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SBA Paycheck Protection Program Report

April 21, 2020 | Comments Off on SBA Paycheck Protection Program Report

The Paycheck Protection Program was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury. This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits,  interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.…

USDOL Enforces Paid Leave Protections

April 21, 2020 | Comments Off on USDOL Enforces Paid Leave Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that paid leave protections will now be enforced. There was a temporary non-enforcement period of paid leave protections to allow employers and American workers covered by the new law, established under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to come into compliance. To read the press release from the…

U.S. Senate Passes Additional Funding for PPP

April 21, 2020 | Comments Off on U.S. Senate Passes Additional Funding for PPP

The U.S. Senate passed an interim Coronavirus emergency package by voice vote. The package includes additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), hospitals, and testing. The bipartisan agreement comes days after negotiations and a week after the PPP ran out of its initial funding. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stated,…

OSHA Consolidates Guidance Related to COVID19

April 20, 2020 | Comments Off on OSHA Consolidates Guidance Related to COVID19

Over the past few months, the U.S. has dealt with the impact of COVID19 pandemic to every part of our daily lives. For those workers who are on the frontlines of battling the pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has consolidated various guidance on safety, health, and enforcement as the crisis evolves. To…

Special Report (Update): Impact of COVID19 Mitigation on Numbers and Costs of California Traffic Crashes

April 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Special Report (Update): Impact of COVID19 Mitigation on Numbers and Costs of California Traffic Crashes

Over the past few months, the U.S. has dealt with the impact of COVID19 pandemic to every part of our daily lives. As governors nationwide have issued stay at home or shelter in place orders, Americans have reduced road use and overall mobility. The University of California, Davis, Road Ecology Center produced an updated report…

Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Success of the Paycheck Protection Program

April 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Success of the Paycheck Protection Program

Per the U.S. Small Business Administration:   Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement regarding the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): “The Treasury Department and SBA launched the unprecedented Paycheck Protection Program in just one week. Following its launch, the SBA…

Lawmakers Submit Letters Regarding EIDL and PPP Programs

April 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Lawmakers Submit Letters Regarding EIDL and PPP Programs

A bipartisan group of lawmakers submitted a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza seeking “information and guidance from the SBA regarding Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), how your agency is meeting the challenges facing this program, and how Congress can assist the SBA.” In the letter, Members of Congress recognize that…

EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

April 15, 2020 | Comments Off on EPA Proposes to Retain NAAQS for Particulate Matter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) including both fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10). Per the EPA, this proposal comes after careful review and consideration of the most current available scientific evidence and risk and exposure information,…

Government lending to small businesses during COVID19 – Why? How? And will it work? Report from Brookings

April 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Government lending to small businesses during COVID19 – Why? How? And will it work? Report from Brookings

The U.S. Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, the CARES Act authorized $349 billion in loans to small businesses that can be forgiven, provided the loans keep workers on payroll and don’t cut compensation, under the Paycheck Protection Program…

ASA Signs on to Critical Infrastructure Coalition CARES Act Letter

April 14, 2020 | Comments Off on ASA Signs on to Critical Infrastructure Coalition CARES Act Letter

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) joined aftermarket coalition associations requesting Congress expand the authority of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the Fourth Stimulus package coming up for consideration. “The PPP program has been popular with automotive repairers but with the increasing economic impact on shops by the COVIC-19 pandemic, ASA encourages Congress to expand the…

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