Topics: COVID-19

States Move to End Federal Jobless Benefits

At least 14 states have moved to cut off the $300 per week enhanced federal jobless benefits that were scheduled to last until September. Roughly 30 states are reinstating a requirement that the unemployed prove they are looking for work to receive state benefits. More

CDC Mask Announcement Creates Ambiguities for Retailers

The Centers for Disease Control's unexpected announcement limiting the circumstances under which fully vaccinated Americans should wear a mask caught many companies by surprise.  The new policy creates ambiguities for retailers because it fails to fully align with state and local orders. Training a diverse workforce to implement these new requirements will be challenging. More

NATSO, Trucking Groups Urge Centers for Disease Control to Designate Truckstops As Mobile Vaccine Sites

NATSO, Trucking Groups Urge Centers for Disease Control to Designate Truckstops As Mobile Vaccine Sites

NATSO along with a coalition representing trucking fleets and truck drivers in need, urged the Centers for Disease Control to designate truckstops and travel plazas as mobile vaccination sites to leverage existing truckstop locations for the distribution of vaccines to professional truck drivers and truckstop employees. More

House Passes COVID-19 Relief Plan

The House of Representatives late Friday night approved 219-212 a budget reconciliation bill reflecting President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would provide direct payments, a child tax credit expansion in the form of direct payments, extended unemployment benefits, COBRA subsidies and ACA tax credit enhancements, state & local funding, among other provisions. More

NATSO, Coalition Urge CDC to Designate Truckstops as Mobile Vaccine Sites

NATSO, Coalition Urge CDC to Designate Truckstops as Mobile Vaccine Sites

NATSO, along with a coalition representing trucking fleets and truck drivers in need urged the Centers for Disease Control to designate truckstops and travel plazas as mobile vaccination sites to leverage existing truckstop locations for the distribution of vaccines to professional truck drivers and truckstop employees. More

FMCSA Extends National HOS Waiver

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) late February 12 extended the Hours-of-Service waiver through May 31. The HOS waiver had been set to expire on Feb. 28. The agency said that it expects this to be the fourth and final extension of the waiver. The national exemption to the HOS rules for truck drivers and carriers hauling COVID-19 relief was first issued on March 12, 2020, in response to the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump. More

Congress Passes Key Step to Allow Democrats to Pass COVID Relief

A COVID relief bill is set to move through Congress over the next month or so, possibly with only the support of Democrats. The Senate on Feb. 5 approved the FY2021 budget resolution after an overnight session, unlocking the "budget reconciliation" process for President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. The House passed the Senate version and plans to begin writing the reconciliation legislation in the coming weeks, subject to some constraints under reconciliation. Democrats hope to have the legislation enacted before the mid-March expiration of pandemic unemployment programs. More

Covid-19 Resources for Travel Centers from FSG, System4 & MicroShield

Covid-19 Resources for Travel Centers from FSG, System4 & MicroShield

Bernie Erickson CLEP, LC, CLMC, executive vice president, at  Facilities Solutions Group (FSG) and Bryan Moledor, business development, at System4 & MicroShield 360, share about the COVID-19 resources they offer.  More

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Reopening; Issue New Guidance

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Congress Set to Vote on Spending Relief

Congress Set to Vote on Spending Relief

Congressional leadership have reached a deal on a COVID relief package as well as an omnibus Fiscal Year 2021 spending bill. Actual legislative language for the approximately $2 trillion bill, which will likely run thousands of pages, has not been released yet but will nonetheless be voted on in the next few days. More

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