Coronavirus Resource Center

Recent Updates

September 1, 2020 – Executive Order Payroll Tax Deferral

President Trump signed an Executive Order going into effect September 1, 2020, permitting employers to defer employee Social Security tax withholding. This program allows employers to decide whether their employees can elect to defer the withholding of 2020 Social Security taxes until 2021, in essence increasing the employee’s net pay in 2020 only to reduce it in 2021. At the present time, based on the guidance received regarding compliance and administrative hurdles, Lyons HR has made the decision to not participate in this program.

U. S. Department of Labor provides employers with online videos and digital compliance assistance toolkits to help employers provide the benefits and protections required by law as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits and Payments – FAQs from the IRS

Updated Information regarding Form 7200
The IRS has updated FAQ #42 stating that the minimum advance amount that can be claimed on a Form 7200 is $25. Forms requesting less than $25 will not be processed.

IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Qualified Sick and Family Leave Wages Paid
The IRS issued Notice 2020-54 to assist employers in reporting the amount paid to employees as qualified sick and family leave wages under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on Form W-2.

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law revising certain aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. See the AICPA Summary of the PPP Flexibility Act here:

CDC Road Map for Returning to Work

Are you ready for your staff to return to work? See the CDC’s list of critical tasks for employers getting ready to get their staff back in the office.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019, May 2020

Return To Work

Opening Up America Again






Nevada Road Map to Recovery

Oregon – Details on Restarting Public Life and Business




Information about the CARES Act President Trump recently signed legislation that includes important provisions to help employers keep their employees on payroll during the Coronavirus pandemic …

Highlights from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act

CARES Act – Short Summary

CARES Act Tax Provisions

CARES Act Comprehensive Summary

Small Business Administration Resources

May 15, 2020
Treasury Department releases PPP loan forgiveness application. Find it here.

Paycheck Protection Program loans

May 13, 2020
Treasury Department/SBA announce safe harbor for financial-necessity certification for PPP borrowers with less than $2 million in loan proceeds. See FAQ #46.

April 22, 2020
Payroll Protection Program Loan: Best Practices Post Loan Origination

Updated 4.15.2020: FAQs from the SBA and the Department of the Treasury

Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Information for Borrowers

FAQs for small businesses

Paycheck Protection Program – SBA Interim Final Rule

Application – Paycheck Protection Program

Find a Lender – Paycheck Protection Program

April 27, 2020
PPP Loan Interim Final Rules for Seasonal Employers

Internal Revenue Service

April 29, 2020
IRS releases guidance on Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act

Find it here.

Form 941 Updated for claiming Employee Retention Credit

Instructions for Form 941Updated for claiming Employee Retention Credit

Form 7200 – Claiming Advance of FFCRA Tax Credits

Instructions for Form 7200 – Advance Payment of FFCRA Tax Credits

IRS Tax Credits for Paid Leave FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

How Lyons HR Clients Receive the Paid Leave Tax Credit

Claiming FFCRA payroll tax credits

Highlights of DOL and FFCRA Update for Employers from Maynard Cooper

Employee Notice Requirement: DOL released the FFCRA notice that covered employers must provide to their employees. Find the notice here and FAQs about notice requirements here.

DOL Temporary Rule for Paid Leave under Families First

Department of Labor Press Release

Department of Labor Guidance for requesting FFCRA payroll tax credit

DOL released FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Click here to see those FAQs.

Information for Lyons HR Clients

Call to Action for Lyons HR Clients

Federal and National Resources for Employers

May 7, 2020
EEOC updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic

April 23, 2020
EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance

April 13, 2020 NCCI FAQs – COVID-19 and Workers Compensation: What You Need to Know

U.S. Department of Labor Release
COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans

The White House

Employer Insights into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources

Internal Revenue Service – Coronavirus Tax Relief

Occupational Safety and Health – Workplace Guidance

OSHA Releases Updated Guidance for Use of PPE due to N95 mask shortage and Updated Guidance for Use of PPE from other Countries

OSHA Guidance for Recordkeeping for COVID-19 Cases

OSHA COVID-19 Overview

Industry-specific Resources

State Resources-National Association of Manufacturers:

National Association of Manufacturers:

American Hotel & Lodging Association:

National Restaurant Association:

State Resources – Businesses


April 27.2020 Colorado Expands Coverage and Amount of Leave under HELP Rules. Read the Colorado DOL Emergency Rule here

COVID-19 Updates

Social Distancing Certification for Businesses Form

Employee Health Screening Form


Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resource Center – Small Business Development Center

SBA Disaster Assistance

COVID-19 Resources – LISC Connecticut



Georgia Business Resources – Georgia Chamber of Commerce


Daily Updates for Small Businesses (from Small Business Majority)

COVID-19 Resource Center – VA Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Development Center


April 28, 2020
Some Florida workers need to reapply for federal unemployment benefits.
Click here for information.
Go to to file a claim
See the DEO flowchart for people who were denied benefits.

Unemployment Benefits Finder