The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Per the DOL:
In this temporary rule, the Department:
This action is intended to provide guidance to the regulated community as they implement the statutory requirements.
To view the temporary rule in its entirety, click here.
To view the press release from the DOL, click here.
The Automotive Service Association was notified by the White House that additional information for small businesses regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been posted on the U.S. Department of Treasury website. The Department of Treasury in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide relief to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program.
SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza stated, “This unprecedented public-private partnership is going to assist small businesses with accessing capital quickly. Our goal is to position lenders as the single point-of-contact for small businesses – the application, loan processing, and disbursement of funds will all be administered at the community level.”
To read the full press release, click here.
To learn about the program and the application process, click here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to update their website on programs available for shops. Information is now included on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Per SBA, “the Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.”
To read more about the PPP, click here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now has an e-newsletter for small business owners to receive updates on SBA programs for small businesses impacted by COVID19.
President Trump signed the third Coronavirus stimulus package Friday afternoon, which provides increased funding and relief for small businesses and loan forgiveness programs.
To sign up for the newsletter, click here.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) to “clarify the ambiguities in applying current crashworthiness standards to Automated Driving Systems (ADS) equipped vehicles without traditional manual controls, while maintaining the regulatory text’s application to more traditional vehicles and vehicles equipped with ADS that may have alternate modes.”
The proposal is one of a series of actions NHTSA is considering to address the short and long-term challenges of testing new vehicle technology while verifying compliance with the Federal motor vehicle safety standards for vehicles with ADS.
To read the full NPRM and submit a comment, click here.
“President Trump released an updated guidance on those critical infrastructure workers providing essential services (attached). This is a federal advisory that ASA encourages states and municipalities to follow.”, stated Bob Redding, ASA’s Washington, D.C Representative.To read Version 2.0 of the CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, click here.
“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.”
Per the Department of Labor:
“The new guidance includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law. It also includes questions and answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. The new guidance addresses critical issues such as whether employers may post required notice electronically, whether employers must provide notice of this law to recently laid-off individuals, when FFCRA applies to federal workers and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.”
To read the full press release, click here.
The National Governors Association (NGA) put together a reference chart on state essential business designations.To read the full chart, click here.
The NGA will be updating the document too and is providing additional information regarding state and local policies here.