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Why More Training?

September 15, 2020 FPSA News
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After recently announcing a dynamic new online training program for our Association’s members, I was struck by the response from some of these members who could not see the importance to their business in offering more training options for their employees. Their concern was not about the price which at $349/year/user was the most cost-effective
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Since April, FERN has been closely tracking the spread of Covid-19 at meatpacking plants, food processing facilities, and farms. This dashboard is home to our latest reporting on Covid-19 cases and food system workers, and is updated each weekday.                                
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The IRS has provided additional guidance on coronavirus-related distributions and special participant loan terms applicable to retirement plans under the CARES Act. The definition of a qualified individual has expanded to make coronavirus-related distributions and the special participant loan terms more accessible. The guidance also clarifies that retirement plan provisions in the CARES Act are
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 7, 2020 Media Contact: David Seckman FPSA CEO/President 703.663.1200 [email protected] McLean, VA – The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation today announced it has awarded seven $10,000 scholarships that will be used towards completing the winners’ respective degrees within the meat sciences discipline.  The scholarship winners are: Jessica Brown, University of Florida
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020 Media Contact: Andy Drennan Senior Vice President of Membership and Business Development 703.663.1201 [email protected]   McLean, VA – The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FFPSA) today announced the recipients of fifteen $5,000 Career Development Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The winners of these scholarships are employees of
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Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Loan Facilities The Federal Reserve Board has expanded its Main Street Lending Program, promulgated under the CARES Act, to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of the support. Particularly, by extending the maturity from four to five years and extending the payment deferral from one to two
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As many states start to ease or lift many of the restrictions that forced businesses to cease operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, companies across the country are poised to restart their businesses. A plethora of legal issues – including with respect to employees – will be facing employers as they pursue a “return to normal.”
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The below instructions provide updated interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19. This guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Please frequently check OSHA’s webpage at
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Due to COVID-19, the IRS has relaxed mid-year election changes for employer-provided health coverage and flexible spending accounts during 2020. Flexible spending accounts with grace periods or plan years ending in 2020 may permit reimbursements for expenses incurred through Dec. 31, 2020. Implementing the relaxed rules could place financial burden on companies. The IRS recently
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions that provide much-needed insight for PPP borrowers and lenders. The SBA also issued an additional interim final rule to address uncertainty concerning the treatment of foreign affiliates created by previous SBA guidance. SBA Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
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