Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Waivers and Emergency Declarations 

  1. Automatic Extension of Expiring CDLs, CLPs and Medical Certificates

FMCSA waiver allows state licensing agencies to automatically extend expiring CDL licenses, CDL learners permits and driver medical certificates. This waiver is effective March 20, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

  1. Driver Hours of Service Waiver

FMCSA issues a national HOS waiver for CDL drivers supporting emergency response. Waiver is effective through from March 26, 2020 through midnight June 14, 2020.

  1. FMCSA Emergency Declaration Website

FMCSA for webpage for all emergency declarations and waivers related to the coronavirus

With an increasing number of states imposing shelter-in-place requirements, please click here (.docx template file will download for motor fuels marketers) and for a certificate for essential employees who may need to keep in their vehicles template, if stopped by authorities.

The Department of Labor (DOL)

DOL issued its first set of summaries and guidance on the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (Phase 2) which the agency has been tasked with implementing.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (FFCRA):

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Coronavirus Guidance and Loan Information

Click here for a detailed summary to Secure CARES Act Stimulus Funding for Small Business Owners “Phase 3” which was signed into law on March 27th courtesy from Squire Patton Boggs (SPB).

America's Small Business Development Centers released a spreadsheet last week that compares all of the currently available SBA programs. You can access the document via this link.

 Louisiana Economic Development (LED)

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.

For Louisiana businesses seeking federal financial assistance, they are encouraged first to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov/Disaster to apply for COVID-19 disaster aid. The SBA Customer Service Center may be reached at (800) 659-2955, with an additional TTY line for the hearing-impaired at (800) 877-8339.

“Louisiana has experienced the fastest rate of increase for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and it is imperative that everyone in our state take part in the efforts to slow the spread of this disease,” Gov. Edwards said. “Businesses are making tremendous sacrifices to slow the spread, and resources are available to help businesses navigate this crisis. If your business has questions, please make use of the resources that Louisiana Economic Development has made available to you.” 

“This LED help desk is the latest of our efforts to serve Louisiana businesses and to help them sustain operations through the challenges presented by COVID-19,” Secretary Pierson said. “At our website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — you’ll find many additional resources for COVID-19 business assistance. We encourage you to use them, and we thank our many partners across Louisiana for their dedicated support of our efforts.”

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Edwards issued proclamations meant to slow the spread of the disease. The health and safety of Louisiana residents is the utmost priority for the administration. 

LED is working with all levels of government and the private sector to support Louisiana businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the LED website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — businesses may find workplace guidance from the Governor’s Stay At Home Order and other proclamations; COVID-19 public health recommendations; sources of COVID-19 financial aid; regional resources across the state; and links to information from business and industry trade associations.