MMA Urging Increased Vigilance Against COVID-19
MMA is calling on all industries and individuals in Michigan to work together to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus to avoid any further disruption in the economy. MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh pointed to the strict workplace safety protocols in place in manufacturing facilities and the industry’s long-standing record of safety in urging Michiganders to follow the guidelines established by leading health experts including wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing and exercising good personal hygiene.
Statement of MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh on the Critical Need for
Manufacturing Funding Opportunities Available through Federal Agencies
Manufacturers may be eligible for new funding opportunities available through several federal agencies. Check out these new opportunities and consider applying to help your company move forward.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Developments Business & Industry CARES Act Program has nearly $1 billion in loan guarantee authority for small business owners and agricultural producers working to manage the impact of economic disruption. Projects covered by the program include new roads at facilities, increasing water capacity and auxiliary needs. Energy grants are also available.
The Department of Defense Joint Acquisition Task Force created a one-stop industry portal for defense industry, commercial companies and academia to share creative ideas with federal agencies to combat the pandemic. Numerous contracting opportunities are available to bolster industrial capacity for the domestic supplier base in support of COVID-19 response priorities. Specific areas of interest include masks, pharmaceutical industry base expansion, screening & diagnostics and personal protective equipment industrial base expansion.
MMA Fighting to Protect Manufacturers Against Frivolous Lawsuits
MMA is working at the state and federal level to advance legislation to protect manufacturers from needless lawsuits.
Here in Michigan, as a leader in a broad coalition of business trade associations, MMA is working to advance legislation that would put commonsense COVID-19 legal reform measures in place to protect businesses who take reasonable steps to follow public health guidelines.
At the national level, MMA President & CEO John Walsh joined with his counterparts at numerous business organizations to urge Michigan’s Congressional delegation to support bi-partisan legislation that would put liability protection in place for employers that operate in good faith during the COVID-19 crisis. This collective of Michigan’s key business representatives also urged passage of financial support for state and local governments to address billions in state revenue loss caused by the pandemic.
Contact MMA’s Mike Johnston, at 517-487-8554 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on MMA’s efforts to support Michigan manufacturers as they work to recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
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Watch UIA Statements Closely
Manufacturers are advised to watch quarterly statements issued by the Unemployment Insurance Agency closely to ensure that they are not being charged improperly for benefit payments. Be aware of persistent fraudulent “imposter claims” and guard against claims that are erroneously charged to an employer account for COVID-related reasons. Contact MMA’s David Worthams at 517-487-8511 or email@example.com for more information.
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Register Today to Speak with USDOL Tomorrow
Join MMA and Jacob Swier, Community Outreach and Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, for an informative presentation on compliance resources to help ensure that your company is administering the new entitlements related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) correctly. Ask your questions directly of the nation’s top regulator for this new law that requires employers to provide paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave to employees for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Resources for Manufacturers
Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.
Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.