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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  


The new guidance includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law.  In addition, the WHD released a questions and answers document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.


As a reminder, the WHD published its first round of FFCRA implementation guidance on March 24th:


Fact Sheet for Employees

Fact Sheet for Employers

Questions and Answers






ABC is committed to providing you with the latest information on how to address the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Surety Industry What Contractors Need to Know

Date: Tuesday, July 21

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Michael Gross, CNA Surety; Thomas O. McClellan, Zurich Surety; Steve Nelson, Markel Surety

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National


Learn from seasoned surety industry leaders how contractors should protect themselves contractually during the pandemic and pitfalls to avoid. Find out how the current construction market compares to the market following the 2008 financial crisis; how the surety market could be impacted based on anticipated changes in the construction industry and how the surety industry will perform. Panelists will also discuss bonding capacity and/or the ability to get bonding, the ability to call on a bond of a contractor impacted by the pandemic and insights into current and anticipated claim patterns due to the pandemic.


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Streamlining Payables During the Pandemic

Date: Wednesday, July 29

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Eric Hoffman and Andrews Schimmel, WEX; Bobby Waldeck, Mastercard


Today’s business environment is forcing companies to look for ways to reduce expenses, mitigate risks and drive revenue to their bottom line. The WEX and Mastercard team will discuss how the accounts payable landscape is changing regarding the buyers/supplier relationship and changes in the corporate card solutions marketplace, as well as provide a demo of the Virtual MasterCard application. 


Register today.

Littler's Friday Webinar Series: COVID-19 in the Workplace — Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges

Date: Friday, August 7

Time: 11:30 a.m. EDT

Speakers: Bruce J. Sarchet and Kayla K. Cox, Littler Mendelson, P.C. 


*Hosted by Littler Mendelson P.C.*


It has become apparent that COVID-19 is going to dominate employment and labor law issues for the foreseeable future. To address evolving labor and employment law challenges, Littler has decided to host COVID-19 webinars on the first Friday of each month. The series is designed to keep business leaders, human resources professionals and in-house counsel current with the best thinking that Littler has to offer during the crisis.


Register today.

These ABC webinars are part of ABC’s free COVID-19 webinar series, brought to you by ABC’s strategic partners CNA, The Contractors Plan , JLG, Southwire, Tradesmen International , United Rentals and Viewpoint! The strategic partners are here to assist ABC in supporting you and your organization during this challenging time.







Federal Loan for Businesses

Newly Available SBA Disaster Loan Assistance 


Small businesses and nonprofits needing assistance are encouraged to apply for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. The program offers low-interest loans up to $2 million to help companies overcome temporary loss of income. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and more. 

Learn more and apply online .



Two State Programs to Know About

COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program and 

LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans


The New Mexico Economic Development Department launched the following programs to help eligible companies in New Mexico that are struggling to deal with negative impacts from COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Business Loan Assistance Program. NMEDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for things such as working capital, inventory and payroll.
  • LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans. The company must be a qualifying entity (a manufacturer or non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue coming from outside the state). This program is limited to land, building and infrastructure. 

For more information about NMEDD, visit the website .


Guide for Businesses

City of Albuquerque Offers Tips, Resources


The City of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department has created a guide to help businesses in Albuquerque navigate changes and challenges related to COVID-19. The guide offers tips about financial assistance, payment relief, unemployment information, marketing and communications, support for artists and more.

Read the guide.


Coronavirus Tax Relief

IRS Defers Tax Payments Until July 15


The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it has issued guidance allowing all individuals and non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax payments (due April 15, 2020) until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. In addition, the IRS has established a special section and offers several online resources to help taxpayers.

Click here to access the website


New Coronavirus Relief Laws Require Paid Employee Leave

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress enacted a bill providing various forms of relief, including two separate laws mandating that employers give employees paid leave for specified purposes related to COVID-19. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The two leave laws are the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” The leave mandates take effect no later than 15 days after passage (April 2, 2020) and sunset on Dec. 31, 2020. Below is an HR Compliance Bulletin with details of the bill. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new leave requirements to ensure compliance. We will continue to send updates as they become available.

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Businesses with employees who may need to apply for unemployment should look at:

This 4 min video explaining the process.

Here is a 1-page fact sheet with all of the details people will need.

It is strongly encouraged to apply online. 




Industry In Action: COVID-19 Resources

Industry is contributing to the COVID-19 effort in a BIG way. Below is a list of what some of our members are doing. 

PNM is temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment due to Covid-19.

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Comcast is offering free WiFi hotspots, unlimited data, and is waiving late fees during Covid-19.
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AT&T is suspending broadband data caps and overage fees for home internet customers. Learn more

The Boeing Company donated respiratory masks and other medical supplies (such as gowns, gloves and full-face respirators) to nonprofit and government partners in Wuhan and Zhoushan.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t require prior authorization and won’t apply member co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically necessary and consistent with Centers for Disease Control guidance. This applies to all members they insure.

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The Wells Fargo Foundation announced up to $6.25 million in donations to support domestic and global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to aid public health relief efforts. The philanthropic funding includes $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund and $250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. The company will also donate up to $5 million at the local level to help address community-specific needs in the coming months. Learn more

GlaxoSmithKline is supplying their vaccine adjuvant technology to scientists and organisations working on candidate vaccines. 

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Western Sky Community Care is providing its call service center phones and staff to help the Department of Health and answer questions and deliver information on over 2,500 phone calls. Western Sky is following government directives to waive prior authorizations and cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and services. They are successfully leveraging telehealth, website, and social media to communicate and deliver medical, behavioral, and social services to its members and community at large. Finally, they are actively working on service solutions to meet the food needs of children and tribes of New Mexico.
Learn more

New Mexico Gas Company is temporarily discontinuing disconnects, waiving late fees related to bill payments, automatically renewing medical certificates set to expire during this time, and authorizing Customer Service Representatives to waive reconnection fees. 
Learn more