NIA Informs
COVID-19 and related information for the insulation industry. Click here to read the latest online.
ICYMI: Contractor Survey Results
In Case You Missed It: The Latest Contractor Survey Results
NIA and the other associations representing the insulation industry are surveying contractors every 2-3 weeks to gain insights on how COVID-19 is impacting our industry, including future projects, supply chain issues, new safety measures, plus much more.
 
Thanks again to our Contractor members! Click here to view current and past survey results.
Congressional Actions Update
Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update
The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday to provide more PPP flexibility to help small businesses. The bill passed unanimously and would extend the window for businesses to be able to spend loans granted under the program. The bill already passed the House and now goes to President Trump. Under the March $2.2 trillion coronavirus package, businesses were given 8 weeks to spend PPP funds. The bill passed by the Senate would extend it to 24 weeks. It would also change a 75-25 divide included in the March bill—which required businesses to spend 75 percent of the loan on payroll and 25 percent on other fixed costs, such as rent and utilities—to a 60-40 ratio. Click here to read more.

Senate Hearing on Small Business Impacts
Yesterday, the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee held a hearing, Perspectives from Main Street: COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business, which focused on the long-term impacts the pandemic has had on the small business ecosystem, as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs. Click here for the hearing archive.

Next Relief Package?
As negotiations on the next relief package continue, expanding the tax credit for businesses retaining workers seems to be gaining bipartisan support. For much of the pandemic, certain businesses have been eligible to take advantage of a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee for wages and health care benefits paid through the end of the year. Lawmakers are now offering proposals to increase the amount of the credit and make other changes in an effort to keep more workers connected to their employers. Click here to read more.
Regional Reopenings & Updates
With regulations and policies varying by state and region, we will share relevant policies and information that affect a number of our member companies. Continue to monitor your state and local regulations for breaking news.

Lots of activity as state and local governments ease restrictions. Here are some of the new developments:

  • Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced several new economic recovery initiatives for business relief made possible by CARES Act funding.

  • Maine Governor Janet Mills issued an order that allows for the gradual easing of restrictions implemented under previous Executive Orders as the state continues to reopen under the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan.

  • Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a "Safe Return" Order, which provides guidance for businesses to adhere to while open to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued an order implementing Phase 2 of the state's re-opening plan.

  • New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new public health order to continue the Phase One reopening, effective June 1.

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expects approximately 200,000 to 400,000 employees will return to work as part of the first phase of the city’s gradual economic reopening.

  • California: The Assembly Committee on Appropriations was scheduled to hold a public hearing June 2 regarding AB 2765, which expands the definition of public works for the purposes of provisions relating to the prevailing rate of per diem wages and requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for costs mandated by the state.

  • Massachusetts: The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing was scheduled to hold a hearing June 2 regarding HB 4717, which expands MassHealth eligibility to all persons who qualify for unemployment benefits under Chapter 151A and all who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 state of emergency declarations.

  • Michigan: The Department of Health and Human Services will accept comments until June 4 regarding an issued policy to provide additional flexibility for Medicaid provider enrollment and revalidation requirements to reduce potential administrative burdens to ensure the appropriate emergency response to COVID-19.

  • Tennessee: The House Insurance Committee held a public hearing June 1 regarding HB 2286, which provides that an entity that employs drivers or that contracts with drivers who use the drivers' personal vehicles for the delivery of the entity's goods or services, and that does not provide automobile insurance coverage to those drivers, must inform the drivers, at the time of hire, that the drivers' automobile insurance may not cover commercial uses and that the drivers should check with their insurance providers as to whether commercial uses of the drivers' personal vehicles are covered.

  • Washington: The Seattle City Council met on June 1 and will hold a hearing to gain comments regarding paid sick leave for gig workers, and then may vote on its adoption.

Resource: One Free Call with Legal Counsel
For NIA Member Companies on Any Safety Topic
Now through August 31
In the spirit of aiding all of our members during this critical time, NIA Legal Counsel Gary Auman, of Auman, Mahan & Furry, has offered to respond to 1 safety matter question, per NIA member, via telephone call or email. Thank you, Gary, for your generosity and your safety expertise.

Contact Auman, Mahan & Furry at 937-223-6003.
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