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Worldwide ERC® Urges Congressional Leaders for Mobility Relief in Next Stimulus Package

Worldwide ERC® sent letters to Congressional leaders renewing our ask for workforce mobility relief in the next economic stimulus package.

On 18 November, Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Lynn Shotwell sent letters to Congressional leaders renewing an ask for workforce mobility relief that is needed in the next economic stimulus package when Congress turns to the issue. The relief was requested of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. As the U.S. continues to struggle with record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases, the letters address the critical need for Congress to act on a new relief package that strengthens the economy and addresses needs critical to business recovery.

Specifically, Worldwide ERC® asks that Congress:

  • Clarify that small businesses which have loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) can still deduct covered expenses. This request refers to the Internal Revenue Service’s 30 April notice (Notice 2020-30), and highlights the small businesses who may be facing difficulty in paying additional taxes.
  • Allocate additional funds and allow use of remaining funds in the PPP to small businesses that have experienced a sharp drop in revenue. While the PPP has been a tremendous benefit to many small businesses and their employees, many of them have started running out of the initially allocated funds. Travel restrictions have made it more difficult for small workforce mobility business members to remain financially viable and maintain staff.
  • Allocate additional funds to individuals. During these difficult times, it is important that individuals are also supported with the relief they need. A minimum amount of $1,000 per adult is recommended to provide such relief.
  • Provide a balanced approach to employer COVID liability protections as the workplace slowly reopens. Worldwide ERC® is putting forward this ask along with 500 other business leaders, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Worldwide ERC®’s Workforce Mobility Safety Framework is a great example of what employers should consider in ensuring workforce mobility safety now.
  • Include a reinstatement of the moving expense deduction. The deduction and exclusion provide tax relief ensuring that relocation and moving are made more affordable. Such a retroactive reinstatement to the beginning of 2019 would provide approximately $1 billion in immediate relief to employees and the employers moving them.
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How This Impacts Mobility

The workforce mobility industry as a key sector directly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions has continued to struggle financially as companies relocate only critical personnel during the pandemic. Our industry follows strict guidelines in the safe return of our workforce back to work but our members, in particular small businesses, need additional financial help to offset the lost revenue from the reduction in relocations as well as the increased costs associated with the transfers that are occurring. It is critical that Congress provide relief to ensure a strong workforce mobility infrastructure to help restore the U.S. and global economies. Should any member have questions about this letter or how they can get involved, please reach out to Vice President, Member Engagement and Public Policy Rebecca Peters, rpeters@worldwideerc.org.

How You Can Get Involved

As Worldwide ERC® continues to advocate for the workforce mobility industry in the U.S. Congress, we encourage our members to get involved by sending letters to their Representative and Senators. You can reach out and send our Worldwide ERC® letter to your Representative here, as well as your Senator here.

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