Photoshop: Action to transform/warp gives program error on background layer

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Just updated to the new Photoshop 2020. I frequently have to Transform > Warp images, then crop (all with the exact same dimensions), so I will create an Action so I can replicate this over multiple images. Works great in Photoshop 2019. Does not work in Photoshop 2020.  Says "Could not complete the command because of program error". I have uploaded a sample action here:

What I am trying to do is pretty simple.  Transform > Warp > Deselect > Crop. 

You can see where I posted about this issue in the Adobe Forums. One of the users came to some interesting conclusions:   Please get this fixed! Thanks!
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Hi Sara, if I run the action on a background layer it gives a program error. If I promote the background to a floating layer it will work. You could add a conditional step prior to transform to convert the background layer as a workaround. I've asked engineering to look into the issue with running on a background layer.