GIANT creates $250K COVID-19 fund to help small businesses in food industry
The GIANT Co. of Carlisle has established a $250,000 emergency fund to help support small businesses in Pennsylvania’s food supply chain that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pennsylvania facing up to $4 billion shortfall as coronavirus shutdown upends state budget
HARRISBURG — The coronavirus outbreak could cost Pennsylvania $2.7 billion in lost tax revenue over the next 15 months, blowing a serious hole in the state budget, according to a report released Wednesday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.
Quakertown welder develops simple device to avoid germs
Kevin Johnson, owner of JMW Fabrication, has created a simple device that can be attached to most standard commercial door handles, allowing people to open the door using their arm or wrist instead of their hands.
Pa. coroners, health department at odds over how to handle suspected coronavirus cases
HARRISBURG — Until late last week, Dr. Christina VandePol, the coroner in Chester County, said, she had to turn to local hospitals if she wanted to test a deceased person for the coronavirus. Since then, she said, she’s received 20 tests from the state’s lab, in two batches. For a county with over 400 cases […]
FirstEnergy Corp. offers financial assistance to customers during coronavirus crisis
FirstEnergy Corp., an electric utility company that services Pennsylvania, is offering financial assistance to its customers who need help paying their electric bills due to the coronavirus crisis. The Ohio-based company provides electricity service to Pennsylvanians through its subsidiaries Met-Ed, Penelec, West Penn Power and Pennsylvania Power.
Allentown’s Creditsafe USA offers businesses COVID-19 Impact Score
Creditsafe USA, an Allentown-based company that provides company credit reports for businesses throughout the globe, has now created a COVID-19 Impact Score. The new scoring system is free and designed to help businesses identify the risks the coronavirus epidemic poses to their bottom line.
Tread carefully before invoking ‘Force Majeure’ to break a contract
The term and its potential impact in contracts are being scrutinized due to business interruptions and shutdowns caused by coronavirus, or Covid-19. In Pennsylvania mandatory shutdowns ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf in March have rendered many everyday business practices illegal.
FedEx plans to hire 400 workers for Lehigh Valley hub
FedEx is looking to hire 400 workers for its Lehigh Valley hub in Allen Township. The company said it needs to meet a critical demand for service because of COVID-19.
With Pa liquor stores closed, consumers are flocking to the border
An Allentown man, who asked to not be identified, admitted he broke down and crossed state lines when he ran out of his favorite liquor. With Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores closed under orders from the governor, what else could he do?
Gov. Tom Wolf extends school closure to the end of the school year
Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania schools are to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
COVID-19 cases in PA approach 20,000
State health officials reported another 29 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state total to 338. Most deaths have been in people over the age of 65. Health officials noted there have been no pediatric deaths from COVID.
CARES Act tax modifications promote cash flow, worker retention…but come with a catch
Modifications to the U.S. tax code under the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, are designed to help companies hold onto capital and retain employees until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, federal officials and local accounting professionals say.