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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 .

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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”
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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

The Utah Leads Together plan recognizes that markets correct, recessions end, and prosperity returns. We anticipate three phases with a specific strategy:

Urgent Phase

This is the phase we are in right now and is expected to last 8–12 weeks (with a focus on eight) beginning March 16, 2020. The objective is clear: Mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through strict social distancing measures. The strategy is to identify, mitigate, and reduce the virus’ impact before Utah reaches a hospital-bed crisis. A detailed work plan is in place. This phase involves a coordinated public health response, large-scale testing, and a historic economic stimulus. We adapt and we innovate. Adherence to this phase will shorten other phases and accelerate economic recovery.

Stabilization Phase

This phase is expected to last 10–14 weeks (with a focus on 10) and is expected to be the longest phase. The objectives are to make sure there is no backtracking on the progress made during the urgent phase, provide promising medical treatments, and continue to lay the groundwork for a complete economic recovery. In this phase we innovate. A detailed work plan is under development. It is during this phase that private and public sector policies will aid with the economic recovery. Adherence to this phase will hasten economic recovery.

Recovery Phase

This phase is expected to last 8–10 weeks (with a focus on eight). The objectives are to provide promising medical treat-ments and continue the hard work of restoring economic confidence. In this phase we overcome. A detailed work plan is under development. Adherence to this phase will ensure Utah’s economic recovery comes more quickly and in a more sustained way.

These phases, including the major objectives and detailed work plans, create a path for Utah’s economic recovery.

Manufacturing-Specific Guidelines 

  • Increase work space and distance between employees.
  • Minimize auditors, customers, vendors entering your facility and encourage the use of technology.
  • Conduct meetings remotely or hold internal group meetings in larger conference rooms where people can maintain distance.
  • Alter cafeteria practices so people have more space or stagger lunch times.
  • Install disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer locations throughout the facilities.
  • Disinfect conference rooms, office, desk locations down regularly throughout the day.

General Work Site Guidelines 

  • Conduct plan checks electronically or through a drop box outside the office.
  • Determine a time for building inspections when only the inspector is present, ensuring that builders have vacated the site.
  • Establish screening procedure, including temperature screenings, at facility entrances.
  • Restrict access to critical work areas and introduce rotating shifts for workers.
  • Establish onsite accommodations and protocol to manage individuals reporting flu-like symptoms while at work.
  • Increase the frequency of janitorial services for shared space cleaning, including, but not limited to, workstations, countertops, handles, doorknobs, gang boxes, shared tools, and equipment.
  • Service portable bathrooms frequently and provide hand sanitizer in/or around all portable bathrooms.
  • Do not permit communal food on the jobsite or use a common water cooler.
  • Do not permit the sharing of tools or personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use and ensure it is properly disposed of.
  • Instruct workers to wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Instruct workers to change work clothes prior to arriving home and to wash clothes in hot water with laundry sanitizer.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
[ Included in Prior Update, but Important to Know]

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. 
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 or 801-557-9105.

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