On March 18, 2020, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S.
There is a desperate need for any unused Personal Protective Gear by the medical and first responder communities. This would include N95 Masks, P95 Masks, P100 Masks, Tyvek Suits of any kind, latex or nitrile gloves and face shields. Please search your operations and consider a donation, if you do not have an immediate need for such PPE. More information HERE on making a PPE donation.
PHMSA continues to monitor the effects the COVID-19 outbreak is having on regulated hazardous materials entities. As a result, PHMSA decided to temporarily halt enforcement actions against shippers and carriers that are unable to comply with training requirements included in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The Notice is limited to recurrent training requirements and does not apply to all other HMR obligations or applicable laws for hazardous materials offers and carriers. For more details, download the Enforcement Policy Notice Regarding Training Requirements in the related doc
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible.
On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8 (EO 202.8) requiring all nonessential employees to stay home, effective at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, through April 19, 2020. Any business not in compliance with the order is subject to civil fines and mandatory closures.
Justice Louis Brandeis famously observed that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” (New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 285 U.S. 262 (1932)). The current circumstances are hardly the choice of citizens. But were he here today, the Justice would behold a laboratory of CDC proportions, with governments across the country and around the globe enacting regulations designed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and safeguard the health of their constituents.
On March 17, 2020, the U.S.
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, following the U.S. House of Representatives' action on the legislation several days earlier. President Trump signed the legislation into law yesterday. The legislation focuses on the anticipated economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers and includes paid leave guarantees for certain workers, expanded food assistance and unemployment insurance benefits, and employer tax credits, among other measures.
The foremost concern of IHMM and HMS is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff, colleagues, certificants and members and those in our communities.
Guidance as of 3/15/2020Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.