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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 ryanm@umaweb.org .
Report: U.S. Senator Mike Lee on UMA Webinar Series
to Discuss CARES Act
Yesterday, Sen. Mike Lee led UMA’s webinar on the new federal CARES Act. We thank him and his participating team: 
  • Justin Anthony 
  • Brecken Denler 
  • Robert Axson
  • Christy Woodruff 
  • John Shelton 
  • Christian Fong 

Click here to listen to yesterday’s webinar 

Additionally, the Senator’s office provided us with answers to some questions that required a little more research. 

Q: When does the 8-week period for loan forgiveness start? Can the employer select the continuous 8-week period or does it begin upon receipt of the PPP loan?
  • The eight-week period for loan forgiveness begins immediately when the loan is issued.

Q: Does the payroll definition include federal payroll taxes – FICA, disability, unemployment?
  • The Paycheck Protection Program’s definition of payroll costs expressly excludes: federal employment taxes imposed or withheld between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020, including the employee’s and employer’s share of FICA and Railroad Retirement Act taxes, and income taxes required to be withheld from employees.
  • Federal employment taxes falling outside of these dates can be included in payroll costs used to determine the total possible loan amount but not for determining what expenses can be forgiven.
  • Additionally, if employers who do not receive loan forgiveness under the Payroll Protection Program, they may defer payment of the 6.2% employer’s share of the Social Security payroll tax on wages paid from March 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  50% of the deferred tax is due by December 31, 2021, and the remaining 50% is due by December 31, 2022.

Q: What documents do employers need to provide for a PPP loan and/or to ensure the loan will be forgiven? Is there any criteria the employer must meet for PPP eligibility?
  • Documentation
  • Those applying for these loans should submit SBA Form 2483 (Paycheck Protection Program Application Form) and such documentation as is necessary to establish their eligibility: e.g., payroll processor records, payroll tax filings, or Form 1099- MISC, or income and expenses from a sole proprietorship. For borrowers that do not have any such documentation, the borrower must provide other supporting documentation, such as bank records, sufficient to demonstrate the qualifying payroll amount.
  • Those applying for forgiveness of these loans will have to document the proceeds used toward payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities (not more than 25 percent of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs).

  • Entities applying for these loans:
  • Must have been in operation on February 15, 2020.
  • Have 500 or fewer employees whose principal place of residence is in the United States, or be a business meeting the applicable SBA employee-based size standards. (Businesses are subject to the SBA’s affiliation rules, except restaurants and hotels which are limited to no more than 500 employees per physical location.)
  • Must make a good faith certification that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant” and that “the funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage interest payments, lease payments, and utility payments; I understand that if the funds are knowingly used for unauthorized purposes, the federal government may hold me legally liable such as for charges of fraud.”
  • 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(19)s at or below 500 employees, plus sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals are also eligible.

Q: Can you deny either of the paid leave requirements mandating in FFCRA? What documentation do I need to provide for the refundable tax credit to reimburse for the paid leave costs?
  • You can deny either of the paid leave requirements if the employee is not eligible for the leave (for example, if they are currently furloughed or is able to telework and refuses to do so).  However, if the employee believes they have wrongly been denied paid leave, they may call the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. If your business has more than 50 employees, they may file a lawsuit without first contacting the Wage and Hour Division.  Unfortunately, the Department of Labor guidelines do not provide a safe harbor for determining eligibility.
  • See Questions 44-46 on IRS FAQs document

Q: How can an employer seek an exemption? Are there any penalties for seeking exemptions?
  • See Questions 58 and 59 in the Department of Labor’s FAQs
  • The Department of Labor requests that businesses not send documentation to them.
The National Association of Manufacturers Assembling a Database for COVID-19 Medical Suppliers and Consumers 

We encourage all manufacturers that can provide crucial supplies to help with the COVID-19 epidemic to click here and add your abilities to a national database used by the National Association of Manufacturers and FEMA. 

Also, if you are looking for COVID-19 related medical and PPE supplies, click here
O.C. Tanner, UMA Member, Highlighted in the Deseret News


SALT LAKE CITY — Making the leap from manufacturing one-of-a-kind jewelry items and employee appreciation products to cranking out critically needed medical equipment may seem like a radical shift, but O.C. Tanner CEO Dave Petersen said the segue was merely an extension of the company’s underlying mission.

“We have ... hundreds of clients in the health care industry,” Petersen said. “Those professionals are serving others, blessing others and saving others. It feels very natural, almost second nature really, for our teams and our people to think about what they’re doing, what their challenges are and seeing what we can do to help.”

To that end, the nearly 100-year-old Utah enterprise has repurposed space at its Salt Lake City headquarters and gone to work on making some of the most-needed items in the fight against COVID-19. A facility that once created the Olympic medals for Salt Lake’s 2002 Winter Games has now added the means to manufacture face shields, ventilator parts and an adapter for powered air purifying respirators, one of the critical personal protection items now in dire need by health care providers in Utah and around the world.

Read the rest of the article here.
Utah Economic Response Task Force Rapid Response Team

The Utah Economic Response Task Force has created a Rapid Response Team to ensure Utah businesses and individuals understand and utilize federal programs designed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or other programs on this page, please send an inquiry to the Utah Economic Task Force Rapid Response Team.

Contact the Rapid Response Team here
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 ryanm@umaweb.org or 801-557-9105.
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