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CERTS Grant Report Draft Now Available, New FAQs Posted

Source:  ABA Bulletin, December 13, 2021
 
As many of you have heard, Treasury has announced that quarterly reporting for CERTS grant recipients will begin in 2022. Grantees will be required to submit their first CERTS quarterly report by Feb. 15, 2022, which will cover grantee activities during the period from the effective date of the CERTS grant agreement through the end of the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2021 (Dec. 31).
 
Today, Treasury has published a copy of the quarterly report format to their website. Click here [ https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Format-of-CERTS-Quarterly-Report-12-10-2021.pdf ] to view the draft quarterly report.
 
The quarterly report has two primary purposes: 1), it will require grantees to complete a table that shows how they spent their CERTS award from the date they first received funds through Dec. 31 (see page 7 of the draft). 2) it will require grantees to make certain certifications required by the CERTS statute (see pages 8-12 of the draft), including certifications related to employment practices such as recalls and rehires.
 
If you have any questions, concerns, comments about the quarterly report or the fields it contains, send an email to CERTS@treasury.gov [ mailto:CERTS@treasury.gov ] and send a copy of your email to ABA.
 
Treasury is planning to finalize the report early in 2022, so please submit any comments that you have by Dec. 31.
 
New CERTS Questions & Answers
 
Treasury recently published an updated FAQ [ https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/CERTS-FAQ-Updated-December-10-2021.pdf ] document to their website that you will want to check out. They added 6 new questions and answers:
• Is advertising for the grantee’s business an eligible use of funds?
• Is the purchase of office equipment and supplies an eligible use of funds?
• Are bonuses an eligible use of funds?
• Can CERTS funds be used to make lump sum payments to employees for restored compensation?
• If the CERTS grantee is acquired by another company or merged into another company after receiving a CERTS grant, can the CERTS funding continue to be used after the acquisition or merger?
• What is the effective date of the CERTS grant agreement?
 
 
If you have questions about the grant program or this updated FAQ document, you can contact Treasury at CERTS@treasury.gov [ mailto:CERTS@treasury.gov ] .
 

 

OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private businesses after a federal appeals court upheld a stay on it last week.
 
OSHA said in a statement published on its website Friday night that while it is confident in its power to protect workers amid the pandemic, it is suspending activities related to the mandate, citing the pending litigation. Read more. [ https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/582022-osha-suspends-enforcement-of-covid-19-vaccine-mandate-for-businesses ]

Biden Administration delays vaccination requirement for federal contractors

November 12 | UMA Staff

For the second time in less that two weeks, the Biden Administration has extended the deadline for federal contractors to become fully vaccinated for COVID.The new deadline is January 18, 2022. This means contractors will need to have their final vaccination dose—either their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson—by January 4, 2022.We are advised that passenger carriers approved for Department of Defense contracts are considered “federal contractors”.Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declined to block the Administration mandate for federal contractors earlier this week concluding plaintiff’s failed to meet any of the circumstances that allow for the issuance of an injunction.For more information, review the “Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.”

https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/downloads/Guidance%20for%20Federal%20Contractors_Safer%20Federal%20Workforce%20Task%20Force_20211110.pdf


2022 UCR Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2022 UCR registration year is open, with no fee changes from the 2021 registration year. Use UCR’s Decision Tree to check whether your business is required to register and, if so, register by January 1, 2022. Registration for the 2019 registration year has closed (except for state audit purposes). Do you need to register?  https://plan.ucr.gov/registration-compliance-helper/


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