2 . CERTS Act campaign in House:
Tennessee and Kentucky still rolling

3 . Town Hall Thursdays! Join UMA colleagues for a power hour of critical industry news and updates
Join UMA colleagues online for a power hour of legislative updates, an operator panel discussion and a report on UMA's AssurCLEAN program. We start at 2 p.m. ET every Thursday.

Our operator panel will address the ongoing need to "Lead Your Company through Crisis." Panelists are Bethany Schubert of Trobec's Bus Service, Dennis Streif of Vandalia Bus Lines, and Cary Martin of Little Rock Tours & Travel.

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LinkedIn Learning: Remember we will have a lesson from LinkedIn Learning immediately following the Town Hall meeting. Whether you already have a UMA LinkedIn Learning license or are considering one, you are welcome to attend from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.

4 . Sens. Collins and Rubio release proposal to effectively allow small businesses a second dip at PPP
Forbes | July 28, 2020 | by Alan Gassman

Monday, Senators Marco Rubio and Susan Collins released a 92 page proposed Bill for an Act that will be called the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act.

The Act is intended to correct some problems and a number of challenges that PPP borrowers have had, while opening new opportunities for many borrowers who were not treated as well as others under this Program. There is something in this new Act for almost everyone, and below we summarize the primary provisions.

This is not law yet, but based on past experience there is a very high probability that this will be passed with bi-partisan support. 


5 . How will the second round of government stimulus affect small businesses?
capitol building
Entrepreneur | July 29, 2020 | by Kenny Herzog

More than two months after House Democrats proposed a $3 trillion  HEROES Act  coronavirus relief package to supplement the existing  CARES Act  passed in March, Senate Republicans countered this week with an outline for their $1 trillion  HEALS Act . The latter emphasizes  money  for schools; liability protections for businesses; a second round of one-off  stimulus  checks for individuals and households; reduced  unemployment  benefits in favor of return-to-work incentives; and guidance for another iteration of the  Paycheck Protection Program , among other items.

The HEROES Act, meanwhile, stressed a continuation of existing unemployment subsidies, enhanced individual stimulus payments and greater allocations toward state and local governments and healthcare workers, to name a few of its core tenets. 
The questions are myriad, particularly whether a compromise can be carved out and enacted before the Senate takes its mid-summer recess starting August 8. But beyond that unknown, there are uncertainties about the practical execution of any final legislation, not to mention whether it will effectively target and ultimately provide its intended unburdening to a wide enough swath of American employers and workers. 


6. UMA Member Bailey Coach celebrates getting back on the road; shows they are ready to roll safely
7 . FBI warns businesses to be vigilant about Netwalker ransomware threat
As of June 2020, the FBI has received notifications of Netwalker ransomware attacks on U.S. and foreign government organizations, education entities, private companies, and health agencies by unidentified cyber actors. Netwalker became widely recognized in March 2020, after intrusions on an Australian transportation and logistics company and a U.S. public health organization. Cyber actors using Netwalker have since taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to compromise an increasing number of unsuspecting victims.

8 . Trucking associations' tips for safe driving near protests apply to motorcoach operations, too
CDL Life | July 28, 2020

For months since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, truckers have found themselves caught up in protests and sometimes violent demonstrations on the road.

So far this year, truckers have had to adapt to the extraordinary challenges of trucking through a pandemic as well as to protesters taking to the streets in locations across the country to demonstrate against police brutality.

A number of truckers trying to deliver goods during the pandemic have found themselves the targets of violence — and the issue has become so serious that the  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has even issued guidance  for truckers who who encounter “incidents of threats.”

Now more than ever, personal safety has become top of mind for truckers. The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC)  recently presented guidelines for truckers who have to drive through potentially dangerous protest areas .
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