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COVID-19 Resources

(updated: 11:00 AM 06/03/20)
Required Workplace Poster
Dealership Notice to Customers
CDC Health Infographic

CATA COVID-19 Response Plan: PDF | Word

Dealership Advice from CATA Labor Relations Atourney

60 Day Notice of Substantial Layoffs May Be Required Under WARN Laws

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, many dealers are anticipating the potential need for a substantial layoff or reduction of their workforce, particularly after the loan forgiveness period expires for dealers that have received Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans. The purpose of this bulletin is to remind larger dealers or dealer ownership groups (those with more than 75 employees) that they may be required to provide employees with 60 days’ advance notice of layoffs where the layoff is substantial and there is a possibility that the layoffs will extend beyond 6 months or become permanent. This includes situations where the dealership is closing. Where required, failure to provide this 60 day notice can trigger awards of back pay, back benefits, and other penalties.

The requirement to provide 60 days’ notice of a substantial layoff is imposed by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act ("WARN" laws) that exist at both the state and federal level. The Illinois state WARN law applies to any employer that has 75 or more employees (the federal WARN law applies to any employer that has 100 or more employees). The headcount of "employees" includes part time employees working more than 20 hours per week. Generally speaking, dealerships with common ownership and control are combined for the purposes of determining whether the dealer has enough employees to be covered by these WARN laws.
For dealers that are large enough to be covered, both WARN laws require 60 days’ advance notice of a "mass layoff." Generally, this means that 60 days’ notice is required in the following circumstances:
  • Under the Illinois WARN law, layoffs or furloughs constitute a "mass lay off" if at least 25 employees who constitute at least 33% of the workforce at a single location are laid off or furloughed for more than 6 months (the federal WARN law has a similar definition with higher thresholds).
  • Importantly, layoffs that are separated in time can be aggregated in certain circumstances to determine whether 60 days’ notice is required.
  • WARN notice may also be required where a dealership is closing.
  • If WARN notice is required, written notice must be provided with specific required content to all employees as well as certain local and state government officials. Unionized dealers may also be required to provide written notice to the relevant Unions.
Beyond this general summary of WARN laws, there are complex rules relating to the calculation of the relevant time periods, how and when employees are counted that are part of any WARN analysis, and other related issues. Also, if there is a question as to whether or not WARN applies to a particular action being contemplated by a particular dealer, it is often recommended that the dealer provide a "conditional" WARN notice so that the dealer can establish WARN compliance in any event. Dealerships or dealer ownership groups who may be large enough to be covered by WARN laws and are anticipating the possibility of substantial layoffs or reductions-in-force lasting more than 6 months are encouraged to contact us directly to discuss potential WARN compliance issues and strategic options.
CATA Temperature Screening Toolkit/Training Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, one issue that has drawn increasing interest from employers is the concept of conducting temperature screening of all employees and other persons who enter the employer’s premises. As you may know, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued guidance approving the use of temperature screening in the context of this global pandemic, subject to certain terms and conditions. In deciding whether or not to implement such a procedure, there are a variety of pro’s and con’s for an employer to consider.

In this regard, as the CATA’s designated Employee Relations Counsel, we are pleased to announce that we have developed a Temperature Screening Toolkit and corresponding Training Guide for CATA member dealers. These materials provide comprehensive information for any interested dealer, including a summary of the applicable legal parameters, a model protocol, announcement materials for employees and vendors, and detailed guidance for conducting the temperature screening. We are also prepared to advise unionized dealers on how to proceed in discussing this issue with your respective unions. If you are seriously considering temperature screening for your dealership, we invite you to contact us to further discuss the matter and obtain a copy of the Toolkit and Training Guide. CATA has arranged for these materials to be delivered free of charge to any interested dealer, and we stand ready to work with you to conform the materials to fit your business and your circumstances.
If you are interested in these materials and services, please feel free to contact any one of us at any time. Thank you, and stay healthy and safe!
Dave Radelet,, 312-795-3244
Chris Johlie,, 312-795-3230
Terry Creamer,, 312-795-3233
Staci Rotman,, 312-795-3232
Mary Dokianos,, 312-795-3292

COVID-19 Legislation

  • NADA Updates Analysis of PPP Loans: Use of Proceeds and Forgiveness Today NADA updated its analysis of Paycheck Protection Program loans to reflect the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department’s forgiveness application documents published on May 16. NADA urges dealers to review these items carefully and provide the application and accompanying documents to their legal and accounting advisors. NADA’s analysis will be updated as more federal guidance is released.
  • SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
    • Click here to view application and instructions.
  • NADA Publishes Guidelines for PPP Borrower Certifications  New rules from the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department require borrowers to certify they need the funds from Paycheck Protection Program loans. The analysis in the NADA Loan Certification Guide provides helpful guidance for certifications dealers have made. 
    • In the PPP FAQs, question 46 establishes a new safe harbor for borrowers who received PPP loans of less than $2 million (and effectively removes the prior May 14, 2020, repayment deadline). 
    • For loans in excess of $2 million: Borrowers will likely be audited (expected to have basis for a good-faith certification). 
    • If the SBA deems that a borrower’s certification was not justified, the PPP loan will not be forgiven and must be repaid. 
Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)

Additional Resources

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COVID-19 Cleaning/Disinfecting Guidelines

The CDC provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19.
These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities such as schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, and community centers that do, and do not, house persons overnight. The CATA has identified two companies that can provide these approved cleaning services.
United Services: (312) 446-7686, contact Vickey Rosen: United Services Company is a full service janitorial company that has a relationship with the CATA performing facility cleaning at McCormick Place for the Chicago Auto Show. They are qualified to handle standard janitorial functions and have the expertise in specialized "Deep Cleaning" of facilities when viral pathogens have been detected in a facility.

Servpro: (855) 981-2398 - The SERVPRO Industries, LLC, franchise system is a national leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

Employee Relations & Small Business Guidance

CDC Resources

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus website.

Illinois-Specific Information

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