Archived COVID-19 Resources for ILMA Members


CDC: Identifying Counterfeit N95 Respirator
As many Americans return to work with increased PPE protections, the CDC published a page on how to identify when a respirator meets NIOSH N95 standards. NIOSH-approved respirators have an approval label either on its packaging or user instructions, with additional approval on the FFR itself. If you are still unsure, you may search the NIOSH Certified Equipment List by manufacturer or model number. CDC’s page contains some tips for evaluating the legitimacy of respirators, including images of specific brands representing themselves as NIOSH-approved via false letters, labelling, or being an uncertified brand.

CDC Guidance for Asymptomatic Critical Infrastructure Workers Exposed to COVID-19
The CDC has released new interim guidance for asymptomatic critical infrastructure employees that have been exposed to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the 48- hour period before showing symptoms. This guidance is in addition to its existing guidance for businesses to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

 
EEOC: Employers can screen for COVID-19
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that on April 23 the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coronavirus. "Applying this standard to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because an individual with the virus will pose a direct threat to the health of others," the agency stated.


 
IRS started accepting claims on April 17 by fax, rather than hard-copy mailing, for net operating loss refunds and unused alternative minimum tax credits — two key provisions of the CARES Act that are intended to help businesses retain more liquidity.


NAM COVID-19 Policy Action Plan Recommendations: NAM recently hosted a conference call for more than 1,100 manufacturers regarding COVID-19 and how businesses can best respond to the crisis. You can access the audio from the call here

NAM Announces American Renewal Action Plan
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has developed a plan for America’s response, recovery and renewal in the wake of COVID-19. Key elements include:

  • Response: “This unforeseen crisis has created an unprecedented demand for PPE—unique to this threat and time—that our nation is woefully unprepared to meet. This is why during the response phase manufacturers must be able to ramp up production of PPE in an historic way so that the country is ready and well supplied.”
  • Recovery: “Manufacturing has long been the backbone of the American economy, and our future success will depend on manufacturing’s resiliency. For the recovery phase, policymakers must provide the tools needed to restart our economy, including strong liability protections.”
  • Renewal: “And for long-term renewal, we must set the stage for long-term growth, which will include historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure, robust workforce training, regulatoryimprovements and more.”

In addition, as part of its American Renewal Action Plan, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released “Pandemic Liability Policy Recommendations,” a list of proposed sensible liability protection reforms policymakers can take so workers can continue to combat COVID-19 and help the nation move toward recovery.


 
SEC Coronavirus Response and Conditional Regulatory Relief and Assistance for Companies Affected by the Coronavirus Disease     

 

Travel Certificate for Essential Employees
With an increasing number of States imposing shelter-in-place requirements, employees may need a travel certificate to keep in their vehicles, if stopped by authorities.

 
White House Releases Guidelines for Reopening
The White House released guidelines on April 16 for reopening the country using a three-phased approach. The guidelines encourage states to make their own decisions based on the conditions locally. The plan calls for states to move to the first phase of reopening after exhibiting a downward trend of documented cases or positive tests over a two-week period. The guidelines also lay out important steps for both employers and individuals that are aligned with current CDC guidelines.

White House Provides Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery
On May 19, the White House issued an executive order directing federal agencies to provide regulatory flexibility and relief to businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19. The order also directed agencies to ensure businesses — especially small businesses — have the confidence necessary to reopen by providing clear guidance and recognizing the efforts of businesses to comply with often complex regulations.