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COVID 19 Corona Virus, Information

Essential Services

On March 23, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order called "Stay home, Stay Safe." As part of the order, some businesses are considered essential, and that includes pest control companies. Many other businesses not considered essential were asked to close. One can only imagine what kind of pest control situation would arise in a commercial kitchen with no one there, so this is a good thing.

Governor Brown extended the Executive Order until July 6. After that point, it is expected that restrictions on some businesses will be lifted, or lifted with conditions.

NPMA Resources

Our national association, NPMA has created a helpful page of information. Visit for latest industry COVID-19 information and resources.

Rules for Small Businesses

Pest control companies must follow a variety of important safety measures at work to control the spread of the virus. An excellent resource of information is from Cascade Employers Association. Refer to this link for more information on these rules, click HERE.

Financial Assistance, Economic Aid

Congress recently passed a sweeping economic aid package for individuals and businesses. Here is a summary of the economic aid package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) 3-27-2020

Paycheck Protection Program: Click this link that provides loans provided by the Small Business Administration, click HERE

The CARES Act is an extensive piece of legislation that provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While CARES has multiple components, this alert focuses on the overarching employment aspects of the bill.

A one-time cash rebate of $1,200 per eligible individual ($2,400 for joint filers and $500 per child) for income less than $75,000 ($150,000 in the case of a joint return). The income is based on either the individual’s 2018 or 2019 tax filings. The cash rebates start to phase down as income increases and individuals making more than $99,000 ($198,000 for couples) will not receive the cash rebate.

Federal unemployment insurance assistance for unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work due to COVID-19. Specifically, the federal government will provide qualifying individuals with unemployment insurance payments of $600 per week (up to 4 months until July 31st), which is in addition to that individual’s unemployment insurance payments administered by the state. Moreover, CARES allows individuals to receive unemployment insurance payment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. The unemployment insurance assistance also extends to self-employment individuals, gig workers, independent contractors and freelancers, all of whom historically would not qualify for such benefits.

Employees who worked for at least 30 days and were laid off on or after March 1, 2020, do not need to wait an additional 30 days to apply for Emergency Family Medical Leave.

The Act specifies that an employer’s requirement to provide EPSL to an employee ceases with whichever comes earlier: the time when the employer has paid that employee for paid leave under this section for an equivalent of 80 hours of work OR upon the employee's return to work after taking paid leave under this section.

Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees with emergency grants and a forgivable loan program. Additionally, the Act sets aside loans and other money for large corporations. For further information on the small business protection assistance, reference Title I of Division A of the CARES Act.

The act also provides several options for retirement accounts. If that is of interest, check out the details with your CPA or financial advisor.

Oregon Pest Control Association (C) 2017
PO Box 2244, Salem, OR 97308-2244

Email, G. Harvey Gail, MBA: Executive Director

Managed by Spire Management, LLC. 

The purpose of this website is to be an informational source to consumers who are looking for a pest control professional or home inspector.

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