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PHMSA Enforcement Policy Notice Regarding Hazardous Materials Training

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:03

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

New York State on PAUSE: New York State Shuts Down All Nonessential Businesses to Combat COVID-19

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 21:20

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.

California State and Local COVID-19 Orders

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 21:19

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.

Analysis of H.R. 6201, Coronavirus Response Act

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 08:29

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.

CDC Issues Guidance on large events and mass gatherings in the United States

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 20:37

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.

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