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Information on Reopening, Unemployment Benefits & More

Phase One of Reopening Process Begins Today in Greene County

The first phase in the gradual reopening process of our local economy begins today in Springfield and Greene County. The Chamber has collected the information you need as you work to reopen your business while protecting your employees and your customers. Visit our Reopening & Recovery webpage for links to the city and county orders and other valuable tools.

Visit Our Reopening & Recovery Resources Center

Urgent Unemployment News for Employers

As businesses begin to reopen and employees are called back to work, it’s important for both the employer and the employee to know the circumstances under which the employee can refuse to return to work and continue to collect state and federal unemployment benefits.

On Friday, May 1, the Missouri Department of Labor offered new guidance on the situation. The information includes details on when an employee continues to be covered by state and federal unemployment insurance, what to do if an employee who should be able to return to work refuses to return when called back from a temporary layoff or furlough, and more.

Read the Guidance from the State Department of Labor

More Information

Our Recovery & Reopening Resource Center has a wealth of information to help you as you look to reopen your business safely, including:

  • “General Guidance for Returning to Work,” our guide to helping you maintain proper safety protocols and social distancing as you slowly welcome employees and customers back into your businesses
  • Our Allowable Occupancy Calculator tool, which can help you estimate how many people can be in your building under these new guidelines
  • Multiple links to additional guidance from city, state and federal-level organizations