2020 Review of the Federal Economic Sustainability Package and PA Coronavirus Policy Update for Employers

2020 Review of the Federal Economic Sustainability Package and PA Coronavirus Policy Update for Employers

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 2 pm to 3:30 pm

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to create unprecedented challenges for employers across Pennsylvania and the nation. Based on the number of significant legislative and policy changes occurring on both the state and federal level, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is presenting a free 1½ hour webinar as a public service to review the latest developments, explain the details, look at what is expected next, and to get your questions answered.

We are pleased to present Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He will provide an update on the Federal Economic Sustainability Package, explain policy and legislative changes that have occurred over the last few days, and will offer an assessment as to how federal action will evolve over the next few weeks.

Then PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr will provide a coronavirus update for Pennsylvania employers, and will help to clarify the confusion surrounding the definition of life sustaining vs. non-life sustaining business, as well as other questions to be sure you have the latest information for your business and employees.

We will cover:

  • Major provisions for employers under the Federal CARES Act
  • Latest update on payroll taxes and tax changes
  • Employee Retention Credits explanation
  • Payroll protection payment update
  • Latest update on FMLA and paid sick leave
  • How the economic stimulus packages will evolve
  • Brief update on Pennsylvania coronavirus activity
  • Further clarification of life sustaining vs. non-life sustaining business – this continues to be a very confusing area for businesses

The speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

About The Speakers

Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions. At the U.S. Chamber, Bradley is responsible for aligning the organization’s overall policy priorities and advocacy efforts. He oversees several major policy divisions within the Chamber: Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Small Business Policy; and Cyber, Intelligence and Security Policy. Health Policy, Transportation Infrastructure Policy and Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Policy are also under his leadership.  Before joining the U.S. Chamber, Bradley was president of Chartwell Policy Solutions, LLC, a research, analysis, and advisory firm focused on public policy issues. In addition to his work at Chartwell, he served as chief strategy officer for the nonprofit Conservative Reform Network, the leading organization supporting the Conservative Reform Movement. There he produced, incubated, and promoted ideas, policies, and efforts to grow the American economy, expand the middle class, and create opportunities for all Americans.  Prior to founding Chartwell, Bradley spent nearly 20 years working in the House of Representatives, including 11 years working for the House Republican leadership. He served as deputy chief of staff for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) where he developed the legislative agenda for House Republicans, oversaw policy formulation in the leader’s office, and coordinated committee activity in the House. Bradley held the same position for Eric Cantor (VA) during his tenure as majority leader. Previously, he was policy director for House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (MO).  Earlier in his career, Bradley served for four-and-a-half years as executive director of the Republican Study Committee. He also held numerous positions in the office of then-Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Gene Barr is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy association. He oversees all operations of the PA Chamber and its for-profit subsidiary, PA Chamber Insurance.  Barr joined the PA Chamber in February 2003 and served for more than eight years as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs prior to being elected President in October 2011. During his tenure, Barr has worked on a large number of significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to Pennsylvania’s business climate.  Barr has more than 40 years of experience in various facets of government, political and public affairs activity, as well as business operations. He worked for BP America (the U.S. subsidiary of British Petroleum) for more than 12 years. His career at BP included assignments in refining at the company’s Marcus Hook, PA refinery, retail marketing at the U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, OH, and in state government affairs in BP’s Atlanta, GA regional office, where he was responsible for all legislative activities in six states.  In 1992, Barr joined the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the state office of the American Petroleum Institute, as Associate Director. In 1997, he was named Executive Director of API.  In 2000, he joined the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, the largest Harrisburg-based law firm, to start a government relations practice.  Barr served as a local elected official in the Philadelphia area for almost 10 years. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  Previously, Barr was also appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell as a member of the Stimulus Oversight Commission and served as a member of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.  Barr is a member and previous chair of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and is a member of the Early Learning Investment Commission. In 2019, he was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to co-chair the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center.