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Meeting ID: 992 0708 1297
Date - April 13th
Happy Monday Champions!
I hope you are all staying healthy and sane. I know these days are stressful for everyone. I just wanted to send out an update so you can know where NW Rugs is standing during all this speculation and uncertainty.
I am sure many of you have heard of the CARES Act which will hopefully grant funds to small businesses to enable companies to keep employees paid. NW Rugs has submitted applications for this program, and we are in the queue with our fingers crossed.
We are hopeful that we will be able to give you a solid re-hire date soon even if we do not yet have a re-open date for the showrooms.
It seems most, if not all, of you have applied for the state unemployment insurance and I am hoping you have started to receive your benefits. It is my understanding that the additional Federal Unemployment checks will start going out this week too. I don’t know if there is anything I can do on my end but if anyone has not been able to get their claim in please call me and I will see if I can help.
Seven and Teresa continue to work daily to make sure orders are still moving and being delivered. Michael has been hard at work with the website/social media and some of the managers have been coming in to make sure our existing clients are taken care of also. Thank you all for everything you are doing to keep in touch with our clients and sustain NW Rugs until we can open our doors again.
We have had several customers that have expressed their gratitude in everything we are doing to take care of them and assure us they will be back to buy more once we’re open again. As always, the NW Rugs champions are the heart and soul of our company and our continued success rests 100% on all of you.
I will start to post to this webpage more often just to stay in touch so keep checking back. I will post every Monday at the very minimum.
Miss you all!
Notice To Our Employees
Date - March 29th
Good afternoon Champions,
I hope everyone is staying healthy and fairly upbeat given the current situation. I understand the question on many people's mind today is:
Do I submit hours for an unemployment claim today? I have been scouring the internet to try to get answers to give you advice. While the CARES bill did pass and is reportedly going to subsidize payrolls there are still many details up in the air. I can only speak to what NW Rugs is doing this week. We will be paying your paycheck via the normal payroll route on April 3rd.
You can still submit hours for an unemployment claim. If your pay on April 3rd is less than what the unemployment department determines as your normal pay you may be eligible for short term benefits.
However, if your pay on April 3rd is your normal pay AND you've submitted hours for unemployment and receive funds you may be billed to repay the unemployment funds at a later date.
Again, I appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.
Date - 3/27/2020
To All Our Champions,
We know these are scary, uncertain times. There is a lot of speculation and mis-information throughout the country and with our company as well. We wanted to take this time to clear up some questions that have arisen to hopefully alleviate some unease. Please keep checking back as I will add notices to this webpage. You are also welcome to email me additional questions and I will do my best to answer them. I will also post the questions and answers for other employees on this page - if it seems to be a question on everyone’s mind.
1. Will I have health insurance? - NW Rugs will continue the group health insurance coverage. You do not need to worry about being uninsured. If you have your own individual insurance through the third party administrator Zane Benefits, NW Rugs will continue to re-imburse premiums through payroll as per usual.
2. What happens with the April 5th payroll? - We are closely watching for the specifics of the third Coronavirus relief bill which just passed. I will let you know early next week if you will be receiving the normal direct deposit or if I will be paying you via a direct check. Either way, since the 5th falls on a Sunday, you will receive your pay on Friday April 3rd as we have always done in the past.
3. What will I be paid on April 5? - When it was clear that the month of March was not going to end with meaningful commission amounts, the following guarantees were put in place for each sales employee for the month of March. $1000 of that guarantee was paid per usual as a commission draw on March 20th, the remaining amount of the guarantee will be paid on April 5.
At the time, we were only working with the month of March. The month of April has yet to be determined. Please know, we are doing everything in our power to keep everyone on our payroll.
4. What about my unemployment claim and the Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill? - As there is a 1 week waiting period before benefits begin, it's our hope that you will not need to claim any hours and instead, continue on our payroll. We just wanted to make sure you had a safety net in place.
5. What about the Federal Paid Sick Leave (Families First Coronavirus Response Act). - Below is the notice of Employee Rights from the Department of Labor. – This MAY apply to some employees who missed work before the states were placed on the “Stay Home” directive. If the specifics of the third Coronavirus relief bill are correct in regards to payroll grants to small business then employees who worked their normal schedule until we were shut down should not need to utilize this leave.
6. What will I be paid on April 20th? We are asking for your patience at this time. We are hoping to have a clearer picture by March 31st on how we will proceed into April.
Please everyone, stay home, stay safe and stay 6’ feet apart. We will all get through this together./p>
- Shawn + Mychelle + Mark
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