HR Educational Resources For Employers In Response To COVID-19

HR Resources For Businesses | COVID-19 Policies & Procedures | Ohio CPA FirmRea & Associates' human resources consulting services team is working diligently to provide you with the information you need to comply with new government regulations in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Please check out the information below for a comprehensive list of resources for employers. This page features the following insight to keep you and your business compliant with all rules, regulations, and safety protocols pertaining to your business during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Updates
  • Webinars
  • Facial Coverings
  • Travel Restrictions
  • HR Tools & Resources
    • Ohio-specific resources, including insight from:
      • Bureau of Worker's Compensation
      • Department of Commerce
      • Department of Insurance
      • Department of Job & Family Services
      • Department of Transportation
      • TechCred
      • Ohio Department of Health (Health Updates)
      • Ohio Department of Health (Crisis Resources)
    • Federally applicable resources, including insight from:
      • Small Business Administration
      • Department of Labor
      • Centers For Disease Control & Prevention

Keep reading to access these resources and more. For insight specific to your unique situation, email Renee West at


Ohio will drop $300 in extra jobless benefits

Beginning June 26, out of work Ohioans will no longer receive an extra $300 a week in federal pandemic unemployment benefits. Click here to read the full article.

New Tax Credit Would Allow PTO For Employees To Get Vaccinated

According to The White House, the Biden administration will announce a new tax credit to offset the cost for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide paid time off for employees to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read the full statement. 

DOL Presents FFCRA Extension Guidance

The United States Department of Labor recently published guidance on the expiration of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave as a result of coronavirus. Read the news release.

Ohio's Vaccination Program

There are a lot of questions regarding the state's phased-in vaccination program. The Ohio Department of Health has provided a graphic designed to articulate what to expect moving forward. View the graphic.


Through Operation Warp Speed, the federal government has been working to develop and deliver COVID-19 vaccine to the masses. Understandably there are some questions and concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pulled together a resource designed to address frequently asked questions. Access the FAQ.


HR Experts Answer Common COVID-19 Questions

Rea's HR services professionals have put together a variety of key resources and have presented them to hundreds of organization leaders and HR professionals, complete with a comprehensive webinar and Q&A session. These presentations are available to view at no charge.

For full access to these webinars, please click here.

Facial Coverings

Mandatory Masks Still In Effect

Effective July 23, the governor has ordered that masks must be worn in Ohio when: at an indoor location that is not a residence; outdoors, when unable to keep six feet of social distance from those who are not in your household; and when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation (i.e. taxi, car service, private rideshare). Additionally, the governor's order only requires that those who are 10 years old or older to wear a mask. In addition, the following do not need to wear a mask:

  • Those with a medical condition or disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
  • Those who are officiants at religious services;
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.

Travel Restrictions

COVID-19 Travel Advisory Resources

Ohioans who are traveling to and from high-incident states are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. The advisory applies to those who are coming into Ohio from states with positivity rates at 15 percent or higher. To find out which states are considered "high risk" at any given time, visit this website. This resource also provides you with a to-do list of things you should be doing when you are under a self-quarantine.

If you are want to know how your county stacks up with regard to the number of COVID-19 cases and other indicators, check out the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

The links provided above are updated regularly by the Ohio Department of Health. Check back often for the most current information. 

Quarantine Protocol

When To Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. In doing so, this measure helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health departments. Click here to read more. 

The links provided above are updated regularly by the Ohio Department of Health. Check back often for the most current information. 

HR Tools & Resources

Additional Resources And Information 

Additional Online Government Resources

State and local governments are working quickly to provide employers with the resources necessary to persevere throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the resources below for a complete directory.

Ohio-Based COVID-19 Resources

Ohio Department of Health Stay At Home Order

Stay At Home Order | Stay At Home Order FAQ

Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Note: According to an announcement from Ohio's BWC, insurance policy payments for March, April, and May can be deferred until June 1, 2020. | FAQs

Department of Commerce

Note: In an effort to ease the financial strain on restaurants and bars, the Ohio Department of Commerce is offering a one-time liquor buyback program. This action is good for products that have been obtained in the last 30 days and also applies to F2 permit holders. Click here to read more.

Department of Insurance

Note: According to a March 20 bulletin, insurers must permit employers to continue covering employees under group policies even if the employee would become ineligible due to a decrease in hours worked per week.

Department of Job and Family Services


Note: The Department of Job and Family Services is drawing attention to its SharedWork Ohio program, a layoff aversion initiative for businesses that are working to curtail unemployment during economic downturns. To be considered for this program, employers must submit the names and hourly schedules of employees to be uniformly reduced. JFS will then compensate these employees with unemployment benefits. To find more information about the program and eligibility, click here.

Department of Transportation

Note: Per a notice from ODOT, a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods has been approved. To read more and to download and print the permit, click here.


Note: In an effort to keep employees engaged from home or to utilize downtime by enhancing the knowledge base of your employees, TechCred will provide reimbursement for businesses that are looking to upskill employees through a select list of verified skill development programs. Learn more here. 

Federal COVID-19 Resources

Small Business Administration

Note: Low-interest federal loans for working capital for small businesses and nonprofits are now available. To apply, click here. You can also contact your Rea advisor, or complete the contact us form, with questions or for assistance.

Department of Labor

Government-Wide Updates

Note: The federal government continues to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Updates are being provided daily and a comprehensive resource center is available here. You can also find a link to the latest official information from the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House.

Additional Resources & Updates

The links provided above are updated regularly by the Ohio Department of Health. Check back often for the most current information. 

Re-Opening For Business Amid COVID-19

How To Re-Open Responsibility

We know you have a lot of questions about the re-entry process following the COVID-19 crisis. We are working hard to provide you with the tools and information you need to make the transition as seamless as possible. Check our dedicated "re-entry" page for more information. 

Contact Us

For more information about resources available to you in response to the COVID-19 crisis, fill out our contact us form.