|Good evening AGC Members,
Thanks to all members for your continued efforts in keeping your jobsites safe during this pandemic. All eyes are on this industry right now as nervous passersby wonder if construction is doing its part to flatten the curve. AGC CEO Steve Sandherr today reiterated his message from last week, click HERE, that there is no margin for error in protecting workers and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. For guidance and best practices on keeping your jobsites safe, download AGC of America’s new safety kit HERE.
Don’t forget to share images and videos of your new coronavirus safety measures with Brian Turmail at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sophia Valentino at email@example.com. And share those images on your social media sites too.
In addition, some have asked whether the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program—Paycheck Protection Program—included in the coronavirus relief bill (CARES Act) from last week prohibits firms from abrogating their existing collective bargaining agreements or mandates that they remain neutral if union representatives try to organize their employees. The answer is that there are no such requirements under the new SBA loan program. For the latest on existing SBA loans and the new Paycheck Protection Program, click HERE. We expect the SBA to provide more information and guidance shortly. For more on the CARES Act lending and tax relief provisions from a construction industry perspective, see our recently updated analysis HERE.
Thank you to those who have already completed this week’s Coronavirus Impact survey. We will be collecting responses until noon eastern time Thursday, April 2. Please click HERE to participate in this week’s survey.
Tomorrow, April 1, we will be hosting the final session in the 8-part Webinar Series on Navigating the Outbreak. It will focus on what you need to watch as the outbreak continues to unfold, including potential action to come from Congress, federal agencies and more. If you missed the previous sessions, recordings of past sessions will be available when you register for the full series. Click HERE to register online or to get more information.
If you are interested in the impact of the coronavirus on union contractors, please tune in on Friday, April 3 for a 90-minute webinar with experts on labor and employment law. Learn how to navigate new paid sick and family leave mandates, expiring collective bargaining agreements, and layoffs and furloughs while staying compliant with the National Labor Relations Act, the WARN Act, labor contracts (including benefit fund), and more. Click HERE to register online or to get more information.
Please visit us at the new landing page for COVID-19 updates. Now you can navigate to topic-specific news and information by using the blue tabs or browse the latest updates from the website. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information online accordingly. The new site is located here: https://www.agc.org/coronavirus.