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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates 3.25.2020

Members of our AGC of California Safety and Health Council are available to help you navigate workplace concerns and questions through our COVID-19 Safety & Health support line on our website. AGC members can submit questions or concerns and a representative from the council will follow up as soon as possible.

The health and safety of our members is paramount. We are continuing to develop resources and monitor updates to keep you and your teams informed during this crisis. Some of our latest resources include:

List of Office & Jobsite Postings

Recommended Practices for Jobsites

Updated Toolbox Talks

We are also continuing to update our COVID-19 resource page with information and tools to keep our workforce healthy. 

We understand many government agencies and construction firms are being asked to assist with the PPE shortage in our health care facilities. At the same time, many of our members are continuing construction on critical infrastructure which requires proper safety gear. If your company determines it has a sufficient supply of equipment to ensure the safety of employees, we encourage you to consider donations of surplus equipment to local medical professionals and facilities.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the first round of published guidance to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law. A downloadable poster is available here.

Today, the United States Senate reached a tentative deal on a $2 trillion rescue package. The package is the largest of its kind in history and may deliver financial assistance to nearly every sector of the nation's economy hit by the current epidemic. This is the third major bill in response to the crisis. If passed, Congress has signaled its intent to pursue a fourth measure to wrap up issues that have not yet been addressed.

Our website features a COVID-19 resource page, which we will continue to update as more information and guidelines become available.

Earlier today, AGC of California's CEO Peter Tateishi issued a statement to members highlighting the importance of the safety and health of our workforce, especially during these unprecedented times. You can read more from his statement here