Scopelitis COVID-19 Task Force: Latest News and Updates
COVID-19 and the Transportation Industry
During this time of uncertainty and business disruption, Scopelitis is committed to continuing to provide highly-responsive and state-of-the-art counseling, specifically providing context for the transportation industry. Scopelitis has assembled a COVID-19 task force that is analyzing late-breaking international, national, and state developments on this issue as they impact the transportation industry. Our goal is to swiftly and effectively advise clients on solutions that ensure the unique challenges presented by transportation workers are addressed to strike the needed balance of protecting the workforce while protecting the business.
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COVID-19 News from Scopelitis
- FAQ: COVID-19 and the Transportation Industry
The Scopelitis COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring the evolving legal landscape in these difficult times and is addressing questions and concerns unique to the transportation industry. Here are some of the more common and pressing considerations.
- Special Update: COVID-19 Resources for Transportation Companies
The Scopelitis COVID-19 Resource Page offers a COVID-19 Transportation Industry FAQ and other materials to aid transportation clients in managing their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Scopelitis COVID-19 Task Force for information on costs associated with tailoring these materials (if needed), or if you require assistance including but not limited to these resources.
- Law Alert: Motor Carriers Should Continue Objecting to IC Unemployment Claims Under the CARES Act
Pursuant to Section 2102 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted March 27, 2020, individuals not otherwise eligible to receive any state unemployment compensation benefits or extended federal benefits, including self-employed persons and independent contractors (ICs), may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funded by the federal government. Read more about what this means for the transportation industry.
- Law Alert: FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration Through May 15, 2020
FMCSA has extended its Expanded Emergency Declaration through May 15, 2020, allowing motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts to continue operating under the exemptions set forth in the declaration through that date. Read more about the expanded declarations list and other key points regarding this news.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Coronavirus Weaponizes Debate Over California’s AB5." April 1, 2020. FreightWaves.
Scopelitis President and Managing Partner Greg Feary in FreightWaves on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on the debate regarding how AB 5 legislation applies to the transportation and logistics industry.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Keeping Trucks Moving During The Coronavirus Outbreak." March 31, 2020. Law360.
Scopelitis Partner Brandon Wiseman on the role trucking has played and will continue to play in COVID-19 relief efforts
- Law Alert: FMCSA Issues Temporary Waiver for Drivers with Expiring CDLs, CLPs, Operator’s Licenses, and Medical Cards
FMCSA issued a limited waiver for commercial drivers whose CDLs, CLPs, operator’s licenses, and/or medical cards have expired or are set to expire after March 1, 2020. The waiver, which is effective immediately and valid through June 30, 2020, comes in response to state DMV and medical clinic closures that have made it difficult for commercial drivers to renew expiring licenses and medical cards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Latest COVID-19 State News
As the pandemic continues to spread, state and local transportation news is changing by the hour – changes that stand to have a huge impact on your business. For a list of Shelter in Place jurisdictions, contact Scopelitis.
- Law Alert: States Order Workers to “Stay at Home” – Many Transportation Operations Exempted
Pennsylvania’s Governor Wolf issued an order effectively requiring all non-life sustaining businesses to close their physical locations and move to a virtual/telework business model to attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Shortly after, Governor Newsom issued an order to California residents to “stay at home” except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of critical businesses. Read more about what this means for the transportation industry.
- Law Alert: FMCSA Issues Expanded Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Relief Efforts
FMCSA issued an Expanded Emergency Declaration on Wednesday afternoon, adding to the list of transportation services covered under the exemption and clarifying the exemption’s carve-out for “mixed loads.”
- Law Alert: FMCSA Issues Federal Emergency Declaration and Limited Regulatory Reprieve for COVID-19 Relief Efforts
The FMCSA has issued an emergency declaration, temporarily suspending certain federal safety regulations, including hours-of-service rules, for motor carriers and drivers providing vital supplies and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.