National Guidance & Federal Resources
New Developments: White House Releases New Guidelines for "Opening Up America Again"
On April 16, the White House released guidelines for Opening Up America Again. The guidelines recommend that states document a “downward trajectory” in cases of COVID-19 and flu-like illnesses before relaxing stay-at-home orders. States could then proceed into a three-phase reopening process, according to the guidelines. The guidelines recommend that employers develop and implement social distancing practices, temperature checks at workplaces, testing for the virus, and increased sanitation and use of disinfection. President Trump said that governors could begin reopening businesses, restaurants, and other elements of daily life by May 1 (or earlier).
- White House Coronavirus Information – Official White House statements, guidelines and briefing documents regarding coronavirus response.
- OSHA Guidance for Employers – This site provides information on key OSHA standards relating to COVID-19 in the workplace and a variety of other workplace resources.
OSHA announced April 16 that employers who are unable to fulfill annual testing, inspection, training and auditing due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be granted relief as long as the company makes good faith efforts to stay in compliance. OSHA will evaluate “whether the employer made good faith efforts to comply with applicable OSHA standards and, in situations where compliance was not possible, to ensure that employees were not exposed to hazards from tasks, processes or equipment for which they were not prepared or trained. The enforcement memorandum and OSHA-provided examples of certain tests that may qualify are available here.
- DOL Guidance for Implementing Emergency Paid Leave Mandate
- IRS COVID-19 Tax Relief – Notable, IR-2020-57 outlines the ways in which small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
- U.S. Export-Import Bank – Available Ex-Im Bank press releases and programs to deal with COVID-19, including a fact page specifically about the programs exporters can utilize.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Supply Chain Update
- DHS CISA Guidance – Provides latest updates from CISA on critical industries and infrastructure.
- CDC Guidance for Businesses – Updated guidance for non-healthcare businesses on implementing prevention and protection efforts.
- CDC FAQ Document on Manufacturing Facility Protocols