APRIL 28TH, 2020 – UPDATE

We hope you’ve been getting through this time of uncertainty in the best way possible.

We have secured funding to resume operations of the company after it will be practical and safe according to the guidelines of the local and state governments. In our effort to help employees, we have a compensation check now available for pick up for the pay period from March 9th to March 17th.

Please come by the office to pick up your checks.

 

In other news, if you haven’t received your stimulus check from the government yet, please find the following links to help take action or check on the status of yours:

Check Status:

https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof-wmsp/notice 

Take Action:

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/04/23/didnt-get-a-coronavirus-stimulus-check-heres-how-t.aspx

 

Please make sure to communicate this information with any co-workers you talk to, in the event they do not see or receive the emails being sent.

We are hoping to resume back to normal sooner than later but following the local mandates for quarantine. You will receive notice of any changes by email and updates to this page.

 


MARCH 2020

Due to COVID-19 government mandates, Laser Photonics Corporation is undergoing a restructuring of work hours until April 1st, 2020 to help contain the spread of this unknown virus per government orders.

For the protection of our staff and company operations, it is mandatory that directed employees remain at home until further notice. If there are any business developments on projects that require certain personnel to come into the office, you will receive a phone call requesting for your attendance in the office. For the safety of our personnel and families, this is the ONLY time you will be allowed to come to the office for the duration of our attendance restructuring until April 1st, 2020.

If you are feeling sick or begin experiencing any symptoms similar to ones associated with COVID-19, please contact management immediately to help contain the spread and take necessary precautions.

Any new developments regarding financial support, company news, or other updates will be shared on this webpage and you will be sent an email of any new updates. Thank you for understanding the necessary precautions in protecting our society.

More information regarding public updates can be found on http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/county-managers-office/prepare-seminole/emergencyevent.stml#assistanceprograms

 

 

TEMPORARY WAGE REPLACEMENT BENEFITS

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. If you need assistance, contact the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. Visit FloridaJobs.org for additional information.

Many delivery businesses are hiring. Visit employment sites for Uber Eats, GrubhubInstacartShipt, Amazon, and Amazon Flex Delivery for more info.

 

UTILITIES

  • Seminole County Environmental Services has suspended disconnection of water and wastewater services for non-payment. Customers can reach Utility Billing Customer Service Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm for questions by calling 407-665-2110 or emailing [email protected].
  • City of Sanford Utility Customer Service is suspending disconnections for non-paying customers. For more information regarding payments and payment arrangements, contact Utility Customer Service at 407-688-5100 or [email protected], Monday-Thursday, 7:00am-5:30pm and Friday 8:00am-1:00pm.
  • City of Casselberry is suspending disconnections for non-payment. Customers should call 407-262-7700 (option 4), Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for more information.
  • City of Winter Springs is suspending disconnections for non-payment. Customers can call 407-327-1800 or email [email protected]
  • Duke Energy is suspending disconnection for non-payment; visit DukeEnergyUpdates.com for more info.

 


MARCH 30, 2020 UPDATE:

Hello All!

We hope you’ve been staying safe and feeling well.

We are closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and complying with any county or country orders for business activities.

There is a stimulus package that has been approved to those affected. More information below under the Financial Aid section.

 

COMPANY NEWS UPDATES:

  • We will NOT be resuming back in office hours on April 1st, 2020 due to government mandatory quarantine instructions. The day to resume in-office hours are currently unknown and will follow any county guidelines when cleared to return to office.
  • President Trump has shared the COVID-19 situation is currently hoping to be better contained by around Easter time, which is about 3 weeks away. There is still a lot of uncertainty and things could change or extend longer. Please prepare wisely to endure through the next month and stay safe. We hope to resume back to normal by Easter time. That is why we want to encourage everyone to file for as many individual support programs as possible to help during this situation. We have provided the links below and we are doing the same from a company perspective to ease the financial burden for every employee on our team.
  • There is a small business relief package that has been passed by the Treasury to use for employee compensations. We as a company have filed for this application and are hoping to be granted funds as soon as possible. We will stay in touch with any positive news we receive regarding this matter via email communications.

 

RESOURCES & OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR YOU:

Here are some other resources and options you have access to that we recommend to take advantage of for the fastest method of relief with monetary compensations during this time period.

COVID19 Updates Links To Check Regularly & Thoroughly:

 

 

 

(1) Filing For Assistance Through Unemployment

We would strongly encourage for you to file for assistance through the unemployment mechanism with the government. We believe this will be the fastest way for you to get compensation during this unknown time period that we are quarantined.

 

Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account. There is alot of traffic on this website and if you are experiencing technical issues because of this, try filling out the application at night time when there is less web-traffic. For the application to file for assistance, you will need this company information:

Company name: Fonon Laser Technologies, LLC

EIN: 46-569-5681

 

(2) Calling Your Billing Companies Or Banks And Explaining Your Situation

Sometimes calling your landlord, utility company, car company, or anyone else you regularly pay bills to and explaining your situation during this crisis may help. You should ask if they have options to help with the COVID19 crisis, any options for managing your payments without penalty, or working out a different payment plan. Many banks, businesses, and institutions are offering support through special COVID19 programs. Make sure to ask about any support that the company is offering their customers (you).

Here is a list of known banks offering support services, take a look to see if your bank is on the list, if not, give your bank a call and ask:

  • Ally
  • Bank of America
  • BBVA USA
  • Capital One
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • Discover
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • HSBC USA
  • Huntington
  • Marcus by Goldman Sachs
  • PNC Bank
  • Santander
  • TD Bank
  • Truist
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo

Click here to see what they are offering help with!

 

 

(3) IN OTHER NEWS: EMERGENCY FUNDING, MORTGAGE, BUDGETING, & OTHER RESOURCES 

– Congress planning to send taxpayers around $1,200 checks in coronavirus aid.

–       For updates on the stimulus check, click here

– Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are providing homeowners flexibility as a result of the crisis. Here’s additional mortgage tips!

– COVID19 Budgeting Tips – Here to learn more! 

 

 

Financial Aid Information

Congress planning to send taxpayers $1,200 checks in coronavirus aid:

When the checks will go out

At a White House press conference on Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects people will receive their checks within three weeks after the bill passes if they have direct deposit set up with the IRS. If you’ve not set up direct deposit with the IRS, the government will mail your check. 

Do you need to sign up, apply or request your check?

The federal government will automatically send your check to you, if you qualify, according to the IRS. Make sure you have your 2018 or 2019 taxes COMPLETED.

What to do if you don’t receive your check

If you qualify for a payment, you should expect a notice in the mail from the government with information about where and when it sent your check. If you receive the notice but not the check or direct deposit, contact the IRS using information in the notice.

In addition to the economic stimulus package, the US government delayed the income tax filing deadline to July 15. If you need more help, here’s how to get financial relief.

 

For More Information On Coronavirus Stimulus Check, Click Here

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

 

Rent Relief:

Orange County Rent Relief: https://www.orangecountyfl.net/EmergencySafety/Coronavirus/Coronavirus-ResidentResources.aspx 

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: Orange County Government has made available this one-time benefit for Orange County residents who qualify. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide assistance with one month’s rent, so residents will be able to use their limited funds on other necessities. You MUST call for an appointment in order to bring the necessary documents.
407-836-6500 | Program Information

 

Seminole County Rental Relief: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/community-services/community-assistance/

Rental Security & Utility Deposits – The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) allocates dollars to the County annually for the purpose of helping their residents obtain safe, decent affordable housing that might otherwise be unavailable to them. Rental Security & Utility Deposit assistance is funded through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program to assist low income individuals/families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result of their inability to pay rental security and/or utility deposits. Orientation-Application

 

Submitting For Financial Aid:

You can submit for financial aid under the Stafford Act that our President Invoked on March 13th to release relief funds for individuals and businesses who have been affected.

NOTE: These funds do not come from your employer: You must file with the EDD or with the Disability Act for paid family leave. Review the following information for guidance.

 

EDD Unemployment: for those that are subject to quarantine, are not ill and one or more of the following applies:

 

You can be eligible for unemployment insurance under the disaster unemployment program

Click here for a  link to complete the form

 

Paid Family Leave Act: If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member you may be eligible to receive paid family leave. Medical records will be required.

Directions on how to file for FMLA: Click here for directions

Click Here to order and complete the form:

Select Key Word or form number in the drop-down

Type: DE 2501F

Select form DE 2501F (towards bottom of page) and complete the order form. It would appear that you have to order these forms (at no cost) or you can call EDD to have them send one to you.

Here is a link for a sample form (must receive actual form from EDD)

Click Here for a sample form

 

 

Small business loans: 

Click here to find an application for Relief loans and small business support:

Relief Loan Application

Will small business loans be enough as they struggle to stay afloat?

 

 

Investments

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many factors of life, so knowing how to deal with your investments is important.

How to invest during the coronavirus pandemic

Alternatives for quick cash better than withdrawing from 401(k)
How to ensure coronavirus outbreak doesn’t hurt retirement savings

SIGN UP: Money 101 is an 8-week learning course to financial freedom, delivered weekly to your inbox.

CHECK OUT: 7 side hustles you can do while working full time that can pay as much as $150 per hour 

 

Food Delivery Services Information

To keep yourself out of germs way, groceries delivery or ordering from your favorite restaurant is still an option. Available are the following courier services. Here are websites, but they also have great interactive Apps for your phone and tablets:

https://www.doordash.com/

https://postmates.com/

https://www.ubereats.com/

https://www.grubhub.com/

https://www.ubereats.com/

https://www.blueapron.com

https://www.instacart.com/ (Grocery)

 

There are also Catering Companies that have modified their business during this time to provide meals for families that are pre-cooked or pre-prepared:

 

Homeschool & Childcare Information

Tips and Tricks for you and your children while you are at home doing online education with your children.

 

*BRAIN POP – Free for everyone right now! Interactive video and assignments for elementary, middle, and high school. This is highly recommended.

Click here for Brain Pop

 

A simple Guideline for success in schooling at home:

Click here for guideline

 

Outschool is an online program for Classes if the school your child attends didn’t provide programing directly:

Click here for link to outschool

 

Math By Grade- Downloadable packs:

Click here for downloadable Link

 

Takelessons.com- Free online interactive school lessons. It’s live classes where students can interact in a virtual classroom.  Click this link for free class options

Click here for link to takelessons.com

Resources for you parents. To aid in stress coping or learning new skills. There are also some ideas linked to do with your children while you are at home.

Articles for activities for your children at home:

How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine

Keep your kids entertained and enriched during quarantine with these free online art and education resources

 

Things To Do

Online education is not just for kids!

To take care of your mental health:  

8 online mental health resources for coping with coronavirus-related stress and anxiety

Free Mental Health Resources

 

Online Education for Adults (Skill Education)

Docebo

Udemy

Skillshare

WizIQ

Adobe Captivate Prime

SAP Litmos

 

Health & Fitness Information

Resources for you and family to maintain health and wellness.

Fitness resources for your family at home are available all over the web. Some apps have also announced extended free trials in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including Peloton, which is offering a free 90-day trial of its home workout app. Other Fitness apps include the Nike Training Club, which offers a variety of free workouts, 8fit and aaptiv. The internet is a treasure Trove of free health and fitness resources, from YouTube videos to training programs.

 

Here are a few suggestions:

Five free workouts you can do at home during the coronavirus shutdown

Exercise for free during quarantine with these apps

Nine totally free at-home workouts for when coronavirus is keeping you inside 

Workout apps and YouTube channels for when you can’t leave the house 

This four-week workout plan gets you fitter and stronger at home

Simple strength exercises you can do at home with a resistance band and chair 

The best YouTube channels for at-home yoga 

The 31 best free workout apps