Legislative Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US House of Representatives, Senate and the President of the United States have been negotiating several bills to address the fallout experienced from the effects of COVID-19.

Families First Coronavirus Act
On March 18, 2020, the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act , was signed into law. The Act is referred to as “Phase II” of the legislative response and follows an initial supplemental emergency appropriations bill addressing critical public health concerns (i.e., COVID-19 testing) last week. The law includes employer-related leave provisions including: Emergency FMLA, Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and refundable tax credits for employers required to provide leave. To learn more about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation website by clicking HERE .

Additionally, there are mandatory workplace posters available for companies to print and post in their business related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act . To download the posters, please click the links below:

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The act will provide one-time direct payments to individuals, an additional $600 a week for four months to unemployed workers, $130 billion for hospitals, $150 billion to help state and local governments, among other provisions. Additionally, the act will give small businesses access to $367 billion in loans and grants to small businesses. The program loans qualify for the CARES Act’s broader loan forgiveness provisions in Section 1106 of the CARES Act. To read more on the provisions in the CARES Act, please click HERE .

Fight to Save the USPS
In another epic legislative effort, Printing Industries of America and Wisconsin members of GLGA are battling to save the United States Postal Service. The COVID-19 slowdown of mail has created a gap in funding requiring a $15 billion appropriation from Congress to keep it going through the end of the their fiscal year. Wisconsin members have been contacting Senator Ron Johnson (WI-R), Chairman of the US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, encouraging him and his colleagues to support a line of credit to the United State Postal Service. With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it provides the USPS with borrowing authority in the amount not to exceed $10 billion.

Tax Filing
Illinois , Indiana and Wisconsin have all delayed the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020, aligning it with the Federal government.

State Specific Information
The Association has create webpages with specific information for each state. Please click HERE for Illinois resources, HERE for Indiana resources and HERE f or Wisconsin resources.