Mandatory quarantines and business closures during the coronavirus pandemic have taken aparticularly large financial toll on small businesses, forcing many employers to reduce wages and health coverage.
Sixty-five percent of small businesses said they were either extremely concerned or very concerned about how the coronavirus will affect their business, according to a survey by Freshbooks. In addition to financial pressure, small business employers are also tasked with providing benefits that will support struggling employees.
“COVID-19 just exacerbated what was going on in the market and put even more pressure on small companies and their employees,” says Emily Ritter, head of product marketing at Gusto, a payroll and employee benefits platform for small businesses. “Employees across America are living paycheck-to-paycheck and the stress of that can be expensive for households.”
Gusto has launched a new set of health and financial wellness benefits to provide employees with early access to