New York City Phase Four Guidelines Plus A Warning From the Governor
New York City began phase four yesterday, July 20th. Phase four industries for New York City include Higher Education, Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Media Production, and Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans. However, Malls and Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment are not allowed to reopen in New York City, as they have been in other regions of the State. The New York City phase four guidelines for included industries do not differ from the phase four guidelines for the rest of the State.
Governor Cuomo said that there have been a number of reports of young people gathering and ignoring mask protocols. The Governor stated that this needs to stop as young people can get the virus and spread it to more vulnerable populations local governments and police departments must do their jobs and enforce the rules. The bad actors in the restaurant and bar industries are going to hurt the good actors who are trying to survive and follow the rules. If the bad actors don’t stop allowing congregating, and local governments are unable to enforce the rules, the Governor said the State may need to roll back the reopening plan and close all bars and restaurants.
Monday Economic Report From NAM
Manufacturing production rebounded for the second straight month, rising by 3.8% and 7.2% in May and June, respectively. In June, all 19 major manufacturing sectors had increases in production, as the industry attempts to recover from steep declines since February. Yet, it will take a while for output to get back to prerecession levels. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing production has declined 11.2%, with durable and nondurable goods output down 14.3% and 7.4%, respectively.
Showdown on Coronavirus Relief Legislation Starts This Week
Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) say they think they’ll be able to get a deal, but leaders haven’t yet started negotiating and both sides have appeared skeptical of the other side’s key priorities. Republicans are looking at a price tag of around $1 trillion, though some have put it closer to $1.3 trillion, as they try to lock in their legislation. Democrats also included approximately $1 trillion in their bill for more help for state and local governments, who have been hit hard as the spread of the coronavirus dried up their tax base.
The differences between Democrats and Republicans are numerous and, in many cases, steep. Democrats want to extend a $600 per week increase of unemployment benefits, something viewed as a non-starter by most Republicans who don’t want the benefit to be more than 100 percent of a person’s previous wages. The increase is set to expire on July 25.
Ensuring U.S. Bio-pharmaceutical Competitiveness
If America is serious about maintaining its leadership in bio-pharmaceuticals, then it must craft a robust sectoral competitiveness strategy—especially as China aggressively improves its life-sciences competitiveness, both in production and in innovation. To support the sector, The Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation argues that U.S. policymakers should focus on four main things:
- Maintaining core strengths, including America’s drug-pricing, tech-transfer, and intellectual property systems;
- Spurring domestic innovation;
- Expanding domestic production; and
- Combatting foreign innovation mercantilism.
Weigh All the Factors of Reshoring
Flexibility and agility are among the possible advantages for US manufacturers bring supply chains closer to home, writes Graycor Southern executive Brian Gallagher. Having a local supply chain reduces variables that may cause disruption. Local supply chains also tend to be flexible and agile. Ordering from nearby suppliers allows for ordering more (or fewer) quantities on shorter notice — an important factor when unforeseen circumstances happen.
Even before COVID-19 challenged the distribution of critical items, manufacturing goods closer to where they are sold had been recognized as a way for companies to achieve lower distribution costs. A tighter supply chain has the benefit of ensuring that quality standards can be met; it is also a safeguard for intellectual property.
I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended to August 19, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended its flexibility regarding the physical presence requirements for I-9 inspection for another 30 days, until August 19, due to the ongoing precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible employers may continue to inspect Section 2 documents remotely (e.g., over video link, fax, or email) and must have a written documentation of their remote onboarding and telework policy that is available to employees. If employers are not eligible for the flexibility, they may continue to designate authorized representatives to act on their behalf to review documents in person.
PKF O’Connor Davies Webinar: PPP Pitfalls and Opportunities
Despite all the publicity surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), questions and confusion are still widespread. And it’s no wonder. The program is complicated, details are intricate and the government is still making changes. Join Council Member and Friend PKF O’Connor Davies’ top PPP specialists for this LIVE interactive discussion as they decipher the complexities of this vital funding program and provide definitive answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m EST
Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity: SUNY Industry Roundtable
Please join SUNY at a Statewide Industry Roundtable from 9 – 10 am on July 27, August 10, OR September 21 focused on employer opportunities with the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY.
The discussion will include an in-depth overview of the SUNY Apprenticeship Program (SAP) which is state funded and focuses on Advanced Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, and Other non-construction opportunities, and the NY College Apprenticeship Network (NYCAN) supported by the US Department of Labor which concentrates solely on Advanced Manufacturing.
Opportunities for how employers can become involved will be discussed and ample time allotted for discussion and Q&A.