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Access vital funding to help your business remain open, continue paying your employees, and recover from unplanned circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paychex has created an easy-to-use online tool that details the specific federal relief programs and refundable credits available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The tool includes helpful links to applications and a comparison chart of loan programs (Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program) to help you address what would best meet the needs of your current circumstances.

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We recommend discussing these options with your accountant or trusted advisor to determine the best course of action to leverage the incentives available.

Paychex is actively working to help make the PPP loan application process simpler. If you’re a Paychex client, we’re creating a report and ensuring it reflects changes introduced April 2 by the federal government. To utilize the report, your business or your clients’ business must have run payroll with Paychex in 2019.

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Majority of Business Owners Feel Prepared to Respond to Coronavirus

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New research from Paychex reveals that two-thirds of business owners indicate they are prepared should the coronavirus become widespread. The research also showed that 59% of business owners surveyed say they have a business continuity plan to address potential disruptions in their normal operations.

Level of Concern

Business owners cited a moderate level of concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus, with more than 60 percent of those polled expressing somewhat to no concern at all. Larger businesses (50 to 500 employees) expressed a higher level of concern than smaller businesses. 

Business level of concern about coronavirus

Impact of the Coronavirus on Business

Coronavirus has had little impact on the businesses surveyed, to date, with more than half indicating there has been no impact at all. However, of those who have been affected, a quarter said the biggest impact is concern among employees, with business travel delays a distant second.   

Business sentiment on impact of coronavirus

Coronavirus preparedness

Businesses are confident in their preparedness in the face of a coronavirus outbreak, with an overwhelming 83% indicating they could continue operations. They were comfortable if they had to handle a reduction of customers, as well as in the amount of cash or credit available to survive interruptions or a slowdown. A majority also had a plan in place to effectively communicate any changes in work to employees, and nearly 60% had a business continuity plan ready to implement.  

Business level of preparedness to deal with coronavirus

Preparing an infectious disease outbreak plan   

Information changes rapidly during health-related situations such as the coronavirus outbreak. You should gather as much information as possible to prepare your business, including learning more on how to develop an infectious disease outbreak plan.


Paychex polled 300 randomly selected business owners with 2 to 500 employees. The survey was fielded and administered online by Bredin, a third-party research firm, between Feb. 28-29, 2020. Results yielded a +/- 5.66% margin of error.

Disclaimer: The data cited in this research represents the opinions of the survey respondents and not those of Paychex or its employees.

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