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COVID-19 Resources

State Stay At Home Orders and Essential Business Determination

Many of our members have asked if steel fabrication and construction are allowed to continue as "essential businesses" during a state stay at home order. The rules of each state differ. We have compiled a list of all states with stay at home orders and provided specific information for each. We'll do our best to update this list as new states add stay at home orders and others end these orders. It's also worth noting that on March 28, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued updated guidelines on identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during Covid-19 response.
 
 


AISC is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information on this page is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information. If you have specific questions or concerns, we recommend you check with your company's attorney or local and state officials.

May 21, 2020
Osha.gov

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.

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Stites.com

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.

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May 1, 2020
Agc.org

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. 

Register Here


April 27, 2020
Cohenseglias.com

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.

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April 15, 2020
Agc.org

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.

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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.

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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.

SEAA Resources


April 10, 2020

Cohenseglias.com

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.

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April 7, 2020
Osha.gov

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.

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April 3, 2020

Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Loans

New SBA guidance for their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was issued on April 2 that will hopefully help move some loans out the door today. The goal of PPP is for the government to pay for your business’s key expenses till June 30th, so long as you qualify and keep your payroll intact. 

 

April 3, 2020 - Recording Available
Impact-net.org

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.

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March 31, 2020
Cohenseglias.com

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.

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March 27, 2020
Wiley.law 

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.

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 March 26, 2020

Stites.com

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.

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March 25, 2020
Politico.com

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.

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March 24, 2020

Stites and Harbison, PLLC
www.stites.com

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

www.necanet.org

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.

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March 18, 2020
Stites & Harbison PLLC

www.stites.com

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.

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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

 

COVID-19 Statistics 

Use the interactive Tableau dashboard below to view stats for COVID-19 cases. To open this in a new window, click here