COVID-19 Announcements

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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
Chris Fryxell


Important Updates



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.





ABC is committed to providing you with the latest information on how to address the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19.




Proven Workforce Strategies to Protect Contractors During Ramp-Up

Date: Tuesday, June 23

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: John Lehmann, Poole Anderson Construction; Frank Muscarella, Tradesmen Education Center; Ed Rojeck, Tradesmen International

Moderator: Greg Sizemore, ABC National


In a market that remains plagued with uncertainties, supplementing a leaner workforce with skilled contracted labor can give contractors of all sizes greater confidence. Join a conversation between Tradesmen International and Poole Anderson Construction as they discuss tried-and-true staffing strategies ABC contractor members are adopting as the economy rebounds. Learn how to position your business for short- and long-term profit margin gain and take control of labor-related costs to significantly reduce your bottom line. Plus, hear from a contractor using Tradesmen International’s CORE+Flex® staffing strategy. All webinar attendees will be eligible to receive a no-charge labor productivity analysis.


Register today.



Understanding the Results of ABC's 2020 Workforce Development Survey

Date: Wednesday, June 24

Time: 1 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Stahler McKinney and Rick Tison, FMI

Moderator: Haley Moyers, ABC National


ABC commissioned management consulting firm FMI to conduct the 2020 Workforce Development Survey to support ABC’s goal of growing the workforce and creating career dreams. According to the results, ABC members invested $1.5 billion to educate their employees in 2019, with 1.1 million course attendees receiving craft, leadership and safety education to advance their careers in commercial and industrial construction. Learn more details, including worker demographics, from FMI’s Rick Tison and Stahler McKinney.


Register today.



Moving Projects Forward During COVID-19 With Collaboration Tools Like Procore and Zoom 

Date: Thursday, June 25

Time: 1 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Nichole Carter, Big-D Construction; Noel Cohen, Zoom; Hayley Odell, Procore

Moderator: Matt Abeles, ABC National


Collaboration has become critical during the coronavirus pandemic, and the use of communication tools has changed drastically in the past few months, making a big impact on how contractors run their businesses. See how Procore and Big-D Construction have integrated Zoom to find new ways to collaborate effectively and efficiently.


Register today.



Changes on the Horizon for Multifamily Housing Post-COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, June 30

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Matt Abeles, ABC National; Paula Cino, National Multifamily Housing Council

Moderators: Mike Bellaman, ABC National; Doug Bibby, National Multifamily Housing Council


A panel of ABC contractors and NMHC member owner/operators will provide an overview of the construction industry and multifamily housing market. Hear their perspectives on the current conditions affecting the market and the outlook for housing design, development, construction and occupancy during the next 12-18 months. In addition, the group will review the intuitive software and hardware solutions making an impact on the jobsite.


Register today.




These ABC webinars are part of ABC’s free COVID-19 webinar series, brought to you by ABC’s strategic partners CNA, The Contractors Plan , JLG, Southwire, Tradesmen International , United Rentals and Viewpoint! The strategic partners are here to assist ABC in supporting you and your organization during this challenging time.


Don’t miss our upcoming webinars !


*Chapter staff can access the Academy by using their login for National Connections.







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