Resources for Employers and Businesses


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American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021 to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. It will provide emergency grants, lending, and investment to hard-hit small businesses so they can rehire and retain workers and purchase the health and sanitation equipment they need to keep workers safe.

This economic stimulus bill builds upon COVID-19 relief measures such as, Paid Leave Tax Credit, Employee Retention Credit, Support and Funds for Small Business from the CARES Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021.

The American Rescue Plan also includes a Small Business Opportunity Fund to provide growth capital to main street small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas, including minority-owned businesses.

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  • Do you have a business-related question about the coronavirus pandemic? We have answers. Please email covidresponse@utah.gov or call 1-800-456-7707.

Masks protect you and others from COVID-19.

The science is clear, wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks also protect and help strengthen our economy. The CDC recommends all people, even if they are vaccinated, wear a mask indoors if they live in an area with high transmission.


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COVID-19 Business Manual (Updated 8/2021)

This step-by-step, downloadable PDF guide from the Utah Department of Health helps you protect worker’s health during the pandemic. Its detailed table of contents lets you quickly find the information and resources you’re looking for. It includes recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and U.S. Department of Labor.

Contents include:

  • What to do if an employee is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19
  • Answers to questions about quarantine, isolation, sick leave, and tax credits
  • How to protect your worksite, operations, and employees
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Is it a HIPAA violation if someone asks me if I’m vaccinated for COVID-19?

No. HIPAA laws are often misunderstood, so it makes it easy for misinformation to spread. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191). The law was made to make sure employees had health insurance between jobs. However, a privacy rule was added in 2003. The privacy rule is the part that is usually misunderstood. To find out more about HIPAA privacy rules and what personal health information (PHI) is protected, click here.

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