To see a video message for Fifth Group Restaurants and Bold Catering & Design team members from Partner Robby Kukler, click here.
Thank you to all of our Employee of the Year winners and the Soul of the Family. To view a video highlight our award winners sent on 12/30, click here.
To view a thank you message for Fifth Group Restaurants from the Giving Kitchen sent on 11/30, click here.
We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available and feel free to email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-monitoring for symptoms is the best way to proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Also look out for additional symptoms including a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stomach issues, muscle pain or chills.
Additionally, Fifth Group is disinfecting and deep cleaning spaces regularly as well as in response to a confirmed case in a restaurant. The CDC advises that workers without close contact with the infected person can return to work 24 hours after the sick employee last worked.
You should self-monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath and notify your supervisor if you develop symptoms.
97% of people are no longer able to infect others by the 10th day after symptom onset. The additional criteria to ensure that they are 3 days without fever and that any respiratory symptoms are resolved are meant to ensure that those 3% who might still have symptoms won’t be allowed to return when they could still spread the virus to others. Based on the data that we currently have, it’s extremely unlikely that anyone could spread the virus after meeting the criteria that the CDC have laid out for ending self-isolation and returning to work.
A: First, the American Rescue Plan includes a UI benefits income tax break! The first $10,200 of any Unemployment payments received in 2020 are not taxable! If you have not filed your taxes, you might consider waiting until the bill is signed into law and the new rule becomes part of the tax filing process. If you have already filed your taxes, you should consider looking into refiling (filing an amended tax return) to take advantage of this tax break.
Additionally, the American Rescue Plan includes a number of other programs that our team members may find helpful. These include: a $1400 direct payment stimulus check to eligible adults and children, a child tax credit for each child up to the age of 17, emergency rental assistance, amongst others. While we will continue to provide details and updates as they become available, we encourage you to educate yourselves and take action for programs that apply to you!
A: If you received unemployment benefits in 2020, you will receive two forms this year.
A: For eligible team members, Georgia state unemployment benefits have been extended through some time in September 2021. At this time, Congress is debating about further extensions.
If your payments have stopped, please:
Notify your immediate supervisor.
Email the details of your issue to: email@example.com
Use this link to email several career centers with the details of your issue: https://dol.georgia.gov/career-center-email-form
The simplest method is to write your first email and then copy, paste it into a new form for each additional career center. Other team members have had luck simply selecting random career offices (or even all of them) that may be less busy than the main office of the DOL.
File an Appeal:
Use the “File an Appeal” link near the bottom of the window you see when you check the status of your claim on the DOL Website, here: https://www.dol.state.ga.us/public/uiben/customer/login
You can also use this link: https://www.dol.state.ga.us/public/uiben/appeals/claimant/login
A: For all team members on our partial claims upload, the company is checking the box to have taxes taken out of your UI payments (both State and Federal).
If you do not want taxes taken out of your check please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your mailing address is correct with us, and you do not want taxes taken out of your payment, you can just sit back and wait for the pre-loaded debit card to be delivered to your home address.
If you’d like to change your address or payment info, please continue to read.
A: You have the option of using direct deposit or the Georgia UI Way2Go Debit MasterCard®.
Debit Card: The Debit Card will be automatically sent to you, if you do not enroll in direct deposit. If you do not receive the debit card within 15 days, you should call Georgia UI Way2Go Debit MasterCard Customer Service at 1.888.929.2460 to report the card as lost or stolen and request a replacement card.
Direct Deposit: Employees choosing direct deposit must enter their direct deposit information on the GDOL website by selecting UI Benefit Payments Method under Online Services. A personal identification number (PIN) is required. A PIN will NOT be mailed to you.
You can create a PIN following these instructions:
A: Here are the three things you’ll need to do:
A: In our current situation, your top priorities are keeping a roof over your head and food on your table. Once you have covered those bases, then you can triage which additional bills, like utilities, internet and credit card debt, need to be prioritized.
We will continue to share or host resources to assist with putting food on your table, i.e. our Fifth Group Farmers Market, the ACFB Mobile Pantry texts, and the #ATLFAMILYMEAL facebook group. Regarding the roof over your head and other bills, here are some additional resources and information –
As we will reiterate in most of these sections, be proactive. If you are unable to pay any of your bills on time, contact the provider as soon as possible. Don’t be an ostrich!
Renters – If you will have trouble with any of your upcoming rent payments, contact your landlord as soon as you can to discuss payment options. Evictions have been temporarily halted in Atlanta. See the details above.
Contact your landlord or property manager first, then make certain to get the details in writing.
An example approach might be:
Dear “Landlord’s Name”,
Due to the current situation, I am unable to work. Would you accept $500 for my April payment, rather than $1000? When I return to work, I will be able to pay an additional $100 per month for the next five months to cover the difference.
If your landlord refuses, you may be able to get assistance from your bank, in the form of a short-term loan. There are additional resources in the RENTERS section in the links below.
Home-Owners – Although the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for homeowners with certain types of FHA-insured mortgages, it is in your best interest to contact your mortgage holder, if you believe you will have trouble with any of your upcoming payments.
Many lenders have implemented special waivers and delayed payment options due to Covid-19. If your lender is not willing to work with you, another option is contacting your bank. Many banks have hardship loans and other instruments available due to Covid-19. Some of those links are listed below in the MORTGAGE section, along with additional options here in Georgia.
Everyone – Remember, before you simply stop paying your bills, contact the vendor. Many of the listed companies below have relief programs in place, inquire about these. We have supplied links to follow for assistance with utilities, cell service, debt relief and eviction notices, all in the sections below.
EXTERNAL LINKS RENTER ASSISTANCE:
EXTERNAL LINKS MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE:
A: The Giving Kitchen will continue to support food service workers with compassion and care by providing financial assistance to those in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury, death of an immediate family member or housing disaster in Georgia. Food service workers in Georgia who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine should ask for help.
Food service workers experiencing hardship who do not meet these criteria may still be eligible for resource referrals through the Giving Kitchen’s Stability Network.
Follow this link for more information on the response from the Giving Kitchen: https://thegivingkitchen.org/covid19
A: In addition to the Giving Kitchen resources, we are sharing a newly created Facebook community for the local restaurant industry intended to be a place to connect and share resources. You can join an Atlanta restaurant industry Facebook group here.
In the group, several people have shared organizations that are offering assistance programs or raising money for industry workers:
In addition, the Federal government is working on several programs that may apply, and we will post more details as they become available.