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Posted by: Main Line Chamber on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 3:00:00 pm
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IRS to start making Economic Impact Payments this month
The Internal Revenue Service is slated to begin distributing economic impact payments authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) this month. USA Today reports that the first set of $1,200 payments to individuals, and $2,400 for joint taxpayers, are on track to go out next week and that the first few sets of checks will be prioritized toward people who have low incomes and/or get Social Security payments. The IRS says most people won’t need to do anything to receive the payments. The payment phases out at $75,000 income for singles and $150,000 for couples.

 

PPP begins accepting applications from sole proprietors and independent contractors
The federal Payroll Protection Program was set to begin accepting applications from sole proprietors and independent contractors April 10. An article housed on the Bench.com bookkeeping services website outlines some of the details, including the fact that PPP recipients are not also eligible for unemployment.

 

PA launches emotional support hotline
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has launched a 24-hour hotline to provide support for residents struggling with their emotions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Chester County government shared information about the Support & Referral Helpline at 855-284-2494 will be staffed by caseworkers who can provide counseling and refer callers to resources in their communities. More details about it and other mental health resources available to Pennsylvanians can be found here.

 

Pandemic causing widespread grief, expert tells Harvard Business Review
Individuals who are having trouble describing their feelings during the coronavirus shutdown might be experiencing something unexpected — grief. Arguably the world’s foremost expert on grief, David Kessler told the Harvard Business Review people are feeling collective grief as a result of the world having changed, comparing the reaction to the wake of 9/11. There is also anticipatory grief, which is marked by worry about the future in times of uncertainty. Kessler, who co-wrote On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss, suggests some techniques for managing feelings.

 

Chester County hosts telephone community briefing on jobs and unemployment assistance
Chester County is hosting a telephone community briefing to provide people with help seeking jobs and/or unemployment compensation. Participants will include County Commissioners and leaders from the Chester County Workforce Development Board; PA CareerLink Chester County, United Way Financial Stability Center and the Chester County Economic Development Council. The call is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Monday April 11. The link to register can be found here.

 

Chamber member has strategies to make working from home go smoother
Working from home presents many pitfalls if you aren’t used to doing it. To people deal with them, motivational speaker and chamber member Penny Zenker has created a downloadable checklist of seven areas that can cause problems and multiple strategies for dealing with each one. For example, tips under “Habits” include, “Keep the same start and end time to your day,” while a recommendation under “Procrastination” is, “Schedule your procrastination – set up break times to do other tasks.”

 

Other things to do from home besides work
If working from home is making weekdays and weekends blend together, here are some activities to keep them separate. Chamber member Philadelphia Magazine has five healthy things you can do from this weekend and this Delaware County Daily Times article mentions some houses of worship offering virtual services.



Best regards-Be safe,

 

Bernie

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Bernard Dagenais 
President & CEO 
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce 
BDagenais@mlcc.org

 

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