Small businesses have been struggling tremendously through the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in services industries with less than 100 employees.
Many businesses do not think federal and state governments are doing enough to help these businesses stay afloat, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resources Management. About 60 percent of business owners surveyed said they have lost revenue because of the coronavirus and related stay-at-home orders.
For 13 percent of small businesses, the revenue loss has been total. More than half laid off some employees; 14 percent laid off all of them. About 4 in 10 small businesses have had to close their physical operations.
· 54 percent of businesses laid off employees, while 22 percent furloughed employees.
· 40 percent reduced employees’ hours.
· 14 percent lowered employee wages.
· 62 percent reported a general decrease in revenue, while 12 percent reported a general increase.
Langdon & Emison has joined three top-tier civil litigation firms for plaintiffs in the representation of businesses whose business interruption insurance claims have been denied. In the group’s first action, the Kansas City-based law firms including Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP filed a class action lawsuit on Friday, April 24, against The Cincinnati Insurance Company, Inc., alleging breach of contract stemming from its refusal to pay property insurance claims related to COVID-19. The other two firms in the alliance are Miller Schirger LLC, and Shaffer Lombardo Shurin.