Homeland Security revises guidance on “essential” workers and more COVID-19 updates

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Test World stays open for indoor testing

Test World is continuing to operate and fulfill a busy schedule of indoor tire and vehicle testing during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Operating within official health guidance to the strictest degree, and treating the health and wellbeing of its staff as the utmost priority, Test World strives to minimize disruption to the industry in these unprecedented times. Test World is based in Northern Finland and specializes in vehicle and tyre testing in winter conditions. For further information about Test World and examples of tests listed above, email office@testworld.fi or call +358 (0)44 778 8800.

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Auto Care Association webinar: Understanding COVID-19 Employee Leave Requirements and Unemployment Expansion

Join the Auto Care Association this Thursday, April 2, from 2-3 p.m. EDT for a webinar on understanding COVID-19 employee leave requirements and unemployment expansion.

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Department of Homeland Security Issues Revised Guidance on ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response’

On March 29, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security issued a revised “Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.” While the memo is solely intended to provide guidance to states in determining essential employees for the purposes of shut down or shelter in place orders, many states have referenced the list in their executive orders.  

The revised guidance attempts to provide clarification from the list issued by CISA on March 19, including requests by the Auto Care Association and other groups to more explicitly include vehicle parts manufacturers and others in the supply chain as being considered essential. Therefore, the Auto Care Association was pleased that CISA included the following two items on the revised list of essential workers:

•Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities (including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations).

•Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.

The Auto Care Association thanks CISA for the new revisions. These revisions should provide additional clarification to state and local officials in developing and enforcing their executive orders to include repair shops and those up the supply chain that allow those facilities to repair and maintain light and heavy duty vehicles, which are necessary to ensure mobility during the current crisis. The association is working to publicize the new revisions, but members are urged to pass these on to their state and local officials as well. A copy of the new memo can be found here.

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