Updated Guidance for Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers and Cosmetologists

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Following continued positive data trends, Governor Doug Ducey today announced the next steps Arizona will take to gradually reenergize the economy. The Governor issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on … [More]

SBA Disaster Relief Loans Available to Agricultural Businesses

Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed … [More]

WEBINAR – May 14: Workers’ Comp and COVID-19 Compensability

Workers Compensation Research Institute

Across the country, policymakers are wrestling with whether a worker who contracts COVID-19 is compensated under workers’ compensation for income loss and medical expenses ─ given communicable diseases, such as the flu, have generally not been covered. While policymakers in some states have indicated that they have existing rules and procedures in place to handle this new … [More]

Phoenix Presidential Visit Made Possible by ‘Exceptional Manufacturing Workforce’

City of Phoenix

A countdown for Phoenix, Arizona, started in Charlotte, North Carolina when Honeywell made the decision to significantly boost the availability of personal protection equipment for first responders and healthcare professionals in America. At the time, Phoenix city staff didn’t know about the agility test it was about to face. “We have moved quickly to expand our production … [More]

Partnership Delivers Clean Drinking Water to Vulnerable Communities in Arizona

by Mike Hunter

Resolution Copper is partnering with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the United Food Bank to provide more than 50,000 cans of safe, clean drinking water to vulnerable communities in Arizona. The days of triple-digit temperatures are here, while government officials are saying this will be a difficult summer for heat relief. This water will provide underserved and rural … [More]

J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy Protection. Is this Just the Beginning?

by Richard Lawless

The imminent devastation of U.S. retail is just beginning to be revealed by the Bankruptcy of J. Crew. J. Crew and its affiliated companies have approximately 500 retail outlets throughout the country. These store-front operations employ thousands of people. Unfortunately, J. Crew is not suffering alone. According to the National Retail Federation, there are 3,700,000 retail … [More]

BCBSAZ Advances Payments to Medical Providers to Cover Shortfall due to Pandemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announced a new program to support primary care providers (PCPs) across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. PCPs participating in the BCBSAZ Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program can now receive partial prepayment of their estimated annual quality incentive payment. These advances will help BCBSAZ PCMH providers cover … [More]

Disaster Relief Related to Employee Benefit Plans

by Paul Yenerall

The Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service jointly have provided in a final rule that all group health plans, disability and other employee welfare benefit plans MUST disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the end of the declared National Emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak or such other date as provided by the agencies in future … [More]

Scottsdale Quarter to Reopen Friday, May 8 with Code of Conduct

Scottsdale Quarter

Scottsdale Quarter will welcome retailers on Friday, May 8 and will maintain current center hours of Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Planned dates for individual tenants may vary. Guests are encouraged to call ahead and to follow along on Facebook at and Instagram for the most up-to-date information. Scottsdale Quarter remains focused on … [More]

Senior Living Nonprofit Gets $50,000 Donation from Arizona Bank

Foundation for Senior Living

FSL (Foundation for Senior Living) is pleased to announce BOK Financial Arizona has donated $50,000 to the nonprofit’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Once the stay-at-home order went into effect, FSL shifted many programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities at home instead of at a senior center or Adult Day Health Center. Their expenses went up by at least 25 percent to … [More]

Hotel & Lodging: New Expanded Cleaning & Safety Standards Developed

American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today introduced Safe Stay, an industry-wide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America’s hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. Safe Stay represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees. The standards of Safe … [More]

Amid Crisis Relationship Between Boards and Management is Undergoing a Striking Shift

by Susan Keating

The relationship between boards and management is undergoing a striking shift as many companies take an enormous financial hit from the COVID-19 crisis. Leading the world’s largest organization of women board members, I have spoken with hundreds of corporate directors since the onset of the pandemic. These talks reveal new patterns in board oversight, important lessons … [More]

COVID-19 Unleashes a Time for Innovation

by Pamela Adams, Ph.D.

My business research focuses on a source of innovation that is often overlooked — the users of products themselves. Both people (like you and me) and companies use products that they buy from others in their daily activities. We might not know exactly how something is made, but we know how it is used. That is what is called user knowledge. Not surprisingly, users often come up … [More]

Managing Essential Workforce amid COVID-19

by RaeAnne Marsh

Some key stakeholders in the food production facilities aren’t allowed to go to work, and must stay at home to comply with state or local orders. Another way to enforce social distancing in those plants is to encourage any personnel who can work from home to do so. As meat plants continue to shut down, food supply gets wasted, food sector workers get sick or are even afraid to … [More]

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