COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER
View the latest information and guidance details that affect your business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is sent out via email to members and added to this page for future reference. Please contact the association office if you have questions U.S. (800) 762-5616 or Canada (800) 661-2452.
[ FREE WEBINAR ] An In-Depth Look at Lending & Tax Provisions Available to Dealers Through COVID-19 Relief Package – April 2, 2020 at 2pm CT
US Senate CARES Act Summary
Safe Passage Letter
NEW Department of Labor Poster (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)
The Department of Labor has released posters that need to be posted in your establishment. Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. This notice does not apply to recently laid-off individuals and you are not required to share this with them. All employers covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA (i.e., certain public sector employers and private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice.
Emergency Federal Paid Leave Legislation
HR 2601 – FMLA Statute Temporary Amendments
Since the emergency FMLA expansion is made apart of the existing FMLA statute via a temporary amendment, and because the legislation does not explicitly address the issue of counting employees. Employers should assume the existing FMLA rules on counting employees remain in place until the DOL issues new guidance/regulations. Right now, the rules are clear that full-time employees, part-time employees, employees on leave, seasonal employees paid compensation during the week of assessing coverage or, if not paid, who are on payroll and/or the employer reasonable expects to return to active employment, are all counted for purposes of determining employer coverage.
Practical & Legal Considerations
State Governor Notifications
Federated Insurance U.S.
Federated Insurance is committed to helping our clients navigate the newly announced mandates affecting business owners as a result of the spread of COVID-19. In collaboration with our friends at Enquiron®, we are providing you with three valuable documents designed to help provide information to organizations facing challenging employment issues during these uncertain times. Below you will find an Employer COVID-19 FAQs document, an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and Important Rules for Employers to Know in the Wake of COVID-19.
Canadian Prime Minister and Government Announcements
On March 27, 2020, the Government of Canada is revising their support to Canadian businesses that are affected by COVID-19, their employees and their families. The new measures announced include that the government will cover up to 75% of the wages for small and medium sized businesses back dated till March 15, 2020. Additionally, interest free loans up to $40,000 will be available, with as much as $10,000 of those loans being forgivable, as long as certain conditions are met. More details on the program will be provided shortly, but in the meantime, these and previous measures are outlined at the Government of Canada website. Support For Businesses
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau provides additional information on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CWES) April 1, 2020 from MNP
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed Canadians to announce further adjustments to the wage subsidy program from MNP
Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new tax measures to support Canadians from MNP
Manitoba Public Health Act Summary
Essential Services Designations/Prevention Guidelines by Province
Saskatchewan – Critical Public Services Document
Nova Scotia – https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts
Prince Edward Island – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-faqs
Provincial Premier Notifications
Farm Credit Canada
Federated Insurance Canada Resources
- Federated Canada Coverage and Resource Information
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
Government of Canada, Department of Finance Canada
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service
- Coronavirus and small business: keeping you and your employees safe
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- COVID-19│Pandemic Preparedness for Business
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared
Government of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada
- Additional Federated Tools & Resources
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