Listing of Daily COVID-19 Updates

Listing of Daily COVID-19 Updates

Daily COVID Briefings

 



August 31, 2020

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As Schools Reopen, DOL Answers Questions About Eligibility for Paid Leave and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance


CISA Updates Cyber Essentials Toolkit


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As Schools Reopen, DOL Answers Questions About Eligibility for Paid Leave and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA) have published guidance related to the reopening of schools. WHD has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for workers and employers about qualifying for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new FAQs explain eligibility for paid leave relative to the varied formats and schedules schools have announced as they plan to reopen, including blending in-person with distance learning. WHD is providing this information to explain the benefits and protections available under both the paid sick leave and the expanded family and medical leave provisions of FFCRA. ETA also released guidance that provides states with information regarding the eligibility of individuals who are caregivers for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act.

 



CISA Updates Cyber Essentials Toolkit

 

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cyber Essentials Toolkit is a set of modules designed to break down the CISA Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions for IT and C-suite leadership to work toward full implementation of each Cyber Essential. Each chapter focuses on recommended actions to build cyber readiness into the six interrelated aspects of an organizational culture of cyber readiness. In light of the new threats posed by increased remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, CISA is working to provide helpful resources to the broader community.

 



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September 2, 2020

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ICYMI: DOT Secretary Chao Thanks America’s Truck Drivers


DOL Provides $100 Million to States to Combat Unemployment Insurance Fraud


ICYMI: Industry Professionals Share Expertise during COVID-Related Webinars


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DOT Secretary Chao

Thanks America’s Truck Drivers

 

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao recently spoke with Mark Willis of Road Dog Trucking News on hours-of-service reforms and critical regulatory relief the Department has granted the trucking industry to support them through the COVID-19 pandemic. She called professional truck drivers “America’s heroes” and thanked their families for the support they provide.

 



DOL Provides $100 Million to States

to Combat Unemployment Insurance Fraud

 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is providing $100 million to support state efforts to combat fraud and recover improper payments in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, including those programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At the same time, the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued UI Program Letter (UIPL) 28-20, which highlights tools and strategies to assist states in strengthening their anti-fraud operations, including the availability of a new identity verification solution to confirm the identity of individuals filing for unemployment benefits.

The coronavirus has led to an unprecedented increase among state workforce agencies in the number of individuals filing claims to receive benefits in the regular UI program as well as the CARES Act UI programs, specifically the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs. As states work diligently to provide these important benefits to eligible individuals, they also face significant challenges due to increased fraudulent activity and identity theft amid new and emerging fraud schemes.

 



ICYMI: Industry Professionals Share

Expertise during COVID-Related Webinars

 

Since mid-March, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has made it a priority to provide our members with valuable resources during this unprecedented time.

In addition to daily briefings and our COVID-19 resources page, TCA hosted a dozen timely webinars about truckload-specific topics relating to the current pandemic such as:

— Maintenance Procedures in Uncertain Times;

— Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times;

— Perfecting the New Normal: Building a Solid IT Infrastructure and Social Media Strategy;

— Cyber & Fraud Securities for Today’s Climate;

— Dealing with Balance and Empty Miles in Freight Profitability Analysis and more.

 



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September 4, 2020

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Canada Revenue Agency Increases Flat Rate Amount for Meal Claims


Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19


Today’s Virtual Course to Share Effective Ways to Leverage Social in the Time of COVID


Join Us: TCA to Host Hour-Long Radio Show during NTDAW


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Canada Revenue Agency Increases

Flat Rate Amount for Meal Claims

 

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased the amount that employers can use to determine whether an overtime meal or allowance, or the meal portion of a travel allowance is taxable, from $17 to $23. The CRA has also increased the rate at which transport employees and other individuals can claim meal expenses, using the simplified method (a flat rate per person), from $17 to $23 per meal. These increases are effective immediately and retroactive to January 1, 2020.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the day-to-day lives of truck drivers while choking off many affordable and healthy meal options available to them on the road,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance President Stephen Laskowski. “Today’s announcement by Minister Garneau to increase the meal allowance rate for truck drivers is yet another example of how Ottawa is showing incredible support for the trucking industry and its workforce throughout the COVID crisis.”

 





Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new four-month eviction moratorium. Residential evictions are temporarily halted under the order “to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.” It applies to individuals expecting to earn less than $99,000 and couples expecting to earn less than $198,000 in 2020.

 





Today’s Virtual Course to Share Effective Ways

to Leverage Social for Professional Brand-Building

in the Time of COVID

 

In a time of waning corporate trust and increased virtual engagement, understanding how to sustain and leverage a sophisticated online presence is an invaluable tool in your professional arsenal. From COVID-19, to recruitment of drivers, to thought leadership, learn how to use your social media platforms to communicate your company’s most pertinent information.

Join Digital Marketing Expert Jessica Columbo for a 90-minute, virtual workshop, set for 1 p.m. ET today.

 



Join Us: TCA to Host Hour-Long Radio Show

during NTDAW

 

TCA and its sponsor Tenstreet will be hosting a special hour-long segment on the Dave Nemo Show (SiriusXM Channel 146) beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 15 during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW).

Help TCA and Tenstreet spread the word by encouraging your professional truck drivers to tune in for the event which will feature:

— Numerous “Thank You” messages geared toward the driver population from television entertainers and well-known musicians;

— Chances for drivers to win giveaways; and

— A special performance from the U.S. Army Field Band’s .

 

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September 11: COVID-19 Update from TCA




 

September 11, 2020

 

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DHS Updates Master Question List for COVID-19


CDC Recommendations on When to Quarantine


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DHS Updates Master

Question List for COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has recently updated its Master Question List (MQL) about COVID-19 that quickly summarizes what is known, what additional information is needed, and who may be working to address such fundamental questions as, “What is the infectious dose?” and “How long does the virus persist in the environment?”

 

The MQL is intended to quickly present the current state of available information to government decision makers in the operational response to COVID-19 and allow structured and scientifically guided discussions across the federal government without burdening them with the need to review scientific reports, and to prevent duplication of efforts by highlighting and coordinating research.





CDC Recommendations on When to Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, including updated examples of who needs to quarantine and when to start and stop quarantine.





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September 14: COVID-19 Update from TCA




 

September 14, 2020

 

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FMCSA Extends Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration


DOL Revises Regulations to Clarify Paid Leave Requirements Under the FFCRA


Share Expertise during Truckload 2021: Nashville


Special Hour-Long Dave Nemo Show Set for Tuesday


ICYMI: TCA Scholarship Fund Awards $150,000 to 52 Students


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FMCSA Extends Modified

Expanded Emergency Declaration

In response to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an extension of its emergency declaration, which will last until December 31, 2020. The extension is limited to transportation of:

 

– Livestock and livestock feed;

– Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;

– Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and

– Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

 

FMCSA’s latest declaration extension and other documents related to the COVID-19 national emergency are posted at .





DOL Revises Regulations to Clarify Paid Leave Requirements Under the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has posted revisions to regulations that implemented the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revisions made by the new rule clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, in light of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in an August 3, 2020, decision that found portions of the regulations invalid. Among other things, the revisions:

 

– Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them;

– Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently; and

– Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.





Share Expertise during Truckload 2021: Nashville

The Truckload Carriers Association is currently looking for industry professionals and other subject-matter experts (both carriers and associate members) to share their knowledge and insight during Truckload 2021: Nashville in January 2021. Have information to share about COVID safety and human resources issues? Submit a submission form by COB Tuesday (September 15).





Special Hour-Long Dave Nemo Show Set for Tuesday

TCA and its sponsor Tenstreet are eager to show their appreciation for the 3.5 million professional truck drivers – essential workers – who keep America moving forward throughout this pandemic.

 

Make plans to tune in to the special hour-long segment on the Dave Nemo Show (SiriusXM Channel 146) beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday (September 15).

 

The show will feature:

 

— Special announcement and recognition from Wreaths Across America;

— Special announcement and recognition from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund;

— Numerous "Thank You" messages from television entertainers and well-known musicians;

— Chances for drivers to win giveaways; and

— A special performance from the U.S. Army Field Band's .

 





ICYMI: TCA Scholarship Fund

Awards $150,000 to 52 Students

Last week, the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Scholarship Fund announced that it will be providing financial assistance to more than 50 undergraduate college students for the 2020-21 academic school year. Each student will receive a scholarship ranging from $2,725 to $6,250 from a total pool of nearly $150,000.

 

Since 1973, the Fund has been providing scholarships to students associated with the trucking industry.





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September 16: COVID-19 Update from TCA




 

September 16, 2020

 

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DOL Continues Effort to Raise Awareness of Paid Sick Leave and Lawful Pay Requirements


CDC Recommendations for People with Moderate to Severe Asthma


Recording of Special Hour-Long Dave Nemo Show Now Available


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DOL Continues Effort to Raise Awareness of

Paid Sick Leave and Lawful Pay Requirements

As part of its comprehensive response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is educating workers with a public awareness campaign about workplace rights amid the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign includes a series of public service announcements in English and Spanish with information about the new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and other worker protections.





CDC Recommendations for People

with Moderate to Severe Asthma

People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your nose, throat, lungs (respiratory tract); cause an asthma attack; and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations on how to prepare for COVID-19, follow your asthma action plan, and reduce your chance of an asthma attack while disinfecting to prevent COVID-19.





Recording of Special Hour-Long

Dave Nemo Show Now Available

On Tuesday morning, TCA and its sponsor Tenstreet hosted a special hour-long Dave Nemo Show segment. Broadcasted to more than 450,000 listeners, the show was well received by professional truck drivers and trucking industry personnel.

 

Not able to tune in to the show? Listen to a recording!

 

Hear a special announcement and recognition from Wreaths Across America and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; numerous "Thank You" messages from television entertainers and well-known musicians; as well as a special performance from the U.S. Army Field Band's .

 





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September 18: COVID-19 Update from TCA




 

September 18, 2020

 

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Scammers Prey on Your Kindness During Disasters


New CDC Data Finds Adult Obesity, Which Worsens Outcomes from COVID-19, is Increasing


Showcase Your Company for its Safety Efforts


ICYMI: SBA Issues New Interim Final Rule on PPP


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Scammers Prey on Your Kindness During Disasters

Wildfires raging out West. The hurricane season. Civil unrest. And all of this happening during a global pandemic that has claimed its own devastating share of deaths and cost people their livelihoods. In response to these events, the season of giving is starting even before the usual holidays, since we all just want to help where and as we can. Read the latest blog post from the Federal Trade Commission for tips on how to spot and avoid charity scams.





New CDC Data Finds Adult Obesity, Which Worsens Outcomes from COVID-19, is Increasing

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adult obesity prevalence is increasing and racial and ethnic disparities persist. Notably, adults with obesity are at heightened risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19. The CDC points out that while system and environment changes can take time, we can take small steps now to maintain or improve our health and protect ourselves during this pandemic.





Showcase Your Company for its Safety Efforts

Don’t miss the chance to showcase your fleet’s safety efforts!

 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know you are working hard to keep your fleet safe – both in terms of protection from the virus and prevention of accidents on North America’s highways.

 

TCA wants to recognize you for your efforts! Entries are being accepted for the 2020 Fleet Safety Awards.





ICYMI: SBA Issues New Interim Final Rule on PPP

Last month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR) with regard to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The IFR deals with the treatment of owners and the eligibility of loan forgiveness of certain nonpayroll costs.





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September 21: COVID-19 Update from TCA

 

September 21, 2020

 

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FMCSA Extends CDL, CLP Waivers in Light of Ongoing Pandemic

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DHS Extends Travel Restrictions Through October 21

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CDC Updates Guidance on How COVID-19 Spreads

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FMCSA Extends CDL,

CLP Waivers in Light of Ongoing Pandemic

To provide flexibility to the trucking industry in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended several waivers pertaining to expiring commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) through the end of the year.

 

The Agency has extended the maximum period of CDL validity for CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020 and for CLPs without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests, among other things. also waives, in accordance with specific periods of eligibility, the requirement that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non- CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance that were issued for a period of 90 days or longer.

 

FMCSA also extended from the requirement that a CLP holder be accompanied by a CDL holder seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a CMV on public roads or highways. A CLP holder may operate a CMV on public roads or highways without an accompanying CDL holder present in the front seat of the vehicle, provided that the CDL holder is elsewhere in the cab. This waiver also allows a state to administer a driving skills test to any out of state CDL applicant, regardless of where the applicant received driver training.

 

Additionally, FMCSA is renewing its waiver of the requirements for third party CDL test examiners who previously completed a CDL skills test examiners training course and have maintained a valid CDL test examiner certification. allows third party CDL skills test examiners previously authorized by the state to administer the CDL skills test to administer the CDL knowledge test as well without completing a CDL knowledge test training course.

DHS Extends Travel Restrictions Through October 21

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the restrictions for non-essential travel would be extended until October 21, 2020.

CDC Updates Guidance on How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). However, on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to reflect growing evidence that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes, noting that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

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