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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley offices are closed until further notice. However, our team is still here to support you! If you are a struggling job seeker or employer in the Lehigh Valley, we are offering remote services to help you during these challenging times.

Currently, you can reach us through our Toll-Free Help Line at (347) 308-5048 or by sending an email to info@careerlinklv.org.

Below is a collection of helpful COVID-19 resources for affected workers and employers.

UPDATE – Lehigh and Northampton counties will move to the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan on June 26, 2020. In the green phase, more restrictions on work and social interactions are lifted to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to make public health a priority. Businesses with in-person operations must follow all updated safety guidelines. Restaurants, personal care services, indoor recreation & health facilities, and entertainment facilities will be allowed to open at 50% capacity. Gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited, and masks will still be required when entering a business. Please continue to be safe!

Unemployment Compensation

Information for PA Employees Affected by COVID-19

VIDEO: How to File for Unemployment Benefits

File an Initial Claim

File a Biweekly Claim

File for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – for self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, etc.

File for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits for individuals whose regular benefits have expired

UC Benefits & COVID-19 FAQs

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) FAQs – concerning extra $600 in weekly benefits

Workers’ Compensation & COVID-19 FAQs

UC Benefits Office Contact Information

Report Unemployment Fraud & Identity Theft

Federal Resources

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Guidance

US DOL Wage & Hour Division – Coronavirus Guidance on Wages, Hours and Leave

Federal CARES Act – Bill Summary

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employee Paid Leave Rights

Social Services & Programs

PA Department of Human Services (DHS) – Full List of Services

PA COMPASS – Apply for Benefits (SNAP, TANF, Cash Assistance, Medicaid and more)

Apply for WIC

LIHEAP – Home Heating Assistance

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – COVID-19 Resources

Operation Address the Homeless

Greater Valley YMCA

Find Open Child Care Centers

Find a Food Pantry

COVID-19 Food Distribution Information for School Communities

PA Department of Education – Guidance and Resources for School Communities

Financial & Home Assistance

Federal Student Aid – Coronavirus and Loan Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers and Parents

North Penn Legal Services – Self-Help Handbook for Tenants

Mortgage Assistance for Impacted Homeowners

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley – Housing & Utilities Resources

Financial Resources – Issues with Credit Card, Mortgage, Rent and Other Payments

PA Department of Revenue – COVID-19 and Taxes

 

Unemployment Compensation, Wages & Workplace Guidance

Employer UC & COVID-19 FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Posters & FAQs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Rapid Response Information

PA’s Shared Work Program – An Alternative to Employee Layoffs

IRS Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits & Payments

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Guidance

US DOL Wage & Hour Division – Coronavirus Guidance on Wages, Hours and Leave

OSHA Safety and Health Topics – COVID-19

Business Assistance

NEW COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses – If you are resuming in-person operations during the “yellow” and/or “green” phase of reopening, this notice MUST be signed and displayed in employee common space and also in a prominent location near the entrance of your business.

English Flyer (8.5×11 inch)

English Flyer (8.5×14 inch)

Spanish Flyer (8.5×11 inch)

Spanish Flyer (8.5×14 inch)

PA Chamber – Bringing PA Back Business Initiative

Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program

US Small Business Administration – Coronavirus Relief Options – Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) – COVID-19 Resources

Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

PA COVID-19 PPE & Supplies – Business to Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

PA DCED – Life-Sustaining Business FAQs

Lehigh Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – COVID-19 Assistance

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund

Northampton County Small Business Emergency Relief Fund

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Lehigh Valley