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03-25-2020 - COVID-19:  Information subject to change quickly

MABA and MGEA Company Leaders:

Please find below updated information on federal activities related to our industry and implications of COVID-19.

Montana Department of Agriculture

The State Grain Lab will not be conducting offsite sampling and testing for the next 72 hours as a precautionary measure.  The state grain lab itself will continue business as usual.  They plan to commence full operations again on Monday 3/30/2020.  We will continue to update you if or when this changes.


OSHA has issued  Guidance on when COVID-19 is a reportable illness and some other details including temporary guidance on respiratory protection standard. 

Reportable Illness Requirements can be found here.

Temporary Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard can be found here.

Respiratory Protection Standard can be found here.

Read the OSHA Newsletter here.

US Department of Labor

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

·     How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?

·     How can small businesses obtain an exemption?

·     How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?

·     How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:

·     Fact Sheet for Employees

·     Fact Sheet for Employers

·     Questions and Answers

A workplace poster model for covered employers will be published later this week, along with additional fact sheets and FAQs.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Drug Tresting Guidance

Drug testing guidance focused specifically on the FMCSA regulated community was posted on the Emergency Declaration page https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/fmcsa-covid-19-drug-alcohol-testing-guidance.  In addition to discussing other matters, this guidance provides information and guidance relating to how to handle random testing when some tests are unable to be completed.

Concerns or Questions

​​​​​​​Please notify the MABA/MGEA office immediately if you are experiencing slow downs or interruptions to the flow of goods and services.  We are working diligently with our counterparts to ensure that the supply chain remains active.  

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have information to share, have questions or need assistance.  Our office is currently operating remotely so please utilize email as much as possible to contact us.


Krista Lee Evans
PO Box 7325
Helena, MT  59604

406-439-2215 (Krista cell)
Corporate Sustaining Members
PO Box 7325 Helena, MT 59604  |  Phone: 406-227-3523  |  Fax: 406-227-3745