Updated August 11, 2020

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, Growth Energy takes seriously its commitment to the health and well-being of its members and staff, as well as our neighbors and communities. While unprecedented challenges remain ahead, we want to ensure that our members have access to workplace-related resources and other helpful information from trusted sources.

In addition to the information provided below, please see the Additional Resources to the right for our blog posts distilling new guidance and information as it becomes available.

Employer Guidance

FDA Guidance on Hand Sanitizers

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing commitment to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the agency continues to issue guidance documents to communicate its policy for the temporary manufacture of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products. Growth Energy will continue to monitor and share FDA’s guidance with members. Please see below for the latest FDA updates.

Latest FDA Guidance

EPA Guidance on Disinfectants, including Ethanol

On March 31, EPA announced it was taking additional action to ensure access to active ingredients in disinfectants including ethanol. They are providing flexibility to disinfectant producers to temporarily obtain ethanol (among other ingredients) from a wider number of suppliers.

Third Temporary Amendment to Registration Broader Information

Small Business Administration Assistance

Growth Energy members may be eligible to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance for their small business starting immediately. Loans are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you look at your options ASAP.

Read our blog post for more information Contact Growth Energy for assistance

FMCSA Guidance on Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published information, declarations, and resources in response to the outbreak. Learn more about hours of service and commercial driver’s license actions as they apply to transportation of fuel and feed. Growth Energy has supported efforts to broaden hours of service exemptions in response to the crisis as well as efforts to harmonize expanded weight limits for trucks across the country.

FMCSA COVID-19 Information and Resources

State Closure Orders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has provided an updated list of what it considers to be “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety as well as economic and national security.

Read our blog post for more information

Taxes

The IRS has established a special section of its website with information for taxpayers, businesses and others affected by COVID-19.

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has developed a chart entitled “State Tax Filing Guidance for Coronavirus Pandemic” with information regarding state tax filing relief. The AICPA recommends confirming the information directly with each state’s revenue department, and the chart provides a link to state revenue department websites.

Employee- and Workplace-Related Guidance

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) is affecting U.S. businesses in a variety of ways and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

As employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, among other responsibilities under federal law, Growth Energy is encouraging all members review the latest government guidance related to COVID-19 to update their internal policies and action plans to quickly respond to COVID-19-related scenarios.

To help in this effort, Growth Energy is monitoring government news and updates and will continue to update below sections with pertinent information.

CDC & Department of Labor Guidance

The CDC has provided Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers based on what is currently known about COVID-19. NOTE: Updates were made on May 6, 2020.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The DOL has also developed a homepage to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.

FAQs

Below are helpful FAQs on a range of issues relating to COVID-19 and employees from government or other third parties. We will continue to add helpful links as they become available.

Employers should review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) website for answers to questions about documentation for an employee who calls in sick, or whether they can take employee temperatures, among other questions.

EEOC FAQ

WilmerHale, a leading international law firm, has also compiled and answered several of the most top-of-mind questions employers are facing, including “can I send someone home if they’re sick,” or “what do I do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.”

WilmerHale FAQ

Worker Health & Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has developed a homepage for COVID-19 resources, and key standards relating to COVID-19. Further, OSHA issued a guidance document on March 9, 2020 intended to help employers plan for and respond to workplace risks.

Additionally, WilmerHale has published guidance on OSHA’s requirements and recommendations that employers may find helpful. See WilmerHale’s blog post for more details.

Employee Privacy

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided Bulletins, Notifications of Enforcement Discretion, Guidance, and Resources that help explain how patient health information may be used and disclosed in response to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please visit the HHS website for the latest information.

Emergency Leave

On March 18, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, “Phase Two”). This law takes effect on April 1, 2020 and will continue through December 31, 2020. Below are links the Department of Labor’s summaries of the provisions:

For Employees For Employers Questions & Answers DOL Employee Notice Poster DOL Notice FAQs Tax Credit FAQs

Unemployment Benefits

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Labor announced expanded flexibility and new guidance for states on how to administer unemployment benefits for workers affected by COVID-19.

Unemployment Insurance Relief Information Read the DOL Press Release

Growth Energy will continue to monitor for state updates, but fuel ethanol facilities should check the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) website for the most up-to-date information on individual state actions.

Posters for the Workplace

Below are helpful posters provided by the CDC that employers can place around their work areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Workplace Cleaning Guidance

I-9 Guidance

Other Resources

Government Resources

Third-Party Resources

American Trucking Associations (ATA)

The ATA website provides members and industry stakeholders with timely, fact-based information to answer frequently asked questions and address common challenges that arise from the pandemic and national response. View their list of resources for the trucking industry at trucking.org.

Council of State Governments (CSG)

The CSG is updating their website with the latest state by state information on school closures, crowd size limits, state curfews, and other resources and restrictions. View their latest tracking information directly on the CSG website.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), of which Growth Energy is a member, is providing up-to-date information on state and local declarations and their impact on manufacturing operations and facilities.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

The NCSL is updating their website with the latest state-by-state information on:

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM, the world’s largest professional society dedicated to serving human resources professionals at all levels and functions, is providing timely updates and useful templates for its members.

If your company would like access to these template policies and other very useful information and resources, you may want to consider joining SHRM.

Or, SHRM has set up a resource page for non-SHRM members.


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