Updated on 5/21/20. To obtain information on developments since then, please reach out to the Association office. If you are on our email lists, you will receive information as it is released into the public space.
Your Association is open and working to keep you informed on issues and government action related to the coronavirus pandemic.
We have vigorously worked with our state and federal officials to identify our automobile dealerships as an “essential business” in the event there is a government-mandated shutdown of all “non-essential” businesses.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued UPDATED guidance, which identifies key industries that are allowed to continue operations in the event of a federal shutdown/quarantine declaration. Automobile and truck dealerships appear to be included as part of that group (see pages 9-10) based on several references to employees who support personal, commercial, and critical transportation services. As such, dealership sales, rental, service, and parts departments would be allowed to continue to operate, subject to state law. Please contact your association office with any questions.
Other websites and articles related to COVID-19 are listed below. Please give us a call at the office and let us know if you have any questions.
Federal Information & Resources
U.S. Treasury Dept.'s Resources on the CARES Act
Employer's FAQ on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Mandated Notice for Workplaces (needs to be distributed to all employees by April 1st)
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Combating COVID-19
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Articles & News Releases
To date, many dealers have successfully secured loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Dealers that use the loan proceeds in agreement with the intent of the CARES Act may have much of the loan forgiven. It is important for dealers to begin to understand this program and how to maximize the portion of the…
Many of you have called with, or sent in, questions about pandemic-related unemployment compensation (UC). Two new resources released over the weekend address state unemployment benefits administration under the CARES Act, including the Department of Labor (DOL) guidance issued on Friday to help states implement the expanded UC benefits. We wanted to call out these…
Below are three news releases issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), regarding new DOL guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and a new OSHA poster aimed at reducing workplace exposure to the coronavirus. Please scroll down for each release; additional information can be found here: https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4628. Please let me know…
If an employee reports testing positive for COVID-19, it’s important to remember that the safety and well-being of all employees is paramount, but the privacy of the reporting individual must also be preserved under federal law. As a general rule, an employer should not disclose the identity of an employee diagnosed with (or suspected of…
Today Congress completed action on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It is noted as the largest single relief package in American history totaling $2 trillion in economic stimulus. The CARES Act is the third round of emergency legislation Congress has approved to help provide action and relief surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting…
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