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May 18, 2020

SBA Unveils PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The SBA released the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) loan forgiveness application. 

To read the SBA press release, go to: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1010

To access the PPP forgiveness application, go to: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/3245-0407-SBA-Form-3508-PPP-Forgiveness-Application.pdf


May 15, 2020

New Credits Fund Employers for Coronavirus-related Paid Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These credits are refundable. That means if the amount of the credit exceeds the amount of tax owed, the remainder is refunded to the business or organization.

The law is intended to allow employers to keep employees on their payrolls, while at the same time making sure employees aren’t forced to choose between their paychecks and public health measures needed to combat COVID-19.

These credits are available to eligible employers beginning April 1, 2020, for qualifying leave they provide between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.

More information can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs 

 

May 14, 2020

SBA Delays PPP Safe Harbor to May 18

Once again, the SBA has delayed the safe harbor date for returning PPP loans.  This time, SBA delayed it until May 18, presumably to give the agency more time to develop loan forgiveness.  See Question 47 below or here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

47. Question:  An SBA interim final rule posted on May 8, 2020 provided that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan and repays the loan in full by May 14, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.  Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 14, 2020 repayment date?

Answer:  Yes, SBA is extending the repayment date for this safe harbor to May 18, 2020, to give borrowers an opportunity to review and consider FAQ #46.  Borrowers do not need to apply for this extension.  This extension will be promptly implemented through a revision to the SBA’s interim final rule providing the safe harbor.

 


May 13, 2020

SBA adds to PPP FAQ Document on Good-Faith Certification

On May 13, the Small Business Administration added to its PPP FAQ document to address a question about the “good-faith certification” that has caused confusion among many program participants. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t fully address the issues of concerns.

Question 46: How will SBA review borrowers’ good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?

Answer: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Application.” SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has determined that the following safe harbor will apply to SBA’s review of PPP loans with respect to this issue: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the request in good faith.

SBA has determined that this safe harbor is appropriate because borrowers with loans below this threshold are generally less likely to have had access to adequate sources of liquidity in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans.  This safe harbor will also promote economic certainty as PPP borrowers with more limited resources endeavor to retain and rehire employees.  In addition, given the large volume of PPP loans, this approach will enable SBA to conserve its finite audit resources and focus its reviews on larger loans, where the compliance effort may yield higher returns.

Importantly, borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy the safe-harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances in light of the language of the certification and SBA guidance.  SBA has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form.  If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness.  If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning necessity of the loan request.  SBA’s determination concerning the certification regarding the necessity of the loan request will not affect SBA’s loan guarantee.

To view the full FAQs, go to:

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

 


May 5, 2020

PPP FAQ Document Updated

The Treasury Department Administration has updated its FAQ document, adding three new questions. 

Of particular relevance to AED members is Question 40, asking if an employer’s PPP loan forgiveness will be reduced if the company offers to rehire an employee it laid off.  The FAQ states that the loan forgiveness will not be reduced if the employer made a written offer to rehire and can document the employee’s offer

The PPP FAQ Document is here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

 


May 1, 2020

CDC Releases New Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released new reopening guidance cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes. The CDC underscores the importance of the development, maintenance and constant reevaluation of cleaning and disinfection plans for businesses, workplaces and facilities.

The guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

 


April 30, 2020

Fed Announces Main Street Lending Program Details

On April 30, the Federal Reserve Board released details of its Main Street Lending Program. As part of its broad effort to support the economy, the Federal Reserve developed the Main Street Lending Program to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic.

Term sheet: Main Street New Loan Facility (PDF)

Term sheet: Main Street Priority Loan Facility (PDF)

Term sheet: Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (PDF)

Main Street Lending Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

 


April 30, 2020

Treasury Release’s Guidance on the CARES Act’s Employee Retention Credit

The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued guidance related to the CARES Act’s Employee Retention Credit.  Employers of all sizes that are not utilizing the Paycheck Protection Program may take advantage of the credit.  Eligible companies must have operations that were fully or partially suspended during any calendar quarter in 2020 due to orders from an appropriate governmental authority limiting commerce, travel or group meetings due to COVID-19 or experienced a significant decline in gross receipts during the calendar quarter.

More information may be found here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-employee-retention-credit-under-the-cares-act


April 28, 2020


Treasury Issues PPP Updates as it Resumes Lending

In advance of the April 27 reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Department of Treasury issued an Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program and updated its PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOANS: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (Q&A 32-36 new) clarifying aspects of the PPP. 

April 24, 2020


PPP FAQ Document Updated to Restrict Larger Companies from Benefitting

On April 23, the U.S. Department of Treasury updated it’s FAQ document related to the Paycheck Protection Program: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

The modification focused on question 31, which limits large companies from applying for funds that should be going to small businesses after several restaurant chains received PPP loans while many small businesses were left out.


April 21, 2020

Legislation to Provide Additional PPP Funding Passes the Senate

Earlier today, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to provide additional coronavirus relief funding.

The bill includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  It also provides worth $60 billion to SBA’s emergency injury disaster loans (EIDL), $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.

The legislation will be considered by the House of Representatives on April 23.

To read the text of the bill, go to: http://aednet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/BAI20328.pdf

To read a section-by-section analysis of the PPP program visit: http://aednet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Increase-Act-of-2020-Section-by-Section_FINA….pdf


April 16, 2020  

PPP Runs Out of Money, Congress Clashes on Further Funding

According to the White House, the $350 billion provided to fund the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) has been delivered to qualified applicants and the program is out of money until Congress takes action.

AED has urged Congress to pass legislation to urging more funding for the popular program to provide liquidity to small-medium-sized companies. Most recently, the association joined more than 150 national organizations on a letter encouraging Congress to take immediate action. 

Currently, a standoff between House Democrats and Senate Republicans has prevented progress, as the GOP wants clean PPP funding bill and Speaker Pelosi has demanded more funding for hospitals and state and local governments to be combined with the PPP appropriations. It’s expected all parties will come to a resolution to provide the much-needed PPP funding in the near future.

SBA Clarifies PPP Interpretations

Since AED’s last webinar on April 13 about the CARES Act with our partners at K•Coe Isom, the Small Business Administration has offered some interpretations that may differ from what was offered during the presentation.

Specifically, K•Coe Isom has informed AED that the SBA has clarified the following:

  1. Treatment of Commissions. Commissions are now included in gross payroll and are subject to the $100k limit threshold. Unless new funds are made available this won’t matter for loan applications, however, it could affect the amount of the forgivable part of a PPP loan received if the commissions had not been included in the limitation (i.e. the loan would most likely be higher than the actual payroll incurred with the limitation).
  1. Forgivable Interest Expense. The law has not changed on interest expense being part of the forgivable funds, but the SBA, so far is sticking to their interpretation that it’s limited to mortgage interest.  SBA has always said the funds could be used for other interest, but have contended that only mortgage interest was forgivable
 


April 15, 2020  

SBA Publishes PPP Interim Final Rule

The Small Business Administration published their Interim Final Rule on the Paycheck Protection Program in today’s Federal Register. The rule tracks closely with previous guidance and FAQ documents. You can read the full rule here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-15/pdf/2020-07672.pdf

To read the Treasury Department’s FAQ document visit: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf


April 14, 2020  

IRS Issues Updated FAQs on Quick NOL Refunds

The IRS has updated FAQs regarding Form 1139 and Form 1045 to Claim Quick Refunds of the Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax Liability of Corporations and Net Operating Loss Deductions.


April 14, 2020  

DOL Clarifies COVID-19 Not Recordable Incident for OSHA Recordkeeping

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that businesses will not have to consider confirmed cases of COVID-19 as recordable incidents for Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping purposes unless there is objective evidence available to them that the cases are work related. OSHA noted that determining whether a worker contracted COVID-19 while performing work duties is difficult given ongoing community spread.

The OSHA enforcement memo is available here


April 13, 2020  

CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Workplace Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new interim guidance for critical infrastructure workers who have faced a potential exposure to COVID-19 through a household contact or have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case. The CDC advises “critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to return to work following potential exposure to COVID-19 provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.” The CDC’s guidance lays out several important practices that must be managed prior, during and after the work shift as well as other considerations for an employee’s participation in the workplace.

The full CDC guidance is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

 


April 13, 2020  

IRS issues NOL Carryback Guidance

The IRS has issued guidance for the CARES Act’s net operating loss (NOL) carryback provision.

This valuable tax change allows your company to use tax losses from 2018, 2019 and 2020 to offset income from the prior five years.

To view the guidance visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-provides-guidance-under-the-cares-act-to-taxpayers-with-net-operating-losses


April 9, 2020  

Federal Reserve Announces “Main Street Lending Program”

The Federal Reserve announced a lending program for companies between 500-10,000 employees with less than $2.5 billion in revenue. The Main Street Lending Program was established in the CARE Act. More details are expected in the coming days. 

 The Federal Reserve’s Press Release Outlining the Lending Program

Term Sheet: Main Street New Loan Facility (PDF)

Term Sheet: Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (PDF)


April 9, 2020  

AED Urges Expanded Loans, Tax Benefits & Other Priorities in Future COVID-19 Package

 This morning, AED delivered a letter to Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to expand important loan programs and tax provisions enacted in prior COVID-19 legislative initiatives to allow more equipment distributors to benefit.

AED's President and CEO Brian P. McGuire urged Congress to make changes to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act's (CARES Act) and Payroll Protection Program (PPP), that included waiving affiliation rules for all companies and allowing businesses that employ not more than 500 employees per physical location to qualify for the PPP. AED has also encouraged the administration to follow the intent of the CARES Act to stabilize the overall economy by issuing guidance that utilizes a broader interpretation of affiliation rules. 

Furthermore, AED urged lawmakers to expand tax credits from the CARES to permit companies above 500 employees that voluntarily provide paid leave to their workers to recoup costs. McGuire also encouraged Congress to work with the administration as the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department release details of its "Main Street Lending Program" to ensure it provides similar benefits to the PPP for mid-sized companies. 

Looking toward an expedited economic recovery, McGuire wrote, "It is vital Congress begins focusing on jump-starting the economy post-economic shutdown. There's no better way to do this than infrastructure investment paired with robust funding for career and technical education and workforce development initiatives."

Download a copy of the letter here: http://aednet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AED-COVID19PackageLetter-1.pdf


April 4, 2020  

Treasury Releases PPP Program Affiliation Guidance

The Department of Treasury has released further guidance for the PPP, specifically related to affiliation rules used to determine a business’s eligibility for the program.

 


April 3, 2020  

Treasury, SBA Issue Guidance, Final PPP Application Form

The Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration issued the interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program. The guidance can be found here:  https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--IFRN%20FINAL.pdf

The Final Borrower Application Form can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf 


April 2, 2020  

DOL Issues FFCRA Temporary Rule, Clarifies Eligibility for Paid Leave

Earlier this morning, the Department of Labor (DOL) posted a temporary rule regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Many AED members have been questioning whether an employee who cannot come to work because they are subject to a shelter in place rule, would be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the provision when the employee is “subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.”

The DOL has issued a definitive answer to this question and stated that an employee who cannot work due to a shelter in place rule WOULD be eligible for paid sick leave.

However, this rule does not apply to all employees subject to such an order. The DOL guidance indicates that an “employee subject to one of these orders may not take paid sick leave where the employer does not have work for the employee.” In other words, an employee would only be eligible for paid sick leave where their employer has work for them to do, but they are unable to perform such work because they must remain home according to the shelter in place rule.

The DOL Temporary Rule can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/Pandemic/FFCRA.pdf

 As a reminder, AED is hosting a free webinar tomorrow on this topic: Virtual Town Hall: Answering Your Questions About FFCRA & the Cares Act, presented by Daniel B. Fisher, Torre Hammer, Ken Irwin, Sarah McKnight, Karl Lindegren and Samantha Monsees

As a follow up to our recent webinars on the FFCRA & the CARES Act, AED is hosting a “Virtual Townhall” for our members to ask questions to an expert panel about paid sick and family leave mandates. The topics covered will include tax credits provided to small-medium-sized companies, as well as beneficial tax provisions and a new loan program intended to give companies cash flow assistance to maintain payroll and pay other overhead expenses.

Join AED’s Vice President of Government Daniel B. Fisher for a discussion with Torre Hammer, Ken Irwin and Sara McKnight of Moss Adams, and Karl Lindegren and Samantha Monsees of Fisher Phillips.

In order to answer your questions as thoroughly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you please submit your questions in advance of the Town Hall to Liz McCabe (lmccabe@aednet.org) before 2:00 pm CT today. 

 


April 2, 2020  

Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-8) has put together an interesting, informative and entertaining video about the COVID-19 pandemic. Those engaged with AED’s government affairs program are very familiar with Rep. Gallagher, as he’s been a great advocate for AED and the equipment industry. To view the video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3gw1B5vA1E&feature=youtu.be


April 1, 2020  

Free Webinar:Virtual Town Hall: Answering Your Questions About FFCRA & The Cares Act

Friday, April 3 | 11:00 am CST

 Presented by Daniel B. Fisher, Torre Hammer, Ken Irwin, Sarah McKnight, Karl Lindegren and Samantha Monsees

Webinar Description: 

As a follow up to our recent webinars on the FFCRA & the CARES Act, AED is hosting a “Virtual Town Hall” for our members to ask questions to an expert panel about paid sick and family leave mandates. The topics covered will include tax credits provided to small-medium-sized companies, as well as beneficial tax provisions and a new loan program intended to give companies cash flow assistance to maintain payroll and pay other overhead expenses.

Join AED’s Vice President of Government Daniel B. Fisher for a discussion with Torre Hammer, Ken Irwin and Sara McKnight of Moss Adams, and Karl Lindegren and Samantha Monsees of Fisher Phillips.

In order to answer your questions as thoroughly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you please submit your questions in advance of the Town Hall to Liz McCabe (lmccabe@aednet.org) before 2:00 pm CT on Thursday, April 2. 

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April 1, 2020  

AED’s Gov Affairs VP tells @Equipment_World “We want to make sure that state and local governments understand that if they allow heavy manufacturing and construction to continue, the machines don’t get to the customer or get repaired without a dealer" https://www.equipmentworld.com/construction-equipment-dealers-essential-coronavirus/


April 1, 2020 Important Canadian Member Update

Government Details Wage Subsidy Program

Earlier today, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade, Export Promotion and Small Business Minister Mary Ng unveiled new details for the federal wage subsidy for businesses.

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the federal government would be increasing its wage subsidy from 10 percent to 75 percent for Canadian businesses. Initially, the government was planning to limit the wage subsidy for companies that were less than $15 million in taxable capital, which would have excluded most AED members.

AED lobbied in Ottawa as the association’s members sent hundreds of letters to their local MPs and the Minister of Finance, urging the government to find a different measurement to limit the wage subsidy. On Monday, the government announced businesses must only demonstrate that they have a 30 percent revenue decline, a victory for AED in its effort to ensure its members can benefit if needed.

“AED commends government for heeding our call to ensure that companies that need the wage subsidy to continue operations and maintain employment levels can utilize this important program,” AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire said. “Thank you to AED members that personally contacted their elected officials. Extraordinary times call for collective action, and the equipment industry stepped up to the plate to make this effort a success.”

The program will cover the first $58,700 that Canadians earn, up to $847 per week and will be backdated to March 15, 2020. Businesses will have to apply each month through the Canada Revenue Agency. Employers will have to attest that they are doing everything they can to pay the remaining 25 percent of employees’ wages. The wage subsidy will establish a baseline based on 2019 earnings in a given month for March, April, and May of that year. The government is planning to deliver the first revenues within six weeks.

Stay tuned to AED for updates as the government releases further details about the Wage Subsidy Program.


April 1, 2020  

IRS Releases FAQ on Employee Retention Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is designed to encourage eligible employers to keep employees on their payroll, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19, with an employee retention tax credit (Employee Retention Credit).

The IRS has issued a FAQ on the Employee Retention Credit:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-employee-retention-credit-under-the-cares-act


March 30, 2020  

CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit FAQ

What businesses qualify for the employee retention credit? Any employer, regardless of size, is eligible for the credit during calendar year 2020 if the business: (1) is fully or partially suspended due to a governmental order related to COVID-19, or (2) experiences a significant decline in gross receipts (i.e., a reduction of 50 percent of gross receipts from the same quarter in 2019). The credit also applies to tax-exempt organizations if the operation of the organization is fully or partially suspended due to the circumstances described in (1) above. The credit generally does not apply to governmental employers, including the U.S. Government, state and local governments, or any agency of the foregoing.

Is the credit limited to businesses affected by COVID-19? Yes. The credit only applies to qualified wages paid by a business whose operations have been fully or partially suspended pursuant to a governmental order related to COVID-19, or have experienced a significant decline (i.e., 50 percent) in gross receipts, as described above, during the period from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

Does the credit only apply to small businesses? No. For eligible employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, the credit applies to all employee wages. In contrast, eligible employers with greater than 100 full-time employees may only take into account qualified wages paid to employees when they are not providing services due to a governmental order related to COVID-19.

How much is the credit? How is it calculated? The credit is equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages paid by the employer with respect to each employee. The amount of qualified wages with respect to any employee for all calendar quarters in 2020 cannot exceed $10,000.  In other words, there is a $10,000 total cap on the credit per employee for the 2020 tax year.

How much of an employee’s compensation counts toward the credit? Do health care costs count? The definition of qualified wages differs depending on the size of the business. For employers with more than 100 full-time employees, qualified wages include wages paid to employees when they are not providing services due to a governmental order related to COVID-19.  If an employee is performing services on a reduced schedule, wages paid to the employee are only treated as qualified wages if they exceed what the employee would have otherwise been paid for the services performed. In that case, employers will receive a credit for the difference between the total wages paid to the employee and the amount the employer would have paid for the reduced hours or services actually provided by the employee.

For eligible employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employee wages qualify for the credit, whether or not the employee is providing services to the employer.

Regardless of business size, qualified wages include certain healthcare costs paid by an employer to maintain a group health plan.

Qualified wages do not include wages taken into account for purposes of the payroll tax credit for required paid sick leave or paid family leave as provided in Division G of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This exception prevents both credits from applying to the same wages paid by an employer.

Does it matter if the business is a corporation? Does it apply to limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors? The credit is available to corporations as well as pass-through entities, such as LLCs, S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors. The credit also is available to most tax-exempt organizations. Although the credit is available to all entity types, the business must meet the eligibility requirements – see Q&A1 above.

Do I have to wait until my business files its 2020 tax return to claim the credit? No. The tax credit may be claimed against the employer portion of employment taxes, including Social Security and Railroad Retirement payroll taxes. To the extent the credit exceeds the employer portion of employment taxes due, the credit is treated as an overpayment and is refundable to the employer. The IRS is expected to provide guidance regarding the process for claiming the credit and receiving the refund. See Coronavirus Tax Relief on the IRS.gov website.

Does the business have to pay back the credit? No. As long as the employer meets the requirements for the credit (described in the Q&As above), the employer does not have to repay the credit or the resulting refunds.

What if the business claims the FFCRA credit for mandatory sick leave and/or family leave? If the business claims the FFCRA credit for mandatory sick leave and/or family leave, the wages associated with the FFCRA credit are not eligible as qualified wages for the employee retention credit. This prevents both credits from applying to the same wages paid by an employer.

Is the credit available if the business receives one of the new SBA loans under the CARES Act? The credit is not available to employers receiving a small business interruption loan under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (CARES Act section 1102).

How long is the credit available? The credit is available for qualified wages paid from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Where can I get more information on the Employer Retention Credit? The IRS is expected to provide guidance regarding the credit, which will be available on the IRS.gov website – see Coronavirus Tax Relief.

*The above information was prepared by Republican Finance Committee staff for informational purposes and should not be relied on for legal advice. Employers should consult the IRS or a tax advisor to address questions related to their specific circumstances.

 


March 30, 2020  

COVID-19 HR Toolkit, provided by AED Member, K·Coe Isom

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March 30, 2020  

CISA Issues Updated Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance

The federal government recently issued updated guidance for states outlining “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” These guidelines were announced by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Please note that these guidelines are advisory to states and localities, not mandatory. While some states may specifically reference CISA’s guidance in their essential businesses, others will make their own determinations.

You should review these guidelines and similar requirements as states make determinations. Equipment dealers likely fit into more than one category, including:

“Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.”

Also, a new determination was added that applies to many AED members:

“Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.”

According to CISA, these guidelines are intended to be construed broadly. We’ve been told the document will be altered and amended by the federal government continually. However, this guidance may be used by state and local officials and interpretations could vary by locality.

 


March 30, 2020  

The CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program Guide & Checklist

The U.S. Chamber Commerce has produced an excellent document detailing the Paycheck Protection Program from the CARES Act. The initiative provides 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during  this emergency.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.


March 30, 2020  

More DOL Paid Sick, 
Family Leave Guidance Released

Today, 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.

The new guidance includes questions and answers addressing critical issues such as what documents employees can be required to submit to their employers to use paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave; whether workers can take paid sick leave intermittently while teleworking and whether workers whose employers closed before the effective date of the FFCRA can still get paid sick leave.

This guidance adds to a growing list of compliance assistance materials published by WHD, including a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and an earlier Questions and Answers document. Available are 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, Questions and Answers about posting requirements and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

FFCRA, signed by President Trump, offers American businesses with fewer than 500 employees tax credits as reimbursement for providing employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

 

WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic


Free Webinar: Dealing With Volatility: What You Need to Know During the Coronavirus Crisis - Part 2

Tomorrow | 3:00 pm CST
Presented by Michael Ribich

Webinar Description:

Please join Michael Ribich, First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor of The J & R Group of Merrill Lynch, as he hosts CNBC contributor (Halftime Report, Fast Money, Squawk Box) and Chief Market Strategist for Virtus Investment Partners Joe Terranova for an economic and market update on the impact of the coronavirus. Learn what financial aspects are most important to consider during this crisis, banking credit line considerations, investments, and more.

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March 27, 2020  A Message From the White House

How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

President Trump Is Providing Economic Relief to American Workers, Families, and Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus

Today President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to provide relief to American families and workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The CARES Act provides much needed economic relief for American families and businesses who are hurting through no fault of their own. This legislation will provide assistance to America’s heroic healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of this outbreak. Additionally, this package brings security to American families by providing them with economic assistance during this time of crisis. The CARES Act will also strengthen our economy by providing needed financial assistance to America’s small businesses and workers. Please see the fact sheet for more information

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump Signs the CARES Act (Remarks, Bill Announcement, Statement by the President, Video)
  • EO on Delegating Additional Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Health and Medical Resources (HERE)
  • EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty (HERE)
  • Memorandum on Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding General Motors Company (Text, Statement)
  • President Trump Declares Disaster Declaration in Puerto Rico and South Carolina

Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Passage of the CARES Act (HERE)

  • “I am pleased that Congress has passed the CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in history for hardworking Americans and businesses that, through no fault of their own, have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.”

Secretary Azar Statement on President Trump's Signing of the CARES Act (HERE)

  • “Congress has responded to the President’s call for ambitious legislation to support our economy and bolster our pandemic response. The CARES Act will protect Americans’ health and economic well-being during these uncertain times by providing broad support for families, individuals, and businesses that are facing hardship.”

Secretary Perdue Statement on Coronavirus Rescue Package (HERE)

  • “The passage of the Coronavirus response legislation will provide much needed relief to Americans across this country, especially workers and small-business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19. President Trump has made the safety and security of the American people a top priority during this national emergency, and this bill will help make Americans more financially secure.”

CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater NYC Transportation and Delivery Workers (HERE)

  • When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Trump Administrations Approves 34th State Request for Medicaid Emergency Waivers (HERE)

  • Under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved its 34th state Medicaid waiver request under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.  Granting these waivers is made possible by the President’s national emergency declaration to ensure that CMS is providing state partners with the maximum flexibility needed to care for Medicaid beneficiaries during the coronavirus public health emergency.

FDA Takes Action to Help Increase U.S. Supply of Ventilators and Respirators for Protection of Health Care Workers, Patients (HERE)

  • The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow for the emergency use in health care settings of certain ventilators, anesthesia gas machines modified for use as ventilators, and positive pressure breathing devices modified for use as ventilators (collectively referred to as “ventilators”), ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories that the FDA determines meet specified criteria for safety, performance and labeling. FDA’s daily roundup for 3/27 can be found here.

FEMA Administrator March 27, 2020, letter to Emergency Managers Requesting Action on Critical Steps (HERE)

  • The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed our daily lives and our profession in a matter of weeks. Together with our public health colleagues, we work as a team to battle the nationwide effects of this virus.

DOL: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers (HERE)

  • As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

State Department: Important Announcement on H2 Visas (HERE)

  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad. Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the U.S. private sector, the American people continue to lead in responding to this pandemic.

Department of State Coronavirus Repatriation Statistics (HERE)

  • The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. The U.S. Government has no higher priority than the protection of American citizens.

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.

Secretary Perdue Applauds State Department’s H-2 Decision (HERE)

  • USDA has been directly engaged with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure minimal disruption in H-2A and H-2B visa applications during these uncertain times. This Administration is doing everything possible to maintain continuity of this critically important program. These flexibilities will allow our farmers and ranchers to utilize workers they have used in the past, or those who are already in the U.S., to get our food from the farm to our tables.

Rural Development COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

EPA Announces Steps to Protect the Availability of Gasoline during COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • EPA intends to provide additional flexibility to the marketplace to transition from winter-grade, high volatility gasoline to summer-grade low vapor pressure gasoline. Due to the steep fall-off in gasoline demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gasoline storage capacity is limited and more time is needed to transition the distribution system in order to come into compliance for the summer driving season.

EPA Urges States to Support Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations during COVID-19 (HERE)

  • Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to Governors in all 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C. urging them to ensure that drinking water and wastewater employees are considered essential workers by state authorities when enacting restrictions such as shelter in place orders to curb the spread of COVID-19.

VA Releases COVID-19 Response Plan (HERE)

  • The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made public, March 27, the COVID-19 Response Plan it is executing within its medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff. VA deems the plan a valuable tool that’s useful for the nationwide medical community.

Army Leaders Detail Efforts Against Coronavirus (HERE)

  • Army leaders detailed how the service is deploying field hospitals to New York and Seattle, and what the Army is doing to ensure its missions continue.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

 


March 27, 2020  

Congress Approves Historic COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Earlier today, the U.S. House followed the U.S. Senate’s 96-0 vote, by approving the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, a more than $2 trillion bill to support individuals and businesses withstand the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A section by section analysis is available here. The legislation is expected to be signed immediately by President Trump. 

AED engaged with both Congress and the administration every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcome for equipment distributors as this vital legislation was finalized.

Upon the bill’s passage, AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire said:

"AED commends congressional leadership for swift, bipartisan action to buttress American families and businesses as the United States and the world deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly, this legislation will allow small-medium-sized businesses to continue to pay their employees and serve customers despite limited economic activity. We look forward to working with Congress and the Trump administration to ensure the equipment industry emerges stronger and more resilient than ever in a post-Coronavirus economy.”

Be sure to join us for a free webinar “Recent Coronavirus Legislation: Taking Advantage of the Benefits & Understanding the Requirements” on Monday, March 30, at 2:00 pm ET, which will go into detail about the benefits to companies of the these recent congressional actions. 

Highlights of the legislation are:

Creation of the Paycheck Protection Program.
This program will provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers (500 or under) who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains its payroll, then the portion of the loan used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven. Loans would be available immediately through more than 800 existing SBA-certified lenders, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, and SBA would be required to streamline the process to bring additional lenders into the program.

  • Maximum Loans: Generally, monthly payroll costs for 2.5 months, not to exceed $10 million. Payroll costs exclude compensation paid to individuals, including the self-employed, above $100,000 a year.
  • Requirements: The employer certifies loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities.
  • Loan Forgiveness: The borrower shall have a portion of their loan forgiven in the amount equal to their payroll costs (not including costs for compensation above $100,000 annually), interest payments on mortgages, rent payments, and utility payments between February 15 and June 30, 2020. Loan forgiveness will be reduced if the borrower reduces employment by a ratio similar to their reduction in employment or if the borrower reduces salaries and wages by more than 25 percent.

Employee retention credit for employers subject to closure due to COVID-19.
The provision provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by employers to employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers whose (1) operations were fully or partially suspended, due to a COVID-19-related shut-down order, or (2) gross receipts declined by more than 50 percent when compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The credit is based on qualified wages paid to the employee. For employers with greater than 100 full-time employees, qualified wages are wages paid to employees when they are not providing services due to the COVID-19-related circumstances described above. For eligible employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employee wages qualify for the credit, whether the employer is open for business or subject to a shut-down order. The credit is provided for the first $10,000 of compensation, including health benefits, paid to an eligible employee. The credit is provided for wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Delay of payment of employer payroll taxes.
The provision allows employers and self-employed individuals to defer payment of the employer share of the Social Security tax they otherwise are responsible for paying to the federal government with respect to their employees. Employers generally are responsible for paying a 6.2-percent Social Security tax on employee wages. The provision requires that the deferred employment tax be paid over the following two years, with half of the amount required to be paid by December 31, 2021, and the other half by December 31, 2022.

Modifications for net operating losses.
The provision relaxes the limitations on a company’s use of losses. Net operating losses (NOL) are currently subject to a taxable-income limitation, and they cannot be carried back to reduce income in a prior tax year. The provision provides that an NOL arising in a tax year beginning in 2018, 2019, or 2020 can be carried back five years. The provision also temporarily removes the taxable income limitation to allow an NOL to offset income fully. These changes will allow companies to utilize losses and amend prior year returns, which will provide critical cash flow and liquidity during the COVID-19 emergency.

Modification of limitation on losses for taxpayers other than corporations.
The provision modifies the loss limitation applicable to pass-through businesses and sole proprietors, so they can utilize excess business losses and access critical cash flow to maintain operations and payroll for their employees.

Modification of credit for prior year minimum tax liability of corporations.
The corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT) was repealed as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Still, corporate AMT credits were made available as refundable credits over several years, ending in 2021. The provision accelerates the ability of companies to recover those AMT credits, permitting companies to claim a refund now and obtain additional cash flow during the COVID-19 emergency.

Modification of limitation on business interest.
The provision temporarily increases the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns by increasing the 30-percent limitation to 50 percent of taxable income (with adjustments) for 2019 and 2020.

Exclusion for certain employer payments of student loans.
The provision enables employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis. Under the provision, an employer may contribute up to $5,250 annually toward an employee’s student loans, and such payment would be excluded from the employee’s income. The $5,250 cap applies to both the new student loan repayment benefit as well as other educational assistance (e.g., tuition, fees, books) provided by the employer under current law. The provision applies to any student loan payments made by an employer on behalf of an employee after date of enactment and before January 1, 2021.

For those employing more than 500 employees, it's expected the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department will be announcing new credit facilities that are likely to be set up to support lending to larger companies.


March 27, 2020  
Updated Guidance on Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Medical Leave Under FFCRA

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.

The new guidance includes a new poster for businesses 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, and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.

The guidance announced today supplements information WHD published yesterday, including a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document. Additional guidance is forthcoming.

Please note: Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can potentially qualify for an exemption. So far, the Department of Labor has said exemptions will be available if the expanded paid leave requirements would threaten the business’ viability but hasn’t yet issued specific guidelines on who qualifies or how to apply.

Be sure to join AED for a webinar on Monday at 2:00 pm ET on FFCRA’s paid sick and medical leave provisions, and the relief provided to employees by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is expected to become law later today. Register here.

Your AED membership provides solutions and options. For additional information, please contact AED's legal counsel at 312-506-4450.


March 26, 2020  A Message From the White House

How to Help – If you or your organization is interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing (VIDEO)
  • President Trump Approves Disaster Declarations in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, and New Jersey
  • Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Norfolk, VA (HERE)
  • 1600 Daily: America Marshals All Its Resources to Fight the Coronavirus (HERE)

HHS Implements President Trump’s Hoarding Prevention Executive Order (HERE)

  • Today, under President Trump’s Executive Order to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to the spread of COVID-19, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced a list of certain health and medical resources that are subject to hoarding prevention measures.

Secretary Azar Statement on Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (HERE)

  • “President Trump has always made the health, well-being, and independence of older Americans a top priority. The President’s signing the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act could not be more timely, as the Trump Administration and all of America mobilizes to protect older adults from the threat of COVID-19.”

New Guidance Regarding Enhanced Medicaid Funding for States – Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Frequently Asked Questions (HERE)

  • CMS released a set of Frequently Asked questions regarding the implementation of provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provide states with enhanced federal Medicaid funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the release of implementation guidance.

Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products (HERE)

  • In response to the demand for alcohol-based hand sanitizers and their active ingredient, alcohol, certain entities that are not currently regulated by the FDA as drug manufacturers have requested guidance on the preparation and distribution of alcohol for incorporation into hand sanitizer products for the public’s use.

FDA: Emergency Use Authorization for Ventilators, Anesthesia Gas Machines, and Positive Pressure Breathing Devices (HERE)

  • The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for ventilators, anesthesia gas machines modified for use as ventilators, and positive pressure breathing devices modified for use as ventilators (collectively referred to as "ventilators"), ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories. Manufacturers and other stakeholders may submit a request to FDA under the process outlined in the EUA to have their device(s) added to the EUA. If you have questions, please email CDRH-NonDiagnosticEUA-Templates@fda.hhs.gov.

DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline (HERE)

  • “Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline.”

FEMA Assistance for Tribal Governments (HERE)

  • This fact sheet provides additional information about the assistance FEMA can provide to tribal governments as either Recipients or Subrecipients during the nationwide COVID-19 emergency.

USDA Feeds Kids, Helps Families During COVID-19 Emergency (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to be as flexible as possible to get food out to the people who need it during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

USDA Makes it Easier to Feed Kids and Those Who Need Food During the COVID-19 National Emergency (HERE)

  • Secretary Perdue announced additional flexibilities to make it easier for children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities to get food during the COVID-19 national emergency and remove administrative roadblocks for the dedicated local staff who serve them.

Readout of Vice President Pence and Secretary DeVos’ Conference Call with Education Stakeholders (HERE)

  • Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and Secretary Betsy DeVos held a conference call with leaders of several national K-12 education organizations to answer their questions and to provide an update on what the Department of Education has done so far to support students, parents, and educators during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Statement by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on Unemployment Insurance Claims (HERE)

  • “This large increase in unemployment claims was not unexpected, and results from the recognition by Americans across the country that we have had to temporarily halt certain activities in order to defeat the coronavirus.”

DOL Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HERE)

  • Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division 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

COVID-19 Energy Sector Response Efforts and Frequently Asked Questions (HERE)

  • These FAQs are a product of collaborative efforts to gather current information. DOE appreciates everyone’s patience during this dynamic event and encourages everyone to share information. Send any updates, concerns or questions to energyresponsecenter@hq.doe.gov. These FAQs will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

EPA Continues Efforts to Help Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus (HERE)

  • Today, the EPA took steps to provide additional flexibilities to manufacturers of disinfectants and other pesticides. EPA intends for these flexibilities to increase the availability of products for Americans to use against the novel coronavirus.

EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • The EPA is mindful of the health and safety of the public, as well as our staff, and those of Federal Agencies, State and Local Governments, Tribes, Regulated Entities, Contractors, and Non-governmental Organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is taking these important considerations into account as we all continue our work to protect human health and the environment.

EXIM Board Takes United Action in Response to COVID-19 to Support U.S. Exporters and Jobs with Unprecedented Financing Flexibility (HERE)

  • To bolster American businesses and workers and their families in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) board of directors today underscored its strong support for new initiatives to inject liquidity into the market and give maximum financing flexibility to facilitate sales of U.S. goods and services abroad.

Navy Reserve's Medical Professionals Report to USNS Mercy (HERE)

  • Nearly 60 Navy Reserve medical professionals reported to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy this week to support the ship's upcoming medical relief mission.

DOD Establishes Task Force to Meet U.S. Medical Equipment Needs (HERE)

  • DOD has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others.

200 New Doctors, Advanced-Practice Nurses to Join Military Medical Ranks Early (HERE)

  • More than 200 military medical students and graduate nursing students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, known as USU, will be graduating early to support their colleagues in the U.S. military health system amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Operation Steady Resolve Aids Ohioans During Coronavirus Pandemic (HERE)

  • A joint military task force is working to help their fellow Ohioans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect their state.

Top Navy, Marine Corps Officials Provide COVID-19 Update (HERE)

  • The Navy and Marine Corps are taking actions across the force to prevent the spread of COVID-19, containing outbreaks and recovering the force as quickly as possible, acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly said.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

 



March 25, 2020  

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Passes the Senate

The U.S. Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. A section by section analysis is available here. The House is expected to approve the bill on Friday and the President will sign it into law soon after. 

AED is still analyzing it’s provisions, and will put out further information, but the legislation should be extremely beneficial as equipment dealers deal with the volatile economic circumstances resulting from COVID-19.

Highlights of the legislation are:

  • Creation of the Paycheck Protection Program. This program will provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers (500 or under) who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains its payroll, then the portion of the loan used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven. Loans would be available immediately through more than 800 existing SBA-certified lenders, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, and SBA would be required to streamline the process to bring additional lenders into the program.
  • Employee retention credit for employers subject to closure due to COVID-19. The provision provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by employers to employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers whose (1) operations were fully or partially suspended, due to a COVID-19-related shut-down order, or (2) gross receipts declined by more than 50 percent when compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The credit is based on qualified wages paid to the employee. For employers with greater than 100 full-time employees, qualified wages are wages paid to employees when they are not providing services due to the COVID-19-related circumstances described above. For eligible employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employee wages qualify for the credit, whether the employer is open for business or subject to a shut-down order. The credit is provided for the first $10,000 of compensation, including health benefits, paid to an eligible employee. The credit is provided for wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
  • Delay of payment of employer payroll taxes. The provision allows employers and self-employed individuals to defer payment of the employer share of the Social Security tax they otherwise are responsible for paying to the federal government concerning their employees. Employers generally are responsible for paying a 6.2-percent Social Security tax on employee wages. The provision requires that the deferred employment tax be paid over the following two years, with half of the amount required to be paid by December 31, 2021 and the other half by December 31, 2022.
  • Modifications for net operating losses. The provision relaxes the limitations on a company’s use of losses. Net operating losses (NOL) are currently subject to a taxable-income limitation, and they cannot be carried back to reduce income in a prior tax year. The provision provides that an NOL arising in a tax year beginning in 2018, 2019, or 2020 can be carried back five years. The provision also temporarily removes the taxable income limitation to allow an NOL to offset income fully. These changes will allow companies to utilize losses and amend prior year returns, which will provide critical cash flow and liquidity during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Modification of limitation on losses for taxpayers other than corporations. The provision modifies the loss limitation applicable to pass-through businesses and sole proprietors, so they can utilize excess business losses and access critical cash flow to maintain operations and payroll for their employees.
  • Modification of credit for prior year minimum tax liability of corporations. The corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT) was repealed as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Still, corporate AMT credits were made available as refundable credits over several years, ending in 2021. The provision accelerates the ability of companies to recover those AMT credits, permitting companies to claim a refund now and obtain additional cash flow during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Modification of limitation on business interest. The provision temporarily increases the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns, by increasing the 30-percent limitation to 50 percent of taxable income (with adjustments) for 2019 and 2020.
  • Exclusion for certain employer payments of student loans. The provision enables employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis. Under the provision, an employer may contribute up to $5,250 annually toward an employee’s student loans, and such payment would be excluded from the employee’s income. The $5,250 cap applies to both the new student loan repayment benefit as well as other educational assistance (e.g., tuition, fees, books) provided by the employer under current law. The provision applies to any student loan payments made by an employer on behalf of an employee after date of enactment and before January 1, 2021.

AED will provide further analysis and detail shortly. 


March 25, 2020  A Message From the White House

How to Help – If you or your organization is interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing (VIDEO)
  • President Trump Approves Disaster Declarations in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas
  • No American Is Alone As Long As We Are United! (VIDEO)
  • 1600 Daily: Real Leaders vs the Pundits (HERE)

HHS Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults (HERE)

  • Today, HHS is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living to help communities provide meals for older adults. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965.

OCR Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information about Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance on how covered entities may disclose protected health information about an individual who has been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule.

Secretary DeVos Directs FSA to Stop Wage Garnishment, Collections Actions for Student Loan Borrowers, Will Refund More Than $1.8 Billion to Students, Families (HERE)

  • Secretary DeVos announced today that, due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Department will halt collection actions and wage garnishments to provide additional assistance to borrowers. This flexibility will last for a period of at least 60 days from March 13, 2020.

USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients (HERE)

  • Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the USDA warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants today. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 (HERE)

  • USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

DHS Initiating Crucial Research to Mitigate COVID-19 (HERE)

  • DHS Science and Technology Directorate is conducting ongoing research that will help scientists better understand the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, and methods to prevent its spread. In the Trump Administration’s whole of government effort, this work is being done at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center laboratory in cooperation with the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

Nearly 10,000 Guardsmen Called Up for COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • Nearly 10,000 National Guardsmen called up across the United States, with more expected soon, are performing a variety of missions in response to COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Efforts Underway to Increase Sterilization Capacity in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • The EPA is providing an update on efforts underway with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to safely and quickly increase production at sterilization facilities in the cities of Covington and Madison in response to the dramatically increased need for sterile medical equipment during the COVID-19 response.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.


March 25, 2020 

FFCRA Employee Rights

The Family First Coronavirus Relief Act mandates businesses display a notice informing employees of their paid family and sick leave benefits under the new law. Click below to download the required notice from he Department of Labor. 

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March 25, 2020 

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all aspects of our lives. From a business and personal finance perspective, navigating the potential economic effects can feel like a feat of resilience.

Following you’ll find regulatory updates, strategies to help cope with subsequent risk, and possible steps to bolster your workforce and organization. During this unparalleled time, we’re closely monitoring the situation as it evolves so we can provide you with up-to-date guidance and support to help combat uncertainty.

Please reach out to your Moss Adams professional with any questions you might have or you can also ask them here.

Visit COVID-19 implications here: https://mossadams.com/covid-19-implications


March 25, 2020 

AED joined a business industry letter urging the government to provide more direct funding for employees, postponing any increases in taxes and non-essential new regulations, and postpone non-essential new measures.

http://chamber.ca/media/news-releases/200325-leading-biz-organizations-call-on-gov/


March 25, 2020 

U.S. DOL Invites the Business Community to a National Online Dialogue on the Coronavirus Legislation’s Paid Family and Sick Leave

Today, the DOL hosted a discussion "to help employers and workers understand their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)." To view the full updated news release, click here.


March 24, 2020 A Message From the White House


Today President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Coronavirus Task Force held a “virtual townhall” from the White House. America can’t afford politics as usual during this crisis. President Trump has understood that from the beginning, which is why his Coronavirus response reflects bipartisan leadership. In just the past few days, he and his Administration:

  • Signed an order to prevent hoarding and price-gouging of crucial supplies
  • Approved multiple major disaster declarations for impacted areas
  • Partnered with America’s top tech companies to unleash supercomputing resources to fight the virus
  • Paved the way for low-interest disaster loans to help small businesses
  • Moved Tax Day for all Americans from April 15 to July 15

All of these actions are aimed squarely at responding to this global pandemic and protecting American families. President Trump is taking this crisis seriously—both the public health threat and the economic pressure facing middle-class Americans.

 

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump Will Not Tolerate the Price Gouging and Hoarding of Critical Supplies Needed to Combat the Coronavirus (FACTSHEET, EO TEXT)
  • President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • 1600 Daily: President Trump Is Standing Up For Working Families in This Crisis (HERE)
  • How Can You Keep the Most Vulnerable Safe from Coronavirus? (VIDEO)
  • How Can You Engage in Social Distancing? (VIDEO)
  • Is It Still Safe to Donate Blood? (VIDEO)
  • Dr. Deborah Birx: If You Feel Sick, Stay Home (VIDEO)

 

Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers (HERE)

  • “I strongly support the Department of Homeland Security’s recent guidance identifying financial services sector workers as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response emergency.”

 

DOL Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HERE)

  • Today, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

 

DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CDL Waiver (HERE)

  • FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license and commercial learner’s permit holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles. You can find the Enforcement Notice here.

 

HHS Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • Today, HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.

 

CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The waivers were approved within days of states’ submitting them, and offer states new flexibilities to focus their resources on combatting the outbreak and providing the best possible care to Medicaid beneficiaries in their states. These waivers support President Trump’s commitment to operating a COVID-19 response that is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.

 

FDA Takes Action to Increase U.S. Supplies Through Instructions for PPE and Device Manufacturers (HERE)

  • Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to increase U.S. supplies to support the U.S. response to COVID-19 by providing instructions to manufacturers importing personal protective equipment and other devices.

 

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 FAQs (HERE)

  • In food production/processing facilities and retail food establishments, an evaluation should be made to identify and implement operational changes that increase employee separation. However, social distancing to the full 6 feet will not be possible in some food facilities.

 

FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During Pandemic (HERE)

  • As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing commitment to combatting the coronavirus pandemic and providing flexibility across FDA-regulated industries, the agency announced today that it intends to temporarily not enforce certain requirements in order to allow veterinarians to better utilize telemedicine to address animal health needs during the pandemic.

 

FDA and EMA Collaborate to Facilitate SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development (HERE)

  • On March 18, the FDA and the European Medicines Agency jointly chaired the first global regulators meeting to discuss regulatory strategies to facilitate the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

 

FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension Relief for Renters in Multifamily Properties (HERE)

  • Today, to keep renters in multifamily properties in their home and to support multifamily property owners during the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is announcing that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance with the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus.

 

FHFA Directs Enterprises to Grant Flexibilities for Appraisal and Employment Verifications (HERE)

  • Today, to facilitate liquidity in the mortgage market during the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide alternative flexibilities to satisfy appraisal requirements and employment verification requirements through May 17, 2020.

 

DOJ and FTC Announce Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for Coronavirus Public Health Efforts (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission today issued a joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

NOAA Fisheries Issues Emergency Action to Waive Observer Coverage on a Case-by-Case Basis (HERE)

  • Today, in response to the spread of COVID-19, NOAA Fisheries issued an emergency action to provide the authority, on a case-by-case basis, to waive observer coverage, some training, and other program requirements while meeting conservation needs and providing an ongoing supply of fish to markets.

 

DOD Aims to Fill Medical Gaps with Military While States, Cities Ramp Up (HERE)

  • The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy will go to Los Angeles to help relieve pressure on hospitals there so they can focus more on COVID-19 patients, Secretary Esper said. Esper said in the next couple of weeks, the USNS Comfort, currently at Norfolk, Virginia, will head to New York City for the same purpose. The crew and staff there, he said, are preparing for that mission.

 

Esper Lists DOD’s Top Priorities During COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • Protecting the Defense Department's people, maintaining military readiness and supporting the whole-of-government interagency response are DOD's top three priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary Esper said.

 

Department of State’s Global Effort to Bring Americans Home (HERE)

  • As of today, we have repatriated more than 9,000 Americans from 28 countries. Our teams, working around-the-clock in Washington and overseas, will bring home thousands more in the coming days, from every region of the world.

 

After OPM Action, VA Invites Retired Medical Personnel Back to Work (HERE)

  • The Office of Personnel Management approved a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), March 19, to waive a section of federal law that governs retired VA workers. The waiver makes it easier for the department to rehire retired VA health care workers and will help VA health care facilities bolster their medical staffs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.


March 24, 2020 

DOL Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family and Medical Leave

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees 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. 

The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

The guidance announced today is just the first round of information and compliance assistance to come from WHD. A workplace poster required for most employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and more Q&A. 

Stay tuned to AED for further updates.


March 24, 2020 Towsleys Hand Sanitizer

 

As you're probably well-aware, the rise of COVID-19 has brought upon shortages in a multitude of sanitary products, namely hand sanitizer. As a result, AED Preferred Provider, Towsleys, has sources for hand sanitizer for our members. Avoid the backlog of sanitizer and order today!

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March 24, 2020 Industry COVID-19 Survey

Industry Insights built a COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Survey to help our members understand the overall sentiment and action plans of peers, and to help you during this global pandemic. Click below to see the results of the survey.

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March 24, 2020 

Quebec, Ontario Shutter Non-Essential Businesses

Yesterday the governments of Quebec and Ontario ordered all non-essential businesses to close in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the lead up to the government ordered shut down of non-essential businesses, AED made it clear to Premiers in every province that the heavy equipment sector provides a vital service to the construction sector and other industries. 

These measures are extraordinary, and developments continue. We will be monitoring the situation closely across all other provinces, which we expect will follow suit as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Canada. This is an evolving situation in which the federal government may play an increasingly significant role, and we are monitoring the process of new legislation that will be tabled today that will affirm more significant powers for the federal government in Ottawa. 

In every respect, we anticipate that if job sites remain open, the supply chain to those job sites is an operational priority. We are keeping lines of communication open with our government contacts in capital cities from coast-to-coast and will continue to update members as more information becomes available.

QUEBEC: List of Essential Services and Commercial Activities (full list)

AED Relevant Sections:

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure, including:

  • the maintenance in good operating condition of essential public infrastructure such as bridges, municipal buildings, and so on.
  • construction, maintenance and the maintenance of essential activities related to public and private infrastructure that may pose a threat to public health and safety (private dams, the management of hazardous and radioactive materials, and so on).

Construction sector:

  • construction firms for emergency dispatching or security purposes;
  • electricians, plumbers and other trades for emergency services;
  • rental equipment.

Essential transportation and logistics services:

  • transportation, warehousing and distribution of essential goods.
  • service stations and mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential.

ONTARIO: List of Essential Workplaces (full list)

AED Relevant Sections

Supply chains

  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate.

Retail and Wholesaling

  • Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities.
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and global supply chains.

Construction

  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  • Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors.
  • Construction work and services that support health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects.

Please contact Mike Dexter, Senior Director of Canadian Engagement, with any comments or questions.



March 24, 2020 

FREE WEBINAR: March 26 - 10:00 am CST (For Canadian Members)
Making Sense of Government Shutdown Orders

 Presented by W. Scott Thurlow

As governmental entities are shuttering nonessential business activities, equipment distributors must understand whether they can remain open. In addition to AED’s team from Impact Canada, we’ll be joined by Scott Thurlow, an attorney specializing in regulatory and policy matters impacting the business community. The Impact Canada team will also provide an update on what the federal government has done, and what it’s expected to do to help small-medium-sized businesses survive this volatile period. 

If you would like to register, click here.


March 24, 2020 

AED Foundation Update Regarding COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 concerns, The AED Foundation is taking every precaution to adhere to CDC recommendations while maintaining our technician accreditation standards. To meet the needs of the AED Technical Standards and our accredited schools/student bodies, the Foundation has instituted extensions as needed to AED technician certification testing. All tests should be administered before school graduation dates. If your school requires additional time to administer certification tests, please reach out to Linley Thompson directly. 

AED’s accredited schools’ test proctoring will be managed on a case-by-case basis. We will ensure our future technicians have direct access to online testing with your direction. The effects of the virus have wide-reaching implications on all AED partnering organizations, and we will continue to do our best to meet your institutional needs. If you have additional questions or concerns, please reply to lthompson@aednet.org

Regards,

Jason K. Blake
AEDF Executive Vice President and COO

  

 

 


March 24, 2020 

Committee Republicans Release Resource Guide on Actions by Federal Agencies to Combat COVID-19 

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans have released a COVID-19 Resource Guide cataloguing the actions taken by the various federal agencies under the Committee’s jurisdiction during this unprecedented pandemic crisis. 

“Committee Republicans are laser focused on working with the Trump Administration and our colleagues to ensure that the domestic supply chain can continue to move,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO). “Despite many states ordering citizens to stay home, the supplies families need must continue to get where they need to go. In some cases, these are life and safety critical supplies to battle the pandemic, or in other cases they are simply the everyday items Americans need to remain in safely in their homes. In order to keep the supply chain intact, planes, trains, trucks, and ships are still essential.

Graves continued, “We owe a debt of gratitude to our transportation industry workers, but right now what they need from us is the flexibility and support to do their jobs and keep our supply chain moving during this important time. We will continue to work with Secretary Chao and other agency leaders to ensure our transportation network can continue to reliably move sorely needed goods and resources.” 

The COVID-19 Resource Guide is available at Committee Republicans’ website: republicans-transportation.house.gov and will be regularly updated to reflect developments in agencies’ actions.


March 23, 2020 A Message From the White House 

Today President Trump signed an Executive Order providing the authority to address, if necessary, hoarding that threatens the supply of necessary health and medical resources. This includes the action of hoarding unnecessary quantities of items for the purpose of selling them above the fair market value. To implement the order, the President has delegated to HSS the authority to designate scarce resources or resources the supply of which would be threatened by hoarding. DOJ will work with HHS to enforce the anti-hoarding provisions of the order in cases where hoarding may be impeding the supply of health and medical resources needed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This action will help ensure that hospitals, first-responders, and doctors receive sufficient supplies of critical medical equipment. President Trump is bringing to bear every resource, power, and authority necessary to defeat the coronavirus.

 

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • White House Announces New Partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources to Fight COVID-19 (HERE)
  • Factsheet: President Trump is Committed to Supporting Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus (HERE)
  • Vice President Pence Holds Video Teleconference with Governors on the Partnership to Prepare, Mitigate and Respond to COVID-19 (READOUT, REMARKS)
  • Vice President Pence Remarks with Press Gaggle (HERE)
  • Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 (HERE)
  • 1600 Daily: Americans need help. Democrats must stop blocking it. (HERE)

 

List: 74 Actions Taken by President Trump to Fight Virus and Bolster Economy (HERE)

  • In less than a week, the Trump administration has greatly expanded the actions it's taken to fight the coronavirus and boost the economy, according to its latest tally of “response efforts.”

 

Surgeon General: Delay elective medical, dental procedures to help us fight coronavirus (HERE)

  • The lives of many, especially our most vulnerable, are at stake. We can win this war if we all commit to taking the right actions for our country.

 

Peter Navarro: Coronavirus – How businesses are stepping up, collaborating with Trump administration (HERE)

  • President Trump has promised to unite the full force of the federal government with the full power of American enterprise to respond to the China Wuhan virus – and the response from the private sector has been overwhelming.

 

DHS Announcement: Important Message on Essential Financial Services Sector Workers – From U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

  • Workers across the financial services sector play an important role in supporting the American people and our Nation’s economy.  Consistent with the need to ensure access for essential financial services workers, Secretary Mnuchin issued the attached memorandum.  This memorandum points to guidelines from the President and the Department of Homeland Security, which provides guidance to State and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of critical functions to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Everyone should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as State and local officials regarding strategies to limit disease spread.  We are dedicated to working closely with all of you to ensure the safety of the workforce and ensure the continued operations of the financial services sector in support of our Nation’s economy. For further information please see the Treasury memo and the CISA memo.

 

OCR Issues Guidance on Telehealth Remote Communications Following Its Notification of Enforcement Discretion (HERE)

  • The Notification, issued earlier this week, announced, effective immediately, that OCR is exercising its enforcement discretion to not impose penalties for HIPAA violations against healthcare providers in connection with their good faith provision of telehealth using communication technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

 

HHS Funds Phase 2/3 Clinical Trial for Potential Treatment for COVID-19 (HERE)

  • An antibody medicine being evaluated to treat severe cases of COVID-19 will receive additional support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response under an existing partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of Tarrytown, New York.

 

FDA Continues to Facilitate Access to Crucial Medical Products, Including Ventilators (HERE)

  • Today, the FDA took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other respiratory devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing.

 

FDA Provides Update on Patient Access to Certain REMS Drugs During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (HERE)

  • Today, as part of the FDA’s ongoing efforts to address COVID-19, the agency issued a new guidance to sponsors and healthcare providers regarding certain Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)-required testing during this time.

 

CMS Announces Findings at Kirkland Nursing Home and New Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspections in light of COVID-19 (HERE)

  • Today, CMS is announcing the preliminary results of a recent inspection of the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington – the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in that state.

 

FEMA COVID-19 Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application (HERE)

  • The Fact Sheet supplements Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Protective Measures and provides an overview of the FEMA Public Assistance application process for recipients and applicants requesting reimbursement related to federal emergency and major disaster declarations for Coronavirus.

 

DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus (HERE)

  • In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.

 

Veterans’ GI Bill Benefits to Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

  • President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

2020 Census Operation Adjustments Due to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of its operations to protect the health and safety of staff and the public.

 

DOJ Files Its First Enforcement Action Against COVID-19 Fraud (HERE)

  • The enforcement action filed today in Austin against operators of a fraudulent website follows Attorney General William Barr’s recent direction for the department to prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of illegal conduct related to the pandemic.

 

Secretary DeVos Published New Resources on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options (HERE)

  • Secretary DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities.

 

Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Expand Measures to Enhance Liquidity and Flow of Credit to American Workers, Households and Businesses (HERE)

  • The spread of coronavirus has disrupted economic activity and put significant liquidity pressure on U.S. businesses. To immediately enhance liquidity and support American workers, households, and businesses through this challenging period, Secretary Mnuchin today authorized the expansion of two recently launched facilities and the establishment of three new facilities to provide liquidity to the financial system pursuant to section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act.

 

Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020 (HERE)

  • Today, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.

 

State: Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (HERE)

  • Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk. Facts matter.

 

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.


March 23, 2020 

The Departments of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor have released initial guidance on implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The document provides preliminary guidelines regarding the paid family and sick leave provisions and the tax credits for employers under 500 employees.

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320


March 23, 2020 

Earlier today, Indiana’s governor ordered non-essential businesses to cease operations. However, essential businesses may continue to operate. 

Please review the order in detail and consult with your local attorney to determine your company’s status. 

The order specifically mentions manufacturersm, distributors and supplies of products and services for the construction industry: Manufacture, Distribution, and Supply Chain for Critical Products and Industries

Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, chemicals and sanitization, agriculture, waste pickup and disposal, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum, fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications and products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations. 

AED believes the provision covers most construction equipment dealers and is one of several categories equipment distributors could use to justify an essential determination. Once again, please consult with local counsel to determine whether your company should be considered essential and continue operations. 

 


March 23, 2020 

Free Webinar:Dealing With Volatility: What You Need to Know During the Coronavirus Crisis - Part 1

Wednesday, March 25 | 10:00 am CST
Presented by Michael Ribich, Merrill Lynch

Webinar Description: 

Please join Michael Ribich, First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor of The J & R Group of Merrill Lynch, as he hosts the first of a three-part series on Dealing with Volatility: What You Need to Know. Mike will outline data related to the COVID-19 outbreak globally, the potential economic effects, an analysis of investor sentiment and, lastly, a message for investors regarding portfolio considerations.

Mike will also be joined by Mark Sullivan, CFA, Director and Portfolio Strategist, Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions Group, who will discuss the latest insights from their Chief Investment Office and Paul Pezza, Senior Vice President – US Global Wealth Management, PIMCO, for an update on the current fixed income and credit markets. 

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March 23, 2020 

Earlier today, the Michigan’s governor ordered non-essential businesses to cease operations. However, essential businesses may continue. 

Please review the order in detail and consult with your local attorney to determine your company’s status.

The order cites the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines that deems essential:

“Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.”

AED believes provision covers most construction equipment dealers and is one of several categories equipment distributors could use to justify an essential determination.  Once again, please consult with local counsel to determine whether your company should be considered essential and continue operations. 


March 23, 2020 

Earlier today, the Massachusetts’ governor ordered non-essential businesses to cease operations. However, essential business activities may continue.

Please review the order in detail and consult with your local attorney to determine your company’s status.

The order explicitly deems construction equipment dealers essential:

Companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure, including aircraft, marine vessels, locomotives, rail cars, trucks, buses, cars, heavy equipment, roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, air strips, marine terminals, railroads.

AED believes provision covers most construction equipment dealers and is one of several categories equipment distributors could use to justify an essential determination.  Once again, please consult with local counsel to determine whether your company should be considered essential and continue operations.


March 23, 2020 

Earlier today, Maryland’s governor ordered non-essential businesses to cease operations. However, essential business activities may continue.

Please review the order in detail and consult with your local attorney to determine your company’s status.

The order explicitly deems construction equipment dealers essential:

Companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure, including aircraft, marine vessels, locomotives, rail cars, trucks, buses, cars, heavy equipment, roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, air strips, marine terminals, railroads.

 

AED believes provision covers most construction equipment dealers and is one of several categories equipment distributors could use to justify an essential determination.  Once again, please consult with local counsel to determine whether your company should be considered essential and continue operations.

 


March 23, 2020 

Free Webinar:Are Equipment Distributors “Essential”?

Presented by Michael Airdo and Daniel B. Fisher

 

Webinar Description: 

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, state governors are taking unprecedented action to shutdown large parts of the economy to slow the spread of the virus. While exemptions for “essential” operations are excluded from mandatory shutdowns, these executive orders tend to be ambiguous, confusing and vary a great deal by state and even locality.

 

To date, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued non-binding guidance on who it believes is” Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.” Additionally, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have issued mandatory shutdown or “stay-at-home” orders with exemptions for various industries and companies deemed “essential”. Similar executive orders are expected to proliferate across the country. 

 

AED’s General Counsel Michael Airdo and AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher discuss what states and the federal government have done so far, and what construction equipment dealers can do to make sense of this fast-moving and unprecedented situation.

Watch on-demand here.  

Download presentation here.

About the Speaker:

 

Michael Airdo

Mr. Airdo is a founding Member of Kopon Airdo, LLC. His practice focuses on the handling of complex civil litigation matters, including healthcare litigation, the defense of long-term care and assisted living facilities, catastrophic injury claims, municipal matters, and cases involving corporations, not-for-profit entities, educational facilities, and trade associations. 

 

Daniel B. Fisher

Mr. Fisher is the Vice President of Government Affairs for AED and is based out of Washington, D.C. In this role, Fisher directs the association’s Washington, D.C.-based office and manages all aspects of AED’s advocacy and political programs, including serving as the association’s chief lobbyist and Treasurer of AED PAC. Fisher also supervises the association’s Canadian public policy efforts.


March 22, 2020 

AED is providing a template letter for you to provide to your technicians and other employees to use to get to work and conduct work as supporters of critical infrastructure.  It is important to have a hard copy of this document with them at all times when working. 

Please be aware that this letter is self-certifying and not an official governmental document.  You should review any document that you provide to your employees with your own counsel and consider putting it on your company’s letterhead.  Click here to see the letter.

Download letter here.

 


March 22, 2020 

Live Coronavirus Discussions Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, March 22 | 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Presented by Dirk Beveridge
 

Industry consultant Dirk Beveridge will be hosting a series of live on-line 20 minute conversations with leaders and subject matter experts to give you the insight you need to lead with confidence during this coronavirus pandemic.
  
You won't want to miss - Conversations with distribution leaders who are attacking this crisis in real time. We won't promise a playbook, but we will promise deep, heartfelt, and strategic conversations with those leading from the front.
  
Here is the schedule of conversations (all times Central):
• 2:30 – Why you should foster resiliency in times of crises, and how to do it
• 3:00 – Lessons from another Black Swan event: How our Hurricane Katrina research can help you engage your team, customers, and markets
• 3:30 – How to pivot your marketing message in the early stages of this pandemic crisis: Lessons from big brands 
• 4:00 – We are a Jan/San distributor at the epicenter of this pandemic: Here is how I am leading 
• 4:30 – I'm not the company president: How a frontline manager is helping his team pivot and stay focused in this rapidly changing environment
• 5:00 – I'm the chief people officer of a regional distributor, let's talk about the human element of this crisis 
• 5:30 – Five principles and mindsets that should guide your sales team during this pandemic + 1 easy yet forgotten sales tool to re-introduce to your sales process
  
Register once to access all of the conversations. When you have registered, you will then receive links to all of the conversations to play on-demand, should you not be able to attend live.
 
 
Register Here 
 

 


 


March 22, 2020 

Live Coronavirus Discussions Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, March 22 | 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Presented by Dirk Beveridge
 

Industry consultant Dirk Beveridge will be hosting a series of live on-line 20 minute conversations with leaders and subject matter experts to give you the insight you need to lead with confidence during this coronavirus pandemic.
  
You won't want to miss - Conversations with distribution leaders who are attacking this crisis in real time. We won't promise a playbook, but we will promise deep, heartfelt, and strategic conversations with those leading from the front.
  
Here is the schedule of conversations (all times Central):
• 2:30 – Why you should foster resiliency in times of crises, and how to do it
• 3:00 – Lessons from another Black Swan event: How our Hurricane Katrina research can help you engage your team, customers, and markets
• 3:30 – How to pivot your marketing message in the early stages of this pandemic crisis: Lessons from big brands 
• 4:00 – We are a Jan/San distributor at the epicenter of this pandemic: Here is how I am leading 
• 4:30 – I'm not the company president: How a frontline manager is helping his team pivot and stay focused in this rapidly changing environment
• 5:00 – I'm the chief people officer of a regional distributor, let's talk about the human element of this crisis 
• 5:30 – Five principles and mindsets that should guide your sales team during this pandemic + 1 easy yet forgotten sales tool to re-introduce to your sales process
  
Register once to access all of the conversations. When you have registered, you will then receive links to all of the conversations to play on-demand, should you not be able to attend live.
 
 
Register Here 
 

 


 


March 20, 2020 

Ensure Your Company is an “Essential Business” in Your State

States are currently racing to determine what industries and companies will be permitted to remain open when COVID-19 shutdowns occur. 

The federal government recently issued guidance for states outlining “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” These guidelines were announced by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Please note that these guidelines are advisory to states and localities, not mandatory. While some states may specifically reference CISA’s guidance, others are likely to make their own determinations.

You should review these guidelines, and similar requirements as issued by your state. Regarding the CISA guidance, equipment dealers likely fit into more than one category, including: 

“Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.”

According to CISA, these guidelines are intended to be construed broadly. We’ve been told the document will be altered and amended by the federal government and is not in the final form. However, this guidance may be used by state and local officials, and interpretations could vary by locality. 

AED continues to work with CISA on its guidance. Earlier today, AED joined other construction organizations urging the Trump administration and governors to recognize that the entire construction industry and companies that support it should be deemed "essential".

What Should You Do?

AED members must continue to weigh-in with state governments to ensure the industry is deemed “essential.” Yesterday, AED joined the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Equipment Dealers Association to urge state governors to recognize the essential role that the entire equipment industry, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and service technicians, play to support critical infrastructure projects.

We recommend that you forward the letter (to download the letter for your state, click here) or any of the letters linked below to your governor's office.

Also, it’s crucial that your customers understand that even if construction workers are deemed “essential” that doesn’t necessarily mean that the companies that sell, rent and service the equipment will be categorized similarly. Consequently, contact your customers and local customers groups (local AGC, ARTBA, etc., chapters), to urge them to also weigh-in with governors to ensure companies that supply the vital equipment, parts and services can continue to operate.

To view the letter to the League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, click here.

To view the letter to the National Governors Association, click here.

To view the construction industry letter to President Trump, click here.

Contact AED's Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input.

  

 

 


March 20, 2020 

Stuck at home? We've got you covered!
  
As an incentive to stay busy during our quarantine efforts, we are offering our members free access to all recorded webinars in our on-demand library. Until March 31, 2020 use the code FREEWEB2020 at checkout to zero out your cart and receive the webinars free of charge. 
  
Furthermore, AED is offering its members one free self-study course of their choosing. Your course can be redeemed using coupon code FREECOURSE2020 until March 31, 2020 and will expire 30 days after you first access it. 
 
Each LMS user is eligible to redeem this code, so use this as an opportunity to start the certification process for every relevant employee from your company. For more information, please click here. This code applies to the following self-study courses:
• Financial Management 101, 102
• People Management 101, 102, 103
• Sales/Customer Service 101
• Rental Management 101, 201, 301
• Parts Management 101, 201
• Service Management 101, 201
• Sales Leadership 101, 201

Take your education a step further and become certified! Apply your self-study course completion to one of our management certification programs. Programs are offered for parts, service, rental, sales, and branch managers and will be offered at a discounted rate of $1,950 when your free course is completed. If you have any issues when registering for webinars or self-study courses, feel free to reach out to your regional manager. 

 


March 19, 2020 A Message from the White House
 

To empower federal, state, local, and private sector COVID-19 response efforts, President Trump is cutting red tape. From providing flexibility for healthcare providers, to expediting and expanding testing, to empowering educators and supporting small business, President Trump is reducing regulations to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are just some of the steps the President has taken to reduce regulations in the whole of government effort:

  • President Trump took action to give HHS the authority to waive certain rules and regulations to provide flexibility to healthcare providers in response to the coronavirus emergency.  
  • The President signed legislation removing restrictions preventing manufacturers from selling industrial masks – which can readily protect healthcare workers – directly to hospitals.
  • FDA empowered certain qualified laboratories to use validated coronavirus tests while their Emergency Use Authorization requests were under review.
  • The FDA took action to empower states to authorize tests developed and used within their borders.
  • CMS removed restrictions on telehealth for Medicare patients, dramatically expanding access across the country.
  • HHS lifted HIPAA penalties to enable healthcare providers to expand telehealth for their patients.
  • The Department of Education has given broad approval to colleges and universities to allow them to more easily move their classes online.
  • USDA waived certain requirements to allow children to continue receiving meals during school closures.
  • SBA relaxed criteria for disaster assistance loans – greatly expanding small businesses’ access to economic assistance.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump Is Supporting American Businesses, Workers, and Families Impacted by the Coronavirus (HERE)
  • Strong & United, We Will Prevail! (VIDEO)
  • President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • President Trump Participates in a Teleconference with Governors on Coronavirus Response (VIDEO)
  • 1600 Daily: President Trump: Nothing Will Stand in Our Way (HERE)

CISA Releases Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 (HERE)

  • Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19. The guidance and accompanying list can be found here.

If you have questions about this list, please contact CISA at CISA.CAT@cisa.dhs.gov.

 

USDA and DOL Announce Information Sharing to Assist H-2A Employers (HERE)

  • Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Labor to help facilitate the identification of foreign and domestic workers that may be available and eligible to transfer to other U.S. agricultural sector employers to fulfill critical workforce needs within the U.S. under existing regulatory authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to States

DOL Paid Leave Virtual Town Hall – Friday, March 20, at 10AM ET

  • Last night the President signed into law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requiring certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will be administered and enforced by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures (HERE)

  • Earlier today at the White House Task Force Press Briefing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. The guidance can be found here.

CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus (HERE)

  • Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Frequently Asked Questions to clarify coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of the Coronavirus by catastrophic health plans. The FAQs can be found here.

FDA Continues to Facilitate Development of Treatments (HERE)

  • President Trump has directed the FDA to continue its work with the public and private sector to ensure the availability of potentially safe and effective life-saving drugs to patients who are in desperate need, including those infected with COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Factsheet (HERE)

  • FEMA provides the following guidance on the types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program in accordance with the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration in order to ensure that resource constraints do not inhibit efforts to respond to this unprecedented disaster.

Hospital Ships, Other DOD Assets Prepare for Coronavirus Response (HERE)

  • The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy are being prepared for deployment "as needed to assist potentially overwhelmed counties with acute patient care," Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the defense secretary for public affairs, said during a news conference today at the Pentagon.

DOE Executes On Direction of President Trump, Announces Solicitation To Purchase Crude Oil For The SPR To Provide Relief To American Energy Industry (HERE)

  • At the direction of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the Department of Energy (DOE) will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77 million barrels of American-made crude oil. Today, DOE announced a solicitation for the purchase of an initial 30 million barrels to begin filling the SPR. Solicitations for additional purchases will follow.

HUD: COVID-19 Planning & Response for Homeless Assistance Providers (HERE)

  • HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) invites homeless assistance providers and their partners to participate in an Office Hours session to discuss COVID-19 planning and response on March 20, 2020 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov

 


March 19, 2020 

AED Tells Mayors, Governors to Keep Construction Projects Going
 

Earlier today, AED delivered letters to national organizations representing mayors, local elected officials and the nation’s governors urging them to allow construction projects to continue while highlighting the equipment industry’s integral role in building and maintaining our nation's essential infrastructure. 
  
In a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, AED was joined by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), delivering the message that, “shutting down construction projects in cities and towns not only jeopardizes continued relief and prevention efforts surrounding COVID-19, but will also exacerbate an already dire situation with little safety or health benefit.”
  
AED delivered a similar letter to the National Governors Association, imploring its members to reconsider halting construction projects across the country. Additionally, AED joined AEM and the Equipment Dealers Association in letters to all 50 governors stressing that equipment manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and service technicians must be considered essential to economic continuity as governors continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of all workers and residents. 
  
In Washington D.C., AED has been working with business organizations to ensure lawmakers and the administration understand the importance of liquidity and access to capital for the equipment industry. AED joined allied business organizations outlining tax modifications that will help provide liquidity for small-medium-sized companies. 
  
AED members should pass along the letters to their mayors, city officials and governors with personalized notes telling your story about the impact that shutting down construction projects will have on your company and the importance of recognizing the essential nature of the equipment industry.
  
  
To view the letter to the League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, click here.
  
To view the letter to the National Governors Association, click here.
  
To view the letters to each Governor, click here.
  
To view AED analysis of the paid family and sick leave from the recently passed Coronavirus legislation, click here.
  
Contact AED's Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input.

 


March 19, 2020 

The 2020 Financial/HR Symposium is Postponed

Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and following health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, AED has decided to postpone the 2020 Financial/HR Symposium that was set to take place at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa from April 15-17.

The Financial/HR Symposium has been rescheduled and will now take place November 2 - 4, 2020 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. All existing reservations at the Marriott in April will be automatically moved to the new November dates. This is a manual process; attendees will first receive a cancellation notice and then this will be followed by a revised confirmation. The revised confirmation could take up to 48 hours to send. If attendees do not receive the updated confirmation within that amount of time, please reach out to the hotel directly at 707-253-8600.

To our 2020 registrants, we appreciate your patience as we work through the details and make the necessary plans for the future.

AED is here with you every step of the way!
Although the office will be closed until March 30, the AED team is working remotely from home, as safety remains our top priority. Any calls to the office will be handled by Sandy Brassel. Our goal is to help in any way that we can!

For additional questions, please contact help@aednet.org or reach out to your regional manager directly: 

Phil Riggs
Sr. Director Member Engagement
priggs@aednet.org or 630-465-3622

Michael Dexter
Sr. Director of Canadian Engagement, Chicagoland, Iowa
mdexter@aednet.org or 630-465-2888

Sean Fitzgerrel
AL, FL, GA, IN, Southern IL, KY, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
sfitzgerrel@aednet.org or 630-352-9372

Thomas Lunney
AR, CO, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX
tlunney@aednet.org or 630-465-6647

Scott McPherson
MN, MT, ND, SD, WI, WY
smcpherson@aednet.org or 312-882-2473

Michael Murray
CT, DE, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT
mmurray@aednet.org or 630-465-4232



March 19, 2020 

Free Webinar: COVID-19 & Labour Law: What You Need to Know
March 20, 2020 | 1:00 pm CST
Presented by Killian McParland, Stewart McKelvey
AED is providing its members this seminar for free. Non-members will incur an additional fee.
 
Webinar Description:
 
In this webinar, Killian McParland of Stewart McKelvey will discuss a range of legal issues related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, including:
• Occupational health and safety
• Human rights and discrimination
• Pay & benefits
• Temporary layoffs
• Government program benefits available to employers and employees
If you need any further assistance in registering for our webinar, please contact Mike Dexter.

 

  [ Register Here ]

 
 
About the Speaker:
 
Killian provides advisory and advocacy services to assist clients with the core of their organization: the people. He brings a business background and forward-thinking, client-centric approach to his legal practice focused on Employment, Labour, Human Rights, and Administrative Law. He is part of the Labour & Employment Practice Group at Stewart McKelvey, Atlantic Canada’s largest regional law firm, and is an active member of both the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Law Society of Ontario.

March 19, 2020 

Now On-Demand For FREE! Today's Webinar: COVID-19: Employer Rights & Responsibilities

Presented by Michael Airdo, Kopon Airdo, LLC

AED is providing its members this seminar for free, while non-members will incur a $95 fee.

Webinar Description:

The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused and will continue to cause significant disruptions to businesses all across the country as the situation continues to develop. Some of the biggest disruptions will be felt both by employers and employees who may not fully understand their rights and responsibilities during a pandemic. To prepare employers for the issues that they will face during this coronavirus crisis, we are hosting a webinar that will deal with a variety of pressing issues, including:

  • Workplace safety
  • Remote work
  • Confidentiality
  • Health insurance
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Employee leave
  • Discrimination
  • Labor relations
  • Workers' compensation
  • WARN Act

March 18, 2020 A Message From the White House

President Donald J. Trump today announced a major partnership with the Ad Council, major media networks, and digital platforms to effectively communicate accurate and timely information directly to the American people. This partnership is another important component of the all-of-America response to COVID-19, and will benefit high-risk populations and the general public with public service announcements around social distancing, personal hygiene, and mental health.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump and Vice President Pence met with Nurses on the COVID-19 Response (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of Covid-19 (HERE)
  • Vice President Pence Op-Ed: We Need the American People’s Help to Fight Coronavirus Now (HERE)
  • 1600 Daily: Together, America Will Prevail (HERE)

HHS Takes New Action to Cut Red Tape to Support COVID-19 Response (HERE)

  • On Wednesday, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched an information collection effort to support the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, surveying HRSA-funded health centers on their involvement in the COVID-19 response, including whether they are offering diagnostic tests. This effort was made possible by a Paperwork Reduction Act waiver issued pursuant to statutory authorities that became available as a result of the public health emergency declared by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in late January.

HHS Supports Mesa Biotech to Develop a Rapid Diagnostic to Detect Novel Coronavirus Infections (HERE)

  • In response to the now global pandemic, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), continues to work with its public-private partners to find solutions to mitigate the public health impact of the coronavirus disease 2019.

HUD Provides Immediate Relief for Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response (HERE)

  • Secretary Ben Carson, in consultation with the Trump Administration and the Coronavirus Task Force, today authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. These moratoriums are part of the continued effort by President Trump to address impacts to the financial well-being of America’s individuals, families, and businesses caused by COVID-19. Find the memo here.

FDA Issues Guidance for Conducting Clinical Trials (HERE)

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a guidance for industry, investigators and institutional review boards conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

DOD Poised to Provide Masks, Ventilators, Labs for Coronavirus Fight (Here)

  • As part of the president's whole-of-government approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the Defense Department has agreed to provide medical supplies and capabilities to the Department of Health and Human Services to help combat further infections, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

DOT Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety  Administration today issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus outbreak.

DOL Announces Availability Of Up To $100 Million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $100 million for Dislocated Worker Grants to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

DOL Takes Actions to Facilitate Response Efforts For Covid-19 Outbreak (HERE)

  • Following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today issued a National Interest Exemption memorandum to facilitate response efforts for COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak (HERE)

  • Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

Thank you,

Joe

Joe Russo

Special Assistant to the President and Director of Business Outreach

White House Office of Public Liaison


COVID-19: Background & Additional Information

 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

 

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What you should know:

 

Situation Updates:

Information for Businesses:

Information for Travel and Transportation:

Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:

Information for Law Enforcement:

Information for Families and Households:

Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:

Information for Community Events and Gatherings:

Agency Resources and Information:


March 18, 2020

Senate Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill, Mandating Paid Leave

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate approved legislation (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act), which already passed the U.S. House, that includes provisions to bolster unemployment insurance programs, provide access to free Coronavirus testing and mandate paid sick and family leave for employees. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law as soon as possible.

The sick and family leave mandates apply to companies less than 500 employees. For an AED analysis of these provisions, click here.

Further details on the sick and family leave provisions will be clarified in the coming days through federal guidance. AED will keep you updated as more details become available.

Today’s legislative action is expected to be followed by the passage of further measures, including a broad economic relief bill, that is expected to include provisions specifically targeted to small businesses.

The association continues, working together with other industry organizations, to engage Congress and the administration, primarily to ensure policymakers understand the importance of access to capital and liquidity for AED members.

U.S. Governmental Business Resources:

Contact AED's Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input.


March 18, 2020

Earn One Professional Development Credit With Tomorrow's FREE Webinar: COVID-19: Employer Rights & Responsibilities

March 19 | 10:00 am CST
Presented by Michael Airdo, Kopon Airdo, LLC

AED is providing its members this seminar for free, while non-members will incur a $95 fee.

Webinar Description:

The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused and will continue to cause significant disruptions to businesses all across the country as the situation continues to develop. Some of the biggest disruptions will be felt both by employers and employees who may not fully understand their rights and responsibilities during a pandemic. To prepare employers for the issues that they will face during this coronavirus crisis, we are hosting a webinar that will deal with a variety of pressing issues, including:

  • Workplace safety
  • Remote work
  • Confidentiality
  • Health insurance
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Employee leave
  • Discrimination
  • Labor relations
  • Workers' compensation
  • WARN Act

This webinar is an excellent opportunity to earn SHRM credit. AED is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM- CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.


March 18, 2020

A Message From Vice President Pence on USA Today: 

We need the American people's help to fight Coronavirus now

[Click Here]


March 18, 2020

See How the Industry is Being Affected with the COVID-19 Survey!

Industry Insights has built a COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Survey to help our members understand the overall sentiment and action plans of peers, and to help you during this global pandemic.

This research is being conducted across all industry types and there is no fee to be a part of this study. Members can access the 20 question survey by going to the following web address:

https://secureii.com/COVID19

The deadline to participate is Friday, March 20 . Upon the survey's completion, all participating associations will be sent the overall aggregated results as well as the aggregated statistics of its own members.



March 17, 2020, Update on Administration Efforts on COVID-19


White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Tourism Industry Executives (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing (VIDEO, REMARKS)
  • 1600 Daily: 24 Hours of All-American Teamwork (HERE)
  • What is Social Distancing? (VIDEO)

 

President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak (HERE)

  • The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country. For more information please see the FAQ (here) and Guidance (here).

 

CDC Webinar: Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19 (HERE)

  • The international outbreak of COVID-19 poses a serious public health threat. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of containing the spread and mitigating the impact of this virus. This special webinar from CDC EPIC discusses the current state of the outbreak, what CDC is doing to respond to the outbreak, and how partners, organizations, and the public can help.

 

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (HERE)

  • Today, as part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to COVID-19.

 

Secretary Azar Statement on Launch of Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial (HERE)

  • On Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health announced that a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19 has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, funded by NIH.

 

FDA Provides More Regulatory Relief During Outbreak, Continues to Help Expedite Availability of Diagnostics (HERE)

  • Today, as part of our ongoing and aggressive commitment to address the coronavirus outbreak, the FDA updated a policy originally issued on Feb. 29 on diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.

 

FDA Releases Food Safety and COVID-19 FAQs (HERE)

  • FDA provided resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety. For additional information, visit FDA's main page Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

USDA's Office of Food Safety and Marketing and Regulatory Programs Statement to Industry (HERE)

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rising to meet the challenges associated with the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19. As leaders of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, we can assure you that the agencies are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees while still providing the timely delivery of services to maintain the movement of America’s food supply from farm to fork.

 

USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19 (HERE)

  • Today, Secretary Perdue announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals per week to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19. These boxes will contain five days worth of shelf-stable, nutritious, individually packaged foods that meet USDA’s summer food requirements. The use of this innovative delivery system will ensure rural children receive nutritious food while limiting exposure to COVID-19.

 

FDA Commissioner Hahn: “Be Wary of Anyone Claiming They Can Cure COVID-19. Talk to Your Doctor.” (HERE)

  • “The FDA, in conjunction with our federal and international partners, will continue to help advance response efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, and that includes warning consumers against becoming victims of health fraud and taking action to stop health scams.”

 

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

 


March 17, 2020

Free Webinar: COVID-19: Employer Rights & Responsibilities

Thursday, March 19 | 10:00 am CST
Presented by Michael Airdo, Kopon Airdo, LLC
  
The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused and will continue to cause significant disruptions to businesses all across the country as the situation continues to develop. Some of the biggest disruptions will be felt both by employers and employees who may not fully understand their rights and responsibilities during a pandemic. To prepare employers for the issues that they will face during this coronavirus crisis, we are hosting a webinar that will deal with a variety of pressing issues, including:
• Workplace safety
• Remote work
• Confidentiality
• Health insurance
• Wage and hour issues
• Employee leave
• Discrimination
• Labor relations
• Workers' compensation
• WARN Act
 
 

[Register Here] 

 

About the Speaker:
  
Mr. Airdo is a founding Member of Kopon Airdo, LLC. His practice focuses on the handling of complex civil litigation matters, including healthcare litigation, the defense of long-term care and assisted living facilities, catastrophic injury claims, municipal matters, and cases involving corporations, not-for-profit entities, educational facilities, and trade associations. He has a broad base of experience in representing the unique legal needs of religious institutes and religiously sponsored ministries. Mr. Airdo represents mental health professionals and has a wide array of experience in resolving matters through the alternative dispute resolution process. 

 

March 17, 2020

AED’s Promise to Our Members

The world is facing unprecedented times, but your association is here for you. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, we are continually adapting and adjusting how we operate and making sure the safety of our members is a top priority. The association is prepared to keep every member of our AED family informed on an ongoing basis.

We have faced many challenges as an industry before, and together, we have come out victorious every time. To keep everyone healthy and safe, we wanted to share a few guidelines/tips to keep you informed during these difficult times.

Hours of Operations:

AED will have hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT. Please note that staff is working remotely for two weeks, starting on March 16, as safety remains our top priority for all. Any calls to the office will be handled by Sandy Brassel. AED has also suspended all business travel; any meetings or events taking place during this two-week quarantine will be rescheduled for a future date.

Regional Managers can be reached at:

Phil Riggs
Sr. Director Member Engagement
priggs@aednet.org or 630-465-3622

Michael Dexter
Sr. Director of Canadian Engagement, Chicagoland, Iowa
mdexter@aednet.org or 630-465-2888

Sean Fitzgerrel
AL, FL, GA, IN, Southern IL, KY, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
sfitzgerrel@aednet.org or 630-352-9372

Thomas Lunney
AR, CO, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX
tlunney@aednet.org or 630-465-6647

Scott McPherson
MN, MT, ND, SD, WI, WY
smcpherson@aednet.org or 312-882-2473

Michael Murray
CT, DE, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT
mmurray@aednet.org or 630-465-4232

Business Services can be reached at:

Jon Cruthers
Vice President of Sales
Phone: 630-468-5127
Email: jcruthers@aednet.org

Dennis Budz
Business Development Specialist
Phone: 630-468-5119
Email: dbudz@aednet.org

Michael Kondrath
Business Development Specialist
Phone: 630-468-5121
Email: mkondrath@aednet.org

Upcoming AED Events. Our team is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to ensure your safety. AED is abiding by the CDC’s recommendation of postponing gatherings of 50 people or more over the next eight weeks due to the coronavirus.

AED has postponed its annual Ottawa Parliament Hill Day, March 30-31. Stay tuned for decisions on future AED events as those judgments will be made on a case-by-case basis after studying the latest data on the outbreak. Registrants will be contacted shortly for further details.

Also, be on the lookout for online programming specifically for AED members on dealing with COVID-19 and its economic impact.

On-Demand Services. If you are currently quarantined and still interested in furthering your career, AED and The AED Foundation offer a wide variety of flexible learning options, including manager certification, self-study courses and webinars. For more information, visit our dealer learning center here.

As an incentive to stay busy during our quarantine efforts, we are free access to all recorded webinars in our library. Use the code FREEWEB2020 at checkout to zero out your cart and receive the webinars free of charge. Additionally, we have scheduled two upcoming webinars that will specifically address the ongoing COVID-19 situation and its implications for our members:

Furthermore, AED is offering its members one FREE self-study course of their choosing. Your course can be redeemed using coupon code FREECOURSE2020 until March 30, 2020. For more information, please click here. This code applies to the following self-study courses:

  • Financial Management 101, 102
  • People Management 101, 102, 103
  • Sales/Customer Service 101
  • Rental Management 101, 201, 301
  • Parts Management 101, 201
  • Service Management 101, 201
  • Sales Leadership 101, 201

Your self-study course completion will apply to your management certification and the certification program will be offered at a discount ($1950, as opposed to $2250). If you have any issues when registering for webinars or self-study courses, feel free to reach out to your regional manager.

Government Affairs. AED continues to engage with policymakers in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa to ensure legislative proposals to address the COVID-19 situation provide economic support for all impacted businesses, regardless of size and industry. Please email AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher if you have any recommendations to provide economic relief for the equipment industry.

If you are a Canadian member and would like a resource for how to best conduct business during the COVID-19 outbreak, click here.

Quick Tips from the CDC: Protecting you and your employees against COVID-19

COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Survey

Industry Insights has built a COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Survey to help our members understand the overall sentiment and action plans of peers, and to help you assist during this global pandemic.

This research is being conducted across all industry types and there is no fee to be a part of this study. Members can access the survey by going to the following web address: .

The deadline to participate is 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday. On Thursday (3/19), all participating associations will be sent the overall aggregated results as well as the aggregated statistics of its own members.

There's no doubt that these are challenging times, but AED is here to help in any way we can. We will continue to keep you updated as we get through this together!


March 16, 2020 from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/15-days-slow-spread/

15 Days to Slow the Spread

 

This story first appeared in 1600 Daily, the White House’s evening newsletter. Subscribe now to get breaking news from President Trump before anyone else.

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

Today’s guidelines build on the CDC’s general recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home often.

Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part.

There’s no better way to protect your family and your community than by arming yourself with accurate, up-to-date information.



A MASSIVE, UNPRECEDENTED NATIONWIDE RESPONSE

President Trump declared a National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus on Friday, freeing up more than $42 billion in resources for states and localities.

The emergency declaration will give healthcare providers on the front lines of this pandemic the flexibility they need to respond. President Trump continues to cut through every piece of unnecessary Washington red tape that may hinder response efforts, and he is continuing to make every Federal resource available to those who need it.

“I know I speak on behalf of the President and our entire team when I say how grateful we are for governors all across the country and the seamless partnership that we have forged with them and with state health officials,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday.

“We also want to express great appreciation to the American people. Not surprisingly, it is inspiring to see the way tens of millions of Americans are responding with compassion [and] with common sense.”

Kay Coles James: President Trump’s declaration helps mobilize our nation

🎬 VP Pence: No higher priority than the health of the American people


March 15, 2020

Dear AED Member:

The world, our governments, our industry and the association are in uncharted territory as we deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, AED is here to provide guidance, updates and information to assist you through these uncertain times.

Resources

Please become familiar with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. The Canadian government also has resources available for businesses. The CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada and your state, provincial and local health departments will have the most up-to-date resources regarding COVID-19.

Congressional Action

Late last week, the U.S. House approved legislation to address the pandemic (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act). The bill is aimed at mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19, including bolstering unemployment insurance and guaranteeing free Coronavirus diagnostic testing.

Additionally, the legislation requires private sector companies with fewer than 500 employees to provide two-weeks of paid sick leave (80 hours for full-time employees and this typical number of hours over two-weeks for part-time employees).

With certain exceptions (including possibly small businesses under 50 employees granted hardship waivers), the proposal also requires private sector businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Employers are entitled to a tax credit for paid sick, family and medical leave under the legislation and the Treasury Secretary is provided with regulatory authority to help with cash flow issues, for example, waiving penalties on failing to deposit payroll taxes in anticipation of the credit.

The Senate is expected to consider and pass it this week for the president’s signature. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released an analysis of the legislation, featuring examples and essential details.

The latest congressional action is expected to be the first of what will likely be several legislative packages related to COVID-19 and its fallout. AED, along with broader business groups, are engaging lawmakers to ensure meaningful assistance is provided to the nation’s job creators, particularly small-medium-sized companies, as Congress considers future efforts.

Upcoming AED Events

Please note that AED has canceled its annual Ottawa Parliament Hill Day, March 30-31, due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for decisions on future AED events as those judgements will be made on a case-by-case basis after studying the latest data on the outbreak.

Also, be on the lookout for online programming specifically for AED members on dealing with COVID-19 and its economic impact.

We’re Here for You

AED is standing by to help our members, however possible, during this challenging time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Regional Manager or anyone on the association’s staff for assistance.

Sincerely,

Brian P. McGuire
President & CEO

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