• Employee Retention Tax Credit

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Covered employers qualify for DOLLAR-TO-DOLLAR reimbursement through tax credits for all qualifying wages paid under the FFCRA. Learn how receiving a Paycheck Protection Program loan might affect eligibility for this tax credit along with all of the details on eligibility and amounts.

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  • Reemployment Assistance Guidance for Businesses

    What steps should you take if you plan to lay off employees as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic? First, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) encourages employers to sign up for an electronic system called the State Information Data Exchange System, or SIDES for short. This is a secure, electronic, standardized format that will supply claim information by email rather than by mail and will help things move forward more efficiently. Sign up at dlr.sd.gov/sides. When it asks for your account number, that refers to the same account number you report on your quarterly tax wages to DLR. 

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  • South Dakota DLR Workplace Posters

    Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) require that posters or notices be posted in the workplace. Contact the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to learn more about workplace posters. Yankton Office: (605) 668-2900.

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  • Employee Screening Questions and Guidelines

    This guidance is intended for screening of employee prior to the start of the workday. It is not intended for people confirmed or suspected COVID-19, including persons under investigation. Individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should follow the guidance found here. 

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  • Employer Paid Leave Programs

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31. Both programs are IN ADDITION to any leave you already offer. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) oversees these programs. Contact SD Deparment of Labor and Regulation to learn more. Yankton office: (605) 668-2900. 

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  • USDA Rural Development Resources for Businesses

    USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about their Guaranteed Loan Programs, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Rural Business-Cooperative Service. 

    View US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development COVID-19 Response >


  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

    This document contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safe practices and health standards. It was created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and published March 9, 2020.

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  • OSHA Resource on Protecting Workers

    Workers who believe that their employer provides a safe and healthy workplace are more likely to report for work during a pandemic. Clear communication promotes confidence in the employer’s ability to protect workers and reduces absenteeism. Use this tool to help you through this time!

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  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs

    H.R. 6201, which passed the House 363 to 40, delivers on the President's plan to provide strong health and economic support to people most impacted by COVID-19, particularly hard-working, blue-collar Americans that may not have paid leave already. View the U.S. Department of Labor's Frequently Asked Questions on the matter.

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    View Title-by-Title Summary of FFCRA >

    View Details on Emergency Paid Sick Leave >



  • USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

    USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance for rural residents, businesses and communities. The resource matrix linked below organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.

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