest, which helps farmers with annual and long‑term loans to be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, livestock purchases, and construction-related expenses. Established in 1983, Ag Invest has provided more than $4 billion in loans.

Other linked-deposit models include efforts to assist workers impacted by a government shutdown; faith‑based organizations seeking facility improvements; and the legal cannabis industry.

“As someone who used to be in the restaurant business, these bridge loans truly are needed and will make a difference,” said Illinois Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Springfield. “Small business is the backbone of our economy, and now, more than ever, these businesses need to know state government is here to support them and their employees.”

“In Illinois, we can move more quickly than others because the treasurer’s office already has the authority to create these loan programs. These loans can help businesses stay solvent today, when they need the help,” said Illinois Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign.

For more about the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program, visit bit.ly/SmallBizRelief.

About the Illinois Treasurer

As Illinois State Treasurer, Frerichs is the state’s Chief Investment and Banking Officer and actively manages approximately $31 billion. The portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $12 billion in college and retirement savings plans and $6 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $42 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. Frerichs’ office protects consumers by safeguarding more than $3 billion in unclaimed property, encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education, assisting people with disabilities save without losing government benefits, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

Breaking Down the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Written By: Mark McAndrew, Rathje Woodward LLC

On March 11th, H.R. 6201 was introduced in the House, and yesterday, it was passed by the Senate and President Trump has signed it. Although a more thorough analysis of the 110 page bill is warranted, the following are my initial takes on the bill.

Food and Nutrition Service

Includes funding to ensure the domestic nutrition assistance programs have adequate resources to help those impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Emergency Paid Sick Days Program

Includes $5 million for the Department of Labor to administer the emergency paid sick days program. Senior Nutrition Program – Includes $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.

Maintaining Essential Access to Lunch for Students Act Section 101.

Short Title. The short title for the bill is the Maintaining Essential Access to Lunch for Students Act or the MEALS Act. Section 102. Waiver Exception for School Closures Due to COVID-19. Provides the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to issue nationwide school meal waivers during the COVID-19 emergency, which will eliminate paperwork for states and help more schools quickly adopt and utilize flexibilities. Title II – COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act Section 201. Short Title. The short title for the bill is the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act. 3 Section 202. National School Lunch Program Requirement Waivers Addressing COVID19. Allows all child and adult care centers to operate as non-congregate (i.e. they can serve outside the school or in individual settings) and waive all meal pattern requirements if there is a disruption to the food supply as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Title III – SNAP COVID-19 Response Waivers Section 301. SNAP Flexibility for Low-Income Jobless Workers. Suspends the work and work training requirements for SNAP during this crisis. Section 302. Additional SNAP Flexibilities in a Public Health Emergency. Allows states to request special waivers from the Secretary to provide temporary, emergency CR-SNAP benefits to existing SNAP households up to the maximum monthly allotment, as well as give the Secretary broad discretion to provide much more flexibility for States in managing SNAP caseloads. Additionally, this language requires the Secretary to make State requests for waivers and the USDA response, as well as any USDA guidance on State flexibilities, publicly available.

Emergency Paid Leave Benefits.

This section creates a new federal emergency paid leave benefit program. Eligible workers will receive a benefit for a month (up to three months) in which they must take 14 or more days of leave from their work due to the qualifying COVID-19-related reasons. Days when an individual receives pay from their employer (regular wages, sick pay, or other paid time off) or unemployment compensation do not count as leave days for purposes of this benefit. The program will be administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Specifications include the following: 5 • Benefit amount: Two-thirds of the individual’s average monthly earnings (based on the most recent year of wages or self-employment income for which records are readily available), up to a cap of $4,000.• Program and benefit period: The benefits will be available for leave that occurs from January 19, 2020 (the date of the first U.S. COVID-19 diagnosis) through one year after the bill’s enactment.• Retroactive benefits: Benefits can be paid retroactively, and applications can be filed up to 6 months after enactment.• Application: Applications will be taken online, by phone, or by mail. Individuals will not visit SSA field offices to apply. Payments will in most cases be issued electronically.• Program integrity: Applicants must attest that they meet the criteria for eligibility and existing penalties for fraud or misrepresentation with regard to Social Security benefits are applied to the federal emergency paid leave benefits program.

Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal and Family Care Act

The emergency paid sick days legislation:

  • Requires all employers to allow employees to gradually accrue seven days of paid sick leave and to provide an additional 14 days available immediately in the event of any public health emergency, including the current coronavirus crisis;
  • Requires all employers to provide an additional 14 days of paid sick leave, available immediately at the beginning of a public health emergency, including the current coronavirus crisis;
  • Ensures paid sick leave covers days when your child’s school is closed due to a public health emergency, when your employer is closed due to public health emergency, or if you or a family member is quarantined or isolated due to a public health emergency;
  • Reimburses small businesses—defined as businesses with 50 or fewer employees—for the costs of providing the 14 days of additional paid sick leave used by employees during a public health emergency;
  • Enables construction employees to receive sick pay based on hours they work for multiple contractors; and
  • Makes the bill effective immediately so that employees in areas covered under a qualifying Public Health Emergency, upon the date of enactment, can take 14 days of paid sick leave in order to address COVID-19.
Coverage of Testing for COVID-19.

This section requires private health plans to provide coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including the cost of a provider, urgent care center and emergency room visits in order to receive testing. Coverage must be provided at no cost to the consumer.

Section 102.

Waiving Cost Sharing Under the Medicare Program For Certain Visits Relating To Testing For COVID-19. This section requires Medicare Part B to cover beneficiary cost-sharing for provider visits during which a COVID-19 diagnostic test is administered or ordered. Medicare Part B currently covers the COVID-19 diagnostic test with no beneficiary cost-sharing. 

Section 103.

Waiving Cost Sharing Under the Medicare Advantage Program for Certain Visits Relating to Testing for COVID-19. This section requires Medicare Advantage to provide coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including the associated cost of the visit in order to receive testing. Coverage must be provided at no cost to the beneficiary.

Section 104.

Coverage at No Cost Sharing of COVID-19 Testing Under Medicaid and CHIP. This section requires Medicaid to provide coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including the cost of a provider visit in order to receive testing. Coverage must be provided at no cost to the beneficiary. It would also provide states with the option to extend Medicaid eligibility to uninsured populations for the purposes of COVID-19 diagnostic testing. State expenditures for medical and administrative costs would be matched by the federal government at 100 percent.

Section 105.

Laboratory Reimbursement for Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19 in Uninsured Individuals. This section requires the National Disaster Medical System to reimburse the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided to individuals without insurance.

Section 106.

Treatment of Personal Respiratory Protective Devices as Covered Countermeasures. This section requires certain personal respiratory protective devices to be treated as covered countermeasures under the PREP Act Declaration for the purposes of emergency use during the COVID-19 outbreak and ending October 1, 2024.

Section 107.

Application with Respect to TRICARE, Coverage for Veterans, and Coverage for Federal Civilians. This section ensures that individuals enrolled in TRICARE, covered veterans, and federal workers have coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing without cost sharing.

Section 108.

Coverage of Testing for COVID-19 At No Cost Sharing for Indians Receiving Contract Health Services. This section ensures that American Indians and Alaskan Natives do not experience cost sharing for COVID-19 testing, including those referred for care away from an Indian Health Service or tribal health care facility.

Section 109.

Emergency FMAP Increase. This section provides a temporary increase to states’ federal medical assistance percentage for the duration of the public health emergency for COVID-19. It requires states to maintain eligibility standards that are no less restrictive than the date of enactment.

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Rathje Woodward advises clients on a broad range of employment and labor matters, including compliance, policies and procedures, internal investigations, administrative proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations and disputes, union avoidance policies and litigation defense.

If you have questions about how these new laws may impact your business, contact them.

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Senate Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Written by: Emily Shupe, Rathje Woodward LLC

On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the President is expected to sign the bill shortly.  The Act includes several provisions regarding emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave in the event of school closures due to COVID-19.  Specifically, the Act requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave and provides a refundable payroll tax credit to employers.

In general, employers must offer 10 days of paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons, although existing leave policies may count towards the 10 days.  If the sick leave is for an employee who is seek or seeking a diagnosis, the benefit must replace all of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum of $511 per day.  If the employee is caring for a qualifying ill individual, the benefit must replace at least two-thirds of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum benefit of $200 per day.

In addition, employers must offer 12 weeks of paid leave for employees: (1) who have been employed for at least thirty days; (2) who have a qualifying minor child; and (3) are experiencing closures of the child’s school or place of care.  While the first 10 days are unpaid, the employee may use the 10 days of paid sick leave.  The benefit must replace at least two-thirds of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum benefit of $200 per day.

There are tax credits that will offset 100% of the employer’s costs for providing this leave, and credits to offset the employer contributions for health insurance premiums during the leave period. In addition, employers with less than 50 employees may be eligible for exemptions based on a demonstration of hardship.

Rathje Woodward LLC

Rathje Woodward advises clients on a broad range of employment and labor matters, including compliance, policies and procedures, internal investigations, administrative proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations and disputes, union avoidance policies and litigation defense.  If you have questions about how these new laws may impact your business, contact Emily A. ShupeRaymond J. SanguinettiMark J. McAndrew, or John R. Zemenak at 630-668-8500. Their online contact form may be found here.

For more information regarding Rathje Woodward’s employment practice and its attorneys, please visit www.rathjewoodward.com.