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Sen. Mike Lee Joins UMA Webinar Series to Discuss CARES Act
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On April 7 at 12:00 MDT, U.S. Senator Mike Lee will talk to UMA Members and friends about the recently passed CARES Act. Additionally, Sen. Lee’s team members will bring added perspective: 

  • Justin Anthony - Senator Lee’s Business Outreach Director
  • Robert Axson - Senator Lee’s State Director
  • Christy Woodruff - Senator Lee’s Legislative Director

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) includes provisions aimed to help Utah manufacturers.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee and his team will be available to answer questions about this legislation and other actions from Washington that could impact your business.

We will cover the following:
  • What are the major things the CARES Act is designed to achieve?
  • What is the difference between the PPP and EIDL?
  • What expenses qualify for PPP to get the loan forgiven?
  • What, if any, future federal action does your office foresee?
  • How can a small business navigate the new mandate to provide paid leave?
  • What changes did the federal legislation make in the unemployment insurance in Utah?

We will also have a Q&A period for you to ask your questions.

Register early, space is limited. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

When: Apr 7, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: UMA Webinar Series Featuring Sen. Mike Lee to Discuss CARES Act
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The UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information. UMA’s Center exists to directly help Utah manufacturing companies enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and performance.

If you have any questions you would like addressed in future updates, or feedback about this information, please contact the UMA Center Director, Ryan Mecham at ryanm@umaweb.org .
The National Association of Manufacturers Assembling a Database for COVID-19 Medical Suppliers and Consumers 

We encourage all manufacturers that can provide crucial supplies to help with the COVID-19 epidemic to click here and add your abilities to a national database used by the National Association of Manufacturers and FEMA. 

Also, if you are looking for COVID-19 related medical and PPE supplies, click here
Due: April 7 at 2:00 MDT - U.S. Department of Defence Priority Opportunity to Supply FDA-approved Supplies

UMA received notice that the U.S. Department of Defence soliciting companies to help supply COVID-19 related supplies, especially, Ventilators, N-95 Masks, and Decontamination / Sterilization items.


Immediate Request for White Paper Proposal for DPA Title III Funding

06 April 2020

NCMS is assisting the DOD Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) in a just-announced request for proposals in the on-going effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. NCMS is reaching out to you to see if your company is interested in responding to this request as part of the comprehensive package that NCMS will submit to the JATF.   The DOD is soliciting short (no longer than one page) proposals for evaluation and resourcing. Please review the attachments for details on the format for responding.

Due to the critical nature of the request, the deadlines set by DOD and the shortages of life-saving medical supplies, NCMS is asking that all proposals be submitted no later than Tuesday, April 7 by 4:00 pm EST  in order to put the most promising proposals forward to the Defense Industrial Board (DIB) for funding authority on Thursday 4/9. REQUIRED: DPA Title III Funding Proposal and JATF PowerPoint Template. Please submit both documents to Debra Lilu, email: debral@ncms.org .

These attachments contain important information to understand about replying to this effort.  If you have any questions, please contact Debra Lilu at 734.262.0758 or email at debral@ncms.org .

This list below contains important information to understand about replying to this effort.
  1. The funding is to expand the capability and capacity of the supplier base for the FEMA supply needs – not for the acquisition of available supplies. Top three priorities are Ventilators, N-95 Masks, and Decontamination/Sterilization Capabilities.
  2. The delivery of capability and/or supply items must be within 6 months of award.
  3. The deliverables must significantly contribute to DOD’s/All of Government’s ability to obtain the FEMA listed supplies within the 6-month window.
  4. Priority will be given to proposals where the proposers are already manufacturing and delivering FDA approved supplies and need funding to expand capacity to deliver more.
  5. Additional priority given to proposals that can deliver first units in 6-8 weeks.
  6. Proposals need to include and follow the provided DPA Title III Proposal Template and JATF PowerPoint Template provided below.
  7. Approved initiatives need to be on contract 30 days after a decision is made to go forward.  DOD have teams of acquisition professionals and contracts officers ready to rapidly act.
Additional Guidance from the Department of Labor Including the Frequently Asked Question: “What is the ‘small business exemption’ under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

This is a partial article from UMA Member Parsons Behle & Latimer. You can read the full article here

All articles in this COVID-19 Response Resource issue are effective as of March 30, 2020.

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Response Act”) into law. As we’ve previously written, the Response Act generally requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid leave to their employees in certain circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does that mean for small businesses who may not be able to afford to give paid leave to their employees? Recently, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new guidance explaining when the small business exemption will be available and to which businesses. The DOL also noted that it “encourages employers and employees to collaborate to reach the best solution for maintaining the business and ensuring employee safety.”   

Further, under the DOL guidance, the time that an employee is on paid sick leave counts towards any waiting periods for health-care eligibility. In addition, the DOL has issued guidance regarding the potential exemption for “health care providers.”

Response Act’s Small Business Exemption

Of note is that the small business exemption appears to only apply if an employee is trying to take leave to care for a child whose school or daycare has closed due to COVID-19 reasons. The exemption will not apply when an employee is seeking to take paid sick leave for any other qualifying reason under the Paid Sick Leave provision of the Response Act.
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Does an employee’s time on paid sick leave count towards any time periods required for health insurance coverage?

Yes. The DOL has issued new guidance clarifying that an employee’s eligibility for group health coverage is unchanged while he or she is on paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Response Act”). The Response Act does not alter any timeline (or other requirement) for eligibility for health coverage and the requirements apply the same as if the employee continued to work. Specifically, the days the employee is on paid sick leave count toward completion of any waiting period. Bottom line: if an employee can elect health coverage that takes effect after completing a waiting period, the health coverage must take effect once the waiting period is complete.
Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan Program

From our colleagues at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The full article is here

Does my business qualify?

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is offering a bridge loan to Utah-based small businesses with 50 or fewer employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 with 0% interest for up to a 60-month period. Loan amounts shall not exceed three months of demonstrated operating expenses. Loan payments are deferred for 12 months. GOED will use a minimum of 25% of the funding for rural Utah businesses.

The Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program uses $11 million in state funds to provide gap funding to Utah’s small businesses. The Utah Department of Workforce Services has also contributed $500,000 to the bridge loan program.

While this bridge loan program is not for nonprofits, we encourage Utah nonprofits to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Utah Economic Response Task Force Rapid Response Team

The Utah Economic Response Task Force has created a Rapid Response Team to ensure Utah businesses and individuals understand and utilize federal programs designed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or other programs on this page, please send an inquiry to the Utah Economic Task Force Rapid Response Team.

Contact the Rapid Response Team here
If you would like to learn how UMA's Center can help you, please contact
Ryan Mecham, Director of UMA's Center for Business and Continuous Improvement, at ryanm@umaweb.org or 801-557-9105.
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