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Toy Association Applauds Introduction of INFORM Consumers Act to Combat Counterfeits
July 23, 2020
The Toy Association applauds today’s introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act by House Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). The bill requires online marketplaces to disclose certain verified information regarding high-volume third-party sellers of consumer products, such as toys.

The LEGO Group Launches New Online Safety Initiative
July 21, 2020
Toy Association member The LEGO Group has launched a new Small Builds for Big Conversations initiative, which offers families a series of creative challenges to engage in conversations about being a good digital citizen and the importance of online safety.

Toy Association Staff Tackles COVID-19 Topics, Counterfeits, & More
July 14, 2020
The Toy Association’s external affairs team has been tracking and advocating on federal, state, and international issues of importance to its members and the wider toy community. Read on for some important updates.

PPP Deadline Approaching for COVID-19 Loan Relief; SBA Launches Online Loan Matching Tool
June 22, 2020
With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new online tool to match businesses and non-profits with lenders in the program.

Reminder: Vermont’s Aug. 31 Chemical Reporting Deadline
June 9, 2020
Vermont’s next reporting deadline for children’s products containing any of the state’s 86 chemicals of concern to children (CHCC) is August 31, 2020.

Toy Association Remains Committed to Legislative & Regulatory Action Through Pandemic
June 2, 2020
The Toy Association has remained engaged with legislative and regulatory activities at the state, federal, and international levels, while also assisting members with COVID-19-related business issues over the past three months.

Toy Association Releases 2019 Annual Report
May 12, 2020
The Toy Association’s 2019 Annual Report, “A World of Possibilities,” is now available online.

New COVID-19 Webinar Recording: Reopening Businesses & New Funding Options
April 27, 2020
A recording of the April 24 webinar providing early guidance on what companies may be required to do to ready their businesses for reopening is now available to Toy Association members.

Administration Defers Payment of Certain Duties for Struggling Businesses
April 21, 2020
President Trump signed an executive order on Sunday to defer the collection of some duties for 90 days to help businesses experiencing a “significant financial hardship” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponement could benefit certain Toy Association members who import non-toy products subject to duties; however, the extension does not apply to Section 301 tariffs.

April 24 COVID-19 Webinar: Pathways to Reopen Business & New Relief Bill
April 21, 2020
The U.S. Senate just passed a nearly $500 billion bill that will help to replenish the now-depleted Paycheck Protection Program. The bill is expected to be passed by the House in the coming days. The Toy Association will provide an overview of the new economic relief package during “COVID-19: Pathways to Reopening Business,” the next in a series of COVID-19 member resource webinars, taking place Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. (Eastern).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Save Small Business Fund
April 17, 2020
The Toy Association is alerting members to the launch of the Save Small Business Fund, a new grant-making initiative launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Vistaprint.

Toy Association Creates COVID-19 Toolkits for Businesses
April 16, 2020
The Toy Association has rolled out new toolkits to help companies respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Reminder: April 15 COVID-19 Member Call on Employment Issues
April 14, 2020
The Toy Association’s April 15 COVID-19 member call will provide an update on economic stimulus funding options and guidance on employment-related issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is free and exclusive to Toy Association members.

Toymakers Remain Committed to Aiding Workers on Frontlines of COVID-19 Crisis
April 14, 2020
Toy companies continue to assist hospitals and essential personnel in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and through donations of both profits and toys to those on the frontlines.

April 15 Member Call to Address Employment Issues Under COVID-19 Stimulus Bills
April 10, 2020
The Toy Association will provide an update on economic stimulus funding options and guidance on employment-related issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic during the next member call on Wednesday, April 15.