Last Updated: 08/28/2020 at 4:00pm CDT
TEC continues to work without disruption, and our team is committed to assisting our stakeholders and partners during this uncertain time. Important developments will be shared on TNEntertainment.com and TEC social media channels.
We have assembled a comprehensive list of resources to assist Tennessee employers and employees. This page will be updated regularly.
Governor Bill Lee is holding daily press conferences at 3 p.m. CDT.
In recent weeks, the Governor's Economic Recovery Group has rolled out a full series of safety guidelines as Tennessee heads back to work. The Tennessee Pledge identifies best practices to help keep employees and customers healthy.
Guidelines are available at TNPledge.com and cover the full range of industries. See below for additional guidance:
Governor Bill Lee has announced the expansion of the Tennessee Business Relief Program to include the film & music industry. An additional $83.5M has been added to the initial $200 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to qualifying small businesses.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue will issue business relief payments through the Tennessee Business Relief Program to small businesses for costs incurred as a result of mandatory business closures. To learn if you are eligible please click the link below.
The Tennessee Entertainment Commission is working to gather Funds & Foundations providing resources for Entertainment workers that are currently in need of assistance. We are working with industry leaders and organizations to update this page with resources, links and assistance opportunities as they become available.
Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Individual operating as a sole proprietor or as an independent contractor are eligible for EIDL. EIDL Allows for expedited access to capital by establishing a program for small businesses who have applied for an EIDL loan to request an advance of up to $10,000 on the loan to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, and pay other debt obligations. Offers up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information.
Additional COVID-19 guidance from the SBA can be found here.
Tennessee small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can tap the U.S. Small Business Administration's new Paycheck Protection Program.
Sole proprietorship, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals are eligible for (PPP). The SBA and Treasury Department have initiated new funding that includes an additional $320 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, which is designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Businesses can apply through existing SBA 7(a) lenders or federally insured banks and credit unions. The SBA advises consulting with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. More information on the Paycheck Protection Program is available on SBA and US Department of theTreasury websites.
The CARES Act will provide benefits to those who qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which is similar to Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The Federal CARES Act provides additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to Tennesseans impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. The new federal law provides:
Temporary Unemployment Compensation (TUC) - Employees are those individuals who are working for a covered employer and receive a W2. Employees are eligible for Temporary Unemployment Compensation (TUC), what is known as traditional Unemployment Insurance, if they meet the eligibility criteria. Their eligibility is based on wages earned from a covered employer from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 (this is the qualifying base period for new claims). This also determines their weekly benefit amount (WBA).
For workers who are out of a job, the fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, filing by another method may delay the processing of your claim. More information for workers is available here.
For businesses, if your company has reduced hours or is closed due to COVID-19, you may also expedite the unemployment claim process for your employees. Additional information on employer-filed mass claims can be found here.
Please visit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development for additional resources and updates.
TN Creators Respond is a program created by the Tennessee Chamber to help connect the dots between manufacturers and companies with the capability of producing, warehousing and or distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) or components of PPE that are needed in hospital systems and medical centers across our state.
Alongside unemployment benefits, the State is also spearheading a new initiative, the Tennessee Talent Exchange, which will quickly match Tennesseans who are out of work because of COVID-19 with businesses that are currently experiencing a surge in job openings. The Tennessee Talent Exchange is designed to connect jobs seekers to hiring companies in the grocery, retail and logistics industry.
The Department of Human Services is also making essential financial resources available to certain families that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
TNECD is supporting Governor Lee’s call for Tennessee manufacturers, distributors and businesses to help with critical health care supply needs. If you are a business that has personal protective equipment to donate, you can email: Covid.firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are being accepted at armories throughout Tennessee. A map of locations can be found on TEMA’s website. For vendors, including manufacturers interested in making component parts, please contact: Covid.email@example.com
For employers that continue to operate, the Center for Disease Control has an invaluable resource of best practices to protect employees, customers and suppliers.
Broadband access is more important than ever as Tennesseans have been instructed to stay home from work and school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are resources to help you stay connected.
Launch Tennessee has compiled various resources for Tennessee's startups and small businesses to reference during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you believe that you are sick with COVID-19, follow these instructions from the CDC. What to Do if You Are Sick Information from the Tennessee Department of Health regarding COVID-19 can be found here.
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