Coronavirus (COVID-19) Member Resources

A resource for OCTC member companies to collaborate and share information on best practices regarding COVID-19.

In light of the ongoing developments with the coronavirus, OCTC would like to provide this site as a resource to our member companies to find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCTC will continue to update this page daily. If your company would like to share documents, best practices or other resources regarding COVID-19, please send that information to Andy Swaim or Jenn Klein and we will update the page. We will anonymize documents from our chemical company members as to avoid sharing any sensitive and/or confidential business information.

This Blog is made available by the OCTC for the purposes of allowing members to share best practices and tips with one another.  All posters’ opinions are their own and do not constitute advice – legal or otherwise – in any way whatsoever.  By using this blog site you understand that there is no advice or guidance being provided by OCTC, and that a member’s policies and actions are solely up to each individual member.  OCTC cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, validity, timeliness, or completeness of any information made available to you for any purpose.  OCTC makes no warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the information posted on this blog/website.  It is the sole responsibility of members to maintain compliance with all applicable laws and regulations when making use of any information on this blog/website.  OCTC will not be liable, whether in contract or tort, for any direct, special, indirect, consequential or incidental damages or damages of any kind.

OCTC Resources


OCTC Documents

OCTC Letter to Gov. DeWine Urging Him to Consider Chemical Industry to be Essential

OCTC Template Letter for Employers to Provide Essential Workers

OCTC Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Summary


OCTC Bulletins

June 22, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

June 19, 2020

Gov. DeWine Signs Order to Define "Good Cause" for Not Returning to Work

June 16, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Unemployment Compensation Loan and Pop-Up Testing Sites

June 15, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

June 11, 2020

Gov. DeWine Lifts Restrictions on Testing, Dr. Acton Steps Down

June 8, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

June 4, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Entertainment Openings, Husted Announces Business Relief Programs

June 2, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Healthcare Openings, Comments on K-12 Schools and Protests

June 1, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter


May 28, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces BWC Deferral, Gives Guidance on Fairs

May 26, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

May 21, 2020

Gov. DeWine Signs Urgent Health Advisory Replacing Portions of Current Orders

May 19, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Urgent Health Advisory to Replace Current Orders

May 18, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

May 14, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Openings for Child Care, Gyms and Recreational Businesses

May 7, 2020

Governor DeWine Announces Openings For Salons, Barbers And Restaurants

May 5, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Massive State Budget Cuts

May 4, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

May 1, 2020

Ohio Releases New Order Language for Responsible RestartOhio Plan

April 30, 2020

OCTC Government Affairs Committee Meeting Announcement, Mask Mandate FAQ

April 29, 2020

Gov. DeWine Mandates Masks for Employees with Exceptions After a Confusing 48 Hours

April 29, 2020

Gov. DeWine Still Dialing in Order Regarding Face Coverings

April 28, 2020

Gov. DeWine Softens Order Regarding Face Coverings

April 27, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

April 20, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

April 16, 2020

Ohio Will Begin To Reopen on May 1st, House Task Force Update, ODH Warns About Antibody Tests

April 13, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

April 8, 2020

Mid-Week COVID-19 Update: Legislative Task Force, DHS Placard, Office of Small Business Relief

April 6, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

April 3, 2020

Federal CARES Act Provides Relief To Individuals And Businesses

April 2, 2020

Gov. DeWine Extends Stay-at-Home Order, Tightens Restrictions, Engages Business Groups

April 1, 2020

Gov. DeWine Manufacturing Repurposing Project, Hints At Stay-At-Home Order Ext

March 31, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Mandatory Reporting of Ventilators and Other Supplies in Inventory

March 30, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

March 28, 2020

Gov. DeWine Calls on Businesses to Manufacture or Donate PPE, DHS Essential Worker Placard

March 25, 2020

Legislature Approves COVID-19 Package, Lt. Gov. Recommends Documentation for Essential Industries

March 24, 2020

Lt. Governor Jon Husted: Essential Businesses Are Obligated to Comply with Section 18

March 23, 2020

OCTC Weekly Newsletter

March 22, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces Stay-At-Home Order, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

March 21, 2020

Gov. DeWine Postpones BWC Payments, Issues Trucking Waiver, Indicates Further Closures

March 20, 2020

Gov. DeWine Announces First COVID-19 Death, Warns Businesses to Comply with Recommendations

March 20, 2020

DHS Issues Guidance on Essential Workers, Gov. DeWine Clarifies Employee Temperature Taking

March 18, 2020

OCTC Urges Gov. DeWine to Consider Chemical Industry to be Essential

March 18, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine Asks All Employers to Take the Temperature of All Employees Before Work

March 17, 2020

Ohio Primary Election is Postponed After All

March 16, 2020

Ohio Judge Rules that Ohio Primary Election is Not Cancelled, Pending Potential Appeals

March 16, 2020

Ohio Primary Election to be Postponed to Curb Spread of COVID-19

March 13, 2020

OCTC Launches Member-Driven Blog to Share COVID-19 Best Practices

March 12, 2020

Governor DeWine Issues Executive Order on Coronavirus


Member Provided Resources


American Chemistry Council

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Public Resources

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Member Resources


Bricker & Eckler

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Resource Center

4/10/20 – COVID-19 and ERISA disability claims

4/8/20 – Ohio BWC to send $1.6 billion in dividend payments to employers

4/8/20 – Student loans and wage garnishments under the CARES Act

4/6/20 – FEMA accepting local government applications for its Public Assistance Grant Program for COVID-19 expenses

4/3/20 – CARES Act: Extension of Social Security tax payments and estimated tax payments

4/3/20 – DOL issues temporary regulations implementing the FFCRA

4/1/20 – Changes to workers’ compensation statute of limitations due to COVID-19

3/27/20 – DOL issues a Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster

3/23/20 – Ohio BWC defers employers’ premium payments

3/20/20 – COVID-19 Update: President signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3/19/20 – Workers’ compensation implications of COVID-19 for employers

3/18/20 – Governor DeWine asks all employers to take employees’ temperatures every day

3/13/20 – COVID-19 developments in employee medical insurance



3/24/20 –  Coronavirus COVID-19 Business Continuity Response Services



Continually Updated – JobsOhio COVID-19 Resource Page

Continually Updated – Ohio Manufacturing Alliance


Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Business Resources 




3/16/20 –  Coronavirus Response Resources


Porter Wright

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Resources


Squire Patton Boggs

Continually Updated – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Legal Impact on Businesses

4/23/20 – OSHA State Plan Agencies Issue COVID-19 Guidance

4/23/20 – US EPA and the Corps Finally Publish Their Definition of “Waters of the United States” Narrowing the Scope of Federal Jurisdiction Under the Clean Water Act

4/19/20 – To Provide an N95 Mask or Not to…That is the Question Plaguing Some Employers (US)

4/14/20 – US EPA and US DOT Issue Final Rule Rolling Back Vehicle Emissions Standard

4/14/20 – US EPA Issues New Guidance for Hazardous Waste Cleanup & Emergency Response Sites Impacted by COVID-19

3/23/20 – Are You “Essential”? Ohio Guidance for Environmental Industries Regarding COVID-19

3/23/20 – US EPA Issues List of Disinfectants Qualified for Use Against COVID-19

3/23/20 – OMB Directs US EPA and Other Federal Agencies to Refocus on Mission-Critical Functions Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

3/18/20 – Covid-19 and US Health Insurance: New Regulatory Directives – State of Emergency

3/18/20 – Coronavirus Disease: Key Employment Law Issues for Employers

3/17/20 – Webinar: Addressing Coronavirus Practically and Legally (Materials)

3/11/20 – For Employers: Coronavirus and US Safety & Health Law


Thompson Hine

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Task Force

4/22/20 – UPDATE: FEMA Announces Additional Exemptions to Recently Effective Export Restrictions on Personal Protective Equipment

4/21/20 – From Employers to Homeschooling to Healthcare: Federal Government Provides Guidance Clarifying Data Privacy Requirements During COVID-19

4/21/20 – COVID-19 Giveaways: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Charitable Promotions and Marketing

4/20/20 – Employment Issues to Consider as Businesses Get Ready to Re-Open After COVID-19

4/20/20 – Patenting During the Pandemic

4/17/20 – OFAC Issues Fact Sheet on Providing Humanitarian Aid to Combat COVID-19 Under Various Sanctions Programs

4/14/20 – Main Street Lending Program: New Relief for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

4/13/20 – Government Measures Worldwide in Response to COVID-19

4/13/20 – ISS Issues New Voting Policy Guidance in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

4/9/20 – Statutes of Limitations Are Moving Targets During the COVID-19 Pandemic

4/9/20 – FEMA Announces Export Restrictions on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

4/7/20 – Annual Shareholder Meetings in the Time of COVID-19

4/6/20 – Adviser: 401(k) plans aren't immune to COVID-19

4/3/20 – Ohio’s Amended Stay-at-Home Order

4/2/20 – Ohio Report: COVID-19 Relief for Commercial Tenants and Borrowers

4/2/20 – FTC and DOJ Announce Expedited Procedure to Provide Antitrust Guidance

4/1/20 – Communicating With Your Lenders Early and Often Is More Important Than Ever

3/30/20 – U.S. EPA Issues Guidance for Temporary Enforcement Discretion During COVID-19 Pandemic

3/28/20 – CARES Act: Implications for Businesses

3/27/20 – CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program – Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses

3/27/20 – Federal CARES Act Provides Substantial Relief to Employers from Effects of COVID-19

3/26/20 – Public-Private Partnership Created for Emergency Drug Packaging Solutions

3/25/20 – DOL Issues Employer Guidance on Implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3/24/20 – Workforce Management Considerations in the COVID-19 Era webinar (Materials)

3/24/20 – Stay-at-Home Orders: Q&A for Businesses with Transportation Operations

3/23/20 – Mitigating COVID-19’s Commercial and Business Impacts: SBA’s Loan Programs

3/22/20 – Ohio Issues Stay-at-Home Order

3/21/20 – The Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response Requires Employers With Fewer Than 500 Employees to Provide Paid Leave

3/20/20 – Resources from Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Next Steps for Employers webinar (Materials)

3/20/20 – SEC Issues Guidance for Registered Funds Facing Operational Challenges Due to COVID-19

3/19/20 – New Employee Leave Benefits Enacted by Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3/18/20 – Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Employee Privacy

3/16/20 – House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3/13/20 – OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

3/12/20 – IRS Issues Guidance on High Deductible Health Plans and COVID-19 Expenses

3/10/20 – COVID-19 Planning Considerations for Employers

3/5/20 – Novel COVID-19 Virus Commercial Contracts and Force Majeure


University of Findlay

3/18/20 – Social Distancing in the Workplace Recommendations from Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center


Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Task Force

Continually Updated – COVID-19 Alerts

4/23/20 – U.S. Supreme Court: Indirect Discharge Into Groundwater Covered Under Clean Water Act

4/15/20 – The EEOC Provides Further Guidance on Managing Disability and Accommodation Issues in the Age of COVID-19 (Part II)

4/10/20 – State and Local Tax Alert: Ohio Tax Compliance: The Tax Commissioner Has Not Extended All Filing Due Dates

4/10/20 – Federal Reserve to the Rescue of Main Street

4/9/20 – Alternatives to Laying Off Employees: Benefits Available for Ohio Employees with Reduced Hours

4/8/20 – Private Non-Profit Eligibility for FEMA Public Assistance Funding

4/8/20 – Ohio Economic Development Agencies Engaged in COVID-19 Relief Efforts

4/6/20 – Immigration Alert: Immigration Consequences of Salary Reduction, Furloughs and Layoffs

4/3/20 – IRS Postpones Due Date for Filing of Gift Tax and Estate and Trust Income Tax Returns and for Payment of Tax

4/3/20 – CARES Act Relief for Residential Landlords and Tenants

4/2/20 – IRS Issues Guidance on Required Documentation Necessary to Obtain Tax Credits on Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave Requests

4/2/20 – CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program: Overview for Participating Lenders

4/1/20 – Overview of State Relief Efforts in Response to COVID-19

3/31/20 – Federal Tax Bulletin: CARES Act Provides a Number of Tax Benefits to Businesses

3/30/20 – Congress Creates the Paycheck Protection Program Through the SBA to Provide Loans

3/30/20 – The CARES Act Makes Available Economic Relief for Midsize and Large Businesses

3/27/20 – Federal Tax Bulletin: CARES Act Extends Deadline for Payment of 2020 Employer and Self-Employment Social Security Tax

3/25/20 – For Ohio Employers: Ohio Workers' Compensation COVID-19 Update


None at this time.