Coronavirus Government Response Update—Register for Webinar on Government’s COVID-19 ResponseApril 2, 2020
Welcome to the 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 ISSA’s upcoming webinar on the U.S. government’s continued response to COVID-19, a temporary paid leave rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and more.
Register for Webinar: U.S. Government’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19
During this free ISSA webinar from 12 pm-1 pm CT on Wednesday, April 15, you’ll receive an update on fast-moving government affairs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the full spectrum of the cleaning industry. This webinar provides new and updated information from our March 25 webinar on the same topic.
Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The DOL announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division posted a temporary rule pursuant to this new law, effective April 1. FFCRA will help the country combat the COVID-19 pandemic by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for reasons related to the outbreak.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Having Ongoing Discussions about Infrastructure
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is holding discussions with Congress about a potential infrastructure bill. “As you know, the president has been very interested in infrastructure. This goes back to the campaign,” Mnuchin said. “With interest rates low, that’s something that’s very important to him.” Trump called for the U.S. to spend $2 trillion on a massive infrastructure package.
U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Double to 6.6 Million
The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance increased last week as more than 6.6 million new claims were filed, the DOL reported. That brings to 10 million the total number of Americans who filed over the past two weeks. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected 3.1 million for last week, one week after 3.3 million filings in the first wave of what has been a record-shattering swelling of the jobless ranks.
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