Around the world we are facing unique times together as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to evolve. During these challenging and ever changing times, PDA is committed to communicating proactively with all of our members as we walk this path together. This is why we created a COVID-19 Resource Center. This resource center is dedicated entirely to COVID-19 and will include daily updates from the government, helpful resources/links, and provide you with ways you and your company can make a difference.
Things taking place this week:
We wanted to make you aware that the U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue will inform compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches, that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. Input is needed by March 29, 2020. Anybody who is interested can participate online at https://ffcra.ideascale.com
DOL releases required FFCRA model notice
As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees must post a Department of Labor (DOL) model notice informing employees of their rights to emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for reasons linked to COVID-19. A summary of the legislation was provided in a previously issued Benefit Bulletin.
The DOL also posted frequently asked questions to help employers comply with the posting requirement. For employers who have employees working remotely, the DOL advises the notice be emailed, mailed or posted on an employee internal or external website. There is no requirement to provide the notice to recently laid-off or furloughed individuals or new job applicants. Otherwise, the notice must be posted in conspicuous places in the workplace where employee notices are customarily posted.
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The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID-19, updates to actions taken can be found below:
- 2/28/2020 - CDC updated its guidance on testing and evaluation of suspected cases, expanding the criteria for who should be tested.
- 2/29/2020 – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.
- 2/29/2020 - FDA issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.
- 3/2/2020 - CDC and FDA announced they are taking emergency action to allow more types of respirators to be used in health care settings amid several outbreaks of coronavirus in multiple states.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC announces initial funding to jurisdictions to supporting COVID-19 response.
- 3/4/2020 - House of Representatives approves a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package for the coronavirus, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC updated its guidance for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation to include a wider group of individuals in an effort to make testing more widely available.
- 3/4/2020 - CMS announces actions to address the coronavirus, including an enhanced focus on infection control procedures and guidance for nursing homes.
- 3/5/2020 - CMS announced the development of a new code that can be used by health care providers and laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases.
- 3/6/2020 - President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), a $8.3 billion supplemental spending package. The bill designates $1.05 billion for grants to state and local governments and allows funds to be used to reimburse state and local costs already incurred.
- 3/13/2020 - President Trump declares COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.
- 3/14/2020 - House passes coronavirus bill after the President's approval.
- 3/16/2020 - Senate waits on final draft of coronavirus bill from the House.
- 3/17/2020 - Congress is working feverishly to pass enormous aid package.
- 3/18/2020 - US & Canada working on non-essential travel restrictions.
- 3/19/2020 - Lawmakers, Treasury continue to work on relief packages.
- 3/20/2020 - Tax day moved to July 15.
- 3/20/2020 - New travel restrictions for southern border expected.
- 3/23/2020 - Fed moves to boost economy with emergency efforts.
- 3/23/2020 - House Democrats to introduce aid package bill on Monday, March 30.
- 3/24/2020 - Fed moves to boost market liquidity, pledges unlimited purchases of U.S. governmental bonds.
- 3/25/2020 - Deal struck for COVID-19 aid package.
- 3/26/2020 - Senate approves historic $2 trillion stimulus deal
- Department of Labor(DOL)/Health and Human Services (HHS) publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 is now available in English & Spanish
- Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Booklet (Use page 64 for activity log Covid-19 expenses.)
- Contact your Representatives