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Updates to the CARES Act

The Trump Administration continues to update and provide additional information and resources with regard to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
Paycheck Protection Program Resources
·         SBA Paycheck Protection Program website
·         Department of the Treasury CARES Act website
Department of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Implementation (HERE)
·         The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective today, April 1, 2020.
Treasury and IRS Release FAQs to Help Small and Midsize Businesses Navigate Paid Sick and Family Leave Tax Credits (HERE)
·         The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service are offering small and mid-size employers more information on refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing their employees paid sick and family leave wages related to COVID-19.

US DOL Posts Temporary Rule Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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:

  • Issues rules relevant to the administration of the FFCRA’s paid leave requirements.
  • Provides direction for administration of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), which requires that certain employers provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees who need to take leave from work for certain specified reasons related to COVID-19. These reasons may include the following:
    • the employee or someone the employee is caring for is subject to a government quarantine order or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
    • the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical attention; or,
    • the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Provides direction for the effective administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), which requires that certain employers provide up to 10 weeks of paid, and 2 weeks unpaid, emergency family and medical leave to eligible employees if the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

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.

U.S. Department of Treasury Provides Additional Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID19

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.

SBA Provides Information on PPP

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.

SBA Provides E-Newsletter on Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID19

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.

NHTSA Announces NPRM for ADAS

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.

UPDATE from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Critical Infrastructure Workers

“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.

 

U.S. DOL Provides Additional Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

“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.

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