AEM has collected quality resources, information and legislative decisions about COVID-19.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & SAFETY
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
ASSISTANCE FOR IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS/BUSINESSES
GLOBAL IMPACT

In an effort to shed light on the immense impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic and help ensure the safety of AEM member companies and their employees, AEM is offering a series of webinars to provide timely information and insights during these challenging times.

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS
  • Protecting Your Production Lines - 10 Steps Some Companies are Taking to Keep Running During the COVID-19 Crisis –Presented by Sherie Jones, PR/HR Manager of STEINBAUER Engineering
    Sherie Jones shares a common-sense approach to keep working during the COVID 19 crisis by providing tips and lessons learned in Europe that can help keep things moving on the home front. View Now
  • Crisis Readying Against COVID-19  Presented by Melissa Agnes, Founder and CEO of the Crisis Ready Institute
    Melissa Agnes discusses the key aspects of your organization’s COVID-19 crisis readiness and shares ways you can effectively position yourself as a crisis leader even amidst the volatility and fluidity that this world crisis presents. View Now
  • A Guide to the Paycheck Protection & Tax Relief Programs – Presented by Doug Criscitello, Managing Director, Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP and Omair Taher, Senior Associate, Washington National Tax Office, Grant Thornton LLP
    Experts from leading independent audit, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP present an overview of the new Paycheck Protection Program and tax relief programs established by the federal government over the past few weeks to help businesses at this time. View Now
  • Economic Update on the Industry Impact of COVID-19 – Presented by Mark Killion, CFA, Director of Research, Oxford Economics and Chloe Parkins, Economist, Oxford Economics
    Join Oxford Economics as they assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on industries and the world economy. Hear the near-term outlook and future predictions based on historical experience. View Now
  • Leading In Uncertain Times: How Leaders Accelerate Their Ability to Survive and Eventually Thrive in a COVID-19 Environment – Presented by Peter Sheanan, founder and Group CEO of Karrikins Group and Julie Williamson, PhD
    In this engaging, case-study rich virtual session, Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, PHD unlock the keys to unleash the cultural transformation required to accelerate growth in your team and your organization. Through real-world examples and personal reflection, you will leave with actionable insights into how to create a setting for your team to thrive because organizations don’t transform – leaders do. View Now
  • Impact to Agriculture – COVID-19 and the Future of AgriculturePresented by Mike Borel, Principal, The Context Network, Doug Griffin, Principal, The Context Network, Christian Guffy, Principal, The Context Network, and Tray Thomas, Founding Principal, The Context Network
    In this presentation, a panel from Context Network provides a holistic outlook of what the crisis means for the future macro trends impacting our industry. Hear their insights on all levels from crops and equipment to the supply chain and retail. View Now
  • Wargaming For Business: Improving How to Forecast During A Crisis – Presented by Alain Parent, Lieutenant - General Retired, Senior Associate, TACTIX, Dan Gardner, New York Times bestselling author and Paul Hillier, Principal, TACTIX
    This presentation features the world’s foremost expert on the psychology of risk and a retired three-star general who navigated the country and our allies through various crises, as the two of them unpack the risks businesses will face over the next several months. They, along with the co-lead of TACTIX Risk Communications Practice, provide specific tools on improving forecasting during times crises, including how they use advanced wargame techniques to anticipate business risks. View Now
  • Maintaining a Culture of Safety through COVID19 and Beyond – Presented by Elaine Cullen Vandervert, President, Prima Consulting Services
    In moments of crisis, such as COVID-19, our instincts are to respond, fix and lead, but culture often gets overlooked. With such diverse workforces both in national backgrounds and generations, leaders must recognize how different cultures might respond differently to crisis and pivot accordingly. In this presentation, AEM’s Product Safety & Compliance Seminar keynote presenter, Elaine Cullen Vandervert walks through why culture matters and how understanding it will keep us safe. View Now
  • COVID-19 and the Economic Impact to Agriculture - Presented by  Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, John Newton, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Todd Van Hoose, President/CEO, Farm Credit Council, Benjamin Duyck, Director, Market Intelligence, AEM
    In this presentation, economists from USDA, American Farm Bureau and the Farm Credit Council will discuss COVID-19’s impact on the agricultural economy. Learn how farmers and ranchers are dealing with the global health crisis and receive valuable insight on how it may affect demand for agricultural equipment. View Now

AEM's COVID-19 advocacy efforts are organized into five sections. Click the link below to jump to each section:

White House | Congress | Federal Agencies | State | Canada
WHITE HOUSE

AEM continues to have a strong relationship with the White House as it relates to supporting policies that benefit equipment manufacturers. This includes advocating for policies and decisions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Vice President Mike Pence personally delivered an update on the crisis to AEM’s Board and thanked equipment manufacturers for the industry’s response to the pandemic.
Here is an overview of related AEM advocacy activities:

  • AEM Urging President Trump to Deem Equipment Manufacturers as Essential 
    AEM is urging President Trump to request that the federal government designate equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers as “essential” (preempting actions taken by Governors).
  • White House Makes Plans to Reopen American Economy
    Earlier this year, the White House issued its guidelines (Guidelines for Opening Up America Again) for reopening the American economy.
  • AEM Urges President Trump to Push for Infrastructure Investment
    AEM sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress to include infrastructure investment in the next government relief package. This letter compliments the letter previously sent to Congressional leadership and is a recognition of the growing support in Congress and by the President to include a massive – up to $2 trillion – infrastructure package in the net coronavirus bill in an effort to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AEM Letter to The Trump Administration on Tariffs And COVID-19
    AEM joined 160 other trade associations and business groups, organized by Americans for Free Trade, to send a letter to President Trump urging him to provide tax relief to Americans by suspending tariffs imposed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Read the letter.
  • AEM Joins Commodity Groups in Letter to President Trump on Importance of Agriculture in Response to COVID-19
    On March 18, AEM joined dozens of commodity groups and stakeholders in sending a letter to President Trump asking that any actions taken in response to COVID-19 take into consideration the impact on American agriculture. Read the letter.
  • AEM Urges President Trump to End Russian, Saudi Crude Oil Manipulation
    AEM and 15 other organizations representing workers and companies who build and provide equipment, materials, supplies, and services to energy infrastructure projects sent a letter to President Trump urging him to "take aggressive measures in both the diplomatic and legal arenas" against Russian and Saudi Arabian dumping of crude oil in global markets. Read the letter.

  • White House Asks for Member Companies to Offer Supplies
    The White House has urged AEM’s member companies to offer the supplies and equipment they might have in storage or be able to produce or deliver to aid in the COVID-19 response effort. A list of helpful links can be found on the FEMA website.
CONGRESS

AEM is working closely with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House on advising members on what legislative provisions will be most helpful for equipment manufacturers. Below if an overview of relevant legislation and requests sent to lawmakers on behalf of equipment manufacturers. For more details read the letters and resources below or for a comprehensive overview of all of our daily advocacy activities visit our “Daily Updates” tab.

  • Update on Congressional Action, “Phase Four” COVID-19 package
    AEM continues to advocate for industry supportive policies as part of a Phase Four relief package. AEM has also worked on urging for quick implementation of many of the “phase three” CARES Act provisions. We will continue to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate these challenging times.
  • AEM Analysis of CARES Act
    Read AEM’s analysis of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that was passed by Congress on Friday, March 27. Read AEM’s analysis.
  • Updates on the Paycheck Protection Program, AEM resources
    The Paycheck Protection Program provides federally guaranteed loans up to a maximum amount of $10 million to eligible businesses. On April 17, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an updated report on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). On April 20, AEM sent a letter to Congress urging for bipartisan action to replenish funds tabbed for the PPP program. On April 24, Congress passed $484 billion in additional relief, including replenishing funds for the PPP. Read AEM's Small Business Guide on the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Stabilization Loans
    The CARES Act establishes a $454 billion loan program to provide liquidity to financial institutions that supports lending to eligible businesses, states and municipalities. Read AEM's Q&A overview of this program, including provisions specifically relevant to equipment manufacturers, in our March 30 daily update.
  • AEM Letter Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Commodity Credit Corporation
    Read AEM’s letter calling on Congress to replenish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to “help farmers and ranchers survive during this emergency.”
  • AEM Trade Policy Recommendations to Senate Finance Committee
    AEM staff submitted a list of trade policy recommendations in response to the COVID-19 crisis to the Senate Finance Committee. Read AEM’s recommendations.
  • AEM Letter Reminds Congress Infrastructure Investment Provides Economic Support
    Read AEM’s letter emphasizing infrastructure investment as a sound way to reinvigorate the U.S. economy as recovery efforts begin. Read the letter.
  • AEM Calls for Additional Funds to Support State Transportation Budgets
    AEM and several members of the Highway Materials Group sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging them to include additional funds for states and localities to offset revenue shortfalls in state transportation budgets in future relief packages. Read the letter.
FEDERAL AGENCIES

For more details read the letters and resources below or visit our “Daily Updates” tab.

  • AEM Recommends Creation of National Manufacturing Strategy
    AEM called on the federal government to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy. Read AEM’s release.
  • CISA Updates Critical Essential Infrastructure Guidance with Added Clarification
    AEM urged DHS’s Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to reinforce the agency’s recognition of the essential contributions of equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. Read the letter. And a new, expanded list, provides additional clarification.  Learn more about how states vary in adopting CISA's guidance.
  • DHS Encouraging Business Owners to Submit Ideas on How they Can Contribute PPE
    Agency officials encouraged business owners to submit ideas as to how their companies can contribute to the production of hand sanitizers, N-95 respirator masks, surgical masks, other personal protective equipment (PPE), or necessary medical equipment. Any ideas can be submitted to nbeoc@max.gov.
  • Main Street Lending Overview
    AEM staff has compiled confirmed specifics and resources about the Main Street Lending Program in this slide deck, which will be updated as more information and details become available in the days and weeks ahead.
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor Releases Guidance for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    New guidance was released by the U.S. Department of Labor today on how Under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation and are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for benefits. Read the guidance.
  • AEM Supports Effort to Defer All Tariffs for at Least 90 Days
    Earlier this year, AEM joined over 160 other groups in urging U.S. Senators to call on Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin to suspend tariffs for 90 days. AEM has been urging the Congress and the White House to take immediate steps to defer all tariffs until the businesses paying them can emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Senators’ letter.
  • Treasury Dept. Issues Release on Payment Protection Program
    The U.S. Treasury Department released new information about its new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The release includes links to updated pages on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • Secretary Perdue to Equipment Manufacturers: “You are Essential”
    Secretary Perdue recently released a short video message reaffirming his appreciation for the industry and assurances that agriculture equipment manufacturers are indeed essential. Watch the video. Sec. Perdue also recently highlighted equipment manufacturers essential role in food production. Watch the video.
  • Agriculture Sec. Perdue Applauds State Department Decision to Waive H-2 Visa Applicants
    Sec. Perdue recently issued a statement supporting the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to authorize temporary waivers for in-person interviews for eligible H-2 visa applicants. Read Perdue’s full statement. Read a federal FAQ doc on the decision.
  • AEM Weighs in on Interstate Shipping Guidance 
    AEM sent a letter to the Acting Administrator at U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to promote the industry's essential designation needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the letter.
  • OSHA Issues Enforcement Guidance
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Pandemic.
  • AEM Urges OSHA to Clarify Illness Reporting Requirements
    On March 27, AEM sent a letter to OSHA urging them to issue a statement clarifying that employers that have not been required to report illnesses caused by health pathogens in the past will not need to report such exposure to COVID-19. Read the letter.
  • AEM Continues to Coordinate with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    If your organization believes they have encountered a cybersecurity threat or incident within their infrastructure, please report it to CISA. For more information on how to best protect and secure yourself and your infrastructure, visit CISA's cybersecurity page.
  • Labor Dept. Rule on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    The DOL recently announced an action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part og (FFCRA). For more details, visit this IRS web page. Also, USDA’s Wage and Hour Division will post a recorded webinar to provide more information about the FFCRA. To view the webinar, visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Publishes COVID-19 Guidance for Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave
    The DOL provided a fact sheet to help to employees and employers learn how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it took effect on April 1. Read DOL’s fact sheet,  FAQ, poster for employers, and Field Assistance Bulletin.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Workplace Health & Safety
    AEM has created a new resource for member companies that provides guidance on best practices about workplace health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AEM Pushes USDA to Help Ethanol Producers Hurting from COVID-19
    AEM joined Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, and the National Biodiesel Board in a letter to push USDA do their part to get ethanol plants up and running again. Read the letter.
  • DOL Issues Interim Guidance for Safe N95 Decontamination
    The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued interim enforcement guidance on reusing disposable N95 masks that have been decontaminated.
STATE

As states issue and revise emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, AEM continues to communicate with lawmakers to emphasize the essential role that equipment manufacturers play in the states. This includes letters to all 50 governors calling on the state leaders to declare equipment manufacturers as “essential” as each state tries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the letters.

State Updates and Resources

AEM is working closely with state and local officials to provide our member companies with up-to-date information on state and local declarations and their impact on equipment manufacturing operations and facilities. This information is updated daily, so please check back for the most recent updates and resources. Read our update.

Other State Activities

  • Short-Term Small Business Loan Programs
    Several states have created short-term small business loan programs, funded directly by the states, to help keep businesses operating during these difficult times. Many states, through the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Assistant program, also offer low-interest, long-term loans, to help provide small businesses with working capital. For more information on SBA loans, please visit the agency’s Disaster Loan Assistance website.
  • AEM Engages with Construction Contractors to Ensure Construction Projects Continue
    AEM engaged with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) to ensure Governors recognize the key role construction projects play in our current economy. Recently, AGC (March 20) and ABC (March 23) sent letters to key Democratic & Republican Governors requesting they deem construction as an essential business. AEM continues to communicate with Governors offices how the industry is operating in a safe environment, and adhering to all social distancing and hygiene instructions. Read the AGC letter. Read the ABC letter.
  • I Make America Activation
    AEM has also mobilized tens of thousands of its I Make America supporters to continue to urge governors to designate equipment manufactures as “essential” during the COVID-19 crisis. 
CANADA

AEM continues to suppose its Canadian members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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