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COVID-19 Response Resources

COVID-19 Response Resources

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is committed to providing our members with the resources and services they need to manage their businesses through the issues surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. AEC will continue to monitor the situation and its impact to the industry.

Below are resources and information that can be used to help inform customers, legislators and others.

Covid-19 Resources

Collateral for Members 

Local/State Officials Letter : A letter template that you can personalize for your company. You will simply need to place the letter on your company’s letterhead, fill in the blanks, and then send it to your local and state officials;

Employee Letter: A letter template that you can personalize for your company on your employee’s behalf. This is a letter your employees can carry with them as they travel to/from work. We have had reports of employees being stopped on their way to work, and being told to go home. This letter has been developed to give them the support they need.

COVID-19 Response Resources Webinar
To support members, AEC recorded a webinar that discusses materials available in order to communicate with state and local officials, how to use them, and what to do should you be forced to shut down.

Watch Now >>

Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce.

The current national and international crisis highlights just how critical it is for the United States to maintain a strong industrial manufacturing base.

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Revised April 17, 2020: Memorandum of Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response. The revised 3.0 version explicitly names workers in the steel and aluminum industries, and now explicitly covers workers who produce parts that support essential operations, which would include aluminum extrusion workers. Download the memo >>

Workplace Testing for COVID-19 CDC Guidance Document
Workers in critical infrastructure sectors may be permitted to work if asymptomatic after potential exposure to a confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provided that worker infection prevention recommendations and controls are implemented.

CDC Issues New Interim Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidance for critical infrastructure workers who have faced a potential exposure to COVID-19 through a household contact or have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case.

The CDC advises "critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to return to work following potential exposure to COVID-19 provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community."

The CDC’s guidance lays out several important practices that must be managed prior, during and after the work shift as well as other considerations for an employee’s participation in the workplace.

The interim guidance pertains to personnel in 16 different sectors, including manufacturing, and can be found here.

Returning to Work During COVID-19

An Employer's Guide to State Reopening Orders
 To assist in addressing these issues, Wiley has compiled the state reopening orders in one place – listing the states that have moved toward reopening thus far, and providing easy access to all the orders that specify which businesses will be allowed to reopen, what restrictions and requirements will stay in place, and key timelines for returning to the workplace.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Employers
Answers to some of the most pertinent questions employers have had during this crisis, with a section devoted to Returning to Work.

Special Loan Programs

The following resources cover important information about available government and small business disaster funding programs. More information is available at

Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act Webinar
This recorded webinar, hosted by AEC and presented by Wiley Law, explains the Paycheck Protection Program, including who is eligible, loan details, repayment terms, the application process, and more.

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PPP Extended Through August 8; SBA Resumed Accepting Applications on July 6
A new amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program signed into law in early July gives businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic more time to apply for federal funds.

New PPP Rules and Forgiveness Guidelines
On June 8, 2020, the PPP Flexibility Act was enacted. An outline of the new rules and forgiveness guidelines for small business owners who receive a loan the Paycheck Protection Program can be found on the SBA's website.

SBA Releases New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The Small Business Administration has released an updated application form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers seeking loan forgiveness on June 16, 2020. Under the PPP Flexibility Act, borrowers receiving PPP loans prior to June 5 will have the option to choose either an eight-week or a 24-week "covered period" during which they can spend their loan proceeds. View the new form here. The form instructions are here and the SBA's rule implementing the changes here.

Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Announce New and Expanded Lending Programs
The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve on April 9, 2020, announced new and expanded lending programs authorized by the CARES Act. Of note is the Main Street Business Lending Program, which will provide up to $600 billion in new financing for businesses with up to 10,000 employees or $2.5 billion in annual revenues.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
This loan program is available via the Small Business Administration (SBA) for small business – in most cases businesses with less than 500 employees.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Under the CARES act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has loan funds that may be forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Paycheck Protection Program
Application Form

COVID-19 Disaster Funding for Government Contractors
The stimulus bill provides disaster funding for several small business with less than 500 employees.There are several smaller extruders who likely qualify.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

COVID-19 Small Business Loan and Tax Relief Resources
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet
The Paycheck Protection Program("PPP") authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

SBA Expands List of PPP Lenders
Find Eligible Lenders
Companies can find a lender in their area by visiting the SBA website

COVID-19 Useful Links

How will the COVID-19 Pandemic Change the Field of Occupational Safety And Health?
As the COVID-19 pandemic advances, safety professionals across the country have felt the effects. But are the various changes here to stay?

Enforcement Guidance for Reporting Cases of COVID-19
OSHA is no longer requiring confirmed COVID-19 cases to be recordable incidents unless there is objective evidence available that the cases are work related. Read the memo here.

PBGC to Allow to Pay Pension Premiums, Submit Filings
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has announced extended deadlines for certain upcoming pension premium payments and pension filings. With the exception of certain time-sensitive reports, all PBGC due dates between April 1 and July 15 have been extended to July 15.

Recorded Webinar: Tax Provisions for Manufacturers in the CARES Act & Families First Coronavirus Reposnse Act
The National Association of Manufacturers hosted a webinar with the IRS chief counsel and Plante Moran discussing tax provisions for manufacturers in the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Watch Here.

COVID-19 Industry Impact & Implementation Study
Industry Insights, a research and data analysis firm, is conducting an ongoing study to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on a wide variety of industries.

The following Executive Summaries are available:

May 2020
April 2020
March 2020

IRS Provides New Guidance on Family Leave and Tax Credits
Guidance on tax credits authorized in the “phase two” COVID-19 bill to help small businesses offset the cost of new paid leave requirements.

State COVID Operations Snapshot
Updates of each state’s stay at home orders.

State COVID-19 Lockdowns: What Contractors Operating in “Lockdown” Areas Need to Know
These orders, among other things, place significant restrictions on or mandate the closure of non-essential businesses.

Employment & Labor COVID-19 Response
Wiley’s Employment & Labor Practice provides tactical, smart, and innovative guidance to clients concerning both everyday employment issues and the rapidly changing legal landscape that has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website - CDC | White House | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
How to prepare and protect yourself & What to do if you think you are sick 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

COVID-19 State Resources
View COVID-19 state and regional resources.

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America.

Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19
On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requiring certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

What's in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus Senate stimulus package
The bill is aimed primarily at addressing the economic calamity that’s unfolding because of shutdowns intended to slow the spread of the outbreak, with analysts making dire predictions about soaring unemployment claims and economic contraction.

H.R. 748 Final Bill
Providing emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Impact & Implementation Survey Executive Summary
More than 2,500 respondents from 25 client sectors and professions participated in the survey.

Agreement Between the White House and Senate Leaders on Stimulus!

The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early Wednesday, March 26th on a massive stimulus package that they hope will keep the nation from falling into a deep recession because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The revamped Senate proposal will inject approximately $2 trillion into the economy, providing tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and a slew of business tax-relief provisions aimed at shoring up individual, family and business finances. 

The deal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Big Businesses: About $500 billion can be used to back loans and assistance to companies, including $50 billion for loans to U.S. airlines, as well as state and local governments.
  • Small Businesses: More than $350 billion to aid small businesses.
  • Hospitals: A $150 billion boost for hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies.
  • Individuals: Direct payments to lower- and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult, as well as $500 for each child. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said checks would be cut April 6.
  • Unemployed: Unemployment insurance extension to four months, bolstered by $600 weekly. Eligibility would be expanded to cover more workers.
  • Education: $30 billion in emergency education funding
  • Transit: $25 billion in emergency transit funding
  • Tax Credit: Creates an employee retention tax credit to incentivize businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis.
  • Restrictions on Business Aid: Any company receiving a government loan would be subject to a ban on stock buybacks through the term of the loan plus one additional year. They also would have to limit executive bonuses and take steps to protect workers.
  • Transparency: The Treasury Department would have to disclose the terms of loans or other aid to companies, and a new Treasury inspector general would oversee the lending program.
  • Democrats won language that would bar any business owned by President Donald Trump or his family from getting loans from Treasury. Businesses owned by members of Congress, heads of executive departments and Vice President Mike Pence also would be blocked.