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Phase I Reopening Concerns and Considerations

The recent implementation of Phase I reopening in Oregon may have brought about changes in your operations. You may have, or may be planning to re-open your business, or deciding to let the general public in your front doors. As we get used to the new normal, Cardinal would like to highlight some concerns and resources. You may have already viewed and addressed some sections so feel free to skip ahead to the relevant one(s).


Employees & Coronavirus Testing

Clarification update on testing issues for employees.  Testing for Coronavirus  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released guidance on testing job applicants and returning employees for coronavirus. Employers may screen job applicants for the Coronavirus after making a conditional offer, but before an individual begins working, provided that all employees in the same job category must be subject to the same examination requirement.  EEOC Hiring Guidance also states:  Employers may delay the start date […]


Paycheck Protection Program is Back!

A bill to expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to pass the House on Thursday, April 23rd. President Trump has already signaled he will sign the bill, which adds $310 billion funds for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program. There is no need to wait for this funding to get signed into law. You can put in an application now to get in line for these benefits. If […]


SBA Loan Notice

At this time the SBA has loaned out all the money under the Payroll Protection Program. We are leaving information about this program on our web page as we understand Congress is trying to come up with more funding. If more money is appropriated, employers should review changes in benefits to the PPP, if any, as well any new requirements. Cardinal will endeavor to keep you updated.


Latest Clarifications on Applying for a “Paycheck Protection Program” Loan

THE LOAN PROGRAM IS OPERATIONAL  Implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has begun. Quite a few employers have applied to financial institutions for this loan and have been accepted into the program. Some of Cardinal’s employers have even already been approved for their PPP loans.  UPDATED CLARIFICATIONS   The Small Business Administration [SBA] is addressing some of the issues that have surfaced during […]


Paycheck Protection Program

WHAT IS IT? The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to as a short-term loan to pay for employee payroll for 2 ½ months, as well as some utilities and rent. If you keep most of your employees after that period, the loan can turn into a grant. See loan for details.  This program is designed to be a bridge to keep your employees employed during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Download program details here.  THE […]


Oregon school closures & parental sick leave

Client questions on Oregon school closures & parental sick leave – the Oregon Sick Leave Law does apply to public health emergencies! Gov. Kate Brown has announced that all K-12 public schools in the state of Oregon will be closed Monday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 31st, in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus. The school closure announcement comes just after Gov. Brown’s Executive Order #20-25, which prohibits large public gatherings with more […]


Oregon Labor Law covers the Coronavirus

Oregon’s sick time law specifically covers absences during a public health emergency [Allows all employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of protected sick time each year.]  It is an unlawful employment practice to discipline and/or terminate and employee for using protected sick time.   Closure of the employee’s place of business, or the school or place of care of the employee’s child, by order of a public official due to a public […]