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March 26, 2020 3:13pm

Unemployment Insurance Updates, Support for Displaced Workers and Upcoming Events

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Governor Beshear expanded unemployment insurance effective immediately due to COVID-19. Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance, including self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits can now file. Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are also eligible. To file a claim, visit kcc.ky.gov. Be sure to follow GLI’s most recent blog posts on unemployment insurance here.

As a reminder, GLI, in partnership with KentuckianaWorks has launched an initiative to support displaced workers and provide employers with assistance as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This two-pronged approach supports both workers and employers with a new job board highlighting current opportunities in the region, and an effort to connect HR professionals laying off workers with other HR professionals who are hiring, considering translatable skill sets, competencies and hiring requirements as we connect employers. Contact Jessie Schook if you are an employer looking for assistance.


GLI COVID-19 Help: Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Program & Workforce Updates
Friday, March 27 ● 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Join GLI for an important conversation with Deputy Secretary Josh Benton from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Deputy Secretary Benton will discuss the work the Cabinet is doing to support Kentuckians, particularly related to Kentucky’s unemployment insurance program and other updates from the Administration.


GLI COVID-19 Help: Small Business Q&A with the SBA
Monday, March 30 ● 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GLI recognizes the immediate impact COVID-19 has had on our local small businesses and with updates happening on a daily basis, we want to provide the timeliest information regarding small business resources and information. Join Tommie Causey, Lead Economic Development Specialist at the KY District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) along with David Oetken, Center Director for the Louisville Small Business Development Center for a discussion on the latest small business steps you should be taking and resources available. We are also excited to have Christy Jarboe with Louisville Forward join our presenters for the Q&A portion of the call.



GLI COVID-19 Help: Supporting Your Small Business
Thursday, March 26 ● 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Join GLI, Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) and NOIR Black Chamber of Commerce (NOIRBCC) for a virtual town hall meeting on supporting your small business during COVID-19. In addition to myself, you will hear from Jennifer Rubenstein, Director of LIBA, Metro Council President David James, and John Shaw-Woo, Founding CEO of NOIRBCC.



  • GLI is calling on companies who may have supplies that can easily transition to the healthcare sector. If your company has face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, or equipment that could be useful to hospital personnel in this time of need, please contact Deana Epperly Karem and she will coordinate an introduction to the supply chain leaders at the various hospital systems.
  • Emergencies don’t stop, and neither does the American Red Cross. Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, hospital patients still need lifesaving blood, neighbors still need relief and care after home fires, and military families still need support. To date, more than 7,000 blood drives have been cancelled, resulting in more than 200,000 lost units. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, the American Red Cross is working closely with public health officials to continue delivering our lifesaving mission where and when it’s safe to do so. Please consider supporting the Red Cross by scheduling an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org.
  • Is your company doing something innovative to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis? We would like to hear from you so we can spread the good word and shine a light on all of the good work our region does. Click here to tell us. #BetterTogetherINKY

Other Updates:

  • Yelp issued an Economic Impact Report for COVID-19, detailing changes in consumer behavior in reaction to the outbreak. While some consumer behavior has obviously declined, there have been increases in community supported agriculture (up 157%), imported food stores (up 172%) and takeout/delivery restaurants like Thai (up 55%), pizzerias (up 53%) and fast food restaurants (up 53%). Consumers also tend to be exercising more with hiking (up 135%), mountain biking (up 119%), lakes (up 86%) and parks (up 62%) all seeing increases. Yelp also announced a partnership with GoFundMe to help independent businesses and restaurants in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Locate resources around COVID-19 and see the answers to the community’s most pressing questions on GLI’s COVID-19 Resource Page.
  • If you’re looking for tips to keep healthy, manage anxiety, improve posture and talking to your kids, you can find resources here.
  • At Mayor Greg Fischer’s request, the Salvation Army is transforming its Angel Tree warehouse into the Joy Center, an isolation facility for homeless people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility can hold up to 100 adults are admittance required referral from a doctor.
  • In Indiana and Kentucky, employees of essential or life-sustaining businesses are NOT required to posses or provide documentation stating they work for an essential or life-sustaining business. Law enforcement or other authorities are not requesting this information from individuals. There is no need to request documentation from your employer in Kentucky or Indiana for this purpose. Learn more here.
  • GLI is collecting the questions we’ve been asked about how COVID-19 impacts your business. To see those responses, click here. If you have a question that you would like answered, submit that below.
Investor Question of the Day: Do I have the ability to require specific individuals to take vacation or unpaid leave one or two days per week until operations normalize?  I am referring to individuals who have work that does not lend itself to remote operations.

My first question would be what does your employee handbook mandate? Do you already require them to take PTO or other paid time when they are off work? If not, then I would not require it now. If your handbook does state this or you don’t have a handbook, I would recommend let the employees know they can but are not required to take the time. Jennifer Wheatley, PresidentHR Affiliates


Challenging Times Call for Personal Leadership – Guest Commentary by Greg PrestingerFocal Point Coaching

With the COVID-19 global health crisis now impacting every corner of our personal and professional lives, now is the time for leaders to step up and provide calm and the clear mind required to win this war on humankind.

Leadership is not limited to business owners, government officials and those with titles and power. We all have in us the capacity to lead, to lead from anywhere, and it is our personal responsibility to step up and do just that, every one of us. Stress is what gets in our way to lead under pressure. To effectively lead we must get past the debilitating causes that fuels it. To win the war, we must first defeat the enemy within if we are to lead our teams, customers, suppliers, families and communities in the battle to restore our very way of life.

Winning the battle on stress requires that we know our sources of stress and create a strategy for overcoming them so that we can maintain the calm, objectivity and clear mind needed to face this crisis. The four primary sources of stress include; worry, lack of purpose, fear and denial.

Worry fogs the mind and destroys the body physically. About 96% of the things we worry about are out of our control and we need to let them go, focus single mindedly on what we can control and put a plan in place to overcome our worst-case scenario.

The next cause of stress is not having clarity of purpose, why we are doing the work in the first place. To overcome this, we must develop a vision, a mission and the goals to achieve it. We must then take action, decide what is important, what has the most impact, and do that first.

Fear, specifically fear of failure or rejection, is the brain’s way of protecting us from discomfort. Often the best way to attack fear is by invoking courage, accepting the fear and doing it anyway. We can do this by focusing on the positive and pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone. It’s in action that our fear subsides.

Denial and anger are not accepting the facts as real or denying responsibility. We must avoid the blame game, the excuses and forgive those who did or didn’t do what needed to be done prior to where we are today. It’s in the past let it go. True leaders have a vision for the future, are willing to take the first step and take personal responsibility for solutions to move us forward.

This virus is real. The suffering of our community, businesses, employees and non-profit organizations are real and we must first acknowledge that people are suffering. We must then step up, all of us, lead from whatever position we hold in life and get to work.

We will win this war as we have so many times before. We will be better for the struggle and we will come out on top stronger than ever. We all have the capacity for personal leadership. It is now up to all of us to do just that.

We will continue to work diligently to present the best, most informative information to you on a regular basis.

Stay safe & healthy,
Sarah Davasher-Wisdom