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• Coronavirus Pandemic Live Update

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• COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocol

• 5 Tips for Managing Telecommunicating Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

• CT FAQs on Coronavirus

• CT DOL Unemployment Information & Resources

• CT DOL Shared Work Program

• Coronavirus and the Construction Industry: How to Handle an Inevitable Delay 

• CDC Coronavirus Workplace Posters 

• Health & Safety Institute COVID-19 Resources

• Recording workplace exposures to COVID-19

• OSHA COVID-19 Standards

• CT.Gov-COVID-19

• ASAE: Issue Roundup-Coronavirus Disease

 


Member to Member Resources

• A Royal Flush - Hand Sanitizer Stations, Hands-Free Facilities, Cases of Toilet Paper, Advanced Cleaning Solution, etc.

• Ahern Rentals - Xtreme Cubes

• CohnReznick- Coronavirus Resource Center

• Garcia & Milas - COVID-19 Resource Center

• Go4er - A Delivery Service for All Your Personal & Business Needs

• Hinckley Allen - COVID-19 Task Force

• MahoneySabol

• Marcum - Coronavirus Resource Center

• Shipman & Goodwin - Coronavirus Resource Center

• Smith Brothers - Survive & Advance

• United Site Services - Hand Hygiene Stations, Portable Restroom Services, Temporary Fence, etc.

 

Industry Articles

• Post-coronavirus Contingency Planning for Contractors, Owners

• High Profile: A Message from Associated Builders and Contractors Connecticut Chapter

• 13 Steps to Take if You've Lost Your Job Due to the Coronavirus Crisis

• Industry Groups Urge Cities to Allow Construction

• Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Is it Compensable?

• In Most US Cities, Construction Work Continues as Shutdowns Loom

• Construction Workers Join War on Coronavirus

• Coronavirus: What All Employers Should Know

• The Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please check the CT ABC Event Calendar for updates on date/time changes and cancellations.

 

Dear CT ABC Member,
We are in unprecedented times full of uncertainty and news is breaking everyday. As the next few weeks unfold we will do our best to provide timely and useful information without overwhelming you with emails. Below is a collection of links, articles and news that we hope you find informative.
 
Please note- nothing you will find in this message should serve as a substitute for contacting your legal counsel, insurance agents, surety professionals, HR staff or other business-related experts. It is important that you review contracts, employee manuals safety programs and emergency plans now as the effects of the virus are expected to increase in coming days and weeks.
 
In addition to the information you will find below, if you have any questions or comments or have information that your colleagues in the construction industry may benefit from, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone at (860) 818-3720 or email at chrisf@ctabc.org.
 
Best,
Chris Fryxell

Connecticut-06

Important Updates

May 26

House Set to Vote on PPP Fix Legislation:

 

Potentially tomorrow night, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation to fix the small business loan program known as the Paycheck Protection Program . Introduced by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), H.R. 6886, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act , is a bipartisan measure that addresses concerns such as eliminating restrictions on non-payroll expenses, extending loan forgiveness beyond the 8-week covered period and extending the rehiring deadline for employers. ABC will be sending out an Action Alert in support of this bill tomorrow morning.

 

Late last week, the Senate attempted to pass similar legislation to fix outstanding issues with the PPP but was unable to obtain unanimous consent to move the bill forward. ABC has vocalized its support for similar actions, joining more than 120 organizations in a business coalition letter addressed to Congressional leadership and Trump Administration officials requesting similar fixes.

 

SBA and Treasury Release IFR on Loan Forgiveness:

 

On Friday night before the long weekend, the Trump administration released long-awaited rules on how government-backed PPP small business loans can be forgiven, but the guidance falls far short of what employers and lawmakers have pushed for in the popular program and shows a need for the legislation mentioned above to implement necessary flexibility and resources for small businesses.

The administration released two new rules specifying what qualifies as payroll expenses and detailing limits on the amount of loan forgiveness available for owner-employees. One added details on the  requirements for loan forgiveness. The other  outlined lenders' responsibilities in the forgiveness process  and SBA's procedures for reviewing loans to determine borrower eligibility.


May 13th

CT-N.com. As hospitalizations in Connecticut have steadily declined, we are still on target to begin reopening closed portions of the state economy on May 20 th.
New PPP Guidance Provides Additional Clarification on Good-faith Certification:
 
Ahead of tomorrow’s safe harbor date for returning PPP loan funds, a new PPP FAQ was released on the good-faith certification, which clarifies that borrowers with loans of less than $2 million are deemed to have made the certification in good faith, and provides additional guidance on SBA reviews for borrowers with loans of more than $2 million. Full FAQ is also below. ABC recently released a statement calling for additional clarification and consistent guidance from the SBA to provide certainty for employers.
ABC Responds to HEROES Act Tax Hike for Small Construction Businesses:
ABC responded to House Democrat’s proposal that would raise taxes on small construction businesses through the repeal of the bipartisan supported net operating loss carryback and loss limitation provisions previously included in the CARES Act. The CARES Act included a 5-year carryback for losses incurred in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and suspended the loss limitation rules for those years to provide critical relief for pass-through businesses with large losses. ABC previously joined over one hundred national business trade groups in a letter of support for t his provision, and calls on Congress to keep this important relief intact as it considers additional responses to COVID-19.
 
1,815 page bill is largely a messaging bill, ABC will continue to provide updates on its progress through the House and further negotiations on additional relief funding.
 
IRS provides tax relief through increased flexibility for taxpayers in section 125 cafeteria plans:
released guidance to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans. These changes extend the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow taxpayers to make mid-year changes. The guidance issued addresses unanticipated changes in expenses because of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and provides that previously provided temporary relief for high deductible health plans may be applied retroactively to January 1, 2020, and it also increases for inflation the $500 permitted carryover amount for health FSAs to $550.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

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Resources for Employers
ABC has a great web page full of links with great resources for employers that you can find here and pay particular attention to ABC National general counsel Littler Mendolson's resources for employers.
 
Here you can find the OSHA standards for COVID-19 and the OSHA guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control's website has important information here.
 
The State of Connecticut has updates, information and resources and the Connecticut DOL has an FAQ for employers and employees with important information related to COVID-19 including unemployment, paid sick leave and paid FMLA.
 
Hinckley Allen has some great resources available including Coronavirus employment updates by state here, employer considerations in the wake of the Coronavirus and great information on Coronavirus as a Force Majeure event.
 
CohnReznick also has a number of  resources available on their Coronavirus Resource Center including workplace updates, unexpected complications,  tax filing guidance, and managing risk during this turbulent time.

Garcia & Milas has added a COVID-19 Resource Center Page to their website focused on information fro your business needs. 


Shipman & Goodwin also has a great Coronavirus Resource page with important links and information including this interesting piece on providing guidance for taking employees' temperatures.

Marcum LLP has recently also launched a Coronavirus Resource Center where you can find help and stay up-to-date on How COVID-19 will impact your business.

COVID-19 Emotional and Mental Health Resources

The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention shares the global concerns over the COVID-19/Coronavirus impacts being experienced by many. This is a stressful event and not everyone is able to cope with the added stress, worry and confusion.  Please use these resources to educate yourself and equip your employees to get through this challenging time. 

Resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Helpful Webinars
In response to the overwhelming number of questions about the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19, ABC has created a webinar series with industry experts to provide insights and guidance. These are free for ABC members but require registration.
 
The webinar series invitation is being sent to ABC leadership, chapter presidents and ABC Convention 2020 attendees. Note that webinars are limited to 1,000 participants; however, all webinars will be archived in the ABC Academy for Construction Ethics, Compliance & Best Practices . The Academy is restricted to ABC members in management positions and chapter staff. If you don’t yet have a login for the academy, please complete the login request form to gain access.
 

Watch your email and check the Upcoming Webinars page for additional webinar topics to be added.


Monday, May 4 - How to Maximize Your Use of FindContractors.com ABC Members Only

Tuesday, May 5 - Understanding PPP Loan Borrower Risks Before the May 7 Deadline to Decide to Keep or Return Loan Funds ABC Members Only

Wednesday, May 6 - COVID-19 and Its Relationship to the 2020 Safety Performance Report's Eight Leading Indicators ABC Members Only

Wednesday, May 6 - Understanding and Managing Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness *Presented by the Construction Financial Management Association* 

Tuesday, May 12 - Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create a Safer Jobsite During COVID-19 and Beyond ABC Members Only

Wednesday, May 20 - COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we headed? ABC Members Only

 

 

Coaching through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Dr. Mike Comer, The Hayes Group International

 

2020 Mid-Year Construction Economic Forecast

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Time: 2 p.m. EDT

Length: 90 minutes

Speaker:  Anirban Basu, chief economist, ABC

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unfamiliar territory to the construction industry and continues to wreak havoc on business as usual.

 

To help construction executives grasp the economic fallout and predict how the rest of the year will play out, CE invites you to join Anirban Basu, chief economist for both ABC and CFMA, for the Mid-Year Economic Outlook webinar. Basu will discuss the impact of the crisis on the construction industry and the economy in general, as well as review regional and national economic indicators, including: GDP, inflation, construction spending, materials pricing and workforce participation and unemployment rates. He also will share predictions on how the rest of the year will play out for contractors.

 

This important webinar will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the economy as it pertains to construction business executives including:

• Reduced spending

• Employment impact

• Supply chain and pricing issues

• Local U.S. pressure locations

 

COVID-19 Workforce Data and Guidance, and the Technology to Support It

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Matt Abeles, ABC National; Andrew Cameron, Hensel Phelps; Phillip Gordon, Littler Mendelson P.C.

 

ABC’s Virtual Legislative Day 2020 Event

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. EDT

Length: 90 minutes

Speaker: Jim Ellis, Ellis Insight

Join ABC’s Government Affairs team for a virtual Legislative Day briefing with a call to action to make ABC’s collective voice heard on Capitol Hill. Along with updates on legislative hot topics, attendees will get an insider’s look at the 2020 elections—potentially the most interesting elections of our time.

 

ABC Virtual Legal Conference 2020

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Time: 12:45 p.m. EDT

Length: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Learn more at legislative.abc.org/Legal-Conference

This is a must-attend virtual conference for ABC members, including merit shop labor attorneys and construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys. Hear from leading legal and regulatory experts and government officials on the issues that are impacting the merit shop construction industry during these unprecedented times.

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