State Stay At Home Orders and Essential Business Determination
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May 21, 2020
Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)May 12, 2020
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) May 19 issued temporary guidelines for enforcement of its recordkeeping requirements for reporting a COVID-19 illness.
COVID-19 Scams: What Employers Need to Know
As businesses configure their workplaces to include new safety measures such as providing temperature checks, supplying necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees, or installing hand sanitation stations, they must also be cautious of suspicious activities from fake suppliers, vendors, and other scammers attempting to exploit the current COVID-19 pandemic.
May 1, 2020
Two Part Webinar: Preparing Yourself and your Jobsites for Impacts of COVID-19
Both parts of this webinar series will be held on May 11 and May 14 and will cover topics related to determining project viability and keeping a jobsite open amid COVID-19 as well as reopening projects previously shutdown.
April 27, 2020
AISC counsel Cohen Seglias provides a Covid-19 resources
As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic evolve, the rules are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. Cohen Seglias attorneys are closely monitoring the legal and regulatory landscape to provide clients and contacts with up-to-date information and advice.
During the coronavirus pandemic, our focus remains on the health and well-being of our employees, clients, and communities. We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe as we navigate through the challenges that lie ahead.
Sample Plan for COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response
Every construction project is different. What is feasible and appropriate for any one project depends on its size, location and other unique characteristics. To help construction contractors develop a sound approach to each of their projects, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition is pleased to make this sample plan available.
April 13, 2020
Updated CDC Guidance for Essential Workers
The CDC’s new guidance advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. A potential exposure is defined as being either a household contact, or having close contact within six feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. In addition, the close contact must have occurred within 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.
April 10, 2020
Steel Erectors Association of America Provides COVID-19 Resources
In order to provide current and important information regarding the state of our industry throughout the COVID-19 emergency, SEAA has added a Coronavirus page to the resources section of their website.
COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 2.0
With the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing, governors in various states are taking varying measures to reduce the spread of the virus. In some states, construction is still considered an “essential business,” whereas in others, construction can only continue for “emergency repairs” or the “construction of health care facilities.”
Cohen Seglias’ Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group prepared sample notice letters for use on jobs where contractors and subcontractors are still ordered to work either in violation of shutdown orders or under unsafe work conditions that are contrary to the CDC guidelines.
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Respiratory Protection During N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (N95 FFRs). The action marks the department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J. Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available.
Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Loans
April 3, 2020 - Recording Available
COVID-19 Pandemic: Protecting Our Contractors and Ironworkers in the Workplace
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:30 am EST / 10:30 am CST
Dr. Howard serves as the Director of the NIOSH and the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' World Trade Center Health Program. Dr. Howard and Lee Welsh will cover how COVID-19 spreads, what is "essential" work, what contractors and ironworkers can do to prevent the spread of the virus, what to do if workers are sick, etc.
March 31, 2020
Keeping the Lights on During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Paycheck Protection Program
The CARES Act is broad-ranging, with multiple provisions and potential economic relief possibilities, including loans for businesses regardless of the number of employees, expanded unemployment compensation, and payroll tax relief. The first portion of this law provides for loans to eligible small businesses and the forgiveness of such loans in certain circumstances. This loan program is called the "Paycheck Protection Program" and will be administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Lenders currently registered though the SBA are authorized to make these loans (called "covered loans”). The Paycheck Protection Program is an important component of the CARES Act and a unique opportunity for loan forgiveness for certain businesses.
March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Relief Package: What Employers and Industries Need to Know
The “Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act” (the Act), which is Title I of the CARES Act, includes a number of provisions to help small businesses pay operating expenses and keep their workers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 26, 2020
Department of Labor to Employers: You Must Notify Your Employees of New Paid Leave Laws by April 1, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective April 1, 2020, requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide E-FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave to eligible employees. Employers must notify current employees of these benefits by circulating the official Notice of Employee Rights published by the Department of Labor, depicted below and found online here.
Deal Reached on Corona Virus Relief Package
Lawmakers and the Trump administration reached an agreement on a nearly $2 trillion coronavirus emergency rescue package, a move intended to assist businesses and millions of Americans amid an unprecedented halt in the economy. The announcement caps five days of tense negotiations between senators and the White House. Both the Senate and House still need to approve the bill before sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature.
March 24, 2020
Stites and Harbison, PLLC
Coronavirus and Force Majeure Provisions In Construction Contracts: May I Be Excused?
By Allyson True Cook and Cassandra L. Welch, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. While we have all experienced the effects the spread of the novel coronavirus has had on our daily lives, the total impact the virus will have is still unclear. As the virus continues to run its course, contractors and owners must begin to address concerns with project delays, liquidated damages clauses, and cost overruns on projects--to name a few.
March 18, 2020
National Electrical Contractors Association
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS to Provide Relief from Tax Payments
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a statement on what was being done to minimize the impact COVID-19 has on families and small businesses. This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline but allows tax payments to be deferred until July 15, 2020 with no penalties or interest. Those individuals that owe less than $1 million and corporations that owe less than $10 million qualify for this relief. The IRS resource page on Coronavirus Tax Relief can be found here.
March 18, 2020
Stites & Harbison PLLC
COVID-19 Ushers in Mandatory Paid Leave - What Employers Need to Know
By Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. This broad-reaching legislation addresses several workplace issues related to the emergency circumstances brought about by COVID-19. The new law imposes two new requirements upon employers with 500 or fewer employees: temporary and narrow expansion of traditional federal Family and Medical Leave and mandatory paid sick leave. Employees of healthcare providers and emergency responders may be excluded. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor may exempt businesses with less than 50 employees under certain circumstances.
Other Finance-Related Items
- The administration has suspended student loan payments for 60 days with no penalty.
- The Fed expanded its money-market help to include municipal bonds.
- Homeowner Assistance. Fannie, Freddie & FHA are suspending evictions & foreclosures.
- COVID-19 and Your Credit Report from Experian
Use the interactive Tableau dashboard below to view stats for COVID-19 cases. To open this in a new window, click here.