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POSTED ON (4-6-20)
Please stay healthy and take necessary precautions for you and your family during this very difficult and unprecendented time.
Indiana's Governor and Michigan's Governor have both issued "stay at home" orders for all non-critical employees. Service parts are considered necessary to sustain or protect life, so very few Associates are currently working. Indiana's Order runs through Monday, April 20, 2020 and Michigan's Order runs through Monday, April 13, 2020.
Below are our customer's production startup schedules as of Monday 4/6/20:
Ford - announced postponed production restart but did not give date. They will give the date later. When that date is given we will update this posting.
Toyota Monday, April 20, 2020
Subaru (SIA) Monday, April 20, 2020
Nissan Monday, April 27, 2020
For TRAM, TRMI, TAC and TRIN Associates, please plan to return to work, at the earliest, on April 17, 2020. If there is an "essential and critical manufacturing" need for you to return to work before April 17, 2020, we will nofify you directly by phone call, e-mail or text message.
Please continue to check the TRAMGROUP.com website daily for updates and to see when the company needs for you to return on-site to work.
TRAM Group Management
POSTED ON (3-31-20)
Questions & Answers About Recent Laws That Passed
We have received some questions regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) that were recently passed by the US Congress and signed by President Trump. Below are the questions and answers:
Question 1 - Does the Coronavirus Aid, Response and Economic Security Act (CARES) apply to the TRAM Group Companies and Associates?
Associates are eligible for the expanded unemployment payments. The State Unemployment Agency is solely responsible for determining if you qualify for unemployment and if yes, how much you will receive in unemployment payments. If you qualify, the State makes the unemployment payments directly to you.
The Company is not involved in deciding if you qualify for unemployment, what you are paid and we are not involved in making the payments. This is all done by the State.
Question 2 - Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to the TRAM Group Companies and Associates?
The Federal Government will not allow TRAM, TRMI, TAC or TRIN to participate in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Below is an explanation of why we are not allowed to participate.
The Federal Government looks at the structure of our companies in the US and uses what is called “Integrated Employer Test”. The Government looks at the following criteria with the “Integrated Employer” test to determine if we are an Integrated Employer or not:
1. Do we have common management that reports up to the top level?
2. Do we have operations that are inter-related?
3. Centralized control of Human Resources. Do we have a VP of HR that makes decisions for all locations?
4. The degree of common ownership. Do we have common ownership?
Since the answers to the 4 questions above for our US companies is clearly yes, we are considered an integrated employer and therefore we are required to add the Associates from all US locations together. This results in the TRAM Group being well over the 500 employee threshold. Because we are over the 500 employee threshold, the Federal Government will not allow us to participate in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Due to the mandatory Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Whitmer, the TRAM Group is not able to operate or have non-critical employees on site until April 14th.
Our Countermeasures are as follows:
Effective on 3/24/2020 at 12:01am, All Associates will be placed on Unpaid Leave unless:
PTO is requested through the ADP system by the Associates.
Associates are deemed a critical employee with regards to minimum basic operations and approved by their TRAM Group Officer and signed off by the President.
All Benefits will remain in force and active during this time.
If you have already submitted PTO time for this period, no further action is needed.
If you would like to apply for PTO days not already requested for this time, you must submit through ADP.
Work from home is no longer offered to Associates unless approved by the TRAM Group Officer or the President.
* Minimum Basic Operations as defined by the Governor's order include:
To Maintain the value of Inventory or equipment
Process Transaction (Payroll, Benefits, Banking)
To facilitate the ability for others to work from home.
POSTED ON (4-9-20)
Good afternoon TAC Associates and Temporaries,
Welcome to TAC’s weekly update regarding the COVID-19 virus and the status of TAC’s operations.
We hope that you have been able to enjoy some of the amazing spring like weather we have been having lately and that you and your family are continuing to remain safe and healthy.
TAC has received notice from our customers that they will not begin production next week as hoped, so we will continue to remain idle the week of April 13th.
We have scheduled our next update to you for Thursday April 16th, however, if there are any major developments between now and then, we will get the information out to you as quickly as possible.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families.
1. If you have questions during this shutdown please feel free to email Beth Masters, Manager of TAC Human Resources. She will be checking email at least once a week (typically Thursdays) and will work on answering any questions you may have.
2. We have had some questions regarding health insurance and our bi-weekly contribution payments. Please note that TRAM has decided to absorb that cost and TAC Associates will not be required to make the bi-weekly payments until we return to work.
3. There have been some changes to the 401k regarding hardship loans and outstanding loan payments. For any questions you may have regarding the topic of 401k please direct those to Transamerica. You can reach them through your account online if you have established one or you can call 1-800-797-2643.
4. Since the COVID-19 stay in place began, TAC has made some donations in our community. Below is what has taken place to date: