A tax credit for small and medium-sized businesses to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of vaccination. President Biden's American Rescue Plan provides a paid leave tax credit to offset the cost for businesses with fewer than 500 employees for up to 80 hours (i.e. 10 work days) up to $511 per day of paid sick leave offered between April 1 and September 30, 2021. This tax credit will allow employers to provide paid leave for employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination and for any time their employees may need to recover from that vaccination at no cost to the employer. The Internal Revenue Service released and posted a fact sheet to educate employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit on their quarterly tax filings. For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers to enable employees to get vaccinated and recover from after-effects of vaccination, as well as for other purposes, please consult this snapshot from the Department of the Treasury.
Thank you for your continued efforts in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in your community and workplace. You are protecting the health of your employees and customers while ensuring our economy remains open and is thriving. The North Dakota Department of Health would like to inform you of some additional assistance regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
On January 25, 2021 The White House announced Executive Order (EO) 14005, called Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers. EO 14005 establishes a substantial role for the MEP National NetworkTM in the Biden Administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing.
The Impact Dakota LEAN Enterprise Certification Program for High Performance Manufacturing (LECP-HPM) helps businesses achieve higher profitability by building internal capability and capacity to improve QUALITY, COST, and DELIVERY.
In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Commerce received $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding in order to provide grant support for workforce training programs for displaced workers seeking to develop the technical skills necessary to make a career change and remain gainfully employed in North Dakota.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded CARES Act funding to its centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to help manufacturers increase production of products that support the response to the pandemic, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and to reach new suppliers or markets, recover from workforce and supply chain interruptions, and achieve greater resilience.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that the agency has developed the Economic Resiliency Grant (ERG) Program which was approved at today’s Budget Section hearing to assist businesses with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the USC Center for Economic Development, is offering free cybersecurity training to small businesses through an Air Force Small Business Office Mentor Protégé Program.
The fact is, automation is helping businesses stay globally competitive in a time when finding skilled manufacturing employees is exceedingly difficult.