Employees Impacted

As the federal government has shared information related to accessing to unemployment for businesses and affected labor forces, below are some scenarios with resources that may help job seekers as they are affected by COVID-19.

Are you facing any of these situations?

Scenario 1

Is your employer is considering shutting down operations temporarily?

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Scenario 2

Employer temporarily ceases operations, does not want to participate in a shared-work program and you will return to work after business opens up again.

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Scenario 3

You are practicing self isolation or have been asked to go under quarantine from a doctor.

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Scenario 4

You would not like to file for unemployment and would like to access temporary employment.

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Scenario 1:

Is your employer is considering shutting down operations temporarily?

The Recommendation:

If the employer chooses to participate in the Shared-Work program and is approved, employees will share available work hours instead of a few workers being laid off. While working these reduced hours, employees will be eligible to collect a portion of UC benefits.

Scenario 2:

Employer temporarily ceases operations, does not want to participate in a shared-work program and you will return to work after business opens up again.

Scenario 3:

You are practicing self isolation or have been asked to go under quarantine from a doctor.

The Recommendations:

For both scenarios 2 & 3 , you are able to file an unemployment claim online or through the phone. 

Applications can be filed:

  1. Anytime on our website uc.pa.gov which is the easier and faster way to file for UC benefits (UC-98 Online Is Quick & Easy).
  2. If using the internet is not possible, telephone calls to our UC Services 888-313-7284 are accepted only:
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 AM to 4 PM,
    Wednesday, 12 Noon to 6 PM,
    Friday, 8 AM to 12 Noon (UC TTY 888-334-4046)

UC-23 PA UC Filing Materials Checklist: Information you must provide:

  1. Social Security Number
  2. Exact reason for separation
  3. Separating employer information (UC-1609, if provided by employer)
  4. Additional documents as requested

Within 10-12 days of filing an initial UC claim, you will receive:

  1. Claim Confirmation Letter, which confirms the claim was filed, provides your UC PIN, and when to file your biweekly claim. Also reviews method of UC payments, Debit Card or Direct Deposit.
  2. PA UC Debit Card (default method of payment).
  3. Unemployment Compensation Handbook, which explains all aspects of your rights and responsibilities when claiming Unemployment Compensation benefits.
  4. Notice of Financial Determination, which informs you of your financial eligibility for UC benefits and Weekly Benefit Rate.

Once you are approved to receive unemployment benefits, you need to:

  1. File your claim biweekly online or by phone. You will need your SSN and your unemployment PIN number assigned to you.
  2. This must be completed online uc.pa.gov, or by phone (UC PAT number 888-255-4728, Spanish 877-888-8104, UC TTY 888-334-4046) Sundays from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

    Important Updates to the Unemployment Process as of 3/17/20

    • If approved, your first benefit payment should arrive within four weeks of filing for UC
    • Continue filing your bi-weekly claim (every two weeks) – even while waiting for approval
    • PA UC is experiencing very large call volumes.  Please email them at uchelp@pa.gov, or via UC LiveChat.
    • (NEW) The Waiting Week is suspended.  Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the “waiting week.”) This has been suspended; eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed
    • (NEW) Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants.  Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their UC benefits.  Claimants are also not required to register with www.PACareerLink.gov.
    • At this time, benefits are not being extended beyond 26 weeks

Scenario 4:

You would not like to file for unemployment and would like to access temporary employment.

The Recommendations:

Check out the Workforce Connections section below to connect with current job opportunities and sign up for virtual job fair events,

Scenario 5:

You opened a Pennsylvania unemployment compensation claim for the past year, stopped filing for those benefits, but have a need for benefits again, and need to reopen your claim.

The Recommendations:

If you opened a Pennsylvania unemployment compensation claim for the past year, stopped filing for those benefits, but have a need for benefits again, you do not need to file another claim but instead, reopen your existing claim.

You can reopen your claim online, over the phone 1-888-313-7284, or by submitting a paper form. Please be sure to only submit once, as the process is completed manually by Pennsylvania unemployment center staff.

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YoCo Workforce Connections

As the business climate continues to evolve as a result of COVID-19, many individuals are enduring layoffs from employment at a time when industries that are remain operational are seeking employees at higher demands.

The collaborative workforce efforts of the YCEA seek to connect industry with potential labor forces. If you are looking for employment please look below or if you would like to share your company’s job openings, please submit your job.

Eligibility and Criteria

For more information, please visit the website.
Updated 3.3.21
Subject to Change

Background
On February 5th, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 1, legislation that set aside $145 million in funds to aid hospitality industry businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. York County will receive $5.08 million to award to hospitality businesses with the NAICS designation 721(Accommodations) and 722 (Food Services and Drinking Places), and to cover administrative costs for operating the program. The York County Economic Development Corporation serves as the Certified Economic Development Organization (“CEDO”) for York County and is an affiliated entity of the York County Economic Alliance (“YCEA”). As such, the County of York has contracted with the York County Economic Alliance and its affiliated entity York County Economic Development Corporation as the authorized CEDO to administer this program. Most of the guidelines for eligibility and criteria for this funding program were created by the legislation included in Act 1 of 2021.

YoCo CHIRP Eligibility

  1. The YoCo CHIRP (COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program) Fund is awarding grants to eligible hospitality businesses ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 that do not require repayment to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred commencing on March 1, 2020, to the date of application submission.
  2. An eligible business must have been in operation by or prior to February 15, 2020.
  3. An eligible business must be a for-profit entity and not a publicly traded company.
  4. An eligible business must not have a tangible net worth more than $15 million as of February 15, 2020.
  5. An eligible business must have 300 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTE’s).
  6. An eligible business must have a physical location in York County, Pennsylvania and must file a federal and state tax return. The grant program’s priority will be to exhaust all funds to individual award recipients before funding multiple entities with common ownership.
  7. An eligible business must have a NAICS designation within the accommodation sector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places sector (722). These are the ONLY eligible NAICS codes, pursuant to PA Act 1 of 2021.
  8. An eligible business may be structured as a C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or sole proprietorship.
  9. An eligible business must be open, or have a plan to reopen, and cannot cease operations following check disbursement.\
  10. Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement, or loan forgiveness from the CARES Act of 2020, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, or the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriations Act of 2019. Receipt of a prior Federal or Commonwealth grant does not disqualify an applicant.
  11. An eligible business must demonstrate:

If the business started between prior to January 1, 2019:
A reduction in annual revenue decline of 25% or reduction in quarterly revenues of 25% or greater when comparing quarterly revenues from the same quarters in 2019 and 2020.

If the business started between July 1-December 31, 2019:
Quarter 3 or Quarter 4 revenue of 2019 must show at least a 25% decline compared to any quarter in 2020.

If the business started between October 1-December 31, 2019:
Quarter 4 revenue of 2019 must show at least a 25% decline compared to any quarter in 2020.

If the business started between January 1-February 15, 2020:
The entity must demonstrate at least a 25% revenue decline when comparing the first quarter of 2020 to any other quarter in 2020.

2019 Business Quarters are defined as such:
Q1 2019: January 1 - March 31
Q2 2019: April 1 - June 30
Q3 2019: July 1 - September 30
Q4 2019: October 1 - December 31

2020 Business Quarters are defined as such:
Q1 2020: January 1 - March 31
Q2 2020: April 1 - June 30
Q3 2020: July 1 - September 30
Q4 2020: October 1 - December 31

Ineligible Applicants

● Businesses that do not have a physical location in York County, Pennsylvania.
● Government-owned entities or elected official offices.
● Businesses that have ceased operations with no plan to reopen.
● Businesses that spend more than 51% of their budgeted expenses engaged in political or lobbying activities.
Applicant or business currently in bankruptcy proceedings or guilty of criminal fraud felony within the last five years or under current investigation for fraud.
● Businesses delinquent with 2019, or prior years, County Hotel Tax or County Property Tax with no documented plan for repayment (not on a payment plan).
● Nonprofit Organizations
● Applicants not in the specified eligible hospitality NAICS codes pursuant to PA Act 1 of 2021.

Other YoCo CHIRP Grant Details
Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and do not require repayment for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The YCEA will provide application assistance and technical support, subject to the release and indemnity set forth in the applicant certification. The YCEA staff is NOT permitted to submit the application on the applicant’s behalf.

Grant funds are eligible to be used for COVID-19 expenses as defined by Act 1 to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred from March 1, 2020 to the date of the application submission.

Eligible businesses must agree and complete an applicant certification form at the time of submitting an application.

Applications will not be reviewed until the application window has closed on March 31st at 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the total application funding request will exceed the amount of funding available to disburse. In which case, applications will be compiled, reviewed, and scored. A list of recommended approvals will be presented to the County Commissioners for their approval. This list will be presented using unique identification numbers to ensure anonymity of the applicant, until a final award has been made. If funding is awarded, the applicant will be notified. A grant contract will be required to be executed prior to fund disbursement. Upon execution of a grant contract, the grant award will be transferred electronically via ACH. Upon completion of the program and all funding disbursements made, the cumulative award list will be made public in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

Grant Funding Priorities
Priority in the awarding of grants shall be given to eligible applicants that:

●  Have not received a loan or grant issued under the authority of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth's political subdivisions, or by the Federal Government under the CARES Act

●  For example: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

●  Were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency; or can demonstrate one of the following:
●  A reduction in revenue:

●  A reduction in gross receipts of 50% or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020, and ending before Dec. 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after March 31, 2019, and ending before Dec. 31, 2019.
●  If the eligible applicant was not in operation during the entire comparison period, but was in operation on Feb. 15, 2020, a monthly average reduction in revenue of 50 percent or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020, and ending before Dec. 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after Jan. 1, 2020, and ending before April 1, 2020.
●  Historically disadvantaged businesses federally defined as businesses that are 51% or more owned and operated by persons of color.
●  Businesses that are 51% or more owned by a woman or armed service veteran.

Although applicants meeting these criteria will receive prioritization, we encourage all eligible applicants to apply and anticipate awarding grants outside these prioritization areas.

Funding Tiers
Grant requests shall be the lower of the: (1) eligible grant amount based on the revenue or, (2) the amount of eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and date of application submission, not already paid for with other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000 per applicant in $5,000 increments. Award amounts may be adjusted to accommodate grant eligibility and application demand as necessary.

Annual RevenueGrant Amount
Up to $25,000$5,000
$25,001 -$50,000-Up to $10,000
$50,001 - $100,000Up to $15,000
$100,001- $250,000Up to $20,000
$250,001 - $500,000Up to $25,000
$500,001- $750,000Up to $30,000
$750,001 - $1,000,000Up to $35,000
$1,000,001 - $1,500,000Up to $40,000
$1,500,001 - $2,500,000<Up to $45,000
Above $2,500,001Up to $50,000

Eligible Use of Funds
This grant program was established to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred from March 1, 2020 to date of the application submission:

●  Funds can be used for working capital/operating expenses including payroll and non-payroll expenses, that are both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in an eligible applicant’s industry. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for an eligible applicant’s trade or business. The operating expense must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and the date of application submission.

●  Examples include, but are not limited to

●  Payroll costs, costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums.
●  Working capital for the purpose of paying mortgage principal and interest payments (but not mortgage prepayments); and principal and interest payments on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 15, 2020.
●  Rent payments, utility payments.

●  For rent, lease or mortgage payments, the obligation must have been in force before February 15, 2020. A mortgage or lease agreement in force before February 15, 2020 that was refinanced or restructured after February 15, 2020 is deemed in force and is still eligible. For utility costs, service must have begun before February 15, 2020.
●  Working capital for the purpose of covering the costs of re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to the state-mandated business closure period as long as the expense was incurred due to COVID-19.
●  Any expenses (costs) incurred related to the expense of implementing COVID-19 preventative measures, including but not limited to specialized equipment, barriers, PPE, and employee training expenses to ensure compliance with state and federal CDC guidelines for reopening.
●  Any COVID-19 related expenses not already paid for with other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement, or loan forgiveness from other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Receipt of a prior Federal or Commonwealth grant does not disqualify an applicant.

Documents Needed to Apply
The following documents will help the applicant prepare their application and will be needed at the time of submission. It is possible that the applicant will be required to provide additional documentation throughout the review period.

●  Applicant businesses will be required to submit their filed business 2019 tax return – must be in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG

●  If the applicant does not have a 2019 tax return due to starting their business in 2020 prior to February 15, 2020 then a Profit and Loss (P&L) statement for the entire year shall be permitted. In addition, the applicant shall provide a profit and loss statement from January 1, 2021 through the date of application. The P&Ls must be provided in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG.

●  If you are unsure how to prepare these documents, there will be a series of webinars on https://www.preparedyork.com/chirp/ for you to attend and learn how to prepare these documents.

●  Applicant will also need to provide internal financial statements showing revenue for 2019 and 2020.

●  A template is available in Spanish and English on https://www.preparedyork.com/chirp/.

●  Any form of acceptable government-issued photo ID for primary business owner; must be in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG.
●  Signed Application certification
●  W-9 with business mailing address, and a business voided check to process grant check if selected as a recipient.
●  Proof of tax payment plan- required only if the applicant is found delinquent on 2019, or prior years, York County property tax or 2019, or prior years, County Hotel Excise Tax. Please call the York County Tax Claim Bureau office at 717-771-9232 if you believe you are delinquent on your 2019 business property/hotel tax.


Revenue Tier List
Annual Revenue Grant Amount
Up to $25,000 $5,000
$25,001 -$50,000 Up to $10,000
$50,001 - $100,000 Up to $15,000
$100,001- $250,000 Up to $20,000
$250,001 - $500,000 Up to $25,000
$500,001- $750,000 Up to $30,000
$750,001 - $1,000,000 Up to $35,000
$1,000,001 - $1,500,000 Up to $40,000
$1,500,001 - $2,500,000 Up to $45,000
Above $2,500,001 Up to $50,000
 
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