Vol 1 • Issue 5 • MAY 14, 2020

Shop ‘Til You Drop?

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, 
Nine weeks ago – 63 days or 1,512 hours – Tim Kaminski asked me the one question during our 26 years of marriage that he has never asked. It was a simple request really, but one that stopped me in my tracks. He very softly asked at the onset of this COVID-19 situation, “Could you do me a favor and not shop? Just not buy anything for now?”

Yes, his request stopped me cold. I almost thought he wasn’t speaking to me, but there was no one else in the room. Now I do not consider myself a serial shopper. And, I don’t make large purchases without consulting him. Of course, the word “large” is subjective, I realize that, but I haven’t purchased real estate or a vehicle without discussing it with him. Wait, might need to think on that. But I work. I’ve always worked throughout our marriage. I’ve never not been gainfully employed – always getting a check from somewhere – pulling my own weight on the Kaminski family financial scale.

COVID Update for Employees:
Refusing to be Rehired May Cost Your Unemployment Benefits and Your Job

By Alan Sandersen, Partner at Sandersen & Scheffer PLLC
Many employees are scared about their safety in coming back to work and wonder if they are able to say "no" to returning. The short answer is that they can say “no,” but that answer has ramifications under new Treasury and SBA Guidance issued on May 3, 2020.

An employer doesn't actually have to bring you physically back to work in order to give you a paycheck — that's up to them to decide. If you're in a state where your job is still restricted, your employer may still elect to pay you, even if you're staying at home.  
College Daze – or Should
I Say Corona Daze?

By Kassidi M. Kaminski

“There’s not one person who is unaffected by this.” That is one piece of “comfort” I keep receiving from people during this COVID-19 crisis. It’s well-intentioned, but if anything, that statement makes me sadder, more defeated. We’re all experiencing a collective grief: the loss of loved ones, jobs, weddings, graduations, normalcy. C.S. Lewis writes that “No one ever told [him] grief felt so like fear.” That fear in this crisis stems from a disruption of routine and the inevitability of the unknown becoming the forefront of reality. I’m reminded that it’s dangerous to get comfortable in routine because nothing in this life is guaranteed. It is not guaranteed that we always have a stable job, close friendships, or another day of life. This pandemic is the biggest wake-up call that we’ve all collectively seen in a long, long time, perhaps ever.

Fort Bend County COVID-19 Cases per Zip Code 

The Economic Impact a Major Event Has on a City

By Allen Owen 
Having been through eight major events in Missouri City as Mayor, I witnessed the economic impact that one single event can have on any City – Alicia, Allison, Rita, Ike, Harvey, the tax day flood and the Memorial Day flood – just to name a few major events. All had some financial and economic impact on businesses and homes. Yes, some only lasted for a short period of time, but some had longer lasting impacts. In most, if not all, of those instances, losses were covered to some degree by insurance claims. Companies could even apply for business interruption reimbursement through their insurance policies provided they had that coverage.  
Disinfectant wipes have become a way of life – to use literally on everything now to keep ourselves, our co-workers and our families safe. Whether it's in the home, office or car, having these on hand have become a must. But you can't always find them in the store so here's an easy – and effective – DIY video on how to make your own sanitizing wipes at home.

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