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Utah Manufacturers, 

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 .

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Key Resources
Please Take Note...
Managing Your Supply Chain in Uncertain Times
The Utah Manufacturers Association Webinar Series  

The latest in our webinar series features Brian Bowers, COO Visible Supply Chain Management, to talk about the effects of COVID-19 on supply chains. This is key for companies with supply chains in China.

When: Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time

Register here for the UMA webinar, “Managing Your Supply Chain in Uncertain Times”

COVID-19 Components Survey - Can You Donate or Produce and Ship Any of These Items? 

The White House has further inquired about component parts to aid the nation’s COVID-19 response. The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to quickly collect information about your potential to donate, produce and ship the following components listed below. Click here to fill out the survey
COVID-19 Public Policy Items for Utah Manufacturers
“Essential Business” Designations
 
At the urging of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), last week the federal government declared manufacturing an essential industry. The NAM held a teleconference call today with the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency officials to discuss the latest developments across the country as states take their own positions on what industries are deemed essential to the workforce. The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, two of the NAM’s state partners, were critical to winning broad “essential” designations for manufacturers in those states. The NAM continues to help members address the troublesome restrictions in Pennsylvania while working with our state partners in states like Minnesota, North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky—among other places—to help ensure manufacturers' ability to deliver their essential work.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As of April 2, Utah manufacturing companies have new responsibilities covering: 

  1. Changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  2. Paid Sick Leave 
  3. Tax Credits 

Key FMLA Changes

  • Eligible employees of Utah manufacturing companies and other employers with under 500 employees who need to take COVID-19 related FMLA to take care of a child missing school due to a public health emergency are eligible for benefits. Benefits include: 
  • 10 days of unpaid leave
  • Two-thirds of regular pay for up to 12 weeks
  • The cap is $200/day or $10,000 total per employee

Key Paid Sick Leave Items

  • This applies to Utah manufacturing companies and other employers with under 500 employees from April 2, 2020 until December 31, 2020. (However, companies under 50 employees may be exempt.) 
  • Full and part time employees are eligible. 
  • Eligible employees are those who are: 
  • unable to work because of a quarantine order, 
  • have been advised to self-quarantine by health care professional, 
  • experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, 
  • are caring for someone under and quarantine order or advised to self-quarantine, 
  • caring for a child at home due to school or day care closure, 
  • or experiencing similar issues as defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. 
  • Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of pay and part-time employees eligible for the average hours work over a two week period. 

Tax Credits - How to Pay for the New Entitlements 

  • Employers take a tax credit on these payroll contributions: 
  • Employers and employees side of Social Security and Medicare
  • Employees federal tax withholdings 
  • The credits are refundable and can be requested to accelerate payment. 


This is educational information only and not legal or financial advice. Consult your attorney and accountant on how this applies to your circumstances. 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and COVID-19 Truth vs. Fiction

FEMA has a site to separate COVID-19 fact versus fiction 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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