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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

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

Access this webinar at your convenience - it's available to you here. Join CEO Ben Smithee and Tiffany Stevens, CEO and General Counsel of JVC as they t...

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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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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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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

Can I Stay Open? - Impact of Closure and Shelter-in-Place Orders on Jewelry Businesses With the nation hit by the COVID-19 crisis, many jewelry bus...

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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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Recorded Webinar: Coronavirus Outbreak: A Framework for Tackling Legal Issues

Access this webinar at your convenience - it's available to you here. Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Join the Jewelers Vigilance Co...

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Recorded Webinar: Protect Yourself From Fraud and Risks When Trading Online

Access this webinar at your convenience - it's available to you here. Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 from 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Don’t get stuck with counte...

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Webinar: Navigating the New Retail Reality

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Webinar: Navigating the New Retail Reality hosted by JVC partner Accessories Council. The rules have...

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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.

  • Employee Health Privacy More Here.
  • 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.
  • 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. Experts you can reach out to for more information: Bryan FalkNici Workman,  Tiffany Cobb,  Drew Parobek
  • Force Majure – Cancelling an event because of Covid-19? Reread your contract, you might be protected by a Force Majure clause. More Here and Here.
  • Retail Leasing in the time of COVID-19 More Here.
  • Do you have an ongoing legal matter? Track court closures 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.
  • A comprehensive Q&A on exactly how the phase III of the CARE act will impact small, medium and large businesses 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.
  • 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. 

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