Dear PEI Member:
By yesterday morning,
U.S. banks had processed 880,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
applications and approved $217 billion in loans. Unless Congress expands the
program, the balance of the $350 billion PPP fund likely will be gone within
the next week.
employers who do not obtain PPP loans will be able to take advantage of a
second Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act benefit.
Employee Retention Credit (ERC) program, eligible employers may take a
payroll tax credit of 50% of qualified wages (including health plan
expenses) paid from March 13 to Dec. 31, 2020. The maximum ERC is $5,000 per
Eligible employers are those that in
any calendar quarter either:
Fully or partially suspend operations due to a governmental order
limiting commerce, travel or group meetings; or
Experience a greater than 50% decline in gross receipts from the
comparable 2019 calendar quarter.
“partial” suspension occurs when the business “can still continue to operate
but not at its normal capacity,” according to recently issued
IRS guidelines. The legal experts PEI consulted for additional
clarification said they expect the IRS to interpret the provision liberally.
advantage of the ERC is its simplicity. Rather than filling out a
prequalification application, participating employers just calculate and
deduct the allowable credits from their quarterly federal employment tax
returns (usually Form 941).
If you are
not receiving a PPP loan, check with your financial and legal advisors to
see if the ERC could benefit your company.
Employee Retention Tax Credits
VISA Declines to Delay October EMV Deadline
New Jersey Rejects, Oregon Extends Self-Service Fueling
PEI Business Conditions Survey
2021-2026 CAFE Standards Finalized
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NO EMV DEADLINE DELAY
Visa denied a request by five major fuel marketer
organizations to delay the Oct. 1 EMV forecourt liability shift deadline.
March 31, 2020 TulsaLetter.) NACS, NATSO, the Petroleum Marketers
Association of America (PMAA), the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers
of America (SIGMA) and the Merchant Advisory Group based their March 23
request on disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
stated that it is monitoring the situation and believes that it is too soon
to determine if a delay of the liability shift is needed,” NACS
JERSEY REJECTS, OREGON EXTENDS SELF-SERVICE FUELING
In a March 30 tweet, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
rejected a call from the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience, Automotive
Association (NJGCA) to temporarily allow self-service fueling in the state.
request noted that full-service fueling violates 6-foot social distancing
guidelines. The association also said gasoline stations are facing staffing
difficulties as COVID-19 spreads. Following the governor’s rejection, NJGCA
said it would continue to press the issue.
10, the Oregon State Fire Marshal extended through April 25 its temporary
order allowing statewide self-fueling for stations that meet certain
conditions. A previous order would have expired April 11. The fire marshal’s
FAQs on the order may be found
PEI BUSINESS CONDITIONS SURVEY
A PEI member survey released April 8 shows a
marked deterioration in business conditions since a similar survey conducted
in mid-March. Among other findings:
58.1% of participating manufacturer members reported revenue declines
as a result of COVID-19.
Among distributors and contractors, 48.5% had lower construction
revenue, 51.5% had lower equipment sales and 68% had reduced service work.
With less than 6 months to go until the EMV forecourt liability
shift, respondents said 62% of retail fueling customers have not yet placed
Results are based on responses collected April 6-7 from 281 PEI member
companies. Complete findings may be found
NHTSA FINALIZE 2021-2026 CAFE STANDARDS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released final corporate average fuel
economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards for model year 2021-2026
light-duty cars and trucks.
Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule increases CAFE and CO2
emissions standards by 1.5% annually through 2026. The projected overall
average fuel economy under the SAFE Rule for 2021-2026 model year vehicles
is 40.4 mpg. The previous standard would have required approximately 54 mpg
press release states the SAFE Vehicles Rule will reduce regulatory costs by
as much as $100 billion and boost new vehicle sales by up to 2.7 million.
finalizing the rule, the agencies evaluated more than 750,000 public
comments on an April 2018 preliminary proposal. The final rule may be found
OSHA CLARIFIES POSITION ON RECORDING
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) on April 10 provided
guidance on the necessity of recording COVID-19 illnesses. OSHA will not
require employers to count an employee’s COVID-19 illness as a recordable
incident unless two conditions are met:
There is objective evidence the COVID-19 case may be work-related —
for example, an otherwise unexplainable cluster of illnesses among employees
who work closely together; and
That evidence was reasonably available to the employer in the course
of managing its business and employees.
ISSUES GUIDANCE ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE EMPLOYEES
To ensure continuity of essential functions in
the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided
guidance on the conditions under which asymptomatic critical
infrastructure workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 may continue
guidance recommends: temperature checks before each shift; employee
self-monitoring during work hours; wearing masks for 14 days after exposure;
social distancing; and frequent work space disinfection.
“Blink Charging ... has unveiled a new portable emergency charger
designed to help EV drivers who find themselves stranded and without a plug.
There's an ironic catch, though: It runs on gas. … Blink imagines the
charger would be perfect for roadside assistance companies, insurance
companies, auto manufacturers, and credit card companies that offer roadside
www.autoblog.com, April 12, 2020
“As ExxonMobil has done, Shell is promoting mobile payment to buy fuel to
reduce contact with other people and with surfaces that could lead to
infection during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.” Oil
Express Alert, April 6, 2020
“Onexpo, the largest organization of gas station operators in Mexico,
warned through a statement that 80% of the country's fuel stations are
experiencing serious threats to their operational and economic viability
because of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. … Onexpo ... has proposed to the
relevant authorities and national banking institutions, as well as suppliers
and customers, a set of measures to support ... the fuel retail market in
www.petrolplaza.com, April 3, 2020
Pat Kennedy, 63, president of Kennedy Tank &
Manufacturing Co. (Indianapolis), Southern Tank & Manufacturing Co.
(Owensboro, Kentucky) and Steel Tank and Fabricating Corp.
(Columbia City, Indiana), died April 12 of complications from COVID-19.
Survivors include his wife Cheryl; daughter Maura; sons Bill, Patrick and
Jimmy; brother-in-law Paul Bolin; and his grandchildren. The family will
have an April 16 private visitation, memorial and prayer service. A public
wake, funeral and celebration of life will be planned when COVID-19 social
distancing restrictions are lifted.
NUPI Americas Inc. retained Petro Energy Inc.
as the company’s representative in the South Central region, which includes
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Dean Dendy, Angela
Parr and Bill Rath manage Petro Energy’s sales in the territory.
John Autry, NUPI national sales manager, also will support
distribution in the area.
Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA)
hired Tim O'Toole to replace current Executive Vice President
Wayne Geyer, who will retire later this year. For the past 10 years,
O’Toole was director of marketing for the Mason Contractors Association of
America (MCAA). He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from
Elmhurst College and a Master of Business Administration from Webster
Mexican reseller. Equipos y Refacciones Maldonado
SA de C. V., Calzada de la Hacienda Mz 132 Lt 23, Col. Ojo de Agua, Tecámac,
Estado de México, 55770 Mexico, applied for affiliate division membership.
Dulce María Barba Romero is gerente administrativa of the company, which was
established in 2008. Equipos y Refacciones Maldonado SA de C. V. sells,
resells and maintains equipment for gas stations. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Rodrigo Quiroz, Global Light Co. LLC, Cambridge,
Arkansas service provider. Arkoma Services, P.O.
Box 27, Magazine, AR 72943, applied for service and construction division
membership. Mike Witt is president of the firm, which was established in
2012. Arkoma Services performs tank replacement and general maintenance
services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tim Gibbar, Nwestco LLC,
ADMITTED TO PEI
Turtle Wax Pro, Park Ridge, Illinois (affiliate)
Additech Inc., Sugar Land, Texas (affiliate)
PBA Construction Inc., Corona, California (service and construction)