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Florida COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 22, 2020

Libryo is using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates will provide highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


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Last Updated: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Executive Order 20-91

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-orders senior citizens and people with serious underlying medical conditions to stay at home and take measures to avoid COVID-19
-orders all persons to stay at home and limit interactions to people within their own household except to obtain or perform essential services or activities
-essential services include any services defined in the guidance of the US Department of Homeland Security and the orders of Miami-Dade County
-defines essential activities as attendance at religious services, caring for pets or other people and recreational exercise
-prohibits social gatherings of more than 10 people and
-overrides any local orders currently in effect.

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Notice Number: 20-91

Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91-compressed.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-89

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-restricts public access to businesses and facilities that are not essential in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Monroe County
-requires establishments providing essential services to enforce social distancing and take measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and
-gives county authorities discretion to modify the definition of essential services.

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Notice Number: 20-89

Publication Date: 30 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-89.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #20-52-DOR-002

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The Executive Director of the Department of Revenue has published an emergency order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-extends the deadline for sales taxes, use taxes and related taxes collected in March to 30 April for taxpayers adversely affected by the pandemic
-confirms the existing deadline of 20 April 2020 for those taxes for taxpayers who are not adversely affected
-waives penalties and interest for taxes collected in February which were due by 20 March 2020 but were reported and paid by 31 March 2020
-includes in the list of taxes for which the deadline is extended sales tax, use tax, tourist development tax, new tires fees, rental car surcharge, prepaid wireless E-911 fee, lead acid battery fees and dry cleaning gross receipts and
-defines the term “adversely affected” by the pandemic as meaning that the business has been closed due to government orders, the tax due is less than 75% of the previous month’s amount, the business was formed after March 2019 or the business is registered to file quarterly.

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Notice Number: #20-52-DOR-002

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: https://floridarevenue.com/emdisaster/Additional%20Info/Order%20of%20Emergency%20Waiver%2020-52-DOR-002%20(Sales%20and%20Use%20Tax%20and%20Related%20Taxes).pdf

© Copyright Florida Department of Revenue. All Rights Reserved.


 
Executive Order 20-86

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-anyone entering the State of Florida through an area with substantial community spread, must, at their own expense, isolate or quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of the person's stay, whichever is shorter
-any such person inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread
-violation of the order could result in a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to 60 days, or both

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Notice Number: 20-86

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-86.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-80

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-anyone entering the State of Florida through an airport in an area with substantial community spread, must, at their own expense, isolate or quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of the person's stay, whichever is shorter
-violation of the order could result in a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to 60 days, or both

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Notice Number: 20-80

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Effective Date: 24 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-80.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-71

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-prohibits the sale of alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises where they are sold
-allows restaurants to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises with food
-allows licensed sellers of alcohol to return alcoholic drinks purchased for cancelled events to receive a refund or credit
-prohibits consumption of food and drink in restaurants, bars and similar establishments and
-orders the closure of gyms except those in small hotels, residential buildings or fire or police stations.

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Notice Number: 20-71

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-71.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-70

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-orders the closure of on-premises services in food/alcohol establishments with seating for more than 10 people in Broward County and Palm Beach County
-does not affect delivery, pick-up or take-out services
-does not affect restaurants ancillary to essential services and
-orders the closure of gyms, auditoriums, bowling alleys and other entertainment establishments.

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Notice Number: 20-70

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-70.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-69

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-suspends any requirement for local government bodies to meet at a specific place or with a quorum of persons who are physically present
-allows local government bodies to meet using communications technology and
-preserves ordinary rules about public access to documents recording meetings of local government bodies.

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Notice Number: 20-69

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-69.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-68

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-orders that any establishment that derives more than 50% of their revenue from the sale of alcoholic drinks must not sell alcoholic drinks for 30 days
-orders that people maintain social distancing on public beaches
-orders that restaurants limit their capacity to 50% of their normal capacity and impose social distancing measures and
-orders that restaurants do not permit anyone to work who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is at risk of COVID-19 infection.

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Notice Number: 20-68

Publication Date: 17 March 2020

Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-68.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
COVID-19 Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Emergency Order

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The Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has published an emergency order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-extends the period of validity of driver’s licences and identification cards issued by the State of Florida that were due to expire between 16 March 2020 and 15 April 2020 and
-waives fees for late renewal for such driver’s licences and identification cards.

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downloadPublication Date: 15 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

Source: https://www.flhsmv.gov/pdf/emergency/flhsmv_dl_eo_covid19_031520.pdf

© Copyright 2014 – 2020 Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. All Rights Reserved.


 
Executive Order 20-52

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The Governor of the State of Florida published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that declares a state of emergency in the State of Florida.

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Notice Number: 20-52

Publication Date: 9 March 2020

Effective Date: 9 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-52.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-51

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-declares a public health emergency in Florida
-enables the Florida Department of Health to take steps to respond to the emergency and to take quarantine, self-isolation and other necessary public health interventions
-directs the Florida Department of Health to monitor persons who come within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of a person under investigation for 14 days with twice daily temperature checks and
-allows monitoring of other persons suspected of contracting COVID-19.

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Notice Number: 20-51

Publication Date: 1 March 2020

Effective Date: 1 March 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-51.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
US Executive Order 13916: National Emergency Authority To Temporarily Extend Deadlines for Certain Estimated Payments

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The President of the United States has published an executive order directing the Secretary of the Treasury to consider taking action to extend deadlines for various estimated payments for importers who are suffering significant financial hardship because of COVID–19.

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Notice Number: 2020-08846

Publication Date: 23 April 2020

Effective Date: 18 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-23/pdf/2020-08846.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
US Temporary Final Rule (19 CFR Part 24): Temporary Postponement of the Time to Deposit Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees During the National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

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The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the designee of the Secretary of Homeland Security (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) has issued a temporary final rule amending the Customs and Border Protection regulations. 

The amendment temporarily postpones the deadline for importers of record with a significant financial hardship to deposit certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees that they would ordinarily be obligated to pay as of the date of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption.

The postponement relates to merchandise entered in March or April 2020, for a period of 90 days from the date that the deposit would otherwise have been due but for this emergency action. 

To qualify for this temporary postponement, an importer must demonstrate a significant financial hardship. An eligible importer's operation must be fully or partially suspended during March or April 2020 due to government orders limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings because of COVID-19. As a result of the suspension of its operations, the gross receipts of such importer for March 13-31, 2020, or April 2020 must be less than 60 percent of the gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019. 

An eligible importer need not file additional documentation with CBP to be eligible for this relief but must maintain documentation as part of its books and records establishing that it meets the requirements for relief.

This temporary postponement does not permit the return of any deposits of estimated duties, taxes, and/or fees that have been paid. It also does not apply to entries or withdrawals from warehouse, subject to certain specified trade remedies, and any entry summary that includes merchandise subject to those trade remedies is not eligible under this rule.

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Notice Number: 2020-08618

Publication Date: 22 April 2020

Effective Date: 20 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-22/pdf/2020-08618.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-111

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The Governor of the State of Florida has extended until 4 May 2020:

- Executive Order 20-91, which requires people to stay at home except to perform or obtain essential services or activities and prohibits social gatherings of more than 10 people
- Executive Order 20-87, which suspends vacation rental property operations

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Notice Number: 20-111

Publication Date: 29 April 2020

Effective Date: 29 April 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-111.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-112

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The Governor of the State of Florida has issued an Executive Order setting out Phase 1 of the Safe Smart Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery.

Some businesses may commence operations, for example restaurants and food establishments may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, so long as they:

- adopt appropriate social distancing measures
- limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy
- allow outdoor seating only with appropriate social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating)

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Notice Number: 20-112

Publication Date: 29 April 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-112.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

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The President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act into law to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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Notice Number: 116-136

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 27 April 2020

Source: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748enr.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

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The President has signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.

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Notice Number: 116-139

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 24 April 2020

Source: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr266/BILLS-116hr266enr.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Proclamation 10014 (US)

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The President of the United States has signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 23 April 2020 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. 

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Notice Number: 2020-09068

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 23 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-27/pdf/2020-09068.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
13 CFR Part 120: Small Business Administration Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Additional Criterion for Seasonal Employers

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue regulations for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), including regulations that allow additional lenders to originate loans and establish terms and conditions.

In this interim final rule, Treasury authorizes all lenders eligible to originate loans under the PPP to use an alternative criterion for calculating the maximum loan amount for PPP loans issued to seasonal employers.

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Notice Number: 2020-09239

Publication Date: 30 April 2020

Effective Date: 30 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-30/pdf/2020-09239.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Corporate Groups and Non-Bank and Non-Insured Depository Institution Lenders (Small Business Administration)

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The Small Business Administration has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by limiting the amount of Paycheck Protection Program loans that any single corporate group may receive, and provides additional guidance on the criteria for non-bank lender participation in the PPP.

This interim final rule applies to applications submitted under the Paycheck Protection Program through June 30, 2020, or until funds made available for this purpose are exhausted.

Comments must be received on or before June 3, 2020.

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Notice Number: 2020-09576

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09576.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak (IRS)

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration and Internal Revenue Services have published a document announcing the extension of certain timeframes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and participants and beneficiaries of these plans during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

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Notice Number: 2020-09399

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09399.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Executive Order 13920: Securing the United States Bulk-Power System (US)

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The President of the United States of America has declared a national emergency with respect to the threat to the United States bulk-power system, and has prohibited certain actions relating to bulk-power system electric equipment.

These include acquisition, importation, transfer, or installation of any bulk-power system electric equipment where the transaction involves any property in which any foreign country or one of its nationals has any interest, where the transaction was initiated after the date of this order, and where certain officials have determined that:

- the transaction involves bulk-power system electric equipment designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied, by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary; and

- the transaction:

- poses an undue risk of sabotage to or subversion of the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, installation, operation, or maintenance of the bulk-power system in the United States;
- poses an undue risk of catastrophic effects on the security or resiliency of United States critical infrastructure or the economy of the United States; or
- otherwise poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.

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Notice Number: 2020-09695

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 1 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09695.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Executive Order 13917: Delegating Authority Under the Defense Production Act With Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19

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The President of the United States of America has signed an executive order relating to beef, pork and poultry processors.

The order provides that it is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans. However, outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at some processing facilities have led to a reduction in some of those facilities' production capacity. In addition, recent actions in some States have led to the complete closure of some large processing facilities. Such actions may differ from or be inconsistent with interim guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor entitled “Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers” providing for the safe operation of such facilities.

Closures threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure during the national emergency. Given the high volume of meat and poultry processed by many facilities, any unnecessary closures can quickly have a large effect on the food supply chain.

The executive order delegates authority to the Secretary of Agriculture to take action to ensure that meat and poultry processors continue operations consistent with the guidance for their operations jointly issued by the CDC and OSHA.

Under the delegation of authority provided in the order, the Secretary of Agriculture may identify additional specific food supply chain resources that require the same treatment.

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Notice Number: 2020-09536

Publication Date: 1 May 2020

Effective Date: 28 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-01/pdf/2020-09536.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
17 CFR Parts 227 and 239: Temporary Amendments to Regulation Crowdfunding (SEC)

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting temporary final rules to facilitate capital formation for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The temporary final rules are intended to expedite the offering process for smaller, previously established companies directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19 that are seeking to meet their funding needs through the offer and sale of securities pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding.

The temporary final rules are designed to facilitate this offering process by providing tailored, conditional relief from certain requirements of Regulation Crowdfunding relating to the timing of the offering and the availability of financial statements required to be included in issuers' offering materials while retaining appropriate investor protections.

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Notice Number: 2020-09806

Publication Date: 7 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-07/pdf/2020-09806.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Federal Delay in Opening of 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 and 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5 Data Collections Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a delay in the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The EEOC expects to begin collecting the 2020 EEO-3 and the 2020 EEO-5 in January 2021 and will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will open as soon as it is available.

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Notice Number: 2020-09876

Publication Date: 8 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-08/pdf/2020-09876.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Nondiscrimination and Additional Eligibility Criteria

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has posted an interim final rule that supplements previously posted rules relating to the Paycheck Protection Program by providing guidance on nondiscrimination obligations and additional eligibility requirements, and requests public comment.

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program. The program is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). SBA posted additional interim final rules on April 3, 2020, April 14, 2020, April 24, 2020, April 28, 2020, and April 30, 2020 and the Department of the Treasury posted an additional interim final rule on April 28, 2020. This interim final rule supplements the previously posted interim final rules.

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Notice Number: 2020-09963

Publication Date: 8 May 2020

Effective Date: 8 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-08/pdf/2020-09963.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida


 
Executive Order 20-114 (Florida): Emergency Management-Extension of Executive Order 20-52-COVID-19

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The Governor of the State of Florida has issued an Executive Order stating that the State of Emergency, as declared in EO 2020-52, is extended for another 60 days.

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Notice Number: 20-114

Publication Date: 8 May 2020

Effective Date: 8 May 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-114.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-120 (Florida): Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order that:

- the restriction in Section 2(A)(2) of Executive Order 20-112 which limited the opening of certain businesses no longer applies to Palm Beach County
- persons in Florida may provide and obtain services from barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at the following link: www.myfloridalicense.com/emergency

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Notice Number: 20-120

Publication Date: 9 May 2020

Effective Date: 11 May 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-120.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Availability (Food and Drug Administration)

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced the availability of guidance documents related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The guidance documents have been implemented without prior comment, but they remain subject to comment at any time. Some examples of the documents include temporary policies regarding:

- Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (March 2020)
- Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Chain Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 2020)
- Packaging and Labeling of Shell Eggs Sold by Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 2020)

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Notice Number: 2020-10146

Publication Date: 12 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-12/pdf/2020-10146.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2B Nonimmigrants Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency (Department of Homeland Security)

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The Department of Homeland Security has published a temporary final rule that, as a result of disruptions and uncertainty to the U.S. economy and international travel caused by the global novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, amends the regulations regarding certain temporary nonagricultural workers, and their U.S. employers, within the H-2B nonimmigrant classification.

The Department is temporarily removing certain limitations on employers or U.S. agents seeking to hire certain H-2B workers already in the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain, and certain H-2B workers, who are essential to the U.S. food supply chain, seeking to extend their stay.

This final rule is effective from May 14, 2020, through May 15, 2023. Employers may request the flexibilities under this rule by filing an H-2B petition, including the new attestation and all required evidence, on or after the effective date of this rule and until 120 days thereafter. 

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Notice Number: 2020-10486

Publication Date: 14th May 2020

Effective Date: 14th May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-14/pdf/2020-10486.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-122 (Florida): Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an executive order that the restriction in Section 2(A)(2) of Executive Order 20-112 which limited the opening of certain businesses no longer applies to Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with effect from May 18, 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-122

Publication Date: 14 May 2020

Effective Date: 18 May 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-122.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Executive Order 20-123 (Florida): Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

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The Governor of the State of Florida has published an Executive Order that modifies 20-112, as modified by Executive Order 20-120, to bring all Florida counties into Full Phase 1.

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Notice Number: 20-123

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 18 May 2020

Source: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-123.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Extension of Limited Safe Harbor With Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan Request

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On April 24, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule relating to promissory notes, authorizations, affiliation, and eligibility in connection with the implementation of a temporary new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program.” The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). The SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements its implementation of the Act and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10649

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10649.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Loan Increases

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on the ability to increase certain PPP loans, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10658

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10658.pdf

Copyright © 2012 State of Florida 


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Eligibility of Certain Electric Cooperatives

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on additional eligibility requirements for certain electric cooperatives, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10674

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10674.pdf

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Treatment of Entities With Foreign Affiliates

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This interim final rule supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on additional eligibility requirements related to entities with foreign affiliates, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10967

Publication Date: 21 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-21/pdf/2020-10967.pdf

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Second Extension of Limited Safe Harbor With Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan and Lender Reporting

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On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule relating to the extension of a safe harbor with respect to a certification required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act) in connection with the implementation of a temporary new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program.” This interim final rule revises the interim final rule posted on May 8, 2020, and published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2020, by extending the date by which certain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may repay their loans from May 14, 2020 to May 18, 2020, in order to avail themselves of a safe harbor with respect to the certification required by the Act, and by extending the timeframe for submission of the initial SBA Form 1502 report for PPP loans. This interim final rule supplements SBA's implementation of the Act and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-11292

Publication Date: 26 May 2020

Effective Date: 26 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-26/pdf/2020-11292.pdf

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Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has published a decision to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in the document. The restrictions will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2020.

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Notice Number: 2020-11145

Publication Date: 22 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-22/pdf/2020-11145.pdf

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Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has published a decision to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in the document. The restrictions will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2020. 

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Notice Number: 2020-11154

Publication Date: 22 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-22/pdf/2020-11154.pdf

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