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Pandemic Trends, Families First Coronavirus Response Act support, & Economic Relief Updates

Training & Education Update

Join us for the second WebEd of the Innovation & Technology Trends During COVID-19 series next Thursday, May 28! Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Autodesk Construction Cloud, the WebEd listed below is available at no cost to members and non-members. 

Prefabrication for Emergency Building in Times of Crisis
Thursday, May 28 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Gather the tools and information you need to understand current trends in prefabrication and learn more about how this segment of the industry will influence pandemic-response in the future.

New Pre-Recorded WebEds to Support Industry During Pandemic & Beyond :
AGC of California’s Training & Education Department is proud to release a set of pre-recorded WebEds from attorneys at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLC designed to support the industry during the COVID-19 response and beyond. The pre-recorded WebEd trainings found here are available at no cost to members and non-members, and cover:

  • Best practices for working with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
  • How to re-enter the construction workplace while staying in compliance with strict public and worker safety requirements to avoid shutdown.

Learn more and register here. 

Labor Relations Updates

The AGC of California Labor Relations team has been fielding increased calls from UCC members looking for additional information on the FFCRA. In response to inquiries about the reimbursement mechanism with the FFCRA, new Southern California Labor Contracts and Regulatory Manager Roger Uy created FFCRA Tax Credit Guidelines. The guidelines explain how a company can seek reimbursement from the IRS on its quarterly tax withholdings as well as an explanation of IRS Form 7200 in the event more leave benefits are requested than available in the withholdings. 

For a refresher on the FFCRA, please be sure to review our overview of the FFCRA from the Legal Advisory Committee and a Union Contractor specific analysis from the UCC. 

Statewide/Regional Government Affairs Updates

Advocating for Investments in Infrastructure – You Can Help:
AGC is working with the national Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) for substantive investment in transportation, water, broadband, and energy infrastructure in the next COVID relief bill to keep projects moving and build the foundation for our economy’s recovery. In both virtual meetings with congressional policy leaders and a multimedia grassroots campaign, we are sending the message and maintaining the pressure. AGC members and partners throughout the industry are encouraged to visit the Hardhats for Highways website where they can take action to support infrastructure funding.

Federal Government Affairs Updates

Governor's Task Force Weighs in on Federal Stimulus Relief:
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery acted on Tuesday to co-sign a letter to congressional leaders urging their passage of $1 trillion in direct relief for state and local governments. The letter follows the governor’s lead on this issue, acknowledging the critical fiscal needs of California’s state and local agencies. 

We have been maintaining constant communication with our Congressional delegation to push for both direct relief funding for state and local governments, and infrastructure investment stimulus funding to keep public works projects moving and our crews working as we transition to recovery. 

Federal OSHA Updates Interim Guidance on COVID-19:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new interim guidance for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904. This is specific to recording illnesses related to COVID-19. 

Under OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and thus employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if: 

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5; and,
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7.

The enforcement memos will become effective on May 26, and rescinds both previously issued memos on each topic. We are engaging with Cal OSHA and will keep the industry updated with new regulations adopted at the state level. A full copy of the policy is linked here.

Member Resources

Reminder – AGC Closed for the Memorial Day Holiday:
AGC of California offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. If you need urgent Labor Relations assistance, please contact Bryan Mathews for Northern California support or Mandy Powers for Southern California support. 

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Visit AGC of California's COVID-19 Resource Webpage for additional information.