Action Needed: Add Money and Simplify Eligibility Requirements on SBA Loans Posted on April 9, 2020 by Karla Holland Tell the Trump Administration and Congress to add more funding to and simplify the eligibility requirements for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs so construction firms and their employees can get needed coronavirus relief as soon as possible. Click the “Take Action” button below and simply submit the pre-written message as is to President Trump and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer. The chaotic stream of guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on the new employer-fronted paid leave mandates and from the U.S. Small Business Administration on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—both of which have different rules for getting to the same conclusion of how many employees a construction firm has—has immensely confused the 682,000 construction firms that have fewer than 500 employees. The result has been many construction firms being unfairly disadvantaged and delayed in applying for loans. To help remedy this confusion, Congress must: Allow all businesses required to provide employer-fronted paid leave to be automatically eligible for PPP loans to mitigate confusion and meet the intent of the new loan program, which is to help ensure employees are paid, not laid off; and Waive the SBA affiliation regulations for all industries seeking PPP loans, as these regulations are incomprehensible to the vast majority of construction businesses, especially at a time when their financial viability is hanging in the balance. Taking action is easy. Simply click the above button to submit the pre-written message as is to President Trump and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company. If you would like to forward the alert to colleagues and friends, please wait for the instructions that will be included in the confirmation email after you take action.