The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) revised its guidance on “Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” and automotive recyclers continue to fall within the guidelines. The earlier version included “Automotive repair and maintenance facilities” and “employees who repair and maintain vehicles…”. The new guidelines state:
Once again please remember that this document is for guidance only, but many states and localities have used it as the basis for their own determinations. ARA will be on a call today with a representative of CISA and will update information as more is learned.
Two more states have asked businesses to send inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies much like the New Jersey order that was reported on Friday. Colorado’s Governor wrote:
“I request that any Colorado business or non-hospital health care facility, whether veterinary, dental construction, research, institution of higher learning, or other, in possession of PPE, ventilator, respirator and anesthesia machines that are not required for the provision of critical health care services undertake an inventory of such supplies by no later than March 26th, 2020 and prepare to send it to the State of Colorado.”
Likewise, Minnesota’s Governor wrote:
“Any Minnesota business, nonprofit, or non-hospital health care facility, whether veterinary, dental, construction, research, institution of higher learning, or another, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines (including any consumable accessories to these devices) that are not required for the provision of critical health care services or essential services and were not produced by the organization for the purpose of sale, must undertake an inventory of such supplies no later than March 25, 2020,”
The U.S. Department of Labor issued more guidance for both employers and employees on the expanded family and medical leave provisions that were recently enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect on April 1, 2020 but has a “temporary period of non-enforcement for the first 30 days.” While ARA is examining the details of the new rules and will be on a business teleconference this week to learn more, click here for an understandable DOL fact sheet explaining the main Employer Paid Leave Requirements: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave/
A Poster that will need to be posted in a “conspicuous place” is as follows:
ARA is also putting together information on the business provisions of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) and will provide this information shortly.
President Trump invoked that Defense Production Act (DPA) requiring General Motors to “accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators.”
The preeminent Detroit Auto Show has been cancelled and the downtown convention space will be repurposed as a field hospital.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) may not go into effect as planned on June 1, 2020 because of the pandemic. Within this trade deal are provisions related to qualifications for reduced tariffs on vehicles.
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In order to comply with the Virginia Governor's Directive to close all non-essential businesses, we will close the ARA Office as of mid-afternoon Monday, March 25th, and work remote from home. You will still be able to reach us at 571-208-0428, Ext. 2 or 3. However, if an immediate response is needed, please call ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock, at 505-228-0401.
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