As a small business owner and employer, we understand that the Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, presents unique questions regarding your rights and obligations surrounding your store’s operations, your employees, and your customers. As we all navigate these uncertain times, we strongly encourage you to utilize the resources available to you by consulting with your business advisors and reviewing the public resources published by various governmental entities. Enclosed below are several links to the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) for your reference:
Although there are other resources available, we have found these websites to provide the most current updates on how best to guide businesses and employers on best practices. We also suggest that you review the departments of public health for your individual cities and states to determine what local and state mandates might also impact your decisions as you build your contingency plans and communications.
As we move forward thru this national crisis, we fully expect that all Hometown owners will be able to continue to operate without interruption. However, in the event that any store owner believes due to the virus, its implications, and/or a local, state, or federal mandate, they cannot continue to operate their store, that store owner must immediately notify us, in writing, stating the reason operations will be interrupted and when those operations will resume. The request will be promptly addressed with each owner on an individual case by case basis. Please send all notices to the attention of Hometown’s Legal Department at LawOps@htstores.com.
Like you, we are all hopeful that this health crisis will end soon and we can resume business as usual. Until then, we will continue to communicate with you all relevant business updates as they becomes available.