In response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the globe, AMBA's leadership team worked to generate resources for AMBA members.  Check back to this page as we make updates. 

WEBINARS (free for members)

2020 COVID-19 Crisis Calls (AMBA Members-Only Roundtable Discussions)

As states continued to announce statewide “Sheltering in Place” orders that advised all residents to stay home and only leave for “essential activities,” the AMBA identified a growing need to connect members to discuss what constitutes “essential activities” as it pertains to work, as well as other shutdown procedures and policies. Over the last few weeks, AMBA has hosted a few roundtable discussions with members to discuss the changing conditions, best practices and policies and more. To connect members with additional resources, other association partners have also presented on a wide variety of topics related to COVID-19. 

Recent webinar topics have included:

  • Two crisis roundtable discussions with facilitated Q&A
  • Two all-association Benesch presentations on COVID-19 policies and member Q&A
  • Managing your business during a crisis (presented by Harbour Results)
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Explained (presented by Ice Miller)
  • COVID-19 and Washington, D.C. - The Government's Response

To access past webinar recordings, AMBA members can click here.

UPCOMING

Tax Implications as a Result of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 7| 1PM EST
Register here.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES BY STATE

Many AMBA members have reached out asking what qualifies as an essential business. Due to the rapidly changing conditions and varying orders by state, AMBA has compiled a comprehensive list by state that we will update as often as possible. For employees commuting on essential business, we've also included a letter for them to use while traveling.

Access the list here. Access the letter here.

Updated 3/30/20: CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Version 2.0

Updated: 4/3/20: DHS Critical Infrastructure

REPORTS

2020 COVID-19 Policies & Procedures Benchmarking Compilations

These compilations include a list of policies, procedures, action plans and resources. All the documents included in this compilation have been submitted by members of MAPP (Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors), AMBA (American Mold Builders Association) and ARPM (Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers). By gathering resources from various manufacturing industries, there is a greater pool of knowledge from which the team was able to pull.

The documents in this compilation have been organized by type, which include:

  • Internal Communications, such as memos, policies for cleaning, working from home, traveling, PTO, etc.
  • External Communications, such as letters to customers and suppliers or visitor communication
  • Infectious Disease Action Plans, including checklists and action plans already in place in case of an outbreak of any kind
  • Outside Resources Shared with Employees, such as CDC flyers, hand washing instructions, and presentations

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE

To accommodate the changing needs of members, two additional compilations are being offered - one includes work from home policies and the other provides policy guides related to how to handle positive employee tests.

It is important to keep in mind that these are all working documents and the benchmarking team will continue to update and add changes and new policies as they are received.

We have also received an "Employee-in-Transit" letter example that can be utilized by essential employees and personalized to your company. View it here.

If you have questions, want to add to this document or need assistance, please contact the office directly at 317.436.3102 or email info@amba.org.

TAX RELIEF - UPDATES FROM MUELLER PROST AND THE FRANKLIN PARTNERSHIP

COVID-19 Accounting and Disclosure Implications

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue for some time causing uncertainty and volatility in financial marks, disruptions to supplies and distribution chains as well as directly affecting cash flows for many businesses. The pervasive impact of this pandemic also creates accounting and disclosure implications in financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 and beyond as we continue to battle the spread of the virus and its aftermath.

To learn more, visit Mueller Prost's resource page here.

Tax Payment Deadlines Extended Until July 15, 2020

The IRS has issued Notice 2020-17 in response to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's announcement that affected taxpayers owing an aggregate amount up to one million dollars in taxes would be able to defer tax payments, free of interest and penalty, until July 15th. In the case of an individual taxpayer, the same deferral amount applies regardless of filing status. The amount that can be deferred is increased up to $10 million for corporate taxpayers. 

Update 3/22/10: 

The IRS has issued Notice 2020-18 clarifying the announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier Friday that the deadline for filing tax returns would be extended until July 15, 2020. This notice supersedes Notice 2020-17 issued March 19, 2020, which capped the amount of tax due that could be postponed until July 15, 2020.

Additional Forms/Tax Credits

EPSL/EFMLA Refundable Tax Credit - Form 941

Advance Payment of Employer Credits due to COVID-19 (PDF)

Upcoming Webinars Hosted by Mueller Prost:

Tax Implications as a Result of COVID-19
Tue.  Apr 7 | 1PM - 2PM EST

Register here.

During this event, the Mueller Prost team will highlight the topics from this past week, but also touch on new updates, including the proposed CARES Act recently signed by the President. Register here.

GOVERNMENT UPDATES / SBA CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BUSINESS LOAN - APPLICATION AND INFORMATION

The SBA has added financial relief for qualifying businesses under their disaster relief program. There are many unknowns, but below are several documents and links that provide additional detail.

THE FRANKLIN PARTNERSHIP - OTHER RESOURCES

In addition to the above resources, The Franklin Partnership has also provided AMBA members with the below resources. 

AMERIMOLD SOURCING ASSISTANCE PROJECT

MMT has received an unprecedented number of inquiries about ways they can assist in facilitating sourcing and procurement needs. To make this as simple as possible, MMT has launched its Amerimold Sourcing Assistance Project, which helps facilitate sourcing and procurement needs amongst manufacturers. 

To read more about the project, click here. To apply, click here.

BENESCH COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER 

The COVID-19 situation is dynamic and fluid, requiring constant attention and appropriate measures for the health and safety of all. Benesch's COVID-19 Task Force is plugged in and reviewing the latest developments to ensure they are taking appropriate steps to help educate and respond to their clients during this time of uncertainty. Access all of their topics here.

Benesch Resources

Benesch's COVID-19 Task Force is plugged in and reviewing the latest developments to ensure they are taking appropriate steps to help educate and respond to clients in this time of uncertainty. 

To access Benesch's resources, including webinars, bulletins and more, click here. To access Q&A guidance on EEOC, click here. To see recent guidance on FFCRA (current as of 3/31/20), click here.

FEDERATED EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES NETWORK

To help its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Federated Insurance has put together a variety of resources, which can be accessed via the links below.

ADDITIONAL PARTNER RESOURCES

In addition to the above resources, AMBA's partners have stepped up during this crisis to offer additional assistance. All are listed below. 

  • Autodesk - Free software access for manufacturers to collaborate remotely. If interested, please email mary.shaw@autodesk.com.
  • CAM-TOOL by CGS - Two-for-one online training. Interested parties can email ryan@camtool.com
  • Harbour Results - 90 days of free access to Harbour HIQ, an intelligence tool for the manufacturing industry. To access, submit an inquiry here

GOVERNMENT-RELATED RESOURCES

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 status, please see: