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Navigating the Unknown

Protecting the jewelry industry since 1917 means that JVC has been right alongside our members in good times and bad. As we face the current health and economic crisis, we are here with you to help you protect your business.

We have put together this hub on information to help you and your business navigate this unprecedented time – some of the resources are written by us and some are directions to our allies and partners who can offer assistance. This page will be continuously updated so come back for the latest information and access to webinars and other resources.

Be well and let us know how you are doing and what you need. We are here at [email protected] and @jvclegal on social platforms.

JVC's Notes

Can My Retail Store Reopen Yet?

Data is current as of June 17, 2020 As the country begins to recover from the novel coronavirus, many states have taken first steps in reopening their e...

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PPP Loan Forgiveness

Did you get a PPP Loan?: SBA Releases New Guidance and Answers FAQs on Loan Forgiveness

If your business received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA), you should be keeping up-to-date with the a...

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coronavirus store opening

What is the Status of Stores Reopening Nationwide?

Data is current as of September 23, 2020 This article is an updated version of a prior JVC article: Can My Retail Store Reopen Yet? As the coronavirus...

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FCPA Meeting

To Detect and Prevent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Violations, Compliance is the Key

FCPA Guide (Second Edition) Issued In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, released A Resource Guide to th...

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Racial Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Three Reasons to Address Racial Discrimination in Your Jewelry Businesses Now

2020 has brought with it, among other things, an increased focus on racial discrimination. Navigating conversations about this topic can be challenging for...

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Re-Opening Best Practices: Follow Guidelines to Avoid Whistleblower Actions

As stores reopen around the country, guidelines are set to prevent and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and should be followed by everyone in our industr...

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Security Advice from JSA Regarding Store Re-Openings

*While JVC does not promote the re-opening of in-person retail businesses, we are committed to providing the jewelry industry with valuable guidance on an a...

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Best Practices for Jewelers to Avoid Legal Liability When Reopening Stores During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For nearly all retailers, reopening during a global pandemic is an unprecedented event. The concerns and unknown risks about how to conduct business during...

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We Got a PPP Loan: Now What?

Although it was plagued with issues and money seemed scarce, some small businesses in the jewelry industry were able to secure loans from the Paycheck Prote...

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Small Business Administration Loans: What You Need to Know

To help businesses affected by COVID-19, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is making two types of loans available to eligible small businesses. The fi...

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COVID-19 Cyber Attacks on The Rise: Protect Yourself and Your Business

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has come a rise in cyber-attacks and scams by criminals looking to profit from the turmoil. From phishing email and t...

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Call to Action: Tariff Relief

The JVC has joined the Americans for Free Trade Coalition to ask Congress for tariff relief during this time. Americans for Free Trade is sharing the Fei...

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Quick Facts on Federal Corona Virus Stimulus Package for Jewelers 

As many of you know, the Senate passed a $2 trillion economic rescue plan on March 26, 2020 titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("...

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Pandemic Marketing: The Law Still Applies!

With many jewelry businesses forced to close their in-person operations around the country, many of you may be ramping up your digital marketing efforts wit...

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Cash for Gold: Rules You Need to Know Before Purchasing from the Public

In times of uncertainty, people have often turned to gold as a source of wealth and financial stability.  Consumers know that gold retains value, and often...

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Operating in a Crisis: Advice from the Front Lines

From our Partners at the Accessories Council:    Operating in a Crisis: Advice from the Front Lines     SHIPPING  Andrew Rotondi Chief...

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Can I Stay Open? – Impact of Closure and Shelter-in-Place Orders on Jewelry Businesses

Updated April 28th, 2020 Can I Stay Open? - Impact of Closure and Shelter-in-Place Orders on Jewelry Businesses With the nation hit by the COVID...

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NYC Employee Retention Grant Program 

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses...

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Employment Law Quick Hits

At JVC, we are working to provide you with resources you can use as you navigate these uncertain times due to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).  Below, pl...

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JVC Webinars

Thu, November 5th, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

Adding Brilliance to Your Holiday Selling Season: Part 1

Prepare for the holiday selling season with JIS! In a two-part series designed to help retailers maximize sales, hear from industry experts about all necess...

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Recorded Webinars

Holiday Retail Webinar

D2C EDGE! Holiday Preparation & Protection Webinar

Wed, October 14th, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Organized by Fashion Group International Inc. The holiday season is upon us and with the digital marketplace, busy and open for business! Be sure your marke...

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JCK Talks Session | Thriving in a Post-Covid World: A Legal Perspective

Wed, August 12th, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm (EDT)

With only the final months of the year remaining and the holiday season upon us, you may be wondering what you can do to thrive in the rest of 2020. Join tw...

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Building a Culture of Ethical Inclusion

Wed, August 5th, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

Creating a diverse and inclusive corporate culture is essential to having a successful business. Given the revelations from the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter...

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Responsible Sourcing of Gold and Diamonds in a Post-COVID-19 World

Wed, July 29th, 2020 from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (EDT)

A discussion with industry leaders on preventing exploitation in the gold and diamond supply chains. Moderator: Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director ̵...

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Anti-Money Laundering 101: A JVC Explainer of All Things AML

Thu, July 23rd, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm (EDT)

In partnership with Jewelers Mutual Group, JVC has recently released JewelPAC™, a new online software solution for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance....

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Vorys at Work: Discrimination and Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Tue, June 30th, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT)

Workforces across the country are currently navigating some of the most challenging subjects.  Protests across the country are shining a light on racial in...

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YOU’RE REOPENING – MAKE IT SAFE / MAKE THE SALE

Wed, May 27th, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

A Webinar To Help Retailers Manage The “New Normal” In Store Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm EDT The retail situation is changing at a rapid rate right now! As...

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Understanding 1k Gold & the New Jewelry Advertising World

Thu, May 21st, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

The new Federal Trade Commission Jewelry Guides has brought changes to how the US jewelry supply chain should advertise their products. Perhaps the most dr...

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MJSA – Ramping Back Up: Getting Back in Business

Thu, May 7th, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EDT)

A global shutdown of this magnitude is unprecedented. How do we start back up? What must we consider commercially, legally, from an employment standpoint? H...

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See You on the Other Side: How to Make Legal and Business Decisions Now to Limit Liability Post-Crisis

Thu, April 23rd, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

During this time of uncertainty, many businesses are adapting and changing their priorities to fit the new normal of social distancing, work-from-home polic...

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The Centurion presents: Navigating the Key COVID-19 Legal Issues Impacting Jewelers

Wed, April 22nd, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

THE CENTURION presents: Navigating the Key COVID-19 Legal Issues Impacting Jewelers. Watch the recorded webinar here. This very special session will be mod...

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Jewellery Industry Voices: Surviving the COVID-19 Lockdown

Wed, April 22nd, 2020 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am (EDT)

As we enter what for many is a second month of economic lockdown and social isolation caused by COVID-19, jewellery businesses throughout the supply chain a...

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The Couch Conference for Jewelers – April 16-17

Thu, April 16th, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

The Couch Conference for Jewelers Debuts April 16-17 Listen to the recorded webinars at your convenience here. Learning from the couch has never been easier...

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Who CARES? Understanding the CARES Act and other Government Coronavirus Relief

Wed, April 15th, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EDT)

Who CARES? Understanding the CARES Act and other Government Coronavirus Relief The U.S. government has enacted three phases of legislation so far to help pe...

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JVC x COUTURE Q&A Webinar

Mon, April 13th, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EDT)

In response to the current COVID-19 Crisis, Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has developed a comprehensive resource hub to help our industry navigate the...

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Living Room Conversations

Fri, April 3rd, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT)

Join Robin Gambhir (Co-Founder, FTJCo) and Tiffany Stevens (JVC) to share their insights on how COVID-19 will impact jewelry businesses, ways to respond to...

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You Have Insurance and Legal Questions – We Have Guidance

Thu, March 26th, 2020

Join Andrea Hill (MJSA and CEO of Hill Management Group) as she hosts a conversation with the Jewelers’ Mutual team and Sara Yood (JVC). They will help yo...

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Digital in Demand – If We Started Over Today – Marketing Do’s and Dont’s in a Digital-Only Environment

Thu, March 26th, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EDT)

Join CEO Ben Smithee and Tiffany Stevens, CEO and General Counsel of JVC as they talk through how businesses should be looking to the future and making pl...

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Protect Yourself From Fraud and Risks When Trading Online

Wed, March 25th, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm (EDT)

Don’t get stuck with counterfeit diamonds or gems with fake certificates. Protect yourself from phishing scams that aim to steal your money. Join experts...

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Coronavirus Outbreak: A Framework for Tackling Legal Issues

Tue, March 24th, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT)

Join the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s Tiffany Stevens for a breakdown on the different legal issues your business needs to address during the coronaviru...

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Legal and Business Resources

While the JVC usually focuses on jewelry-specific legal issues, we all now face a new set of challenges in this unprecedented time. We must get through this as healthy as possible and all share a thriving future. Below are resources grouped by business issues. Let us know how else we can help. We are here at [email protected] and @jvclegal on social platforms.

Still have questions? If you are a JVC member, you can schedule a free 15-minute conversation with a person from our legal team!

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  • Employment law questions? The JVC community can get access to a free consultation with a NY based employment attorney by signing up here.
  • What You Can and Can’t Ask your Employee’s about their health: Employee Health Privacy Q&A with the EEOC.
  • Department of Labor Q&A re: COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act More Here.
  • Employees who suffer a loss of employment because of a shut down or reduction in staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely eligible for unemployment insurance. Each state has different eligibility requirements. NY has waived its 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance.
    • New York employers should provide laid off and terminated employees with the NYDOL Record of Employment form at separation. The Record of Employment is available here.
    • New Jersey employers should provide laid off and terminated employees with Instructions For Claiming Unemployment Benefits. The Instructions are available here. 
  • Employee Benefit questions here.
  • OSHA Guide to preparing your workplace for COVID-19: Here.  This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. 
  • The Department of Labor has created a poster that must be distributed to all employees informing them of the new paid leave requirements passed in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  More information about the paid leave requirements is available here. The poster is available in pdf format here.
  • How freelancers can claim the new paid sick leave benefits in a coronavirus emergency here.
  • OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers here.
  • US Department of Labor Employee Rights per the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) here.
  • UCC-1 Filing – Services of many Secretaries of State as cross the county are being impacted by COVID-19, including reduced services/availability and some closing entirely.  In each instance, it will be a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction analysis, if you are contemplating filing, they may want to do so sooner rather than later to avoid delays if at all possible due to interruptions in service.
  • For more information on memo transactions, please download our free “Essential Guide to Memo Transactions” here.
  • Coronavirus Relief Resources for US Business Owners Here.
  • A comprehensive Q&A on exactly how the phase III of the CARES act will impact small, medium and large businesses here.
  • NYC Small Business COVID-19 Relief: NYC businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. More Here.
  • Small Business Administration disaster loans: SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. More Here.
  • Relief Bills for Business: What you need to know Here. 
  • For updates on the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) from one of our partners, read here.
  • The Small Business Administration has opened its disaster loan application website, which now features expedited processing (targeted at 3-5 days).  These loans are at an extremely low rate, there is no penalty for repaying early, and can include up to $10,000 that will be forgiven.  It is best that anyone who is interested in receiving the $10,000 GRANT (not loan) should apply as soon as possible, as this fund is currently capped at $10 Billion and there is no guarantee that Congress will replenish the fund once it runs out. More here.
  • Cares Act webinar for US business owners:
    • Recorded call Here.
    • Slide presentation Here.
    • Questions? Please feel free to contact David P. Murphy, Senior VP of Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services Inc.
  • Webinar – Weather the Storm: Navigating the Stimulus Package; Thursday, April 16th at 2PM EST
  • Dentons, an international law firm, is offering a tracker document that includes reviews of U.S. federal, state, and local governmental orders, directives and financial assistance, public restrictions, health and business directives, school closures, and updates on courts and legislative sessions. Official links are provided where possible throughout the tracker to ensure that details on the latest guidance and orders are available. Information regarding remote online notarizations and eNotarization, mortgage and rent payment relief, and telemedicine/telehealth recently was added. Additional updates will continue to be incorporated as relevant. More Here.
  • Treasury/SBA Updated FAQ on the Paycheck Protection Program Here.
  • UBS PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules Here.
  • The FTC protects American consumers from deception and has created a special center for info on the latest scams happening during this time of crisis. More Here. 
  • Financial fraudsters are also targeting businesses and individuals across the globe during this pandemic. You can read about various scams and tips on what to look for here.
  • The Cybersecurity Implications of an Entire Organization Working from Home. More Here.
  • Interview with John Kennedy from Jewelers Security Alliance. More Here.
  • Beware of links texted to Android phones promising an application that provides you with Corona virus updates. Downloading the app may expose your phone to camera control and expose your personal data. More Here.
    • For legitimate COVID-19 text updates if you’re located in New York, text COVID-19 to 692-692; text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.
  • With the increase of working remotely, there is a rise in phishing scams, some targeting jewelry businesses. The following article provides you with tips on what to look out for in emails and texts to avoid falling victim to these cyber scams – here.
    • “Zoombombing” and how to prevent your meetings from being effected here.
  • Employees in France? More Here.
  • Operations in France? More Here.
  • Amazon suspends fulfillment of all non-essential products: Amazon has announced that it will suspend all fulfilled by amazon orders in the UK, US and EU of non-essential items until April 5, 2020. This means that it will only accept shipment of essential items to its amazon warehouses. This does not affect retailers who ship directly to their consumers, only those that use the fulfilled by amazon service. Amazon has also announced the creation of 100,000 new positions in their fulfillment centers. The online retailer makes both of these moves in an attempt to meet the current high demands for household supplies, medical supplies and other essential products. This will have a significant effect on retailers who use this service, on top of the already difficult economic climate we find ourselves in. More Here.
    • Amazon will continue to priorities essential items beyond April 5th. They will determine allowing any additional non-essential items whenever possible, on an item-by-item basis and depending on demand. More Here.
  • In these unprecedented times, supply chains are inevitably being affected. With increased travel restrictions, trade-shows and sales events have been canceled all over the world. (De Beers canceled its third diamond sales event at the end of March). With this in mind, online trading may become the ‘new normal’ and only viable option for many producers, as global travel seems unlikely to return anytime soon. Russian diamond producer Alrosa is already looking into options for online trading.
  • OSHA Guidelines are available for Occupational Safety and Health Administration here.
    • More detailed regulation standards for businesses are available here.
  • Department of Labor Fact Sheet and Q&A on the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” here.
  • Security Advice from JSA Regarding Store Re-Openings here.
  • American Gem Society’s Cleaning Checklist and Protocols here.
    • An excellent guide on hand washing techniques can be found here.
  • Returning To Work: Are COVID-19 Waivers a Good Idea? article written by VORYS.
  • AML Compliance and Implementation – find out if you should have an AML program in your business here.
  • California Releases Employer Reopening Playbook here.

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