Running a business can be challenging. Add a world health crisis to the mix, and it can seem insurmountable.

But today, as government rules and regulations are rapidly changing, employers are being forced to adapt quickly to keep their operations up and running and their workplaces safe.

Among those on the front lines are HR professionals and business owners feverishly trying to stay current with the latest guidance to not only ensure compliance but to also stay informed.

Who can they turn to? Who can provide them with the right answers?
And, be responsive quickly too?

Answer: The Manufacturer & Business Association.

For many, the MBA has been their trusted partner for answering critical questions, separating fact from fiction, and moving their teams forward. The MBA has helped respond to members’ critical needs through its free HR and Legal Hotline, HR ListServ, educational webinars, and COVID-19 Employers Resource page with timely information about safety protocols, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), personal protection program (PPP) loans, travel policies, pandemic safety officer training, and more.

From sudden shutdowns in early spring to the ongoing reopening and recovery, the MBA has been here to help employers at every turn, especially the unexpected.

“Overnight, HR professionals were dealing with unprecedented challenges,” explains Pamela J. Watkins, director of Human Resources for Matric Group, an electronic contract manufacturer with two locations in western Pennsylvania. “Information that was being put out was often conflicting and we were hit with the interpretation, implementation and tracking of FFCRA overnight. The MBA HR team was phenomenal in their response, providing real-time updates, links to important information and sound HR counsel. The ListServ was very useful as well and many days brought a smile to my face with some of the wit and camaraderie of other HR people sharing. “

Read more in the 2020 Annual Report.