Forgot Password?

Need Additional Information?
Check out our FAQ, complete the
form or give us a call:

Unified Purchasing Group
info@upg.org
801-784-8744

Close

Thank you. Your message has been sent.

 

UPG is providing valuable health, safety and business survival information, curated and created by our vendor, media and trade association partners. 


FROM VERIZON

Verizon Weathers COVID Crisis, Accelarates 5G Deployments

Read article

WORKING FROM HOME

As a current One Talk customer, you’re likely familiar with One Talk, but we’d like to remind you of some of the features One Talk supports that can help make your job easier right now and provide a simple business continuity solution. 

With One Talk, you can make/receive calls and collaborate while away from the office on a supported device - Mobile Phone, One Talk Desk Phone, Tablet, or PC/Mac computers. 

  • One Talk allows you to enable your phone number on up to (8) devices. 
  • Three calls can be simultaneously placed or received on any supported device. 
  • All features such as Auto Receptionist and Hunt Group continue to work as they do when you’re in the office. 
  • Easily communicate via the Verizon 4G/LTE Wireless network or most broadband Internet services. 
  • One Talk, combined with Conferencing services such as Zoom, Webex or Blue Jeans, can help enable a complete business collaboration solution.

For more information on how Verizon can help you work on the go or at another location, contact your Sales Representative and go to: 


GENERAL INFO

January 25, 2021: President Biden Signs Executive Order Requiring OSHA to Issue Revised Workplace Safety Guidance. Click Here to Read the Order.

U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES ON COVID-19

Coronavirus.gov - Latest official information from the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Official coronavirus health information

U.S. Small Business Administration - Coronavirus relief funding options

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Resources and guidance for small businesses

Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Information for workers and employers about the coronavirus pandemic

OSHA Guidance for Manufacturing - COVID-19 guidance for the manufacturing industry workforce

OSHA Guidance for Construction - COVID-19 guidance for the construction workforce


FROM NLBMDA

As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve at a chaotic pace, NLBMDA will be sending members a regular alert to provide updates on new actions taken by federal and state governments in response to COVID-19. These will include updates on state executive orders, federal guidance documents and Congressional activity. Members can find all of NLBMDA’s COVID-19 resources and communications by visiting our website here.
 
COVID-19 State by State Activity Tracker
NLBMDA is actively monitoring and tracking state activity related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will share a comprehensive summary of all activity to date. NLBMDA will continue to provide regular updates as information becomes available. Click here to view the latest information.
 
Massachusetts – The governor announced an extension of the existing, across the board 25% capacity limits for most businesses and current limitations on gatherings through February 7.
 
New Hampshire – The governor issued an order extending the state’s mask mandate through March 26.
 
President Biden Signs OSHA Executive Order on COVID-19 Workplace Safety
Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order (EO) requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue revised guidance and possibly emergency temporary workplace standards pertaining to COVID-19. There are no new immediate requirements for members, but NLBMDA will be closely watching for OSHA’s actions resulting from this EO.
 
The order contains the following directives requiring OSHA to:
  • Issue guidance to employers on protecting workers from COVID-19 within two weeks.
  • Evaluate whether any emergency temporary workplace standards are needed and gives the agency until March 15 to issue these standards.
  • Review its enforcement efforts related to COVID-19 and requires the agency to identify what changes could be made to protect workers. 
  • Launch a national program to focus OSHA enforcement efforts related to COVID-19 on violations that put the largest number of workers at serious risk or are contrary to anti-retaliation principles.
  • Coordinate with states that have OSHA-approved occupational safety and health plans to ensure that workers covered by such plans are adequately protected from COVID-19, consistent with any revised guidance or emergency temporary standards issued by OSHA. 
 
NLBMDA is closely monitoring OSHA’s regulatory activity on COVID-19 and will be sure to keep members updated on the latest developments. NLBMDA will immediately engage the Biden administration should any new workplace rules be proposed in the coming weeks.
 
SBA Issues New PPP Guidance and Loan Forgiveness Applications
 
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued new guidance on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and updated application forms for PPP loan forgiveness following the passage of the new COVID-19 relief law. The new guidance provides instructions on how to calculate a borrower’s maximum loan amount for “First Draw” PPP loans as well as information on the loan forgiveness process. The updated application forms for loan forgiveness includes a simplified form for loans of $150,000 or less. Members will find guidance documents and application forms below.
 
PPP Guidance
 
PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications
  • Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508
  • For all borrowers.
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S
  • For borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less.
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ
  • This application is available for use by borrowers which: did not reduce annual salary or hourly wages of any employee by more than 25 percent during the Covered Period compared to the most recent full quarter before the Covered Period. (For purposes of this statement, “employees” means only those employees that did not receive, during any single period during 2019, wages or salary at an annualized rate of pay in an amount more than $100,000.); AND the borrower did not reduce the number of employees or the average paid hours of employees between January 1, 2020 and the end of the Covered Period. -OR-
  • The borrower did not reduce annual salary or hourly wages of any employee by more than 25 percent during the Covered Period compared to the most recent full quarter before the Covered Period. AND the borrower was unable to operate during the Covered Period at the same level of business activity as before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements established or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 (or, for a PPP loan made after December 27, 2020, requirements established or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and the last day of the Covered Period) by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to the maintenance of standards of sanitation, social distancing, or any other work or customer safety requirement related to COVID-19.
 
As a reminder, NLBMDA has compiled federal guidance and resources in the NLBMDA COVID-19 Action Resource Center. For questions, please contact Kevin McKenney at kevin@dealer.org.  
 
Please note these updates do not constitute legal advice. Information contained may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their own counsel.

FROM STAPLES

Checkout the new Coronavirus Product Guide for items and solutions to keep you safe and healthy.


FROM LBM JOURNAL

UPG is sponsoring a series of seminars on Coronavirus-related content. Visit lbmjournal.com for information.


FROM NATIONAL PEST MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

NPMA staff have been working tirelessly on your behalf since the start of the Corona Virus pandemic. From advocating for our industry to be designated as an “essential service” and asking states for a temporary license for new employees; to providing you with the most current HR information, communication vehicles, technical insights on potential new service offerings and other ways to protect your business and your employees during this unprecedented time. We developed a website pestcontrolcoronavirus.com where we are housing the most current information on areas critical to your business which is updated with breaking news, the most current CDC information, public policy, state and local “essential service” designations, HR and communication vehicles including how to communicate with your employees, government, customers, FAQs  and more. As more of you have asked, we are also looking into and providing more resources around disinfection services.

 


FROM NATIONAL LUMBER AND BUILDING MATERIAL DEALERS ASSOCIATION (NLBMDA)

As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve at a chaotic pace, NLBMDA is be sending members a regular alert to provide updates on new actions taken by federal and state governments in response to COVID-19. These will include updates on state executive orders, federal guidance documents and Congressional activity. Members can find all of NLBMDA’s COVID-19 resources and communications by visiting our website here.


 
FROM DOOR AND HARDWARE INSTITUTE (DHI)

During these challenging times, DHI is here to provide you with the support and resources you need. Because of this, we would like to extend the corporate member resources below to all members, and will continue to place additional resources on our COVID-19 Resources page as they become available.

SHIFT TO TOMORROW

Join us over the next six weeks for a program of FREE, elective Sunday conversations and Wednesday deep dive webinar classes focused on shifting to tomorrow. CLICK HERE for more info and schedule.

 


FROM AMERICAN SUPPLY ASSOCIATION

 
Visit ASA's website for information, resources and events related to recovery.