Coronavirus Government Response Update—Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Federal Stimulus PackageMarch 25, 2020
Welcome to the new Coronavirus Government Response Update. This information is intended to keep ISSA members up to date on fast-moving government affairs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other public policy issues important to the cleaning industry. Today’s update touches on the White House and U.S. Senate reaching a deal on a US$2 trillion stimulus package, COVID-19 and the workplace resources from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), becoming an ISSA Advocate for Clean, and more.
White House, Senate Reach Deal on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early Wednesday morning on a massive stimulus package they hope will keep the nation from falling into a deep recession because of the coronavirus crisis. The revamped Senate proposal will inject approximately $2 trillion into the economy, providing tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits, and a slew of business tax-relief provisions aimed at shoring up individual, family, and business finances. The deal includes $500 billion for a major corporate liquidity program through the Federal Reserve, $367 billion for a small business loan program, $100 billion for hospitals, and $150 billion for state and local governments.
COVID-19 and the Workplace
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Information on their website includes Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Questions and Answers, FFCRA: Employee Paid Leave Rights, and FFCRA: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.
Become an ISSA Advocate for Clean
ISSA is the only organization advocating for policies that create a pro-business environment where the entire supply chain can operate and grow. Our government affairs and regulatory team works tirelessly with federal, state, and local regulators and policymakers to ensure policies and regulations adopted allow the cleaning industry to be successful, while also providing their customers and the public with a cleaner and healthier environment. Become an ISSA Advocate for Clean to receive our advocacy updates and be the first to hear about pressing legislation, compliance deadlines, advocacy events, training, and more!
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