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Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic

BRS Survey Questions

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is looking to understand the situations your business and employees have encountered during the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. This information is critical as policymakers, government officials, and businesses like yours look to understand changes in business operations, employment, and workplace flexibilities and benefits.

We know your business is likely facing challenges, and we appreciate your response to this important survey. Please answer the short survey about this business location’s experience beginning January 1, 2020.

Please answer the following questions for this business location only.

1. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, which of the following did this business location experience? (select all that apply)

  • Shortage of supplies or inputs
  • Decrease in demand for products or services
  • Increase in demand for products or services
  • Difficulty in moving or shipping goods
  • Government-mandated closure of this business location
  • None
  • Don’t know
  • Other, specify:

2. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, what changes, if any, were made to employment or payroll at this business location? (select all that apply)

  • Hired additional employees
  • Increased employees’ hours of work
  • Reduced employees’ hours of work, employees worked at least some hours
  • Told employees not to work, with or without pay (for example, laid off or furloughed)
  • Increased salaries and wages
  • Reduced salaries and wages
  • None
  • Don’t know
  • Other, specify:

3. Did this business location continue to pay some or all employees who were told not to work as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic while they were not working?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable, no employees were told not to work
  • Don’t know

4. Did this business location continue to pay a portion of health insurance premiums for some or all employees who were told not to work as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable, no employees were told not to work
  • Not applicable, this business location does not offer health insurance
  • Don’t know

5. Did this business location offer more opportunities for employees to telework (work remotely) as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic?  (mark all that apply)

  • Yes, offered telework to employees who could not telework prior to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Yes, increased number of telework hours for employees already permitted to telework
  • No change in existing telework arrangements
  • No telework at this location both before and after the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Don’t know

6. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, did this business location increase the amount of paid sick leave provided to employees? (mark all that apply)

  • Yes, provided paid sick leave to employees who did not have paid sick leave prior to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Yes, increased amount of paid sick leave for employees who already had sick leave prior to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • No change to paid sick leave or no paid sick leave provided
  • Don’t know

Federal and state governments have created loans and grants to help businesses that have been hurt by the Coronavirus pandemic. Sources of these loans and grants, some of which were created under the CARES Act, include the Paycheck Protection Program, Main Street Lending Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility.

7. Did this business location receive a Coronavirus-related loan or grant tied to re-hiring or maintaining employees on the payroll?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

8. Would you like to provide any information about changes affecting employment that this business location made in response to the Coronavirus pandemic?