Business Resources

Things to think about:

All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations during a COVID-19 outbreak. All sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette should be a common practice, and hand hygiene should be encouraged, as well as routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces being performed regularly. 

Employers should: 

  • Create a plan of action in the event of an impact on your workforce. Implement plans to continue your essential business functions in case you experience higher than usual absenteeism.
  • Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions so that the workplace is able to operate even if key staff members are absent.
  • Assess your essential functions and the reliance that others and the community have on your services or products. Be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain      critical operations.
  • Share your plan with employees and explain what human resource policies, workplace, and leave flexibility, and pay and benefits will be available to them.
  • It is important that you maintain good records of losses and costs (IE direct losses and costs from COVID-19) from January 31st, 2020 onward. You do not need to share this information with anyone at this time, only track and document. This should be done for the sake of potential reimbursement or aid.

Free Legal Help Hotline available for Nebraskans affected by COVID-19

Nebraskans who have questions or are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency now have an easy way to get legal advice and help.

The free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance. Hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska, working closely with the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), this Hotline aims to make key legal assistance easy and accessible.

If you are a Nebraskan facing legal issues related to the virus, or the owner of a small, locally owned business (defined by less than 50 employees, not a franchise) that is currently closed, in risk of permanent closure due to the virus, and where the payment of fees would significantly deplete your resources, the Hotline may be reached at 1-844-268-5627.

After calling 1-844-268-5627, callers will be connected to the Hotline voicemail. Callers should leave their name, phone number, brief details of the problem and the assistance needed, and in what county they are located. Callers will receive a call back from experienced Legal Aid staff. Individuals and businesses that do not qualify for Legal Aid’s free services will be directly referred to the VLP. VLP will then work to place cases with Nebraska volunteer lawyers who will also provide free legal assistance.

The types of legal issues associated with COVID-19, and focused on by the Hotline, include:

  • Tenants with rent issues, including those facing eviction;
  • Debt problems, including debtors with garnishments or ordered to appear at a debtor’s exam;
  • Mortgage foreclosures, including advising on options for delinquent payments;
  • Unemployment insurance denials;
  • Employee rights, including sick leave and wage payments;
  • Government benefits available to low-income persons such as ADC, SNAP, AABD, and SSI;
  • Medicaid and medical insurance claims;
  • Drafting wills, health care power of attorney, and transfer on death deeds;
  • Domestic abuse and safety issues;
  • Elder abuse and exploitation;
  • Access to education; and,
  • Helping small, locally owned businesses with business and employment related matters, including human relations issues, unemployment benefits, and contracts.

More information on these legal issues, including ways you can directly help yourself, are available at https://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/2020/03/24/covid-19-information-resources/


League Association of Risk Management has compiled a list of useful links for Nebraska communities on the coronavirus. Included are downloadable posters you can use in your public spaces.

For US Small Business Administration Loan information you can click on this link :  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Nebraska Enterprise Fund Clients: There is an option for loan modification/deferment. Your loan officer/business mentor will be reaching out soon to chat about this!

Ag Producers: The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau wants you to know the risks for your farm are “real”! He created a list of things to prepare for! Click here to check it out!

The Center for Rural Affairs is offering loan relief and Express Loan (emergency credit) for qualifying businesses.

Nebraska DED is allocating CDBG monies to support the response to infectious disease. Click here for more information!

Are you having payroll struggles? The Nebraska DOL’s Short-Term Compensation program may be a great tool for you!