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Packaging Industry COVID-19 Update

Monday, October 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
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AICC is updating this page regularly as we receive new information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and developments relevant to the membership. Read AICC's disclaimer.

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There is a lot of important information on this page. If you are in a hurry you can also see our summary of key links, PPE info, and templates.

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Week of October 19

See the latest updates and re-opening information by clicking on your state.

An AICC Leadership Advisory Group met recently, virtually of course.  They shared the following Covid-related best practices:

  • Stoplights installed in bathrooms to regulate the # of people entering the bathroom at one time to keep social distancing in check
  • Created a quick app for employees to use to survey about Covid symptoms and follow up action required based on specific answers
  • Rapid testing in place in plant using PCR which has caught a couple of cases
  • Hired additional people to be able to create ‘back-up’ teams; split up operator and assistant to be on different teams so that if one gets sick the other is available; rotating teams

The Small Business Administration has issued a new loan forgiveness application form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers that received a loan of $50,000 or less. The new form is designed to make the process easier and only requires attestation that businesses complied with the terms of the program rather than the calculations and documentation required of larger borrowers. You can view the new forgiveness application form here.

What 800 executives envision for the post-pandemic workforce

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Week of October 12

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New CA Laws Address COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims and Employer Reporting When Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Latest CDC update on how the Coronavirus spreads 

The Great Barrington Declaration - As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

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Week of October 5

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Three ways COVID will change packaging design 

NAM manufacturers survey finds broad use of PPP lending programs 

Packaging Impressions/Printing Impressions Educational Webinar “Production Returing to North America – Are you Ready?” 

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Week of September 28

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Anti-Microbial Coatings for Print?  Yes, No, and Maybe 

This latest list of cleaning products meet the EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These products are for use on surfaces, NOT humans 

U.S. DOL’s Temporary Rule Addresses Court Decision on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) 

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Week of September 21

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Covid 19 and FFCRA Update.  On September 18 Christine Walters from FiveL shares “What’s Now and What’s Next” with AICC members. Download the PowerPoint. Review the event "chat." 

 

CDC COVID Data Tracker - Maps, charts, and data provided by the CDC 

The COVID Two-Step for Leaders: Protect and Pivo

How to work with your suppliers during uncertain times.

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Week of September 14

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New FFCRA Regulations Scheduled to Take Effect this Wednesday September 15!!!  From AICC partner FiveL Company - Here we go, again?  This Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor is scheduled to publish revised FFCRA regulations in response to the court’s August 3rd ruling.  They will take effect the same day they are published. Here’s the short version. The DOL disagreed with the judge and is sticking with its rule that intermittent EFMLEA leave may only be taken at the mutual agreement of the employee and employer.  They distinguish, however, what constitutes intermittent leave when schools offer modified, in-person teaching.  The DOL also disagreed with the judge and still holds that an employee is eligible for paid leave only if the employer otherwise would have had work available for the employee. An employee who has been furloughed cannot concurrently be eligible for FFCRA leave. (If you attended the August FMLA webcast, you may recall I thought that was an odd determination by the judge). The DOL agreed with the judge that an employer cannot require FFCRA documentation before it grants the paid leave. It has also modified the definition of employees who are exempt, health care providers. Register for free for the next Covid Videoconference, Friday, September 18, 11:00 am ET featuring guest speaker Christine Walters, J.D., MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, & Independent Consultant, FiveL Company, discussing COVID-19 & FFCRA Updates - What’s Now & What’s Next .

Boosting Employee Motivation in a Shifting Work Environment

Remote Work is Changing How Productivity is Measured

You can keep up with CDC updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 by signing up for email updatessyndicating available content, and subscribing to Coronavirus Disease 2019 RSS Feed.

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Week of September 7

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The pandemic is reshaping the holiday shopping season. The 2020 holiday buying season is expected to be like no other: An avalanche of ecommerce deliveries, merchants running promotions earlier than ever, and tight crowd controls on Black Friday.

Idaho becomes the 12th state to pass Covid 19 liability immunity law. See if your state is on the list.

Many working parents are grappling with how they can log full workdays without sacrificing their child's education, job performance, and mental health. Employers will play a critical role in helping working parents maintain a balance between their personal and professional obligations in a way that works for everyone. 

IRS issues guidance for Executive Order on Payroll Tax Deferral 

Market insights from Royal Containers, Covid-19 edition 

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Week of August 31

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Idaho becomes the 12th state to pass Covid 19 liability immunity law. See if your state is on the list.

With many of manufacturing employees working remotely, please know that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a Field Assistance Bulletin to help clarify manufacturers’ requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act to compensate employees for the hours in which work is performed while teleworking.

New Guidance For Employers On W-2 Reporting For Sick and Family Leave Wages Paid Pursuant To The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Mental Health at Work During COVID-19

How much will remote work continue after the pandemic?  

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Week of August 24

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Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefit and Payroll Tax Deferral Memoranda Could See Legal Challenges

Adapting Your Business to the New Normal 

How the Combination of Message, Video, and Phone Will Reshape the Future of Work

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Week of August 17

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AICC partner Sikich LLC has shared information on what President Trump’s Executive Orders can mean to you and your business.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for the Lost Wages Assistance Program to Provide Needed Relief to Americans

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the release of guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is authorized by Presidential Memorandum, and provides claimants in most Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs up to $400 per week additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after Aug. 1, 2020, and ending Dec. 27, 2020 at the latest. LWA will be administered by states and territories through a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and with support from the Labor Department. Read more.  

The hasty rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program, initially launched with vague guidance on eligibility, now has many borrowers preparing for audits and wondering if their loan forgiveness applications will be approved. AICC Insurance partner NFP is offering PPP Loan Repayment Insurance.Perhaps your carrier is as well.

AICC partner Justworks answers the question, “Do I have to talk to my employees about COVID-19 at all?”

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Week of August 10

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Tips from AICC member Dusobox to keep employees safe.

Paycor’s Health & Wellness Webinar Series Session - Discover 5 ways employers can encourage better mental health and help employees reach their full potential. Mental Health in the Workplace: 5 Ways Employers Can Make a Difference

How manufacturers can succeed in packaging post COVID-19.

AICC is a signatory on a coalition letter sent to Congress in support of proposals to allow certain businesses to access a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and lower the eligibility standard currently proposed in the Continuing Small Business Recover and Paycheck Protection Program Act from 50 percent revenue decline to 20 percent revenue decline (i.e. allowing businesses that have experienced a revenue decline of 20% or more to access the second round of loans).

EPA adds to list of approved disinfectants:  13 more cleaning products proven to kill the Coronavirus.

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Week of August 3

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AICC Partner FiveL has shared the fact that at least two states have established a (rebuttable) presumption that if certain employees contract COVID-19 it is work related.  The two states are Illinois and Connecticut.  If you are not self-insured, be sure to talk to your company’s workers’ compensation carrier for any updates and/or recommendations to protocols to be followed.  AICC will investigate further and provide more information as we can.

The CDC has reduced its recommendation for discontinuing home isolation from three days with no fever without the use of any fever-reducing medication to 24 hours, so long as it has also been at least 10 days since the individual’s symptoms first appeared and any symptoms have improved .  Members may need to adjust their internal policies accordingly.

From Paychex, How to Prepare Your Business for the Recent Increase in COVID-19 Cases.

IRS provides new guidance on recapturing excess employment tax credits.

AICC has signed on to the coalition support letter for H.R. 7777, “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act.”

The following categories of travelers may now qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs) under Presidential Proclamation 9993, which has suspended routine travel from the Schengen Area to the United States:

  • Investors: Travel in connection with investment or trade in the U.S. economy that generates a substantial economic impact, including investors and treaty-traders on E visas and the senior-level employees who provide strategic direction or expertise essential to the success of the investment, and their dependents. 
  • Economic: Temporary travel that provides a substantial economic benefit to the U.S. economy, including:
  • Technical experts and specialists to install, service, maintain, or receive training for vessels, machinery and other specialized equipment used by U.S. and foreign firms with a substantial investment in the United States.
  • Travel is temporary in nature and for a defined period of time.

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Week of July 27

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Paychex has provided an article on the “Top Takeaways from EEOC Covid-19 Guidance.” 

How consumers are spending differently during Covid-19 

Packaging Strategies has published an article “Navigating Covid-19 as an Online Store Business” which can offer some insight into what your customers are facing. 

Earlier this year, at the onset of the pandemic, when states were ordering shutdowns, many members feared having to cease operations for a time if there were positive cases in their plants. Customers of some AICC members asked them about their “contingency” or “business interruption” plans if they had to close. How would these customers have their box orders met?

AICC has crafted a template, free to AICC members, $250 for non-members, that can serve as an agreement between an AICC member and another boxplant in the event that the member company cannot complete work due to pandemic, natural disaster, or other unforeseen, disruptive circumstances. This document, crafted by AICC legal counsel David Goch of the firm Webster, Chamberlain, & Bean, is meant to serve as a guide for an AICC member company to complete customer commitments with the support of another converter in the event of a business interruption, while also respecting all applicable fair trade and anti-trust laws.

Friday, July 24, during AICC's bi-weekly videoconference, David Goch and David Lieberman. of Webster, Chamberlain, and Bean, spoke about the need for a Business Interruption Agreement and best practices for utilizing such a document. See the PowerPoint.

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Week of July 20

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AICC partner IADD (International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking) is offering an Open Forum: Leading Employees During Challenging Times on Thursday July 30th 

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance on Wage And Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave As Workplaces Reopen

The U.S. Department of Labor today published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) includes commonly asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws. Read more.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has enacted State Coronavirus Safety Mandates.  Oregon is looking at similar measures and other states are sure to follow. Read more.

AICC Partner Gene Marks shares “The CARE Act’s Best Kept Secret.”

  • “Not many businesses know that if you close on a Small Business Administration Section 7(a) loan before Sept 27th you get your first 6 months principle and interest payments completely forgiven. That's $33,000 you wouldn't have to pay on a $500,000 loan. You can use the money for equipment, inventory, real estate, buying another business or just working capital.” Gene Marks, CPA, columnist and author.  “The ones with capital right now are the ones who will benefit. The incentives for getting a Section 7(a), thanks to the Cares Act, can help provide that much-needed capital – not for survival, but for future growth.” Gene Marks, CPA.  “In all my years in M&A, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Max Friar, a founding partner of Michigan based Calder Capital, says. “While this is a challenging time for small business owners, this unparalleled action provides quantifiable relief to small business owners and a great opportunity for those interested in purchasing a small business.

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Week of July 13

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Several AICC members have expressed concern at the travel restrictions imposed by the Federal Government and the effect on the ability of software and commissioning experts coming to the U.S. from the European manufacturer’s location. U.S. Embassies had been closed during the pandemic and are beginning to reopen. We have noted the below message that was posted by the U.S. Embassy in Austria. We expect other U.S. Embassies in Europe to offer the same service.

National Interest Exceptions

Starting July 15, 2020, Embassy Vienna will resume processing of limited categories of non-immigrant visa applications.  At this time, we are prioritizing services for citizens and residents of Austria.

The following categories of travelers may now qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs) under Presidential Proclamation 9993, which has suspended routine travel from the Schengen Area to the United States:

  • Investors: Travel in connection with investment or trade in the U.S. economy that generates a substantial economic impact, including investors and treaty-traders on E visas and the senior-level employees who provide strategic direction or expertise essential to the success of the investment, and their dependents. 
  • Economic: Temporary travel that provides a substantial economic benefit to the U.S. economy, including:
  • Technical experts and specialists to install, service, maintain, or receive training for vessels, machinery and other specialized equipment used by U.S. and foreign firms with a substantial investment in the United States. Travel is temporary in nature and for a defined period of time.

AICC Member Whitebird is manufacturing face shields. If you are looking for shields or if you can help with distribution channels, read more.

Stop Touching Your Face

Friday, July, 10 AICC hosted a bi-weekly videoconference for the packaging industry. This week featured a presentation, Leverage Data to Drive Revenue During the Pandemic, by Mark Roberts, CEO, OTB Solutions.

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Week of July 6

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has published a state-by-state listing of lenders participating in the Main Street Lending Program that are currently accepting applications from potential Main Street borrowers. The Boston Fed plans to update the list on a regular basis as additional lenders are approved. You can view the lender listing on the Main Street Lending program website.

SBA Releases the Identities of the PPP Loan Borrowers 

Don’t Fear the PPP Unveiling 

This Department of Labor Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) provides guidance for Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigators regarding when an employee may take leave under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for his or her child based on the closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program, or other summer programs for COVID-19 related reasons.

OSHA has issued updated Covid 19 FAQs.

President Trump signs PPP extension, now runs through August 8th.

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Week of June 29

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The PPP application window closed June 30th. 

COVID-19 related lawsuits are rolling in: Please take your return to work plans and practices seriously. LOTS of litigation, complaints, and claims are being filed alleging FFCRA and OSHA violations, public nuisance, failure to comply with new paid sick leave requirements, unemployment insurance (fraud), and more. Click here for AICC partner Christine Walters (FiveL) article with links for more information.

FDA and USDA Say No Contracting COVID-19 from Food Packaging.

AICC Member Guy Ockerlund of OxBox has been working with a local software developer on a device that performs a variety of safety and security measures:

  • Thermal scanner checks employee as well as visitors and alerts management or supervisors of temperatures out of safe range
  • Facial recognition alerts management or supervisors of strangers and can be used to unlock doors
  • Unit is integrated with a time clock feature using facial recognition

OxBox has installed one unit in the shop for plant employees to thermal scan and clock in and out. They will be installing an additional unit at the front door to check temperature, unlock the door for known persons and clock in and out office employees. Learn more.

AICC held a videoconference on Friday, June 26, for the packaging industry on COVID-19. This week featured a presentation, Owning, Running and Growing Your Business – The Fundamentals Still Apply, by Scott M. Jones, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, Managing Partner, Scott Jones Financial.

 

More videos are available at www.youtube.com/user/AICCvideo.

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Friday, June 26

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AICC partner Sikich LLC has shared an overview on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan public disclosures of the PPP borrowers. On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Treasury, SBA, and key congressional leaders reached a compromise agreement on PPP borrower disclosure.

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Thursday, June 25

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AICC partner the NAM has a produced a new ad encouraging Americans to wear face masks as the United States gets back to a new normal and as many return to work.  Please share it with your teams and your community.

The IRS has issued updated FAQs for the employee retention tax credit, the temporary refundable payroll tax credit for eligible employers affected by COVID-19. The updated FAQs relate to the tax credit’s governmental order test and can be found here and here.

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Wednesday, June 24

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SBA and Treasury Announce Enhanced Transparency Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program for entities that have received more than $150,000 in PPP Funds.

On June 17 the SBA has released updated PPP Loan forgiveness forms based on changes made through the PPPFA program earlier this month.AICC partner Sikich LLC has provided background on and quick links to the forms.

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Tuesday, June 23

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Please see OSHA’s Covid-19 page for recent updates.

Are Digital Organizations Better at Overcoming Covid?

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Monday, June 22

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Paychex has created a thoughtful, data filled article on Business Preparedness After Covid-19.

As members bring back and hire new workers, remember EEOC obligations.

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Friday, June 19

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The Small Business Administration has released an updated application form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers seeking loan forgiveness.View the new form. Read the form instructions. Review the SBA’s rule implementing the changes.

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Thursday, June 18

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No other industry updates today.

Please note, AICC has begun requiring registration for the free Packaging Industry COVID-19 videoconferences to provide a more secure platform. There is still no charge to attend. The next videoconference will be Friday, June 26. Register (free).

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Wednesday, June 17

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The CDC has shared Testing Strategy for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in High-Density Critical Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case Is Identified.

The Fed has opened the Mainstreet Lending Program for lender registration, so the borrowing component should be following. The program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 16

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State Plans are OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs operated by individual states or U.S. territories. There are currently 22 State Plans covering both private sector and state and local government workers. See if your state has additional rules for workplace safety.

AICC provides the above, easy to use state tracker. Sometimes, local jurisdictions set their own rule making, such as Chicago’s Anti-Retaliation Ordinance.

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Monday, June 15

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a series of frequently asked questions on face coverings, respirators and what employers need to consider as they adapt to operating during this public health crisis.

Paycor has published an infographic showing 9 ways to manage costs.

Friday, June 12, AICC held a videoconference on Friday, June 12, for the packaging industry on COVID-19. This videoconference featured a presentation, Cash is King, with guest speaker Tyler Noesser, Technical Director, alliantgroup, an AICC member company. Tyler can be reached at tylernoesser@alliantgroup.com. The video included information that would only be accurate for a certain amount of time. It is no longer available. 

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Friday, June 12

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What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

It won’t be business as usual in the post-Covid world.

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for Stockroom and Loading Dock Workers in English and Spanish.

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Thursday, June 11

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Read a joint Statement by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza regarding the Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

Will Challenged Amazon Tweak Its Retail Model Post-Pandemic?

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Wednesday, June 10

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The Federal Reserve Board expands its Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support.  You can learn more about the announcement here and access Main Street Lending Program information and documents here.

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce in English and Spanish.

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Tuesday, June 9

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AICC Partner the Small Business Legislative Council has shared a document to assist members in navigating the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. There are more roads to reach the ultimate goal of loan forgiveness, but businesses will need to be careful to understand their options and select the route that is best for them.

Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies for the American Enterprise Institute, testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on June 3, 2020 on Covid 19’s Impact on Small Business. His opening statement contains relevant information for AICC members.

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Monday, June 8

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AICC partner Sikich LLC has provided an overview of the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020” which President Trump signed into law on Friday June 5.

As essential businesses potentially seek to bring more of their employees back to work, and with many closed businesses reopening, Paychex has provided a timely article “What to Do if Employees Refuse to Return to Work.”

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Friday, June 5

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published a small business coronavirus impact poll.

Dealing with COVID-19 risk in the workplace can be a huge task. Business Contingency Group has developed a web-based tool that provides an easy and efficient way to help identify and track high-risk employees, visitors, and contractors that temperature checks at the door may miss, offering an added layer to manage the risk of COVID-19. Its automated guidance supports safe and healthful working conditions for employees, visitors, and contractors and aids in maintaining operations. Contact Lee Goldstein at leeg@businesscontingencygroup.com.

Who guarantees your workplace is safe? Building health is today a top priority for owners and tenants, but how do we know our offices are safe to re-enter? Find the answers.

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Thursday, June 4

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The Senate passed legislation (approved by the House last week) that extends the duration of PPP loans to 24 weeks from 8 weeks, giving members more time to use the money and still have the loans forgiven. It also extends the deadline to rehire workers to December 31 to qualify for loan forgiveness. The bill reduces the level of PPP funds that must be used for payroll to 60% from 75%. In addition, the loan pay back time extends from 2 to 5 years if it does not convert to a grant. The application deadline remains June 30, 2020. The bill now goes to the President for signature.

Almost two-thirds of the American workforce were working from home by the end of April, according to Gallup data. As restrictions loosen, businesses are faced with a choice—go back to how things were before or experiment by keeping some elements of their business remote. Whichever, involve your workforce in the decision making.

Is Management the Missing Ingredient in Melding Organization Culture and Remote Work?

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Wednesday, June 3

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COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Checklist to identify and address COVID-19 risks in the workplace.

As businesses re-open, preventing an outbreak in the workplace is everybody’s top priority. Employers will want to do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety, and one positive step is to mandate workplace testing for COVID-19. But how will this work in practice?

Many members have team members working remotely. Returning to the Workplace Amid COVID-19: Potential Issues and Practical Guidance FAQs.

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Tuesday, June 2

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

Congress is listening to manufacturers and considering liability protections to protect essential businesses that are doing the right thing and following the best available guidance for operating during the COVID-19 crisis. But they still need to hear directly from manufacturers that this is a priority that requires swift action. You can send your federal lawmakers a message using this tool and urge them to move forward with commonsense and targeted liability protections for manufacturers that have acted in good faith to protect employees while delivering critical products and services.

AICC partner NFP has shared a resource that provides links for the states’ various orders in a chronological way. Click on your state in the grid and it takes you directly to the documents.

Paychex has conducted a survey of 300 business owners on reopening.

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Monday, June 1

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

The NAM has put together a piece on Covid-19 Testing for Manufacturers – What You Need to Know.

See Mainstreet Lending Program Forms and Agreements.

Friend of AICC Jack Lynch has shared information on a company that offers affordable technology for air and surface disinfection.

Friday, May 29 AICC's bi-weekly Packaging Industry Covid-19 Videoconference featured a presentation, The Economy and Markets in the Time of COVID-19, by G. Scott Clemons, CFA – Partner, Chief Investment Strategist, at Brown Brothers Harriman.

The antitrust statement was begun before we started recording. Download Scott's presentation. Read the chat that accompanied the call and the notes provided by AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container..


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Friday, May 29

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

The CDC has released guidance for offices that may be reopening or readmitting workers who have been working from home.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council of the NAM has released New Operational Practices to Consider in a Time of Covid-19 which shares ways manufacturers can meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidelines.

The IRS has released FAQs regarding Net Operating Loss and Corporate AMT and the affects of the CARES Act.

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Thursday, May 28

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

For those of you with facilities in Chicago or doing business with customers in Chicago, the city has released a Be Safe Manufacturing Guide to a “cautious” re-opening.

Produce Sneeze Shields on your Kongsberg Table.

The NAM has produced a paper entitled “Strengthening the Manufacturing Supply Chain” as part of its American Renewal Action Plan.

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Wednesday, May 27

The SBA recently released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Form. If you have received PPP funds and have followed the guidelines for their use, you may be entitled to partial or full forgiveness of the loan.

If your company is looking for ways to contribute to COVID-19 relief efforts, you can connect with NAM partner Good360. They help companies do good by distributing highly needed product donations to people facing challenging life circumstances—all through their global network of vetted nonprofit partners. Please reference AICC and the NAM as your source of referral so we can track the many positive contributions of our members.

AICC has signed onto a NAM letter to Congressional Leadership urging that Legal Safe Harbors be created for Essential Industries such as packaging printers, converters, and their suppliers.

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Tuesday, May 26

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

The AICC has signed onto a letter being sent by the NAM to Congressional leadership urging emergency legislative and administrative action to bring improvements to the PPP program.

Paychex has provided cyber-security tips for employees working from home.

In two new IRS Notices (2020-29 and 2020-33), issued on May 12, 2020, there are temporary changes to the rules governing Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) through 2020 due to COVID-19, and permanent changes to both FSAs and certain Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) that will begin this year and extend forward into the future.

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Monday, May 25

The Whitehouse has issued an Executive Order instructing Federal Agencies to address this economic emergency (brought on by Covid-19) by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery.

Paychex has provided a forum where AICC contributor Gene Marks writes about What’s Next for Employees After the Pandemic.

What Leaders Can Do to Fight the Covid Fog.

“Six Ways to Error-Proof Your Plant Floor” is a free webinar presented by Food Engineering. While geared to food processing plants, several of which have been in the news lately, there could be some best practices to be learned from this highly regulated, clean environment, that can bring value to your plant and teams.

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Friday, May 22

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

At the end of April, the Federal Reserve announced the Main Street Lending Program, which offers $600B in loans to medium and small size businesses. The NAM has provided an FAQs document to assist in your evaluation of this program.

Earlier in May, the IRS updated their FFCRA Fact Sheet, which outlines tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

W&H, a manufacturer and installer of C.I. flexo presses for flexible packaging is using mobile offices on installation sites to keep installation employees, and customer employees separated and safe during a project.

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Thursday, May 21

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

OSHA has revised its Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Covid-19. Effective Tuesday May 26, 2020, it provides interim guidance for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19.

The CDC has updated its Covid-19 guidance in light of states re-opening and reducing restrictions.

Esko has shared an instructional video How to Make Face Shields with Your Kongsberg Table.

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Wednesday, May 20

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state.

Commercial and publication printer Quad Graphics has graciously shared the Quad Safe at Work Program to the printing industry at large. There is a lot of best practices information here to keep your team and facility safe. AICC thanks Joel Quadracci and Printing Impressions.

The Small Business Legislative Council has created an interpretive document on PPP forgiveness that includes a flow chart to assist you with the required calculation.

AICC is a signatory on this letter to Congressional Leadership from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking improvements to the PPP program as it is currently enacted and interpreted.

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Tuesday, May 19

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

On Friday the Treasury released a PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.  Of note are the borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30 and the addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined. 

The Department of Labor has posted a list of how much paid sick leave employees take can.

The SBA is shutting out new EIDL applicants.

Single or multiple use, adhesive forehead thermometers that are disposable are available from SpotSee. 

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Monday, May 18

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

Workshare programs available from many states let businesses temporarily reduce the hours of their employees, instead of laying them off during economic downturns. Technically referred to as short time compensation, the goal of workshare programs is to reduce unemployment 

With more and more members providing PPE for their employees, the EPA is providing guidance for the proper handling of PPE after use.

AICC held a videoconference on Friday, May 15. Over 100 member companies participated. This week featured a presentation, Beyond The Pandemic: Cash Flow And Strategies For The New Economy, by Gene Marks, CPA, a popular AICC speaker and frequent writer for The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Guardian. Gene has written 5 books on business management, specifically geared towards small and medium sized companies. His most recent is In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash.
 
The antitrust statement was read before the recording began. Download Gene's updated presentation. Read the chat that accompanied the call and the notes provided by AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container.

 

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Friday, May 15

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

The CDC and OSHA have released updated joint guidance specifically for manufacturing operations.

The NAM has shared a document outlining the best practices for facility safety, put into place by one of their member companies, Click Bond.It can serve as template for you to review and enhance your own practices.

For members with operations, partners or interests in Mexico, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that Mexico will lift restrictions on critical businesses in the coming days. The construction, mining and transportation manufacturing sectors will be added to Mexico’s list of essential activities and allowed to reopen on May 18, and shuttered companies in other sectors will be allowed to reopen on June 1, subject to region-specific conditions. Click here and here for details on the announcement. 

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Thursday, May 14

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

The SBA has made an important update in their guidance concerning PPP. In essence this new guidance offers a “safe harbor” ruling that any borrower who received less than $2M in PPP funds will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith. Refer to question 46 for this topic.

AICC Partner Sikich LLC offers this analysis for companies over and under the $2M PPP Safe Harbor threshold. 

You can use this tool to tell Congress that manufacturers that have stayed on the job and worked to enact safeguards for employees deserve protections against bad-faith coronavirus-related lawsuits. Essential manufacturers should not be punished for doing the right thing. Companies that take action should look for a follow-up from the NAM on how they can get more involved on this critical issue.

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Wednesday, May 13

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

AICC advocacy partner the NAM has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin requesting clarifying guidance so that small manufacturers can continue to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program. 

As part of the Federal Reserve’s ongoing efforts to inject capital into the economy through liquidity facilities for businesses impacted by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has announced that its Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility will start purchasing exchange-traded funds on May 12. The SMCCF will also begin purchasing eligible corporate bonds in the near future. Read the announcement and FAQs to learn more about how companies can benefit from this program.

"The one good thing caused by Covid-19? Innovation."

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Tuesday, May 12

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

With states initiating their reopening plans, AICC partner Sikich LLC has compiled information that you need to consider for your business whether you have never shut down, hoping to reopen shortly or something in between. 

AICC Folding Carton Technical Advisor Tom Weber (Ask Tom) has shared a thoughtful article written by Dr. Erin Bromage, “Covid-19 – The Risks. Know Them. Avoid Them” which can be informative as you plan and re-plan your in-plant/in-office Covid strategies.

Here is the latest CDC guidance on all things Covid 

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Monday, May 11

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

The IRS has made a ruling in favor of manufacturers relative to employee retention credits and health care expenses.

The Department of Labor and the IRS have jointly issued the extension of certain time frames under ERISA and IRS rules for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and participants and beneficiaries of these plans during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

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Friday, May 8

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

Following a “heads up” by AICC member Mitch Klingher, regarding the IRS rules on deductibility of PPP funds, AICC reported the concern to the NAM who had heard similar misgivings from other manufacturing associations. The NAM has sent a letter to Capitol Hill asking for action on the issue. 

The Treasury Department has extended the deadline for the return of PPP loans to May 14. 

As the Government tightens need requirements for PPP to ensure that the funds have gone/are going to qualified companies, AICC Partner Sikich LLC has provided a helpful guide to help you with your evaluation. 

The EEOC announced a delay in the collection of EEO 2019 Component-1 data and 2020 EEO 3 and EEO 5 data until 2021. 

Euromonitor International has offered a free recording with slides of a webinar they presented on “The Implications of Covid-19 for the Global Economy.”

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Thursday, May 7

See the latest updates and reopening information by clicking on your state. 

With so much confusion about PPP funding eligibility, the SBA has released an updated list of FAQs.

The CDC has responded to AICC partner the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) with a broadening of their guidance on specific disinfectants that can be effectively used against Covid-19. Importantly, this includes properly diluted household bleach products.

Predictions, Prophets and Restarting Your Business 

In a letter to the Whitehouse, the Congress has pushed back against the IRS ruling that PPP funds are taxable. 

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Wednesday, May 6

As more states explore or move to reopening, the NAM has provided a format where you can more easily navigate to any updates on the state tracker

The CDC has issued guidance on community mitigation. 

AICC partner Sikich LLC has compiled a checklist to help you confirm eligibility for the PPP loan that you’ve received.

SBA allows borrowers under PPP to return loans if unable to show loan necessity.

Paychex has compiled a list of FAQs for returning to work 

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Tuesday, May 5

We have received no state updates yesterday. See the last information from your state. 

The IRS has provided guidance regarding the deductibility for Federal income tax purposes of certain otherwise deductible expenses incurred in a taxpayer’s trade or business when the taxpayer receives a loan (covered loan) pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Please read the notice carefully. AICC member Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler Associates says, “…the notice serves to deny taxpayers a deduction for expenses that are paid for with PPP loans that are forgiven. In my opinion, this was clearly not Congress’ intent when they said in the Cares Act that the loan forgiveness would be non-taxable. The only fixes for this are litigation, which will take a very long time, or legislation, which could straighten this out before anyone has to file a tax return. Everyone involved needs to get in touch with their Senators and Congressmen to get this added to whatever the next relief bill that Congress takes up. This will be a significant tax problem for almost every AICC member.”

The CDC has outlined workplace and business guidelines – Plan, Prepare, Respond. 

AICC Partner Sikich LLC has shared an item on the SBA’s program for borrowers to return PPP loans if unable to show loan necessity

Do I need to self-quarantine?

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Monday, May 4

The most recent state updates are below.  See the latest for your state.  

  • OH issued a phased reopening plan beginning on May 1
  • IN announced phase II of the state’s reopening to play out during the first part of May
  • IL stay at home extension is published with suggested best practices for manufacturers
  • FL outlined business guidelines under a partial reopening set to begin on May 4

The Whitehouse has provided guidance on Opening Up America Again. 

AICC partner FiveL has shared 5 tips on the interplay of FMLA and Covid 19

Read how to manage multiple sites when you can’t travel. 

Myth busted regarding Covid-19. 

AICC held a videoconference on Friday, May 1, for the packaging industry on COVID-19. Nearly 200 member companies participated. Adam Josephson of KeyBanc presented an update on the box market and containerboard industry. See Adam's slides. The antitrust statement was read before the recording began.

Read the chat that accompanied the call and the notes provided by AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container. Please note, thee recording began after the antitrust statement was read.

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Friday, May 1

The most recent state updates are below. See the latest from your state. 

  • FL outlined business guidelines under a partial reopening set to begin on May 4
  • MN extended its stay at home order through May 18, while loosening restrictions to allow curbside pickup from retail businesses
  • AZ moved to partially reopen nonessential retail businesses in a new order on April 29
  • AL will be moving past its stay in place order toward a “safer at home” phased reopening of businesses
  • NV extended the state’s stay at home order through May 15, though began to allow some curbside retail beginning May 1
  • MS announced its stay in place order will end and a phased reopening plan will begin May 4
  • TN issued guidelines for a partial reopening of businesses in the state beginning April 29
  • WV issued a plan for partial reopening of the state with no specific dates attached
  • Prospective action on extending or modifying stay at home orders is expected soon in IN, WA and MN

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released new reopening guidance that is universally applicable to the broad U.S. population, including manufacturers and other businesses. The CDC webpage and its accompanying printout documents provide a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices.

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program. The program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic. Read the FAQs about the program. 

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Thursday, April 30

The most recent state updates are below. See the latest from your state

  • MA extended the state’s stay at home order through May 18
  • LA extended the state’s stay at home order through May 15
  • OH outlined new operational guidance for manufacturers as the state prepares to partially reopen

AICC has joined other Associations and signed a letter to Congress requesting consideration of legislation offering legal safe harbor status for essential industries. Many AICC members, because they have remained operational during times of remarkable legal uncertainty, can risk becoming the targets of coronavirus-related lawsuits that will ultimately do nothing to reduce the spread of this disease or address the suffering that Americans have endured because of it. Congress must act to ensure that such misguided litigation does not derail our recovery.



AICC member Corrugated Solutions has immediate availability on masks and hand sanitizers, which have been on long lead times of late. They are offering a 10% discount to members, use code AICC at checkout, or use this link to activate the code. https://corrugatedsolutions.com/collections/safety



So many AICC members have been producing PPE and other helpful items for hospitals, first responders and their communities. If you have the ability to produce these items but don’t have an outlet for donating them, please consider Good 360 which has been vetted by the National Association of Manufacturers and carries their approval

Wednesday, April 29

AICC did not receive state updates from the NAM overnight. See the latest from your state

The National Governors Association has released a “Roadmap to Recovery” that gives an idea of how governors will be guiding reopening efforts. 

Detroit automakers target May 18 for U.S. plant restarts.  

How small businesses can and do shift gears

The NAM has prepared Pandemic Liability Policy Recommendations as part of its American Renewal Action Plan. 

How the coronavirus is already rewriting the future of business. 

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Tuesday, April 28

State updates from the weekend and Monday are listed below. See the latest from your state. 

  • CO released details about the state’s looser restrictions, which will be in effect for the next 30 days
  • HI extended the state’s stay at home order through May 31
  • MI extended the state’s stay at home order through May 15, while allowing for resumed activities including paint sales and lawn and garden centers
  • IL extended the state’s stay in place order through May 30 — adding new restrictions on production lines and requiring face coverings. In addition, on Monday, manufacturers in IL won a major victory when the state withdrew a burdensome workers’ compensation rule related to COVID 
  • OH outlined new operational guidance for manufacturers in Ohio as the state prepares to partially reopen
  • MS outlined a phased reopening of some businesses beginning May 4
  • TX outlined plans to begin reopening some in-person business operations beginning May 1
  • MN and MS released updated guidance for businesses as they partially lift stay at home orders

With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-funded, here is the latest interim final rule  with guidance on affiliation and eligibility rules. This FAQ document was updated as of 4/26. 

Marketing Strategies for Print Companies during COVID-19.

You’re not going back to normal office life for a long time.

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Monday, April 27

AICC launched its second member survey on Covid-19 issues and their effect on operations.  There are surveys for both box making members and suppliers.  The survey will close later this week.   To participate please click on the appropriate link:

The S.B.A. Paycheck Protection Program resumes today with new funding from the government.  

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility 

The National Governors Association has released a 10 point plan that offers insight into what guidance may be followed in a reopening of your state. 

AICC member Roger Poteet has shared information on various equipment on scanning body temperatures. Contact sales@tequipment.net,  or 1-732-222-7077 or online chat with any remaining questions or for a price quote. Watch a recording of a webinar on the topic.

On Friday, nearly 200 participants shared their latest questions and answers on the AICC COVID-19 weekly videoconference. Helpful information was shared in the chat and AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container shared their notes about the event. 

The NAM sent a letter to Mexican President Obrador in support of U.S. manufacturers with operations in Mexico. The letter urges Mexico to consider U.S. CISA infrastructure guidance in its designations of essential business operations. This letter is written in response to a coordinated effort by Mexico, the U.S. and Canada to reopen the automotive sector and support industries. Here is an English translation of the press release from Mexico.  

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Friday, April 24

State updates from Wednesday and Thursday are listed below. See the latest from your state. 

  • IL extended the state’s stay in place order through May 30 — adding new restrictions on production lines and requiring face coverings.
  • NC extended its stay in place order through May 8, using the existing exemptions for essential businesses.
  • NM extended its stay in place order through May 15, using the state’s existing definition of businesses regarded as essential.
  • ID issued a phased reopening plan that would see a partial reopening of business beginning in the first half of May.
  • OK issued guidance for a “Phase I” reopening of the states non-essential businesses (see OK section for more) to phase in beginning April 24.
  • AK issued back to work guidance beginning April 24.
  • MT issued a health order outlining a back-to-work phase that will begin lifting some restrictions for non-essential businesses on April 27 (see MT section for more).
  • See CO, TN, GA and SC sections for more details about reopening plans in those states.

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Stimulus 3.5 Relief Bill previously passed by the Senate. Here are FAQs about this latest bill. 

AICC participated in an interesting webinar put on by the NAM on Wednesday titled Post Covid-19: Prepping Your People for the New Normal. Watch the recording and see the corresponding support materials 

AICC member Mark Jared of Cumberland Container and his team have developed a Social Distancing Easel for their team members.

AICC hosted a free webinar, Face Masks & PPE during COVID, Wednesday, April 22. The webinar, designed by AICC Emerging Leaders and sponsored by Gemini North America, This webinar spotlights AICC member companies that have experience with creating policies around masks in their workplace. As they share their experiences, we will learn:

  • Legal ramifications around company issued mask policy.
  • Different types of face masks available along with the advantages/disadvantages of each.
  • Proving Mask Training – proper ways to use, store, and sanitize.
  • Other PPE best practices to supplement mask use.


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Thursday, April 23

States did not release updates yesterday that affect AICC members’ operations. Here is a  grid showing each states’ current status on shutdowns and restrictions. Of note is that several states are beginning to post (see far right columns) outlines for what coming out of shutdown looks like.

Several members have inquired about thermometers for scanning employees upon arrival. AICC member Al Hoodwin of Michigan City Paper Box shared the following information on the Seek Scan Thermal Imaging System. A simple thermal imaging system designed to automate body temperature screening using skin temperature as a proxy. It can be installed in lobbies, hallways, and other key access points to help businesses, institutions and venues create a safer environment for their workforce, customers, members, and patrons. Easy-to-install and easy-to-use, the system can be up and running in minutes with no special equipment or training. 

The Senate has passed the Stimulus 3.5 relief bill. It is expected that the House will take up the bill today. There is still time to let your legislator know how you feel about passing this bill. If passed, the new bill would, among other things:

  • Provide additional funding for PPP loans;
  • Provide additional funding for Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program;
  • Provide the SBA with additional funding to help administer COVID-19 response programs;
  • Provide funding to Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for the purposes of reimbursing health care providers for expenses and lost revenues related to COVID-19; and
  • Provide funding for COVID-19 testing, nearly half of which would be distributed (in amounts dictated by the terms of the bill) to states, localities, territories and American Indian tribes.

This bill simply increases funding and does not make any substantive changes to the PPP or the EIDL program. Thus those small businesses that have already obtained funding through either program will not be impacted.

The American Forest & Paper Association has produced a “Thank You to the Paper and Wood Products Employees Delivering Essential Products” video 


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

State updates from Monday are listed below. See the latest from your state.

  • PA extended its stay at home order (for individuals, not businesses) and requirement for companies to provide face coverings for employees until May 8
  • CO, GA, TN and SC issued orders or guidance on plans to either lift or not renew stay at home orders and allow for the limited reopening of businesses in the state. See the above link for details specific to each state.

On the last videoconference, members asked questions about how to respond to a positive Covid-19 test of an employee. We share again the CDC guidance for such an incident.

The NAM has compiled a document on the implications of stay at home orders in Canada and Mexico. If you are an AICC member doing business across borders, please consider viewing this document.

AICC partner Sikich LLP has give permission for AICC to share slides from webinars they have presented on a broad range of governmental programs. Here are slides outlining the changes in tax policies that are available for small businesses.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

State updates from Monday are listed below. See the latest from your state

  • CO issued an order requiring essential workers to wear masks on their job sites for the next 30 days
  • CT issued requirements for workers to wear face coverings for the duration of the state’s emergency declaration
  • IN issued an order extending the state’s stay at home order until May 1

The IRS is temporarily accepting Net Operating Loss Claims by fax.

Congress is considering additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Use this link, https://actnow.io/e4x9kWk, and share it with your employees to let your representatives know that you would like this program to continue.

All employees, especially the front line workers in the plants, can be feeling tremendous stress at these times. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce conducted a webinar on Cultivating Wellness in the Workplace. The NAM also conducted a webinar on Employee Morale which can be viewed here. Please share these links with the team member responsible for HR in your facility.

Acme Corrugated Box in Hatboro, PA has been a leader in employee wellness engagement and appreciation during this crisis. On Friday April 17 Acme held a “Thank You Rally” where approximately 30 Team Members, who have been working remotely since the week of March 16th, lined the street outside the plant with posters and cheers for the Production Team, at change of shift, to show the great appreciation, respect, and gratitude for all they are doing as Acme remains operational during this difficult time. The rally began as first shift exited the building, followed by second shift arriving a short bit later.


Monday, April, 20, 2020

State updates from Friday are listed below. See the latest from your state.

  • MS extended its stay at home order through April 27
  • IN will issue an order early this week extending the state’s stay at home order until May 1
  • TX has created a “Strike Force” to reopen the state for business which signals it likely will not extend the stay in force order (in its current form) past May 1
  • NY and MO have extended their stay at home orders until May 15
  • WI extended its order until May 26
  • Dallas County, TX issued requirements for essential workers to wear face coverings at work sites (see TX section)

CISA/DHS on April 17 updated its Critical Infrastructure Guidance. This is the Federal document that outlines essential businesses and workers and has language favorable to AICC general and associate members. Among the updates is the inclusion of “printers” and “packaging” in the medical section.

The Whitehouse has shared guidelines for reopening the USA. 

RISI/Fastmarkets conducted a webinar earlier in the month on the Impact of Covid-19 on Containerboard Markets. Watch the recording.

Garrett Bradley and Gemini North America are offering non-medical grade face masks to AICC members for $00.63 each. Garrett will also donate 1 million masks through the Deaconess Program for each 5 million masks sold. Please reach out to him at garrett@gemininorthamerica.com or on his mobile 816-305-8271.

The FDA has stated that there is no need for consumers to wipe down food or food packaging.

The AICC April 17 Packaging Industry Videoconference brought over 200 people together to ask and answer COVID-19 related questions.

You can read the "chat" and the event notes provided by AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container.


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Friday, April 17, 2020

Key state updates from NAM are listed below. See the latest information for your state

  • NY extended its order to close non-essential businesses until May 15
  • WI extended its stay in place order until May 26
  • MO extended the state’s stay at home order until May 3. The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City extended their local stay at home orders until May 15
  • The governors in the Midwest (MN-WI-IL-IN-MI-OH-KY) announced a plan to coordinate on the reopening of the economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Earlier this week, a series of Western states (CA-OR-WA) announced their intention to work as a group on lifting stay at home orders and reopening commerce.
  • Earlier this week, a series of Northeastern states (PA-DE-NJ-NY-CT-RI-MA) announced their intention to work as a group on lifting stay at home orders and reopening commerce.
The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have published a joint reminder about anti-trust and anti-collusion during a time of COVID-19where companies may necessarily need to work together in response to challenges brought on by the pandemic.


The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funding yesterday, with thousands of applications unprocessed. Send a message to Congress about committing additional funds this tool.

Watch Economics During COVID-19: Impact and Cash Flow Best Practices.

Today at 1:00 pm ET NAM is hosting a webinar, Employee Wellness: Improving Morale During COVID-19. The webinar is free, but you do need to register in advance. 

AICC member RapidBond has recently become a distributor for the Power Breezer. The Power Breezer is a portable atomizing fan/sprayer, that provides cooling as well as disinfection & purification of the environment, using only water and bleach to operate. Learn more. Contact Mike Kocherga, Mobile: +1-619-884-4334, email: michael@rapidbond.net.

  • Maximum direct spray distance 65 feet (20 meters): http://landing.powerbreezer.com/covid-19/.
  • The equipment can be easily placed in critical spaces, reception areas, plant entrances, truck loading areas, etc.
  • A single unit disinfects & cools up to 3,000 square feet (232 m2).
  • The integrated 85-gallon water tank can last up to five days.
  • Does not wet users or equipment.

AICC vendor, Delta Marketing, has started selling masks and other medical supplies. Some types are available to ship now. See what is available.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Key state updates from the NAM are listed below. See the latest on your state. 

  • PA issued an order requiring employers to provide masks to employees, and require wearing them while on a worksite.
  • ID extended its stay in place order with existing exemptions for essential businesses through April 30, and imposed a self-quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers.
  • KS extended its stay in place order until May 3 .
  • NY has ordered the wearing of masks while in public; it’s unclear whether this would impact manufacturers.

The NAM will run an employee wellness webinar Friday 4/17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. Register.

Fastmarkets RISI is hosting a webinar: Global Pulp and RCP – The Current Impact of COVID-19, Friday, April 17, at 10:00 am ET. Register. 

Smurfit Kappa launches a portfolio of products to help communities.

The Pandemic Economy – What are Shoppers Buying Online During Covid-19

The Federal Reserve has taken actions to assure up to $2.3T in loans to support the economy.

From the Harvard Business School, What Customers Need to Hear From You in a Crisis.

AICC members are doing some very innovative things to help keep kids entertained and help out in these uncertain times, including Carlisle Container Co, who designed these amazing Hideaway Houses (and as much as we love our tiny people I am sure by this point some of us wouldn't mind hiding from them for a bit.) See Adam Wolf's or Diane Wolf's post on LinkedIn.

What is your company doing to help in the crisis? What amazing new things have you created because of the pandemic? Let us know. Email your stories to Virginia at vhumphrey@aiccbox.org. We may include them in future updates or other AICC publications.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The NAM has provided an interactive map that allows you to go directly to your state’s coronavirus resources page. 

The IRS has provided a new outline of their guidance on employee tax deposits and payments through December 31.

AICC member company Wasatch Container manufactures face shields for Utah healthcare workers.

Four things workers need from their companies right now. 

Poteet Printing Systems is providing hand sanitizing solutions.



Smurfit Kappa shows ways to help communities affected by COVID-19.

AICC members have another outlet to share information: an online Community, which is a place for members to ask and answer questions about COVID-19 and a variety of other topics. Learn how to find and use the Community. You must be logged in to participate.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

OSHA made a very important update in guidance regarding COVID-19 as a work-related illness. In areas where there is ongoing community transmission, OSHA will not enforce the requirement that employers make work-relatedness determinations regarding COVID-19 except in the case of a few exceptions.

Key state updates are listed below. Track all the changes in your state.

  • TN extended its stay in place order until April 30, maintaining existing exemptions for essential businesses.
  • MD extended its state of emergency to an indefinite conclusion date.
  • IL proposed an emergency rule allowing employees of essential businesses who contract COVID-19 to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • SC extended its state of emergency until April 27.
  • NY issued new rules requiring employers to provide face coverings to any essential employees in a customer-facing role.

For members doing business in, or partnering with companies in Canada and Mexico, the NAM has provided updated guidance on orders in those countries.

Economics During COVID-19: Impact and Cash Flow Practices. NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray and experts from BKD will discuss the state of the manufacturing economy and the practical measures manufacturers should consider for weathering the challenging business environment. You can register for the webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, April 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. Register.

Paul Lattimore of Highcon has a source for Hand Sanitizer and Non-Medical, reusable face masks made in the USA and shipped within 5 – 7 days.

Terry Carman, AICC's First Lady & wife of AICC Chairman Jay Carman, President, StandFast Group, has been sewing masks for StandFast and Blackhawk employees. They have been very appreciative of her efforts.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Key state updates are listed below. Review NAM's Daily State Tracker to see details on all state orders and updates.

  • VT extended until May 15 its stay in place order with existing exemptions for essential manufacturers.
  • CT extended its stay in place order until May 20.
  • AK extended its stay in place order until April 21, and imposed a new requirement that essential businesses submit plans for maintaining critical infrastructure to the state government.
  • UT imposed a new requirement for travelers into the state to submit information to the state Department of Transportation.
  • MI extended its stay in place order through April 30, maintaining the same exemptions for essential businesses.
  • NJ imposed many new operational requirements on essential manufacturers who remain operational.

The IRS offers guidance for net operating losses under the CARES Act. 

For members that are manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received guidance from the DHS that limits export of certain types and quantities of PPE outside the United States

Prepare your business for a post-pandemic world. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the plant can be simple:  



From the Harvard Business School, 7 Leadership Principles for Managing in a Time of Crisis.

Thursday, April 9, AICC held its fourth industry COVID-19 videoconference. Over 200 people shared their questions, best practices, and ideas.

Helpful information was also shared in the chat. AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container, volunteered to act as the scribes for the call and share their notes on the videoconference with members.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Vice President Pence thanks critical infrastructure workers.

On Thursday’s AICC videoconference, Greg Tucker of Bay Cities spoke of an automated kiosk that can take an employee’s temperature. He was kind enough to share this information: Arch Staffing has been able to conduct temperature checks through our unmanned onsite kiosks at our client sites through thermal imaging cameras. Watch a short video to see how employee’s temperatures could even be checked remotely by a health professional through Telemedicine. Contact Rob McConnell – President, Arch Staffing & Consulting, at 310.438.9718 or rob.mcconnell@archstaffing.us.

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) conducted a webinar on Small Business and the CARES act.

Volk Packaging has shared some good tips in “10 Outside the Box Ways We Are Fighting COVID-19.”

How to handle Coronavirus layoffs with compassion.

Jana Harris of Harris Packaging mentioned Fiber Shield.org on today’s videoconference. Paperboard Packaging companies throughout the world are uniting to eliminate the shortage of COVID-19 protective face shields. About Fiber Shield: Our goal is to protect the medical community that we depend upon to protect us. Please join our community, share our resources and help defeat COVID-19.

Jim Nelson has referred Shirts and Logos as a possible source for face masks. Here is a sample of what they have available. The masks can be made with your company name or logo included on them. The price on this sheet is the retail price, but they are offering AICC members special pricing. The masks are made in Wisconsin. If there are questions, feel free to connect with Russ Gorman of Shirts and Logos at 414.254.3606.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The CDC has issued new Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. Please review this document carefully as the recommendations made represent a significant change from earlier recommended practices

There are state updates daily, and the NAM does a good job of tracking them. View your state. State by state updates begin on page 3. Key state updates are included below:

  • New Jersey imposed many new operational requirements on essential manufacturers who remain operational.
  • Minnesota extended its stay in place order until May 4, adding tighter language governing how employees are able to work in essential businesses.
  • Delaware extended its stay in place order until May 15.
  • Montana extended its stay in place order until April 24.

New temporary partitions aim to help businesses stay operational during Coronavirus outbreak.

The NAM will hold a webinar tomorrow, April 10, on Tax Provisions in the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Members who would like to receive a global view of the economic impact of COVID-19 should consider attending this webinar, Market Impact of COVID-19: How to Respond, Reset, and Rebound, which is taking place today, April 9 at 11:00 am ET. It will also be available after the fact as a download.

AICC yesterday AICC hosted COVID-19 and Business Continuity (The Next 90 Days), a webinar featuring Dan Pascale, CPP, Executive Vice President of Margolis Healy and Associates.

Lastly, as you know, packaging can be reused before it is recycled...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This is the first day since we’ve been maintaining this site that there is no new information regarding state closures, shelter in place orders, or essential business orders that are relevant to AICC members. It is a good time to re-share a link to the NAM grid that shows the current situation in all 50 states. It’s a good time for you to reference what your state expects of you, your employees, and your business.

The Treasury Department has released an updated list of FAQs regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. 

In times like these, communication is the key – with your employees, your customers, and your partners. AICC partner Bridgeworks has provided a helpful grid detailing methods of Generational Communication in a Time of Crisis.

Many companies have employees working from home during these times. Sometimes there are challenges.

AICC partner Suzy Cummins has shared an interesting document entitled “What are my Options,” which maps out COVID-related instances that may occur in your plant along with response options from the employer, the state, and the FFCRA. This document, which contains information from the State of Georgia, should be modified with your own in-plant solutions and those of your state unemployment statutes. The FFCRA solutions can be considered more or less universal but may require HR or legal review and comment.

AICC will host COVID-19 and Business Continuity (The Next 90 Days) Webinar today, Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 pm ET. This free webinar, sponsored by Poteet Printing, will explore the 5 critical focus areas as you navigate the next 90 days of this emergenc:

  • Identifying Essential Functions & Personnel
  • Health & Safety of Employees
  • Communication
  • Assessing Organizational Impact
  • Recovery & Restoration

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Key state updates within the last 24 hours are listed below. See the latest in your state.

  • New York extended the state’s stay in place guidance until April 29.
  • South Carolina has a stay in place order ordering “non-essential” businesses to close, not including manufacturers among those non-essential businesses; at the same time, the state clarified its travel restrictions to exempt essential businesses as defined by federal CISA guidance from self-quarantine requirements.

For those of you who attended the AICC webinar on 4/2 with Mitch Klingher on FFCRA, the CARES Act, and business continuity, Mitch has shared the slides from the webinar. 

 

AICC will host COVID-19 and Business Continuity (The Next 90 Days) Webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8. This free webinar, sponsored by Poteet Printing, will explore the 5 critical focus areas as you navigate the next 90 days of this emergency.

The SBA has provided a link to Find Eligible Lenders for the Paycheck Protection Program. The NAM has also provided a convenient link for Loan and Tax Overviews.

The CDC has updated its guidance for “Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19.” The CDC has also issued new guidelines for the widespread use of face masks. This includes a tutorial on how to make the face masks.

The NAM has compiled a compendium of links to Small Business COVID-19 Resources

RPI Prints’ Suzy Cumins, an AICC Education Partner, has shared her company’s COVID-19 Exposure Policy.

Monday, April 6, 2020

States continue to announce and evolve their stay at home orders and their guidelines for essential businesses, found on NAM's Daily State Tracker, which we have summarized below:

  • On Friday night, South Carolina issued a stay in place order ordering “non-essential” businesses to close, not including manufacturers among those non-essential businesses; at the same time, South Carolina clarified its travel restrictions to exempt essential businesses as defined by federal CISA guidance from self-quarantine requirement.
  • On Friday, Missouri adopted a stay at home order that exempts manufacturers designated as “essential” under the federal CISA guidance.
  • On Friday, Alabama adopted a stay at home order designating as “essential” manufacturers broadly, as well as those identified under federal CISA guidelines.
  • On Thursday, Georgia issued a stay in place order with exemptions for “essential” business as defined by the federal CISA guidelines, plus suppliers for those businesses.


Canadian Guidance on Essential Services and Functions During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

On Friday, the SBA issued an interim final rule on the Paycheck Protection Program

The FFCRA has expanded paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave coverages. Here are forms that accommodate the necessary data for both instances:

Sample leave forms are courtesy of OxBox.

The Association for Print Technologies has posted a “Disaster Recovery Toolkit” for the global printing industry that offers many good tips to follow.

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor published the FFCRA implementing regulations. We now have until April 30 until the regulations will be fully enforced. Towards that end, Christine Walters will again host a FREE webcast on Wednesday, April 8th from noon -1:30 EDT. Read more and register. This is not an AICC webinar, but Christine has been a valued AICC partner and speaker and we appreciate her sharing her expertise and knowledge with interested AICC members.

Friday, April 3, AICC hosted its third Packaging Industry COVID-19 Videoconference. Nearly 300 people shared their questions, best practices, and ideas. The beginning of the videoconference, which included reading the antitrust statement and some housekeeping details was not captured in the recording.

Helpful information was also shared in the chat. AICC Emerging Leaders, Evan Clary, JS Machine, and Lauren Frisch, Wasatch Container, volunteered to act as the scribes for the call and share their notes on the videoconference with members. 

AICC members have another outlet to share information: an online Community, which is a place for members to ask and answer questions about COVID-19 and a variety of other topics. Learn how to find and use the Community. You must be logged in to participate.

 

April 3, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) late last night issued an “Interim Final Rule,” which provides guidance and answers questions regarding section 1102 of the CARES Act, which is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Based on yesterday’s AICC webinar with Mitch Klingher on the recent legislation and how it affects AICC members, there were many questions about this program. See the document.


GA has issued a stay in place order while OH modified an existing order while OK and TX modified travel restrictions. New travel rules have been announced in KS. See NAM Daily State Tracker.

Key state updates within the last 24 hours include:

  • Georgia issued a stay in place order with exemptions for “essential” business as defined by the federal CISA guidelines, plus suppliers for those businesse.
  • Ohio extended its stay in place order through May 1, maintaining existing exemptions for manufacturer.
  • Oklahoma and Texas have updated their travel restrictions to provide clearer guidance and exempt essential businesses from the order.
  • Travel rules for Kansas were put in place.

NAM has published concise information on the Covid-19 small business loans and tax relief programs available.

The Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers are combining efforts to bolster the business community’s response to shortages of urgently needed supplies. These organizations have developed an online survey to identify existing supplies and new manufacturing capacity to support emergency production efforts. All members of America’s business community are invited to join by completing this survey. The aim is to aid government’s efforts to deploy resources quickly and where they are needed most.

AICC Member Tyndell Photographic is offering non-medical grade, re-useable face masks that could make sense for your employees.

April 2, 2020

New stay in place orders include FL (statewide), SC, NV, and ME. There are new orders in the SFO Bay Area imposing stricter stay in place restrictions, along with travel restriction updates in OK and TX and new orders in DE. See the NAM Daily State Tracker. 

  • Florida issued a stay in place order that adopts the federal CISA guidance for “essential” operations exempt from the order.
  • South Carolina issued an order closing several types of “nonessential” businesses, not including manufacturers.
  • On Tuesday night, seven Bay Area counties issued stay in place orders that tighten the definition of essential businesses.
  • Oklahoma and Texas have updated their travel restrictions to provide clearer guidance and exempt essential businesses from the order.
  • Delaware also issued new travel restrictions exempting essential businesses.

If your state is among those to recently introduce restrictions, please see our summary of key links and templates for downloadable letter templates for your employees, customers, partners and suppliers referencing the essential nature of your business. Read the NAM language regarding essential employees.

Tomorrow, April 3, the SBA loan application process opens for businesses affective by Covid 19, government ordered shutdowns and companies that are willing to keep workers on their payroll during these unsettled times. Download the application. Review the Borrower Information Fact Sheet.

Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler LLP will be the featured presenter in an AICC webinar entitled Covid-19 Legislative Tax Relief and its Impact on Manufacturers today,

Thursday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • Update of all recently enacted Federal legislation and IRS notices
  • Analysis of 2 types of SBA loans available for disaster relief
  • Discussion of how to preserve value during the coronavirus Pandemic including action steps to weather the tide

While this webinar is free for AICC members, you do need to register.

AICC partner RISI is offering a free webinar, “Global Macroeconomics and the Impact of Covid-19” on April 3, at 10:30 a.m. EDT

AICC members have another outlet to share information: an online Community, which is a place for members to ask and answer questions about COVID-19 and a variety of other topics. Learn how to find and use the Community. You must be logged in to participate.

AICC member H.B. Fuller has an EPA approved, Covid-19 effective, disinfectant to clean equipment and non-porous surfaces and floors.

Contact: Tania Montesi | Account Manager | H.B. Fuller
Tania.montesi@hbfuller.com
417 NW 136th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98685
Mobile: 514-220-6876

PRODUCT DETAILS

Product Data Sheet; Safety Data Sheet

Package: 5 gallon pails - FOSTER 40-80 L Q PT5P 18.90 KG
Minimum Order Quantity: 1 pallet /24 pails/120 gallons – Full Pallet Orders Only
Terms: FOB Houston TX.
$55 per 5 gallon pail – FOB Houston.
Minimum order one pallet – (24) pails per pallet.
One gallon covers 1000 SF
Product #10007910 – Disinfectant 40-80.

 

 

 
 
 
 
April 1, 2020

New Stay in Place Orders are in place in AZ and FL.  Extensions to existing orders are announced in IL, MA and LA.  New travel restrictions in TX, KY, MT, SC, OK, VT, ND and MA. See Daily State Tracker.

  • Arizona adopted a stay in place order that designates manufacturers as essential businesses that may continue operations.
  • Illinois and Louisiana each announced the stay in place orders are extended until April 30
  • Massachusetts extended the state’s stay in place order through May 4 and issued updated essential business guidance.
  • Florida issued a partial stay in place order affecting counties in south Florida with broad manufacturing exemptions.
  • A number of states are issuing restrictions requiring out-of-state travelers to self quarantine upon arrival in their state. Many include work-related exemptions.

The CDC has issued a list of manufacturing protocols in the event that an employee tests positive for Covid-19.

The CDC has also issued a guideline for “Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.”

The Treasury Department is offering an Employee Retention Credit to businesses affected by Covid-19. There are two instances where the credit may be applied:

  1. The employer’s business is fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19 during the calendar quarter.
  2. The employer’s gross receipts are below 50 percent of the comparable quarter in 2019. Once the employer’s gross receipts go above 80 percent of a comparable quarter in 2019 they no longer qualify after the end of that quarter.

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) has provided guidance on several provisions of the CARES Act which can be helpful. In addition, they have provided The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act .

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has published guidance on Covid-19 and Paper Product Safety.

AICC has always supported peer learning and connections. The strength of the Association iargely built upon the stength of the connections between members. At all AICC events we have facilitated connections. We have even seen this online during the weekly AICC Packaging Industry COVID-19 Videoconferences. To give members another outlet to share information we can created an online Community to allow member to ask and answer questions about COVID-19 and a variety of other topics. Learn how to find and use the Community. You must be logged in to participate.

Lastly, AICC understands we need to adjust to the times, so we are now allowing a new payment method for all outstanding invoices:

Happy April Fools Day!

March 31, 2020

On Monday March 30:

  • VA issued a stay in place order that does not appear to limit manufacturing operations.
  • TN issued a stay in place order that adopts the federal CISA definition for essential employees and adds additional language on manufacturing.
  • TX adopted strict restrictions on border crossings for Louisiana and implemented a process for employers to stipulate how to certify their cross-border employees as essential.
  • MD updated its guidance to enhance its stay in place enforcement but with no apparent changes to how manufacturers are impacted.

Here is the NAM daily snapshot.

This is a reminder that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into effect tomorrow, April 1 and that AICC members with less than 500 employees are all subject to the provisions of this law unless granted an exception, which is only available to companies with less than 50 employees. See a list of FAQs from the Department of Labor. Read all the resources from the Department of Labor that you may need to steer your way through compliance with the FFCRA.

Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler LLP will be the featured presenter in an AICC webinar entitled Covid-19 Legislative Tax Relief and its Impact on Manufacturers on Thursday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • Update of all recently enacted Federal legislation and IRS notices
  • Analysis of 2 types of SBA loans available for disaster relief
  • Discussion of how to preserve value during the coronavirus Pandemic including action steps to weather the tide

While this webinar is free for AICC members, you do need to register.

Read SBA information about Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses. 

We have not shared the CISA language providing guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers since last week. This is the latest document, that has received many updates since originally issued two weeks ago. Members should be familiar with all sections of critical infrastructure identification, but we point members’ particular attention to the section on critical manufacturing.

The Thomas Register people, known today as simply Thomas, have put together a Coronavirus Resource Hub for manufacturers that includes several helpful links and a state by state guide to states with orders limiting business operations.

March 30, 2020

Here is the latest NAM daily update which includes a state by state look at the status of emergency orders and their affect on manufacturing. On Saturday evening, RI issued a “stay in place order” that only appears to affect retail businesses at this time.

Many in the industry have asked what should be done in the event that an employee tests positive for Covid-19. The NAM has put together this Q&A on procedures.

AICC Partner Lumi has compiled and is maintaining a “Network Status” site that is tracking supply chain performance nationwide based on data received from “thousands of companies.” Participate in the survey. See the current Packaging Supply Chain Network Status.

A NAM letter to governors calling for “uniform approach” and the “direct adoption” of Federal Guidelines on critical infrastructure. DHS/CISA revised the language on 3/19 and again on 3/28, with important elaboration on the supply chain. The most important addition to the language is this, “Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.”

Friday, March 27 AICC hosted its second packaging industry COVID-19 videoconference. On the conference, members received guidance from David Goch and Christine Walters on the Covid-related legislation that has recently been enacted. In addition, members shared experiences and advice on how to adjust and continue operations in these uncertain times. The third video conference is scheduled for this coming Friday, April 3 at 2:00 pm ET. See tomorrow’s daily update for information about how to join the videoconference.

During the videoconference several asked about the FEFCO flowchart, a template for what to do when an employee tests positive that was shared on this page earlier. While we could not sharpen the original picture shared, we have tried to recreate it. Good advice was also shared in the chat.

You can also download the recording.

 

AICC member H.B. Fuller has an EPA approved, Covid-19 effective, disinfectant to clean equipment and non-porous surfaces and floors. Foster 40-80 is a water based, bleach free, biocide and virucide disinfectant that can be used to disinfect work areas. Foster 40-80 has been approved as a disinfectant against Covid 19 and is registered with the EPA. Our traditional channel to market is through distributors associated with restoration supplies. As a public service to AICC members, HB Fuller is making this product available directly.  

Contact: Tania Montesi | Account Manager | H.B. Fuller
Tania.montesi@hbfuller.com
417 NW 136th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98685
Mobile: 514-220-6876

PRODUCT DETAILS

Product Data Sheet; Safety Data Sheet

Package: 5 gallon pails - FOSTER 40-80 L Q PT5P 18.90 KG
Minimum Order Quantity: 1 pallet /24 pails/120 gallons – Full Pallet Orders Only
Terms: FOB Houston TX.
$55 per 5 gallon pail – FOB Houston.
Minimum order one pallet – (24) pails per pallet.
One gallon covers 1000 SF
Product #10007910 – Disinfectant 40-80.

 
March 27, 2020

The State of CO issued a stay in place order yesterday. While not referencing the DHS/CISA language, Section III C. 2 & 3 of the Public Health Order clearly mentions packaging and other supply chain support of critical businesses as also critical. See the updated daily state tracker. This should be a daily must-read for you.

The House could vote today on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief bill. Read a summary of the key provisions of the bill, as passed by the Senate, compiled by the NAM  and read FAQs regarding the bill.

If you are a business of 500 employees or less, the Families First Relief Act affects you. Your business needs to display an FFCRA Poster

The Department of Labor (DoL) states, “Each covered employer must post in a conspicuous place on its premises a notice of FFCRA requirements.” Since many of your employees may be working remotely, you may want to use another communication vehicle, such as your intranet or employee email blast to give them the link to the poster or a PDF of the poster itself. Read FAQs regarding the poster

AICC hosted a webinar with Christine Walters of FiveL yesterday. Christine has been a partner of AICC human resources issues and employment law for many years. The webinar walked the 65 attendees through the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA). Read the slides associated with the presentation.



The Small Business Administration has shared Resources for Small Business.

The NAM has published a summary of the guidance being given for public orders in Canada that include definitions of critical infrastructure.

With the current economic environment where so many packaging sales resources are on restricted travel, many packaging companies are thinking about alternative (virtual) methods to develop new business for sustainable sales growth. Athena SWC, LLC CEO Todd Zielinski, a frequent BoxScore contributor, will be hosting a free educational webcast for packaging manufacturers on Thursday, April 2nd at 11am EST. The webcast will provide an overview of a virtual best practice process model leveraging proven outbound and inbound marketing methodologies, focused on new business development efforts specific to packaging manufacturing environments. Learn more and register.

BridgeWorks is offering a webinar, Generational Communication in a Time of Crisis, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM CT. BridgeWorks’ keynote speakers Phil Gwoke and Scott Zimmer will be offering insights and a framework on how to manage and communicate with each generation on your team during times of uncertainty. Learn more and register.

While we don’t like the use of the word “cardboard,” we do appreciate the creativity in these do-it-yourself corrugated-based projects.

March 26, 2020

The States of MN, MS, ME, NM, and OK issued stay in place orders yesterday. Oklahoma’s is a partial stay at home order that affects the counties with the most Covid-19 cases. All these states have adopted DHS/CISA guidance relative to essential businesses which is favorable to packaging-related businesses and their supply chains. Several jurisdictions have announced local orders in FL and NC. See the updated daily state tracker. This should be a daily must-read for you.

The Senate passed a $2Trillion stimulus bill last night. The House is expected to debate the bill on Friday. Read a summary of the provisions of the bill.

How is your company’s contingency plan working???



The Department of Labor has posted guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.

AICC has seen a surge of learners at AICC’s Packaging School in the face of the Covid-19 situation. Social distancing does not have to mean stopping your training efforts in the plant. If you are already a Packaging School “scholar,” interested in taking your first course or wanting to put on a training program for your team, visit The Packaging School.

On Tuesday, March 24, AICC Mexico held a video conference for its members to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting their employees, operations, and customers.

This may also be useful for U.S.-based Spanish first language speakers to get membership perspective in their native tongue.

 

March 25, 2020

The States of WI, KS, VT, HI, and WA issued stay in place orders yesterday that adopt DHS/CISA guidance relative to essential businesses. This guidance has established language indicating packaging related businesses and their supply chains as “essential.” See the updated daily state tracker. There are several very helpful links at this site, including references to individual cities that have made or are contemplating making restriction declarations due to Covid-19.

AICC participated in a webinar with the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) on Small Businesses and Covid-19. They provided a useful and comprehensive explanation of the details related to the Phase III pending legislation that will be voted on by the Senate today, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act including Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act, Paid Sick Leave, Tax Credits, Unemployment Legislation and Orders and some Q&A.

Printing Impressions’ Pat Henry has written an article about AICC’s Friday videoconference and AICC members’ response to the Covid-19 situation.

It’s been a while since we shared the link from the CDC updates on Covid-19 for businesses; from OSHA on Covid-19 for businesses  and a new site from the EPA listing of disinfectants registered as effective against coronavirus.

As shared previously, the IRS has pushed back the tax filing date for individuals and corporations until July 15. Yesterday the IRS issued an FAQ on this action. 

AICC Canada President Stephen Moore of Moore Packaging issued this letter to AICC Canada members noting the critical nature of the role Canadian packaging companies play in the supply chain and supporting a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister from the Canadian Corrugated Case Association.

AICC Mexico held a videoconference yesterday, March 24, with nearly 60 participants discussing the effect of Covid-19 on their operations and how they are responding to the challenges for their employees and customers.

FEFCO has canceled their Summit 2020 which was to be held in Amsterdam in May. FEFCO also shared this quote from the Eduoard Philippe, Prime Minister of France.

March 24, 2020

More states announced business restrictions yesterday, MI, MA, IN, WV and MD. Each of these states is using the Federal DHS/CISA language outright or in some modified form. This lanugage is favorable to packaging operations and their suppliers.

  • At the same time, DHS made a key update to the CISA guidance: In addition to those industries recognized as critical manufacturing, the new language adds: “Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.” This is great news for all AICC members, general and associate.
  • The States of VA, CO and OR implemented business restrictions yesterday that do not affect manufacturing operations.

See the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) State Restriction Snapshot Tracker which has been updated as of 8:00 p.m. yesterday.

For certain states that have less clear language than that provided in Federal guidance, the NAM has created a template which you can use to advocate for the essential nature of your business with local or state authorities.

The EEOC has provided guidance for employers relative to their actions and employees rights during a pandemic. This includes relevant language for the taking of employee and visitor temperatures prior to entering your operations.

NEW DATE: Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 pm ET AICC is hosting a free webinar for members, HR COVID-19 Advice & Input, led by Christine V. Walters, J.D., MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Independent Consultant, FiveL Company. The webinar will cover issues impacting employers including the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, CDC Risk Assessment Guidance, and other legal issues. Register now.

AICC’s Safety Partner, Doug Friel of Johnson, Kendall and Johnson shared important information regarding your Business Interruption Insurance and Covid-19.

AICC will participate in two Covid related teleconferences today, one by the Small Business Legislative Council and one by the NAM. We’ll provide all relevant information in tomorrow’s update.

 

March 23, 2020

AICC held a videoconference on Friday, March 20, for members on the topic of Covid-19. More than 385 member companies participated. Several members shared the measures they are taking to keep their employees safe, their customers informed, and their operations continuing. Most of the hour-long forum was filled with peer to peer questions and answers. To listen to a recording of the videoconference, download the files here (NOTE: You will not be able to listen in your web browser, you must download them first. Video and audio only options are available) or watch the video below. There were also many helpful tips shared by members in the chat.



AICC’s members are facing new challenges and changing their operations to accommodate the COVID-19 crisis. In a concurrent survey of box making and supplier members conducted in the week of March 16, 148 of AICC member companies – or 36% -- responded to questions about the kinds of impacts they see in their businesses as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout North America. Read the summaries of the box maker member survey results, and the supplier member survey results.

Many members have been asking AICC to provide procedures that can be followed in the event that an employee tests positive for Covid-19. Our friends at FEFCO, the European Federation Corrugated Board Manufacturers, have shared this flow chart for this situation.

The following states, as part of their State of Emergency declarations, have limited business activities. California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. Of these, California and Connecticut refer to language that comes from the DHS/CISA offering “Critical Infrastructure Guidance.” The other states have offered language that is not rooted in the Federal wording but does offer consideration for the activities of AICC members.

UPDATED 11:30 AM:

Additional States have announced business restrictions, along with exceptions and proactive measures.

Several other states are taking proactive measures ahead of shutdowns. Please see the updated NAM State Restriction Snapshot Tracker. Specifically, these states are providing links for you to establish your business as essential:

  • North Carolina companies should email beoc@ncdps.gov with the following information: Business name; Point of contact (including name, email, phone number and address); Nature of their business and why they are critical to continue operations.
  • Minnesota has now opened a survey for companies to compile essential business information for them to use to share with the governor.

Please call 703-535-1386 or email mdangelo@aiccbox.org at the AICC office, if you are seeking clarity or support.

As a result of the Covid-19 situation, the IRS has extended the tax filing and payment dates for individuals and corporations to July 15, 2020. 

AICC, as a member of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) was a signatory to the letter  that went to the Director of DHS/CISA with copies to the governors of all 50 States.

Finally, during this time, when information is more critical than ever, Board Converting News has launched a web version of their weekly publication, www.boardconvertingnews.com, known familiarly as “The White Sheets.” We wish them luck with the timely launch of this product and encourage AICC members to support it.

 

Weekend Update (3.20 5:30 PM ET)

Thank you to the nearly 400 participants on today's AICC Covid-10 Zoom Conference.  We will post a recording of the session at this site on Monday morning, March 23.

Advice heard on the conference that we want to share immediately (some with details to follow):

  • Keep in constant communication with your employees. They're scared and need to be reassured that you take their safety seriously as they set about providing the essential services of your business.
  • Cover all common touchpoints (push buttons, touch screens, etc.) on your equipment with cellophane immediately and change as often as the user accessing the equipment.
  •   AICC hopes to share protocols to follow should an employee that has been in the plant test positive for Covid-19.  Several members on the call shared that there is a spray sanitizer "bomb" that can be set off in an affected area and cleanse quickly.  We are hoping to receive details.
  •   EEOC has provided waiver for the taking of employee temperatures.  Ensure that your HR Department is up to speed.

As discussed on the Zoom conference, here are two downloadable templates for you to use to create documents for 1) your employees and 2) for customers, partners and vendors.  Thank you to Greg Tucker and Bay Cities.

There will be an AICC Webinar with Christine Walters of FiveL on Monday, March 30, 2020.  See details. 

"Employers, employees, federal, state, and local agencies are all working at a frenetic pace searching for answers to questions about how to administer various employment policies, programs, and practices in light of COVID-19." This program will walk through the latest issues impacting employers, including:

  • FAQ's – including the Family First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Proactive Practices
  • Legal Issues
  • Tips
  • Resources
  • CDC Risk Assessment Guidance
  • Free 11-page (Client) Alert

If you are a member of the supply chain for an essential business in Pennsylvania, but your business has been decreed non-essential, here is a waiver for PA to keep physical locations open.

Please find a copy of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers letter to various governmental agencies dated March 19.

 

March 20, 2020

AICC sent an e-mail last night that linked a document from the Department of Homeland Security/Cyber+Infrastructure (CISA).  Read: Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.  This document outlines “critical Federal Infrastructure” and is meant to be used to advise State governments and local jurisdictions as to what businesses the Federal Government considers essential.

The State of California has announced a shutdown but references the Federal language in the announcement’s opening paragraph. 

Pennsylvania has also commenced a shutdown, but their language, which was encouraging and cited in the March 17 posting, has since morphed into something that is less than clear, although “Converted Paper Product Manufacturing” is identified as a “life-sustaining business.”  

We applaud the Federal Government’s language because it is not restrictive in that it correctly likens supply chains to “infrastructure,” which covers many AICC member companies, particularly Associates, who provide essential goods and services to keep critical businesses operating during the crisis and in the case of state shutdowns.

The NAM has created a template that can be used to inform your local and state jurisdictions as to the essential nature of your business NAM Tools on Essential Manufacturing Operations (document download).  Once complete, share via e-, express, and regular mail with your Local, State, and Federal Representatives.  You can, of course, edit this to best suit the nature and situation regarding your business at this time.

Watch Jay Timmons, President of the National Association of Manufacturers explain, “manufacturers are clearly part of the solution to the Coronavirus crisis.“

The IRS has confirmed and clarified remarks from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and press reports with its Notice 2020-17 Relief for Tax Payers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus 2019 Pandemic.

Royal Containers in Canada has been gracious enough to share their list of industry protocols which offers a number of practices, declarations, assessments and questionnaires with a series of templates that can be applied to your company’s Covid-19 response plan

Viking Industries has shared, with the permission of the Central New York Manufacturers’ Association, a document outlining “Proactive Solutions to Enhance Manufacturing Workplace Safety Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak” (document download).

Tips picked up from AICC members:

  • Develop an “Amber Alert” type system for your employees wherein you can broadcast communicate with them via their mobile phones. AICC is endeavoring to get the names of vendors who can provide this service.

SuperCorrExpo
TAPPI and AICC are deeply committed to holding SuperCorrExpo 2020. Of course, in a fast-changing situation like we are in now, and with the health and well-being of our attendees and exhibitors at the forefront of everything we do, we will closely monitor this ongoing situation. SuperCorrExpo is scheduled for September 13-17, 2020, so we remain optimistic about the outlook in the Fall.

Rest assured, however, that if any alternative decisions are made, we will communicate them immediately to you. We fully understand and respect the commitment that is made to attend a show like SuperCorrExpo. For the latest updated information visit – www.supercorrexpo.org.

 

March 19, 2020

AICC partner, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), is working with the CDC in crafting policy language which would extend the “essential business” tag to manufacturing operations that are supporting the supply chains of identified essential businesses. This would offer some Federal guidance. The fact is that many local jurisdictions and state governments are already acting in limiting non-essential businesses.

The NAM has provided a very effective grid of state emergency actions along with contacts. See the grid embedded therein.

It is the AICC’s position that packaging manufacturing operations are essential in support of the supply chain of an essential business in any state.

The American Forest & Paper Association issues notice encouraging governments to recognize paper and wood products manufacturing facilities as “essential” when drawing up shelter in place plans.

Yesterday, the Senate passed, and the President signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read a summary of the provisions of the bill as well as tabs to the text and additional details . Among its many provisions, the bill establishes mandatory paid employee/self-employed sick leave and family medical leave; compensating payroll tax credits; no cost Covid-19 testing; the bill sunsets on December 31, 2020

AICC partner FiveL founder Christine Walters, has provided helpful information for employers in this piece titled “Covid-19 Proactive Programs, Protocols, and Policies.

Christine has been providing sound Human Resources advice at AICC meetings and conferences for several years. We hope to have her on tomorrow’s tele/video conference at 2:00 p.m. She will be hosting a webinar on Monday, March 23 on Covid-19 that AICC members can attend (details to follow), and AICC will host its own webinar with Christine on Monday, March 30, 2020 (details to follow).

SHRM Resource: How to Handle Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19

Big Three U.S. Automakers Closing Plants

No Travel Doesn’t Mean No Training

Employees at all AICC member companies have access to nearly 80 free online courses.
www.AICCbox.org/packagingschool



March 18, 2020


Members have inquired about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act legislation going through the Congress. The House passed the bill on Saturday and it is currently being debated in the Senate. The link summarizes what you need to know, but please keep in mind that the ongoing legislative process will likely change what we know today. We will endeavor to provide information daily as the process evolves in the Congress.

The IRS, in light of the pressures being brought by the Coronavirus situation, has extended the payment deadline for individual tax payers and corporations. The date to file taxes has not been extended.

Advice for your consideration from your fellow AICC Members

  • Be the voice with your employees. Be visible.
  • Offer flexibility on the plant floor by creating opportunities for “shift swapping” where a day worker can trade time with a night worker who has kids home because schools are closed and has no day care option.
  • Waive employees’ absentee points.
  • Close/control the use of the break room(s) to promote social distancing.
  • Create a cross functional task force that meets daily to discuss best practices, policies and communications in order to assure all efforts to keep employees safe.
  • We’re taking the temperature of every employee as they enter the building to assure co-workers. (NOTE: Check with your HR Department and always comply with HIPAA regulations.)
    • One member doing this abandoned the practice as employees coming in from the cold would trigger lower than normal readings for up to 30 minutes after entering the building
  • Lock down the building to only your workers and any screened, approved outsiders and assure your employees that you always know who is inside and that they have confirmed that they are without symptoms.
  • We are conducting no meetings with more than 8 people.
  • If you are having employees that are working from home (accounting, HR, sales, IT, purchasing, graphics, etc.) occasionally coming into the office, split the rotations into set groups of employees across departments. This will minimize the chances of losing an entire department to illness. If they don’t have to come to the office, even better.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide resources for your business if your operation(s) are located in a state that has declared an emergency relative to the Coronavirus.

If you are joining the tele/video conference on Friday March 20 at 2 p.m., this will be a Zoom conference so you will need to download the Zoom app. If you do not have it on your computer you will be prompted to do so when you join your first meeting, so sign-on a few minutes early to make sure your computer is ready.

Join the meeting via computer (and see other participants): https://us04web.zoom.us/j/149860883

Join the meeting via phone: dial 929.205.6099; Meeting ID 149 860 883

Here is a primer on Zoom Conference etiquette, 


March 17, 2020

AICC has received several inquiries from members around the country in response to the most recent developments in the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to provide timely information and allow the industry to discuss common concerns and solutions to the challenges posed by this national emergency, AICC will hold a national audio and video conference call this coming Friday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central; 12:00 p.m. Mountain and 11:00 a.m. Pacific.)

Join the meeting via computer (and see other participants): https://us04web.zoom.us/j/149860883

Join the meeting via phone: dial 929 205 6099; Meeting ID 149 860 883

The purpose of this call is to allow members to ask questions of AICC leadership and other box making members and share what they are doing in their companies to address this unprecedented situation in our industry’s history. The call will last one hour. Please send AICC your three most pressing questions to Alyce Ryan at aryan@aiccbox.org.

Additional Important Information

Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued further recommendations on limiting social gatherings and organizational activities to as few as 25 people. Meanwhile, due to the nature of the National Emergency declared last week by the President, individual states and municipalities are also setting their own edicts on the closings of schools, restaurants and bars, entertainment and recreation facilities as well as commercial businesses. When issuing these restrictions, several localities are defining what they call “essential” versus “non-essential” businesses, and this is raising concern among AICC’s membership and the industry at large on whether “corrugated packaging” is or is not considered an “essential business” under varying jurisdiction’s guidelines.

In an effort to provide some clarity on this, AICC has obtained language from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that can provide some guidance for us. Note that not all states or municipalities may adopt this language, therefore it is important for you, the members, to be fully aware of what your state, county or city is doing as it defines local restrictions on operation of “commercial,” “industrial,” and “essential” versus “non-essential.”

In his declaration issued on Monday, March 16, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf stated the following:

Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations .

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.” [Emphasis added.]

As you and your company are confronted with your individual state and local restrictions, please communicate the following industry facts to your local officials:

1.     Corrugated packaging is an essential part of the supply chain to the essential services and sectors outlined above.

2.     According to Fibre Box Association, upwards of 40% of all corrugated packaging is consumed by the food and beverage industry

3.     Between 7-9% of corrugated packaging is used by the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries

4.     Amazon recently announced it will hire up to 100,000 additional workers nationwide to handle increased online ordering being done in response to the coronavirus. Amazon’s orders cannot reach consumers without corrugated packaging products in their various sizes and configurations

5.     Ninety-five percent of all goods shipped are shipped in corrugated board

6.     More than 90% of all corrugated is recovered from the waste stream and recycled, making the average 100% post-consumer content of a corrugated box between 43-46%.

7.     Recent studies show that corrugated provides the least hospitable surface for the survival of the coronavirus: the virus can only survive on paperboard surfaces for a maximum of 24 hours, and usually far less; on surfaces such as metal, plastic and natural stone (e.g., granite countertops) it can survive as long as three days.  

In addition, AICC believes that it is important for you to communicate these facts to your employees. We do not believe it to be an exaggeration to think of this as a “war” and that they are on its “front lines.” Remind them:

1.     The products they are making are vitally important in the distribution of critically needed food, pharmaceuticals, and related medical supplies as well as millions of other products via online delivery platforms

2.     Your company and your employees, through the corrugated and paperboard products they are making, are on the “front lines” in our national fight against the spread of the coronavirus

3.     The work they are doing is vitally essential to our national security and the eventual resumption to normal life

Meanwhile, the House has passed, and the Senate is currently discussing legislation (H.R. 6201) https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201 that includes provisions for paid sick leave for employees that contract Covid-19 or have to care for a family member that has contracted the virus. The same legislation proposes tax breaks that offset some of the cost of these paid leaves. As this legislation moves forward, we will keep you appraised of how any final bill may affect your business.

Additional Resources

Please see the active links below to updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, we strongly encourage you to go to your individual state’s websites for updates and guidance from state departments of health and safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

You should have received a survey from AICC this morning regarding your activities and the effects your business is feeling from the pandemic. Please take the time to complete the survey and return it to AICC. We will share the responses with you at the AICC website.

 

 

March 12, 2020
AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, after careful consideration and in the interest of our members’ health and wellbeing, has canceled the 2020 Spring Meeting, which was scheduled for April 1-3 in Carlsbad, CA. Recent developments with COVID-19 in California, combined with updated corporate travel policy restrictions among member companies, led the AICC Executive Committee and staff to take this decision.

Read full release.

 

 

March 2, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are currently no restrictions for travel within North America due to Coronavirus. 

In addition, the CDC has assembled a list of recommendations for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus.  If your company does not already have a plan for a public health emergency, AICC encourages you to consider developing one as you would for a fire, tornado, hurricane or other natural disaster.

This site informs you about what you as an employer can do now and what you can do if the Coronavirus becomes a widespread outbreak in the future.

AICC recommends that you prepare with prudence and common sense.  I