On July 16, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program—a $50 million grant aimed to help employers provide hazard pay to front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to the state during the pandemic.
As the world slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia recently announced varying plans as to when they will reopen and what reopening will look like.
On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued Guidance on compliance with DOT drug/alcohol testing regulations for employers concerned about their ability to meet regulatory testing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 17, 2020, Puerto Rico’s Transportation and Other Public Services Bureau issued guidance on Executive Order EO-2020-23 (EO) and the operations allowed during the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 emergency crisis.
On March 18, 2020, the FMCSA issued an Expanded Emergency Declaration broadening federal exemptions from compliance with certain driver safety regulations for interstate commerce, including the federal Hours of Service regulations.
On March 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration announced and issued a national emergency declaration establishing a limited exemption from driver safety regulatory requirements.
On January 6, 2020, nearly 8 years after the enactment of a law directing the FMCSA to identify and track commercial drivers who violate its drug and alcohol testing program, a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will launch.