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COVID-19 Illness Prevention Guide & Training Manual
CTA partnered with PCS Safety Inc. to develop a COVID-19 Illness Prevention Guide designed specifically for the trucking industry. Protect your business, employees and customers!
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State Updates

Expiring CDLs and CLPs
All commercial driver licenses, endorsements, and certificates expiring March-December 2020 have an extension valid through December 31. The extension is the same for commercial license holders both under and over the age of 70. Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and September 2020 are now valid through September 30, 2020. The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers. | Learn more

Complex Vehicle Registration Renewals, PYR and Med Certs Through DMV's Virtual Field Office
The DMV announced it has expanded the list of transactions that can be completed through its online Virtual Field Office. Available transactions now include:

Customers with pending virtual transactions can check the status online.


Federal/Canada Updates

DOL Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements expired on December 31, 2020. The new guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on the WHD website, addresses whether workers who did not use their leave entitlement under the FFCRA in 2020 may use such leave after December 31, 2020. Additionally, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021. However, the CAA did not extend employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave beyond December 31, 2020, meaning employers will no longer be legally required to provide such leave.| Learn More

DOL Issues Guidance Supporting Workplace Flexibilities Through Virtual Communication
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division announced new guidance in its ongoing efforts to support the American workforce through the pandemic recovery. As employers continue to meet the challenges presented to their businesses by the coronavirus, and as telework arrangements and virtual communication increasingly provide solutions, the agency provides additional guidance to maximize the benefits of these arrangements for employers and workers alike. | Learn More

FMCSA Updates Guidance on Cross-Border Transportation and COVID-19
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated its guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and cross-border transportation. FMCSA Guidance explains how its pandemic-related waivers and the Emergency Declaration apply to foreign drivers operating in the United States. | Learn more

FMCSA Reissues Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination on Certain State Requirements
FMCSA has reissued its Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination advising states that, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency, FMCSA is exercising its discretion not to issue a finding or make a determination of substantial non-compliance for SDLAs that were unable to comply with the specific requirements set forth in the Notice. SDLAs are expected to bring their practices back into compliance with the noted sections promptly in accordance with the terms specified for each section. | Learn more

FMCSA Updates FAQ for SDLAs and Commercial Drivers Regarding the COVID-19 Emergency
FMCSA has compiled a list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the national emergency related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law. | Learn more

U.S. Borders with Canada, Mexico to Stay Closed Through at Least January 21
Due to the rise in COVID-19 coronavirus cases, the land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel through January 21, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced. The borders have been closed since March, with DHS issuing month-to-month extensions. Despite the closure of land borders, U.S. citizens can still travel by air.

Treasury, SBA Issue Updated PPP FAQ
The U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) have issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. The Agencies continue to provide additional guidance to borrowers and lenders concerning the implementation of the PPP, which was established by Section 1102 of the CARES Act. The document has been updated several times and will continue to be updated on a regular basis. | Learn more

HOS Waiver Extended
FMCSA expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on December 31. This expanded declaration became effective at 12:00 A.M. December 1 and expires on February 28, 2021. As with previous declarations, emergency regulatory relief is provided from parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, including the hours-of-service regulations. The primary change with this current declaration is the inclusion of vaccine transportation. | Learn more

CDC Updates Guidance for Long-Haul Truck Drivers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updates to its coronavirus-related recommendations for long-haul truck drivers. Beyond the basics for protecting oneself and others, the CDC explains that mental health and emotional well-being, important parts of worker safety and health, have been challenged by the pandemic. To address heightened stress, anxiety, or depression, the CDC recommends paying attention to these feelings in yourself and others and being aware of resources available to manage them. | Learn more

OSHA Updates FAQs to Address Cloth Face Coverings as PPE
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to address whether OSHA considers cloth face coverings to be personal protective equipment (PPE). The agency is addressing the topic after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently determined that some cloth face coverings may serve as source control while also providing the wearer with some personal protection. | Learn more

COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
During the COVID-19 pandemic, office building employers, owners and managers, and operations specialists can take steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a safe and healthy workplace for workers and clients. The CDC has recently updated its recommendations, which include tips for educating employees and special considerations for elevators and escalators. | Learn more

CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees. | Learn more

FMCSA Issues Revised Expanded FAQs for SDLAs, Commercial Drivers During the COVID-19 Emergency
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has compiled a list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the national emergency related to COVID-19 that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law. | Learn more

CDC Recommendations on When to Quarantine
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, including updated examples of who needs to quarantine and when to start and stop quarantine. | Learn more

DOL Issues Guidance to Clarify Employers’ Obligations to Track Teleworkers’ Compensable Hours
With telework arrangements expanding in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-5 to clarify an employer’s obligation to track the number of hours of compensable work performed by employees who are teleworking or otherwise working away from premises controlled by their employers. The guidance reaffirms that an employer is required to pay its employees for all hours worked, including work not requested but allowed and work performed at home. | Learn more

CDC Offers Recommendations for Preparing, Disinfecting Office Buildings
During the COVID-19 pandemic, office building employers, owners and managers, and operations specialists can take the following steps to create a safe and healthy workplace for workers and clients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined recommendations for protecting and educating staff, including considerations for elevators and escalators. | Learn more

DOL - Guidance for The Lost Wages Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is authorized by Presidential Memorandum and provides claimants in most Unemployment Insurance programs up to $400 per week additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after August 1, 2020, and ending December 27, 2020 at the latest. To qualify for LWA benefits, individuals must provide self-certification they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and the state must confirm that the individual is receiving at least $100 of underlying unemployment benefits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others and are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. Learn more from the CDC about best practices for wearing masks. | Learn more

COVID-19 Communication Plan for Select Non-healthcare Critical Infrastructure Employers
Due to the number of COVID-19 cases among select non-healthcare critical infrastructure employees across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with employers to ensure employees have available accurate, actionable, and timely disease prevention and control information. This communication plan outlines actions all employers in select non-healthcare critical infrastructure industries can take to share key COVID-19 prevention messages with their employees; suggests key messages that employers and community leaders can use in their communication efforts to help employees protect themselves, their families, and the surrounding community to help slow the spread of COVID-19; and provides links to existing CDC communication materials which have been translated into multiple languages. | Learn more

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided updated guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Borrowers and lenders may rely on the guidance provided in this document as SBA’s interpretation, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, of the CARES Act, the Flexibility Act, and the Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules. | Learn more

The U.S. Department of Labor has 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. | Learn more

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes FAQ to Help Keep Workers Safe
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published frequently asked questions and answers to help protect workers from exposure to COVID-19. | Learn more

Use of Face Coverings in the Canadian Transportation Sector
The Canadian Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced he is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system, to reduce the risk of COVID-19. | Learn more

Telework Guidance & Resources
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued guidance, tips and resources to assist organizations and teleworkers to be secure when working remotely. | Learn more

Operation of Intermodal Equipment with Expired Annual Inspection Decals – Waiver
FMCSA grants a waiver to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), on behalf of intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) and motor carriers operating intermodal chassis, from the requirements of 49 CFR 396.17(c) to allow the operation of intermodal chassis with annual inspection decals (or similar documentation) that show an expiration date of March 31, 2020, or later. This waiver is effective June 1, 2020 and, unless otherwise extended, expires either on September 1, 2020, or upon the revocation of the President’s declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. §5191(b) concerning the COVID-19 public health emergency, whichever is sooner. | Learn more

CDC Guidance for Long-Haul Truckers
The CDC released guidance on how long-haul truck drivers can stay healthy and help slow the spread of COVID-19 while on the road.

Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) Tool
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have deployed a resource for truckers and other commercial drivers in the U.S. to understand restrictions that they might encounter as they travel across the country. The Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) tool merges coordinated and vetted data streams, plots multiple automated or custom routing options, and visualizes the wide variety of state regulations and actions that a driver would encounter along a route. | https://cra.inl.gov

Truck Drivers Crossing Border Into Canada Must Wear Face Mask
The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised that all essential workers crossing the Canada-U.S. border must wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Truck drivers, being essential workers, must comply with the new policy but will not be turned away from entering into Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency, which has been directed to implement the face-mask policy, will attempt to provide drivers with a mask should they not have one. | Learn more

IRS issues Warning about Coronavirus-related Scams
The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. If you have received unsolicited emails, text messages or social media attempts to gather information that appear to purport to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, please forward it to phishing@irs.gov. | Learn more 

Temporary Relief for Companies Transporting Hand Sanitizer
PHMSA issued a temporary relief notice for companies shipping hand sanitizer. The temporary relief is to help facilitate the increased availability of sanitation products during this public health emergency. The current relief applies to hand sanitizer products meeting certain specifications and shipped by highway only. | Read notice

TSA flexibility for Expiring Threat Assessments for Hazmat Endorsement Holders
States may give an extension of up to 180 days for HMEs that expire after March 1. There is a request pending with the California DMV to extend the expiration date for expiring hazmat endorsements. | Read TSA FAQRead Federal Register Notice 

Local Orders 

Please see the below local government orders which require essential workers to wear face coverings and may mandate employers to take other health protective measures such as allowing hand washing. Orders vary by city and county, so employers should review them carefully and begin to prepare for additional orders. This page will be updated as new orders come in.

Cities
Beverly Hills Order

Burbank Order
Carson Order
Cupertino Order
Fremont Order
Long Beach Order
Milpitas Order
Revised Los Angeles Emergency Order
Pasadena Order
San Francisco Order

Counties 
Alameda County Order
Contra Costa County Order 
Marin County Order
Riverside County Order
Revised San Bernardino County Order (Clarification of religious services and face-coverings order)
San Bernardino County Order - Original
San Diego County Order
San Francisco County Order
San Mateo County Order
Sonoma County Order
Yolo County Order

 

How to Help

American Logistics Aid Network

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations (and other non-profits). Offer your equipment, donate, or volunteer your time. Learn more about ALAN

COVID-19 Forum

The forum allows CTA members and the community to post information regarding trucking job opportunities, equipment availability, and support needs. If you are able to provide assistance to others in the industry or need assistance from the trucking industry, please email us at membership@caltrux.org.

FEMA - Industry Liaison Program 

The Industry Liaison Program (ILP) establishes strategic relationships with suppliers and stakeholders; serves as an information provider for suppliers seeking to do business with FEMA; and connects suppliers with program offices in support of FEMA’s mission.

FEMA - Transportation Programs

The FEMA Tender of Service Program allows FEMA to schedule and book transportation with pre-approved private sector Transportation Service Providers (TSPs). FEMA invites TSPs serving any mode of transportation (air, maritime, rail, or trucking) to register with the Program to become a FEMA-Approved TSP.