SBDC Questions and Answers


When should I send an employee home?

Business owners who are able to run a business with virtual workers are encouraged to do so. If the employee is showing signs of a respiratory infection or is a member of a group most vulnerable to COVID-19 typical guidance is to send them home until the symptoms pass or the disaster declaration is repealed. See below for the support (sick leave, unemployment insurance, temporary disability) that might be available to help your employee get by.

Some businesses are reducing employee or opening hours now because sales have dropped so far and so fast that they’re not able to keep up with operating expenses. If that’s you, reach out to us so we can help you figure out how to support your employees and connect you to a business advisor if applying for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan makes sense. And remember–there are rules about how many hours you must pay an employee if they show up to work and are sent home.