Las Vegas Crating and Logistics has the resources and workers for Covid-19 workplace safety
This is our number one goal during the Covid-19 ( novel coronavirus ) outbreak. Being that our business is open to the public being an essential service with our international packing, shipping, crating, freighting, and logistics we take ours and your safety first and foremost
A lot of the information is from the Department of Labor, but it is a resource that we must use in order to keep up with the standards to stay on top of your secured shipments
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Wages, Hours and Leave
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
- An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
- An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
- An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
Covid-19 Supply Chain Operations Challenges
We here at Las Vegas Pack and Ship Logistics want to thank all of the truck drivers out there who are working diligently to deliver goods across the country. They’ve battled through new regulations such as limited off-road breaks with increased emergency shipments and continue to deliver for our country. It’s really inspiring to all of us.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen multiple retail stores close down as well as some states adhere to full quarantine orders. So that’s obviously going to have a huge impact on supply chain operations.
However, we’ve seen open retailers really embrace creativity to replenish orders. For example, store hours are being limited to give teams enough time to restock shelves.
We’ve also seen distribution centers prioritize items that are most needed by the general public, which has increased our ‘days of supply’ (DOS) settings in our replenishment systems.
Some retailers have also adjusted their compliance requirements during this time, which is really encouraging. We all understand the most important thing on everyone’s agenda is to make sure people have everything they need.
Importing and Exporting Goods During Covid-19
When importing or exporting goods, it’s critical that you identify the types of risks your cargo could face. These risks can include not only the ongoing pandemic, but also major events like hurricanes, floods and political unrest, as well as everyday problems like theft, counterfeiting and documentation errors. Any of these circumstances can delay or ruin delivery of the most perfectly planned global shipment.
Once you understand your risks, you can insure your goods to protect their value against potential losses that can happen while they’re in transit as part of air, ocean and rail shipments.
Keep in mind: Most cargo insurance plans don’t cover revenue that’s lost because of a public health crisis, like the coronavirus pandemic. However, in China, the virus caused an extended Chinese New Year that delayed the product exports. As factories return to full efficiency, many importers from China are utilizing expedited shipping services to restock inventory—and cargo insurance will help them avoid additional vulnerability.
Support For Dislocated Workers and States
The Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants to help states, territories, and tribal governments respond to the workforce-related impacts of COVID-19.
Job Corps Students
The Employment and Training Administration announced that it is initiating a break for students at all 121 Job Corps centers from March 16 through April 14, 2020. The spring break period may be extended beyond April 14, 2020.
Injured Federal Workers
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has published guidance for federal employees outlining Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued a National Interest Exemption to facilitate response efforts for COVID-19.
Foreign Labor Certification
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19.
Flexibilities for Mine Operators
The Mine Safety and Health Administration will work with mine operators when it comes to the following recertifications:
- Annual refresher training certification (30 CFR Part 46)
- Surface and underground annual refresher training certification (30 CFR Part 48)
- Certified person; sampling (30 CFR §§ 70/71/90.202)
- Certified person; maintenance and calibration (30 CFR §§ 70/71/90.203)
Exemptions to recertifications will not be granted; however, their due dates will be extended by at least the time the government is operating under the President’s emergency declaration.
Please note: This exception does not apply to new miner training. New miners must be trained before beginning work. Once the Emergency Declaration is lifted, mine operators should work with their respective district offices to ensure that all certifications are conducted in a timely manner.
Supporting Workforce Needs in the Agricultural Sector
The U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a partnership to facilitate the identification of domestic and foreign workers that may be available to fulfill critical U.S. agricultural sector workforce needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recursos de Seguridad en el Lugar de Trabajo en Español
El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos tiene recursos para ayudar a los trabajadores y empleadores durante la pandemia del coronavirus.
Las Vegas Crating and Logistics Would Like To Thank The Dept Of Labor
Thank you for all of the information regarding our current situation and crisis and allowing this family owned and operated business to stay open and serve the public during these challenging times.
We hope these links and references help those in need and give our valued clients and friends the trust in us that we are putting you in safe hands for all of your international shipping services