Potential Government Assistance for COVID-19

Depending on their business, companies should keep apprised of the potential for government assistance. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, is a $2 trillion stimulus package intended to counter some of the economic devastation caused by the Coronavirus. The law makes certain government loans available for the cost of rent and employees, which are forgiven when funds are expended on the required purpose. The timing and scope as to when and how much may ultimately be available remains unclear.

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CARES Act
  • Creates a $350 billion loan program to businesses that employ no more than 500 employees, allowing companies to borrow money to cover certain costs, such as payroll, healthcare benefits, rent, and utilities, among others.
  • Provides loan forgiveness programs through incentivizing business to retain and rehire employees.
  • Expands eligibility for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, raising the maximum amount for these loans to 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs, or up to $10 million, with interest rates not to exceed 4%, and waiving certain credit and personal guaranty requirements.
  • Adds relief for businesses in the accommodation and food services industries, certain franchise businesses, and small businesses that receive financing through the Small Business Investment Company Act.
  • Funds small-business education programs regarding COVID-19 and available federal resources.
  • Enables the U.S. Department of Commerce to give grants to minority business centers and chambers of commerce to educate, train, and provide access to federal resources.
  • Extends Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) eligibility to individuals operating sole proprietorships, independent contractors, etc., with no more than 500 employees.
  • Empowers the SBA to approve EIDLs solely on the basis of an applicant’s credit score or by use of alternative methods to gauge the applicant’s ability to repay.
    • Applicants may request an advance of up to $10,000 within three days after the administrator receives the application, which may be used for any allowable purposes under Section 7(b)(2) of the Small Business Act and is not subject to repayment, even if the loan request is ultimately denied.
  • Stipulates that, for loans under Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, Title V of the Small Business Investment Act, and for loans made by an intermediary using Section 7(m) loans or grants, the administrator shall pay the principal, interest, and fees owed for loans in regular servicing status for any such loans, whether on deferment or not, that were made before the enactment of the act for the following six-month period, and for any such loans that were made between the date of enactment of the act and six months from such date.
  • Appropriates $17 billion to waive limits on the maximum loan maturities for loans given deferral.
  • Extends maturity during the year following enactment.
  • Stretches lender site visit requirement timelines as necessary due to COVID-19 to (i) 60 days of a non-default adverse event and (ii) 90 days of a default.
  • Provides tax relief to certain eligible employers
    • Eligible employers receive a credit against applicable employment taxes for each calendar quarter in an amount equal to 50% of the qualified wages with respect to each employee. The amount of qualified wages taken into account for each eligible employer, however, will not exceed $10,000 per calendar quarter and the credit will not exceed the applicable employment taxes owed for such calendar quarter.
    • Most employers may defer payment of Social Security tax.
  • Modifies net operating losses (NOL), providing a temporary repeal of taxable income limitation, including: (i) in the case of a taxable year beginning before January 1, 2021, the aggregate of the NOL carryovers to such year, plus the NOL carrybacks to such year, and (ii) in the case of a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2020, the sum of the aggregate amount of NOLs arising in taxable years beginning before January 1, 2018, and the lesser of the aggregate amount of net operating losses arising in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, or 80% of the excess of taxable income.1
  • Modifies limitation of losses for taxpayers other than corporations.
  • Modifies capital gains and losses, providing that deductions for losses from sales or exchanges of capital assets will not be taken into account and providing that the amount of gains from sales or exchanges of capital assets taken into account will not exceed the lesser of (1) the capital gain net income determined by taking into account only gains and losses attributable to a trade or business, or (2) the capital gain net income.
  • Accelerates the ability of companies to recover alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits that were repealed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, permitting companies to claim a refund now and obtain additional cash flow during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Increases the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns by increasing the 30% limitation to 50% of taxable income for 2019 and 2020.
  • Enables businesses, to immediately write off costs associated with improving facilities instead of depreciating those improvements over the 39-year life of the building.
  • Provides a temporary exception from excise tax for businesses that distill spirits for use in hand sanitizer.
Awareness of the Resources Available

It is important for businesses to be aware of the resources available, including those in a second CARES Act, to help mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus on their businesses.

Disclaimer

Be sure to speak with your legal and tax professionals regarding the specifics on any CARES question and any potential legal tax issues facing your business.  Flexicrew provides this information as a public service, but it should not be construed as either legal or tax advice.

DOL Issues FAQs About Face Coverings – Surgical Masks – Respirators in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace.

Dept of Labor logo“As our economy reopens for business, millions of Americans will be wearing masks in their workplace for the first time,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “OSHA is ready to help workers and employers understand how to properly use masks so they can stay safe and healthy in the workplace.”

Face Coverings and Respirators

The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators. It further reminds employers not to use surgical masks or cloth face coverings when respirators are needed. In addition, the guidance notes the need for social distancing measures, even when workers are wearing cloth face coverings, and recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on washing face coverings.

Latest OSHA Guidance

These frequently asked questions and answers mark the latest guidance from OSHA addressing protective measures for workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, OSHA published numerous guidance documents for workers and employers, available at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/, including five guidance documents aimed at expanding the availability of respirators.

Further Information

For further information and resources about the coronavirus disease, please visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage.

Coronavirus

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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Media Contact:  Megan Sweeney, 202-693-4681, sweeney.megan.p@dol.gov

 

Flexicrew Continues Taking Protective Measures for Coronavirus

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March 18, 2020, 11:03 ET – CHATTANOOGA, TN.

This week Flexicrew Staffing has temporarily closed our physical offices to protect the health of our candidates and internal team members, while actively continuing business.safe practices

The firm has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and following current guidelines from the leading health and government authorities.  That ensures they are taking the appropriate actions to protect their clients, staff, temporary employees and the communities where they do business.

Flexicrew has successfully protected its network from natural disasters, infections and other types of emergencies for over eleven years.

The staffing agency arranged business crisis procedures to assure continued reliable service.  It has primed certain operational team members to deploy to alternate locations in the event of facility-specific staffing shortages.  All team members received guidance and ongoing communication on proper risk-reduction practices, hand hygiene, operating at safe distances and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Team members have been encouraged to voluntarily self-quarantine if they believe they are at risk and to report if they themselves or others exhibit signs of symptoms related to COVID-19.

“There is nothing as important to Flexicrew,” stated CEO Bill Brennan, “than protecting the wellbeing and health of our colleagues and partners.  Our firm is grateful for client and staff loyalty and we appreciate the privilege of serving those with whom we have connections.”

Note to Media:

For more information on Flexicrew, Inc. please contact Misty Brennan, CEO of Flexicrew companies at 1-866-720-3539 or by email at info@flexicrew.com  In addition, please be sure to check out the Flexicrew, Inc. website at www.flexicrew.com.

FLEXICREW WINS 2020 BEST OF STAFFING DIAMOND AWARD

Less than one percent of US and Canadian staffing agencies earned Diamond distinction!

CHATTANOOGA, TN, (February 7, 2020) – Flexicrew, a leading staffing agency in the industrial, supply chain and food processing markets stated today that they earned ClearlyRated’s unique Best of Staffing® Client Diamond Awards after winning that award at least five years in a row for providing superior service to their clients.

Because Flexicrew consistently connects quality talent with the right job openings, it achieved satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 76.5% of clients, 3.2 times higher than the rest of the industry. Only 1-2% of all staffing agencies in U.S. and Canada earned the Best of Staffing Award, and only 35% of the 2020 Best of Staffing winners were awarded Diamond Award distinction. The winners of this award stand out for exceeding client expectations and building a reputation for excellence.

“Flexicrew Staffing is committed to supplying excellent customer service to our clients across all of our locations,” said Misty Brennan, Senior Vice President. “We’re able to deliver on this promise by hiring the best people for each local branch. We’re thankful to our recruiters, branch and area managers and business development team for their commitment to connecting the right people with the right employment opportunities.  We feel privileged that our clients recognize our staff’s hard work in a highly competitive job market.”

“Now more than ever, it is important for staffing firms to deliver consistently remarkable experiences to the clients and talent they work with,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg. “This year’s Best of Staffing winners have shown their commitment to exceptional service, committing to not only measuring satisfaction, but taking action on the feedback. I couldn’t be prouder to showcase these industry leaders alongside feedback from their actual clients and candidates on ClearlyRated.com and applaud them for their commitment to making improvements at their respective firms!”

ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners demonstrate they are the staffing industry leaders in service quality based completely on ratings provided by the clients where they’ve placed exceptional talent.

Some of the rave reviews our clients gave Flexicrew include:

·         Flexicrew is awesome!
·         Don Hay and his team have always been very professional and a pleasure to work with. They respond quickly and ask the right questions to make certain we get the right help. We feel grateful for all their help.
·         Flexicrew always acts in a professional manner and works with our company to address any issues and get them resolved in a timely fashion.
·         Everything has been great so far
·         Flexicrew has done a great job with filling our positions.
·         We are very pleased with the service from Flexicrew.
·         They do a good job helping us with our staffing needs.
·         Flexicrew is a reliable source of labor.
·         All Flexicrew employees we deal with work hard to get us the candidates we want in the timeframe we need them.
·         All staff in the Gainesville office are wonderful and always so helpful.

If you need to recruit quality talent, give Flexicrew a call and work with a Best of Staffing staffing agency.

About Flexicrew Staffing

Founded in 2008 in Mobile, Alabama, and currently headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified industrial – skilled and unskilled, technical, and clerical professionals to clients within most major industries. Flexicrew has a presence in over 25 markets across North America with more than 2,000 contractors currently placed in companies throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit www.flexicrew.com.

About ClearlyRated

ClearlyRated administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. ClearlyRated’s team reports on over 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and talent each year and the company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.

About ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing

ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are highlighted by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

Note to Media:

For more information on Flexicrew, Inc. please contact Misty Brennan, Senior VP for Flexicrew companies at 1-866-720-3539 or by email at info@flexicrew.com  In addition, please be sure to check out the Flexicrew, Inc. website at www.flexicrew.com.

Flexicrew Continues Expansion in Tennessee – Adding Nashville Office

New Nashville Office to Better Serve Middle Tennessee Clients

 

Chattanooga, TN, November 22, 2019–

Flexicrew Staffing announces that it opens office in Nashville, TN.

With 10 locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Flexicrew commenced Nashville operations November 4, 2019 and is supported by offices in eastern Tennessee.  The office is situated at 3538 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 306, Antioch, TN 37013.  This unique office space features areas for recruiting, interviewing and skill assessments and is ideally suited for client-specific orientations.

This site will support firms needing both skilled and unskilled labor in metro Nashville, and surrounding, areas,” says Flexicrew’s Tennessee Area Manager, Tricia Bratton, who has an extensive background serving staffing clients in the Tennessee market for over 15 years.  “We’re excited to bring our custom approach of cost-effective, efficient, rapid response staffing solutions to this market.”

According to Misty Brennan, Flexicrew Executive Vice President, “The Nashville office will satisfy the rapidly growing needs current and future organizations in middle Tennessee in the manufacturing, distribution, administrative and custom placements.”

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Flexicrew is focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement. It has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015, is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solution and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and brings together the best complementary management and support team, resulting in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Clearly Rated.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Tricia Bratton at 423.803.2739 or tricia@flexicrew.com.

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Flexicrew announces new customer account executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Continuing to Strengthen its Fast-Growing Huntsville Branch

Flexicrew Staffing, Chattanooga, TN-based recruiting firm, is pleased to have Jacinta Monkman join its Huntsville team as Customer Account Manager.  One of Huntsville’s rapidly expanding staffing agencies has made Jacinta one of two recent strategic hires, bringing on experts who will broaden the firm’s capabilities.a best staffing agency

With more than 4 years of recruiting experience, Monkman is a well-recognized advisor with relationships. Most recently, Monkman served as a recruiter for IBEX Staffing, where she oversaw recruiting efforts.

“We are glad Jacinta has chosen to enter the Flexicrew Huntsville family and are convinced that she will play a substantial part in expanding our presence throughout the northern Alabama region,” stated Tennessee/Alabama Area Manager Tricia Bratton.  “Her reputation for customer service and reliability is well-known. With Jacinta as part of our group, Flexicrew will continue to focus on building exceptional partnerships with our current and future clients.”

Jacinta’s specialty will be in business development and recruiting for temporary, contract employment and direct placement opportunities.  In this important part of the business, her obvious skills and experience in helping unemployed find jobs aligns with the Flexicrew mission to the benefit of company clients. Jacinta’s experience enhances her understanding of staffing needs and matching those to qualified candidates.  She will deliver considerable value in this new role.

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew was founded in 2008 by Bill and Misty Brennan in Mobile AL.  The agency provides recruiting, onboarding, coaching and staffing solutions on a local and regional level. The Flexicrew team utilizes a strategic, client-centered approach, working closely with them to identify business goals, and forge strong partnerships.

It supports industry clients in increasing their productivity and driving cost savings through a variety of flexible, cost-effective staffing and outsourced HR options.

Each year, Flexicrew’s winning combination of industry-leading staffing expertise and high-quality talent enables hundreds of outstanding companies to respond to ever-changing business needs with considerable success.

Note to Media:

For more information on Flexicrew, Inc. please contact Todd Zelenka, Branch Manager Flexicrew Huntsville at 256.469.6286 or by email at todd@flexicrew.com. In addition, please be sure to check out the Flexicrew, Inc. website at www.Flexicrew.com.

 

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Flexicrew Chattanooga Comes a Long Way in Past Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chattanooga, TN.

The Flexicrew Chattanooga branch celebrates its 3rd anniversary since its opening in June of 2016.

The staffing agency recognizes Tricia Bratton, Tennessee Area Manager, for her 3rd increasingly successful anniversary with the firm.

We acknowledge the 2nd anniversary of Account Managers, Dena Swafford and Amy Marcum with the Chattanooga office who reflect Flexicrew’s belief in investing in its people and building knowledgeable and customer-caring staff.

We appreciate the development Brad Sessoms, Sales Executive, has made for this office over his first year in building growth and financial performance.

Located at 7047 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN, Flexicrew has recently moved into larger facilities to be closer to candidates and clients in the area.  The building is conveniently located near downtown, tech parks, the airport and interstate Route 75.

We are celebrating progress in customer satisfaction and business growth.  We continue to be excited about our opportunity to serve the region and bring workforce solutions to area manufacturers, distributors, administrative and clerical organizations.

About Flexicrew

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency, founded in 2008 in Mobile, AL.  Focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement, it has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015.  It is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award – for the 6th year.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solutions and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and we’ve brought together the best complementary management and support team.  That resulted in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Inavero.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Tricia Bratton directly at 256.469.6286 or email info@flexicrew.com. Or contact Misty Brennan at 866.720.3539.

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Job Fair June 27th in Dalton, GA

Flexicrew will manage Job Fair 2019 on June 27th

Chattanooga, TN – June 24, 2019 – Flexicrew announces the Summer Job Fair 2019 on Thursday, June 27 from 10am-2pm. The event will take place at The Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA.

Candidates attending the Summer Job Fair 2019 will be able to speak with Human Resources representatives and complete job applications. The goal of the event is to showcase the client’s capabilities and provide an opportunity for candidates to apply in-person.

Their Human Resources Manager states, “Job Fairs are great ways to interact with candidates before the hiring process begins. It allows the candidates to see the company culture and get to know them before reading the resumes. I am excited to have Flexicrew launching this event and looking forward to the meeting the candidates”

The client has many positions open in its facility. Some of the openings include general labor, packers, printing press operators and more.

The company has been in business for over half a century. Flexicrew Staffing has made the Inc. 5000 list for being one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. To view a list of open positions and to apply online visit www.flexicrew.com.

 

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Flexicrew Staffing Celebrates New Knoxville Branch Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chattanooga, TN –

Fast-Growing Staffing Firm Strengthens Resources

Flexicrew announced that Jill Wilson has joined the firm to further support and develop our growing northern Tennessee regional accounts.

Tricia Bratton, Flexicrew Area Manager said, “Wilson’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes her a key addition to the Flexicrew family.”   We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to being a leader in the staffing industry. Our new innovations and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for a high-achiever who will fit with our values of innovation and exceptional service, and we are very fortunate to find someone of Jill’s caliber to fill this role of Knoxville, Tennessee Branch Manager.” 

“I’m confident that she will play a significant role in providing and implementing high quality staffing solutions for our north Tennessee clients.”

Wilson has over 16 years as Personnel Supervisor and HR and Talent Management.  She brings a Bachelor’s in Management with emphasis in Human Resources and is mere months away from completing her M.S. in Leadership.

Wilson is: “So excited to return to staffing after working in Human Resources over the last 5 years.  Staffing has always been my passion and coming to Flexicrew feels like coming home.”

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency, founded in 2008 in Mobile, TN.  Focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement, it has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015.  It is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award – for the 6th year.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solutions and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and we’ve brought together the best complementary management and support team.  That resulted in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Inavero.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Jill Wilson directly at 865.804.0366 or email Jill@flexicrew.com. Or contact Tricia Bratton at 423.803.2739

 

 

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Flexicrew Expands Once Again – Adding Knoxville Office

New Knoxville  Office to Better Serve Northeast Tennessee  Clients

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chattanooga, TN–

Flexicrew Staffing announces staffing agency office opening in Knoxville, TN.

According to Tricia Bratton, Flexicrew Area Manager “The Knoxville  office will satisfy the rapidly growing needs current and future organizations in northern Tennessee  in the manufacturing, distribution, administrative and custom placements.”

With 8 locations in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, Flexicrew began operations in Knoxville  June 2019 and is supported by offices in southeastern Tennessee.

This branch will support firms needing both skilled and unskilled labor in the Knoxville , and north Tennessee  areas,” says Flexicrew’s Branch Manager, Jill Wilson, who has an extensive background serving clients in on-site management and HR management in the north Tennessee  market for over 16 years.  “We’re excited to bring our custom approach of cost-effective, efficient, rapid response staffing solutions to this market.  I have complete confidence in this company and this team to be extraordinary.”

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency, founded in 2008 in Mobile, TN.  Focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement, it has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015, is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solutions and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and we’ve brought together the best complementary management and support team, resulting in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Inavero.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Tricia Bratton at 423.803.2739 or the Knoxville  Branch Manager, Jill Wilson, directly at 865.804.0366 or email jill@flexicrew.com.

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