News is changing daily and we want you to know that we are monitoring issues and events related to COVID-19, and sharing resources with you.
We want you to know that we have your back and we are dedicated to ensuring not only our business continuity but yours as well. There are many resources available, and we've compiled some of the more relevant below.
- April 6, 2020: OSHA releases new poster listing all steps workplaces can take to reduce the risk of coronavirus. In both English and
- March 31, 2020: Treasury Issues Guidance on Small Business Loan Program...read more.
- March 28, 2020: Paperwork for Essential Critical Workforce (download/print
out for your workers)
- March 27, 2020: President Trump signed the CARES Act into law...read more.
- March 25, 2020: Senate approved an unprecedented $2 trillion dollar aid package. ..read more.
- March 25, 2020: Global Wood Packaging Forum urges governments to develop policies to safeguard essential businesses...read more.
- March 24, 2020: US Dept. of Labor explains to employees and employers on how to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Acton...read more.
On Friday afternoon, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of Representatives by a voice vote. The President then signed the bill into law. The bill builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be a third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed two weeks ago and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Essential CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Workforce, Transportation & Logistics
On Thursday, March 19, pallets were considered "Essential Critical Infrastructure" according to the Department of Homeland Security.
In response to COVID-19, Governors around the country require nonessential businesses to close. Pallets are essential not only to the solid wood producers in each state, but they are also critical for moving the essential goods our Nation needs today.
While many states have adopted federal guidance, some states have issued slightly different guidance. We are hearing many of our members are printing out the entire government document and then providing their employees with their own letter on company letterhead (including company contact information) that confirms their business and their employees are considered
an essential business and workforce that moves the life-supporting goods our nation needs.
NWPCA is closely monitoring activity at the state-level. These are our top three websites for more comprehensive and frequently updated information:
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published guidelines (in English and Spanish) to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in
workplace Fact sheets (English and Spanish)
Fact sheets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in English and Spanish) to help businesses communicate to their workforce. Review the CDC Webpage for updates.
Small bUsiness Disaster Relief
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Visit SBA webpage.