Topics: COVID-19

NATSO Seeks Clarification On COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate From OSHA

NATSO sent a letter on Sept. 27 to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) detailing the questions and concerns NATSO members have raised in response to President Biden’s executive order directing businesses with more than 100 employees to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative COVID-19 test weekly. The agency is expected to issue the directive in the coming weeks. More

ATA: Vaccine Requirement Could Disrupt Supply Chains

The American Trucking Associations issued a statement late September 10 stating that the Administration's proposed vaccine requirement threatens to cause further disruptions throughout the supply chain, impeding the nation’s COVID response efforts and putting the brakes on any economic revival. More

President Biden Unveils COVID-19 Strategy

President Biden Unveils COVID-19 Strategy

On Sept. 9 the Biden Administration released a new, six-pronged national strategy to combat COVID-19 amid the surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. More

NATSO Urges Federal Health Agencies to Address Mask Mandate Enforcement

NATSO joined with seven trade associations representing a broad array of the retail community in urging federal health agencies to publicly state that the burden of enforcing mask requirements should not be placed on businesses and their employees. More

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Deadlines Approaching

NATSO members are reminded that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness deadlines are approaching. To avoid making unnecessary PPP loan repayments, borrowers must submit loan forgiveness applications to the lender for review within 10 months from the end of the "covered period." More

Virginia Governor Visits White’s Travel Center to Praise Vaccination Clinics

Virginia Governor Visits White’s Travel Center to Praise Vaccination Clinics

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam visited White’s Travel Center June 21 to thank management and staff as well as the staff of Raphine Medical Associates health care clinic, which is located at White's, for their work offering COVID-19 vaccinations. More

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

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