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COVID-19: Important Updates

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

OSHA ISSUES TWO REVISED COVID-19 ENFORCEMENT POLICIES
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised and updated the following
COVID-19 Enforcement Guidance.

 

OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces.
The new enforcement guidance reflects changing circumstances in which many non-critical businesses have begun to reopen in areas of lower community spread. The risk of transmission is lower in specific categories of workplaces, and personal protective equipment potentially needed for inspections is more widely available. OSHA staff will continue to prioritize COVID-19 inspections, and will utilize all enforcement tools as OSHA has historically done.

 

OSHA is revising its previous enforcement policy for recording cases of coronavirus.
Under the new policy, OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers. Given the nature of the disease and community spread, however, in many instances it remains difficult to determine whether a coronavirus illness is work-related, especially when an employee has experienced potential exposure both in and out of the workplace. OSHA's guidance emphasizes that employers must make reasonable efforts, based on the evidence available to the employer, to ascertain whether a particular case of coronavirus is work-related.

On May 26, 2020, the previous memorandums on these topics will be rescinded, and the new memorandums will go into and remain in effect until further notice.
 


NEWLY ANNOUNCED WEBINARS

Tuesday, May 26, 2 p.m. CDT
Coaching Through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time
How can leaders effectively coach, encourage and communicate during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially as workers may be distracted, concerned and anxious? Mike Comer will lead a panel of construction executives in a real-time brainstorming session to help leaders navigate difficult times, coach their employees in unprecedented circumstances and keep the focus on business execution and strategy. The webinar will include a Q&A, so bring your business- and employee-related issues to discuss.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 27, 2 p.m. CDT
COVID-19 Best Practices From Chapter Safety Professionals
What safety services/resources are your members requesting most during the pandemic? What best practices are you seeing from your members? What return-to-work best practice protocols are you seeing? Learn what our panelists—who have a combined total of 90+ years of safety experience—are seeing in the field and how you can help members keep workers safe and healthy.
Register today.


Friday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. CDT
Littler's Friday Webinar Series: COVID-19 in the Workplace — Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges

*Hosted by Littler Mendelson P.C.*
It has become apparent that COVID-19 is going to dominate employment and labor law issues for the foreseeable future. To address evolving labor and employment law challenges, Littler has decided to host COVID-19 webinars on the first Friday of each month. The series is designed to keep business leaders, human resources professionals and in-house counsel current with the best thinking that Littler has to offer during the crisis.
Register today.


Wednesday, June 10, 1 p.m. CDT
2020 Mid-year Construction Economic Forecast

*Hosted by Construction Executive magazine*
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the construction industry into unfamiliar territory to and continues to wreak havoc on business as usual. Understand the economic fallout and how the rest of the year will play out with a review of regional and national economic indicators, including GDP, inflation, construction spending, materials prices, workforce participation and unemployment rates.
Register today.

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020

 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOAN FORGIVENESS
APPLICATION RELEASED

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined
     


HAZARD ALERT: POTENTIAL DANGER WHEN USING HAND SANITIZER

What Happened
A worker used an 80% alcohol‐based hand sanitizer as recommended by current hygiene recommendations in the COVID‐19 plan. Just after the application to his hands, but before the liquid disinfectant had evaporated and completely dried, the worker touched a metal surface. On this metal surface, an accumulation of static electricity created an ignition source, and the disinfectant (ethyl‐alcohol based) flashed, resulting in an almost invisible flame (blue) in both hands. The contractor managed to extinguish the flames but suffered from first and second‐degree burns to both hands.

Potential Cause(s)
1. Hand gels contain high concentrations of alcohol. Once the hand sanitizer was applied, the worker did not ensure that the gel had completely evaporated before proceeding with work activity.
2. Alcohol vapors can flame or flash if exposed to an ignition source, switches, or any surface containing static electricity.

Corrective/Preventive Actions
1. When using alcohol‐based hand sanitizers, be sure to allow for the sanitizer to dry/evaporate before resuming work activity.
2. Avoid touching any surface until the gel has completely dried. Stay away from any potential ignition source while sanitizer is still wet.
3. If you are not sure about the use of alcohol‐based disinfectants, please use warm water and soap to wash your hands if available rather than using alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020


NEWLY ANNOUNCED WEBINARS

Wednesday, May 20, 2 p.m. CDT 
Maximizing Your SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness and Preparing for the Future Audit 
You scored a piece of the more than $650 billion in the SBA Paycheck Protection Program funding. Now you have eight weeks to use the funds appropriately to meet the criteria for loan forgiveness or face repayment of the loan. Learn the steps you need to know to maximize your loan forgiveness, plus hear the latest guidance issued by SBA.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 20, 2 p.m. CDT 
COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?
The fallout from the spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the economy and construction. Join ABC in a webinar with Dr. Bernard Markstein, president and chief economist for Markstein Advisors, to examine what the near-term and longer-term outlook is for the economy and construction. How soon will the economy begin to get back on its feet? When will the economy and construction return to pre-COVID-19 health? What will recovery look like in different regions of the country? Dr. Markstein will answer these and other questions. His discussion will include the outlook for various sectors of construction such as lodging, office, retail, education and health care.
Register today.


Tuesday, May 26, 2 p.m. CDT 
Coaching Through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time
How can leaders best coach, encourage and communicate during these difficult times, especially as workers may be distracted, concerned and anxious due to the COVID-19 outbreak? In this webinar, Dr. Mike Comer will lead a panel of construction executives in a real-time brainstorming session to help leaders navigate through difficult times, coach their employees in unprecedented circumstances and keep the focus on business execution and strategy. The webinar will include a Q&A, so bring your business and employee-related issues to discuss.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 27, 2 p.m. CDT 
COVID-19 Best Practices From Chapter Safety Professionals 
What safety services/resources are your members requesting most during the pandemic? What best practices are you seeing from your members during this crisis? What return-to-work best practice protocols are you seeing? Learn what our panelists—who have a combined total of 90+ years of safety experience—are seeing in the field and how you can help members keep workers safe and healthy.
Register today.


For additional webinars, click here.


 

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Tuesday, May 12, 2 p.m. CDT
Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create a Safer Jobsite During COVID-19 and Beyond
New technologies are coming to market at a rapid pace, and it’s hard to evaluate which tools are best for your company. This webinar will explore new jobsite safety tools with industry leaders from Milwaukee Tool and United Rentals that can help you improve worker safety and enhance productivity.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m. CDT
COVID-19 and the State of the Surety and Subcontractor Default Insurance Markets
The long “soft” market for surety credit has definitely ended. Contractors may begin to see changes to their surety program parameters (i.e. decreased single/aggregate limits, increased security requirements, higher rates, etc.). Gain insight on how the surety and subcontractor default insurance markets are responding to current events; what considerations are driving underwriting decisions; factors that will drive terms and conditions in the market as well as changes; the current claim environment; and the critical factors to consider in the event of a claim. 
Register today.


Monday, May 18, 2 p.m. CDT
Did You Pause Business Development Due to COVID-19? Here's How to Restart.
Many contractors have stopped reaching out to prospective clients since the start of COVID-19 business interruptions, using the crisis as a reason NOT to contact them. Should your business development efforts stop? This session will reframe your mindset and provide practical techniques to help develop new opportunities in an ethical way you can be proud of and continue to use long after the pandemic subsides. By shifting your approach from talking to listening and finding ways to solve problems and fulfill needs, you can add value to the market while driving new business to your company.
Register today.


 


FranklinCovey Webinar Series –
Bringing Practical Principles to the Pandemic


Tuesday, May 19, 12 p.m. CDT 
Session 1: An Overview of the 7 Habits — Being Proactive in a Time of Crisis 
This session kicks off with a primer on the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and then focuses on being an effective vs. efficient leader and the paradigm shifts that are necessary during times of crisis. This is the first of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.
Register today.

Tuesday, May 19, 3 p.m. CDT 
Session 2: Utilizing “Beginning With the End in Mind” and “Putting First Things First” Habits to Focus Your Organization on Reopening  
What are you doing today to ensure your organization and your team’s health post-crisis? This session focuses on Habits 2 and 3 and the tools needed to set priorities during and after the pandemic, as well as guidance to help you determine what your leadership legacy will be. This is the second of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.
Register today.

Thursday, May 21, 12 p.m. CDT
Session 3: Using a “Win-Win” and Synergistic Approach to Deliver Projects Safely in a Pandemic Environment
Resolving conflict on projects with multiple stakeholders can go down one of two ways — “my way” or the “collaborative” path. This session focuses on win-win thinking, an abundance mentality vs. a scarcity mentality, and opportunities to utilize the third alternative model to better collaborate and create value for all parties. This is the third of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.
Register today.

Thursday, May 21, 3 p.m. CDT
Session 4: Creating Focus in a Crisis 
Applying the principles of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution,” this session focuses on strategies to engage your team to win when hope is lost, to drive results in uncertain times and to clarify goals make them achievable. This is the last of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.
Register today.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020
 

PPP SAFE HARBOR DATE EXTENDED TO MAY 14TH
This week, the SBA released additional FAQs that extended the safe harbor date for companies to return PPP funds to May 14th AND stated that the administration intends to provide additional guidance on borrower certification and we are hoping this will help provide additional clarity to recipients to make an informed decision on their loans. 

Full FAQ on this issue below and updated FAQs here.
 The updated FAQs also addresses a question in regards to counting the employees of foreign and U.S. affiliates. SBA also released a summary of PPP2 loan data as of 5pm EDT – Tuesday, May 5, 2020, noting that the program has provided more than 2.3 million loans for small businesses this round for a total of $181 billion, leaving approximately $129 billion still available.

 


NEW OSHA MATERIALS

Please review the three COVID-19 guidance products below that OSHA has published to help keep workers safe during this pandemic. 

The list below includes: a poster listing Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus, which has been translated into Spanish; a new video and poster on how to properly wear and dispose of respirators; and a new OSHA alert for the construction industry. Links to these new products are included below. 

 

  • 10 Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
    Download the Posters: 
    English | Spanish

 

  • 7 Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work
    A new respirator video and posters demonstrate how to properly wear and dispose of a respirator.

    Download the Posters:
    English | Spanish

 

  • A New OSHA Alert for the Construction Industry
    Download the Alert:
    English | Spanish


Additional information on COVID-19 guidance can also be found on the OSHA webpage.

 


IMPROVE BUSINESS THROUGH MANAGING YOUR VEHICLE FLEET



Business owners needing financial help might consider a review of their vehicle fleet. 
Business owners in a stable financial position should be analyzing leases to see if a buyout or refinance, taking advantage of these historically low interest rates, makes sense. 

Whether you lease, own or rent, the team at Union Leasing offers a way for companies to use their fleets to get cash for their assets through a lease back program. 
Join Scott Carson, Regional Sales Manager from Union Leasing for a webinar on Tuesday, May 19th at 10 a.m. to learn more. 

REGISTER NOW!


 


ABC OF IOWA EDUCATION UPDATES
This week we sent out a survey to members who have students in our apprenticeship program. As we begin our budgeting and planning for the next school year, ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust requests your help in determining our projections of apprentices for the 2020-2021 year. Please take a moment to complete the survey.
 
As a reminder, Graduation has been cancelled this year. Our team is currently strategizing how we can still showcase the 2020 graduates and celebrate their excellent achievements. Watch for updates to those plans on our website.



 

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020


UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Monday, May 4, 1 p.m. CDT 
How to Maximize Your Use of FindContractors.com
FindContractors.com is an excellent tool to help ABC members find and do business with other members. Members can search for an ABC contractor, supplier or other construction professional by name, chapter, location, sales volume or type of construction. Plus, it's easy to find members that have earned an Excellence in Construction® award, participate in the STEP Safety Management System and Accredited Quality Contractor program, have designations and have signed the Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace Pledge. You can also update your membership information. Attend this webinar to learn how to maximize your use of this comprehensive tool! 
Register today.


Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Understanding PPP Loan Borrower Risks Before the May 7 Deadline to Decide to Keep or Return Loan Funds
Contractors faced with unknown impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic received 14% of the loans in Phase One of the Paycheck Protection Program loan program. During the approval and funding process, and while contractors were exploring how to properly comply with documentation and tracking-related potential forgiveness, new guidance released on April 24 has raised serious concerns about the risks associated with accepting these loans. This session will cover Question 31, Necessity Certification, and its risks, plus best practices to document your company’s economic necessity and track the economic impact on your operations. Recently raised tax deductibility issues will also be covered.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
COVID-19 and Its Relationship to the 2020 Safety Performance Report's Eight Leading Indicators
Discover how safety experts from ABC’s top-performing contractors consistently implement the eight leading indicators identified in the 2020 Safety Performance Report.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
Understanding and Managing Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Find out what you need to know about the PPP loan forgiveness guidelines and how they apply to your company. Topics covered include: an overview of the program and testing, how to integrate loan forgiveness into your business planning decisions and details about how you can use the loan and documentation requirements. This session is presented by the Construction Financial Management Association and designed for chief financial officers, controllers, risk managers, human resource managers, tax experts and business owners.
Register today.


Tuesday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create a Safer Jobsite During COVID-19 and Beyond
New technologies are coming to market at a rapid pace, and it’s hard to evaluate which tools are best for your company. This webinar will explore new jobsite safety tools with industry leaders from Milwaukee Tool and United Rentals that can help you improve worker safety and enhance productivity.
Register today.


Wednesday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we headed?
The fallout from the spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the economy and construction. Join ABC in a webinar with Dr. Bernard Markstein, president and chief economist for Markstein Advisors, to examine what the near-term and longer-term outlook is for the economy and construction. How soon will the economy begin to get back on its feet? When will the economy and construction return to pre-COVID-19 health? What will recovery look like in different regions of the country? Dr. Markstein will answer these and other questions. His discussion will include the outlook for various sectors of construction such as lodging, office, retail, education and health care.
Register today.


 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020


2020 GRADUATION CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

The ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust has decided to cancel our 2020 Graduation event in Riverside. While it was our desire to hold the ceremony and properly recognize our graduates, the Board decided given the current COVID-19 situation in our state, we could not move forward with an in-person event of several hundred people.

Read more at abciowatrust.org/graduation.

 


 

The webinar held on April 29th is now available for immediate listening.
An examination of proactive best practices designed to help construction organizations optimize the restart of projects
 
 
With the goal of preventing COVID-19 transmission, adhere to quarantine rules and deal with “stay at home” guidelines, construction projects nationwide are currently being shuttered. In an unprecedented series of events that have unfolded as the result of the outbreak, businesses must also recognize the importance of project restart strategies once such restrictions are lifted.
In the same vein that the that work came to a screeching halt, the restart of construction projects worldwide will have the same frenetic pace as fervor of activity as the New York City Marathon when the “starting gun goes off.”
 
Ideally, construction leaders would like to see a seamless transition to simply “continuing where they left off.” Realistically, even if the restart occurred just seven days after a work stoppage, activity would not resume normal function due to everything from supply chain disruptions to new hygiene-related work rules. Construction projects will resemble the trajectory of a super tanker in the ocean trying to turn rather than a high-performance sports car cornering on a dime.
 
In this webinar, construction leaders will learn the following:
• Examine FMI’s “Restart Strategy” for projects
• Understand the impact to the supply chain and conduct collaborative conversations to drive action and results
• Review cash flow, billings and costs to determine the fiscal results of COVID-19 on projects and work in progress
• Examine and reflect on important considerations related to workforces, delays, protocols and the ever-important “Project Exit Strategy” 

Find additional resources from FMI, here.
 
 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020


FREE ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

The American Red Cross has developed a free Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 course that can be taken online in less than one hour.



The course is designed to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 to build resilience and lend support to others during and after this time. Topics, developed with the expertise of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the Canadian Red Cross, include recognizing stress as well as caring for yourself while supporting your family and coworkers. We encourage you to take advantage of this free course – and share it with others.


SIGN UP NOW.

 


UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
Construction Shut-downs: Technology to Secure Your Jobsite
Learn about a variety of technologies to help ensure security for your jobsites, including intuitive software solutions and hardware that can immediately make an impact where you work. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenges that need solving for the presenter to address.
Register today.


Wednesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
The Impact of New ANSI Standards: What You Need to Know and Do...Now!
The ANSI standards that govern the access equipment industry are scheduled to take effect on June 1, 2020. As we face COVID-19 and navigate its effects on the construction industry, it is even more crucial to be proactive, informed and prepared about compliance. Who’s affected? Everyone. Rental companies, equipment owners, supervisors, operators and technicians. Review the changes that need to be made in the areas of training, job site safety and machine selection and be ready to meet the new standards. 
Register today.


Thursday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
What Have C-Suite Leaders Learned During the Pandemic?
During this session, Mike Bellaman will reconvene C-Suite leaders (David Chapin, Willmar Electric Service; Chuck Goodrich, Gaylor Electric; Mike Holland, Marek; Karen Kennedy, Kencor Inc. Elevator Systems; Brett McMahon, Miller and Long) who participated in the March 26 webinar to hear about their lessons learned, insights gained and plans underway to reopen their businesses!
Register today.


Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
COVID-19 and Its Relationship to the 2020 Safety Performance Report's Eight Leading Indicators
Discover how safety experts from ABC’s top-performing contractors consistently implement the eight leading indicators identified in the 2020 Safety Performance Report.
Register today.


Tuesday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create a Safer Jobsite During COVID-19 and Beyond
New technologies are coming to market at a rapid pace, and it’s hard to evaluate which tools are best for your company. This webinar will explore new jobsite safety tools with industry leaders from Milwaukee Tool and United Rentals that can help you improve worker safety and enhance productivity.
Register today.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

 

TEST IOWA CHALLENGE
The
#TestIowaChallenge is a new initiative with the goal of dramatically increasing the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can:
- have better access to testing
- help stem the spread of COVID-19
- get us back to normal as quickly as possible

Take the test today at testiowa.com.
 



COVID-19 RESOURCES IN OTHER LANGUAGES



CLICK THE LANGUAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020
 

 

EMPLOYER'S GUIDE TO COVID-19
ABC Insurance Trust has created an in-depth COVID-19 resource guide for employers. 
 
This guide outlines the following:
  • COVID-19 and Your Workforce
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • HIPAA Privacy Considerations
  • Carrier Response to COVID-19
  • Layoffs and Furloughs
  • Other Compliance Considerations
     

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE!
 



ABC of Iowa and FMI present:
An examination of proactive best practices designed to help construction organizations optimize the restart of projects
 
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
With the goal of preventing COVID-19 transmission, adhere to quarantine rules and deal with “stay at home” guidelines, construction projects nationwide are currently being shuttered. In an unprecedented series of events that have unfolded as the result of the outbreak, businesses must also recognize the importance of project restart strategies once such restrictions are lifted.
In the same vein that the that work came to a screeching halt, the restart of construction projects worldwide will have the same frenetic pace as fervor of activity as the New York City Marathon when the “starting gun goes off.”
 
Ideally, construction leaders would like to see a seamless transition to simply “continuing where they left off.” Realistically, even if the restart occurred just seven days after a work stoppage, activity would not resume normal function due to everything from supply chain disruptions to new hygiene-related work rules. Construction projects will resemble the trajectory of a super tanker in the ocean trying to turn rather than a high-performance sports car cornering on a dime.
 
In this webinar, construction leaders will learn the following:
• Examine FMI’s “Restart Strategy” for projects
• Understand the impact to the supply chain and conduct collaborative conversations to drive action and results
• Review cash flow, billings and costs to determine the fiscal results of COVID-19 on projects and work in progress
• Examine and reflect on important considerations related to workforces, delays, protocols and the ever-important “Project Exit Strategy”
 

SPRING GOLF CLASSIC

We are balancing our upcoming events calendar in light of the COVID-19 virus. We have recently postponed our Spring Golf Classic until June 24th at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville.
 

APPRENTICE GRADUATION

It is ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust's desire to hold our 2020 graduation ceremony, to celebrate the excellent achievements of the Class of 2020 and to honor 40 years of graduations. At the same time, we are trying to balance our desire to have a successful event with the safety of everyone involved, so we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation here in Iowa, and will together make a decision on the status of graduation at our April 29th meeting.

 
 
 

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020
 

UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Monday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
ABC National Government Affairs Team Insights on COVID-19
Join a panel of ABC National’s general counsel and government affairs team as they discuss the latest government responses and policies related to COVID-19. Learn how ABC is fighting for ABC members and construction industry interests before federal, state and local lawmakers as the panel addresses FAQs, new policies, safety measures, loan programs and public policy debates in the COVID-19 era. 

Register today.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
Planning for Project Shutdown and Remobilization During the Pandemic and Beyond
A panel of fire safety and construction experts (Philip Oakes, Narva Associates; Peter Ostroskey, National Association of State Fire Marshals; Joel Pickering, LendLease) will discuss the necessary actions needed to prepare and secure your project from fires and other hazards during a shutdown, as well as the subsequent remobilization when work begins. The discussion will include the roles and responsibilities of owners, site safety managers and fire service personnel.
Register today.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Preventing Cyberattacks That Target Your Remote Workforce
Cyber criminals often take advantage of significant current events to increase activity. The global pandemic and sudden increase in teleworking has opened the door for bad guys to strike. CNA’s risk control experts will offer simple and effective guidance to equip workers with the ability to recognize and defeat an attack.
Register today.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Protecting your Company and Remote Workforce from Cyberthreats
One of the unintended consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is the increase of cybersecurity threats due to the prevalence of remote working. Without the right protections in place, your company and workforce can be at risk from a wide variety of hackers. Join Nick Espinosa, cybersecurity and network infrastructure expert and president of Security Fanatics, as he walks through precautions your company should take to protect itself and your employees.
Register today.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
Construction Shut-downs: Technology to Secure Your Jobsite
Learn about a variety of technologies to help ensure security for your jobsites, including intuitive software solutions and hardware that can immediately make an impact where you work. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenges that need solving for the presenter to address.
Register today.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
The Impact of New ANSI Standards: What You Need to Know and Do...Now!
The ANSI standards that govern the access equipment industry are scheduled to take effect on June 1, 2020. As we face COVID-19 and navigate its effects on the construction industry, it is even more crucial to be proactive, informed and prepared about compliance. Who’s affected? Everyone. Rental companies, equipment owners, supervisors, operators and technicians. Review the changes that need to be made in the areas of training, job site safety and machine selection and be ready to meet the new standards. 
Register today.


 


THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020



Having a stand-down is a vital opportunity to ensure our behaviors keep us and our jobsites safe and continues our efforts to slow the spread.


Partnering with the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), ABC National has been working diligently to provide jobsite safety information on COVID-19, which includes the development of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction.  

ABC National and other CISC member associations have come together to hold COVID-19 Safety Stand-down events nationwide, with events held by individual employers to talk directly to workers about coronavirus safe work practices and protocols on construction jobsites. We strongly encourage you to participate in your own stand-down event. 

ABC's COVID-19 Safety Stand-down is next Thursday, April 23. We strongly encourage you to participate in your own stand-down event.

Click here for toolbox talks and dozens of resources for hosting and promoting a COVID-19 Safety Stand-down. You can also incorporate other resources that your company may have developed. In addition, the stand-down can be held digitally simply by distributing the materials via text or email message. If they are held in person, social distancing guidance should be strictly followed (i.e., avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people; participants must remain at least six feet apart).  

If you are interested in sharing stories and photos on social media, please use the hashtag #COVID19SafetyStandDown. 

 


OSHA RESPONSE PLAN

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic

The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. Fatalities and imminent danger exposures related to the coronavirus will be prioritized for on-site inspections. Workers requesting inspections, complaining of coronavirus exposure, or reporting illnesses may be protected under one or more whistleblower statutes and will be informed of their protections from retaliation. 

This memorandum will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice. It is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis. 
 
For more information about COVID-19 please visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage and CDC's COVID-19 webpage

 



Now is not the time to lose contact with the information and resources that can help your business succeed. 


HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED
We know this situation is not ideal and that many of you are already feeling the effects of this pandemic, and we want you to know that our staff is working hard to be innovative and keep things moving forward in this new world we are all living in. 


ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP CLASSES
Our apprenticeship classes have moved online and we’re having a lot of success. We are thankful for instructors, students and employers who have been flexible and helped us bring this online quickly and efficiently.


CONTINUING EDUCATION
We are also committed to offering Continuing Education opportunities during this time of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering ALL of our CEU classes online.
Click here to register. 


STRONGER TOGETHER
We know that as an industry, we are stronger together, and we hope that we can count on your continued membership.

We’ll be here to support you and connect you with the resources you need: 
• Communications and updates to keep you informed on changing programs such as state, local and federal policies, loan options under the CARES act, and more.
• Our vast library of webinars tackling topics ranging from complying with the new federal laws and statewide orders to contract obligations, OSHA compliance, and communication insights.
• Resources and information to maintain safe, effective jobsites as we work together to protect our people, projects, and customers.

 
ADVOCATING FOR YOU
We will continue to advocate for the needs of merit shop construction at the federal, state and local level as our government takes unprecedented steps forward to stop the virus and secure the economy. We hope that our work will make it easier for you to do yours.
Please reach out to
Greg, Jared or any of your board representatives if we can be of any help to you during this difficult time.  

Stay safe and know that we will get through this together - Merit Shop Strong. 
 


CALENDAR UPDATES

We are balancing our upcoming events calendar in light of the COVID-19 virus. We have recently postponed our Spring Golf Classic until June 24th at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville. Registration information will be coming in May. Additionally, our May After Business Cocktails in Cedar Rapids has been cancelled

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020
 

UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. CDT
COVID-19 and OSHA Compliance
Join ABC OSHA counsel Brad Hammock for a webinar providing guidance to ABC members and chapter staff on OSHA compliance and enforcement during COVID-19, including recording and reporting workplace exposures to COVID-19, respiratory protection and more.
Register today


Wednesday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Addressing Employee Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond

A panel of industry, safety and mental health experts (Cal Beyer, Cobb Strecker Dunphy Zimmerman (CSDZ); Gary Clevenger MS, CSP, RRE, CNA; Kevin Sell, United Group Services; Michelle Walker, SPHR, SSC Underground) will discuss proactive strategies your organization can take to address total human health on your projects, including signs and symptoms and available resources your company and your employees can access to ensure a mentally healthy work environment.
Register today


Thursday, April 16, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Technology Can Help ABC Contractors as Coronavirus Disrupts the Industry

Which technologies can help your business succeed during the coronavirus pandemic—and immediately improve your bottom line when you are back up and running at full capacity? Hear about collaborative technologies that will improve productivity and learn which solutions could work best for different contractors. Plus, discover simple tech solutions you can implement to jumpstart and help scale your business your business after we overcome the COVID-19 challenge.
Register today


Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Planning for Project Shutdown and Remobilization During the Pandemic and Beyond

A panel of fire safety and construction experts (Philip Oakes, Narva Associates; Peter Ostroskey, National Association of State Fire Marshals; Joel Pickering, LendLease) will discuss the necessary actions needed to prepare and secure your project from fires and other hazards during a shutdown, as well as the subsequent remobilization when work begins. The discussion will include the roles and responsibilities of owners, site safety managers and fire service personnel.
Register today


Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Preventing Cyberattacks That Target Your Remote Workforce

Cyber criminals often take advantage of significant current events to increase activity. The global pandemic and sudden increase in teleworking has opened the door for bad guys to strike. CNA’s risk control experts will offer simple and effective guidance to equip workers with the ability to recognize and defeat an attack.
Register today


Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. CDT 
Protecting your Company and Remote Workforce from Cyberthreats

One of the unintended consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is the increase of cybersecurity threats due to the prevalence of remote working. Without the right protections in place, your company and workforce can be at risk from a wide variety of hackers. Join Nick Espinosa, cybersecurity and network infrastructure expert and president of Security Fanatics, as he walks through precautions your company should take to protect itself and your employees.
Register today

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. CDT  
Construction Shut-downs: Technology to Secure your Jobsite 

Learn about a variety of technologies to help ensure security for your jobsites, including intuitive software solutions and hardware that can immediately make an impact where you work. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenges that need solving for the presenter to address.
Register today

 

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020


RECORDED WEBINAR: RELIEF OPTIONS AND YOUR BUSINESS
For those of you who missed yesterday's webinar, you may now access the recorded webinar and presentation slides by clicking here.


 


FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

COVID-19: RELIEF OPTIONS AND YOUR BUSINESS WEBINAR
Thank you to those who participated in our recent webinar with Dickinson Law Firm. We received great feedback and are offering a new opportunity – COVID-19: Relief Options and Your Business.

Business owners are in a tough position during the COVID-19 pandemic; they must look to their bottom line at a time when little revenue is being generated, while at the same time take into consideration what’s best for the health and safety of their employees and customers alike. Join Dickinson Law Business & Real Estate Attorney Jeff Baxter and Labor & Employment Attorney Melissa Schilling as they discuss relief options under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act and one of its principal provisions, the Paycheck Protection Program which provides expanded loans for small businesses, as well as the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which enacted the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSL”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (“EFMLA”) for eligible employees.

They’ll discuss how these various relief options work and how they can interact to help you and your business weather the coronavirus storm. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Click here to register.


 

FREE LEGAL ADVICE

ABC of Iowa members that have legal questions relative to the Families First Act or the CARES Act passed by Congress in the past two weeks, have access to free consultation regarding these new laws and regulations courtesy of ABC of Iowa member law firm Dickinson Law. To gain access to this free consultation service, you must contact Greg Spenner at 515-985-1171. 

Please note that if legal services are required beyond answering a member’s questions via a phone call then the cost for future guidance/representation by Dickinson Law attorneys will be at the member’s expense.



MOVING OUR EDUCATION ONLINE

Apprenticeship
At the beginning of April, all of ABC of Iowa apprenticeship classes were moved online to ensure classes will be finished in time for apprentices to be available to work this summer. Our team has been working diligently to set up a system utilizing Zoom online conferencing along with our current platform for online homework. We are excited to bring new technology into our program to keep our students and employers on track.

Continuing Education
We also to continue to remain committed to offering Continuing Education opportunities during this time which is why we are now offering ALL of our CEU classes online. Registration for these classes is open now and we’d encourage you to let your employees know of the opportunities available to them through ABC of Iowa.

You can find details here
or contact Ginny at (515) 985-1175.

 


A MESSAGE TO ABC FROM
LT. COL. DAN ROONEY OF THE FOLDS OF HONOR

"I hope you are staying safe during these unprecedented times. In the spirit of finding a positive perspective when life challenges us, I produced a short message of hope to share with your team as a thank you from Folds and a positive perspective as we all fight to get through this challenging time."

Godspeed, 
Lt Col Dan Rooney
Click Here for the Video Message


 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
GUIDANCE AND APPLICATION

The federal government announced information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program which will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.

The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. It will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020. Visit 
SBA.gov/Coronavirus for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Paycheck Protection Program
• For a top-line overview of the program, 
click here.
• If you’re a borrower, click here.
• The application for borrowers can be found here.
• Learn more here.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

 

CARES ACT
(CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT):

Monday, March 30th, Iowa Workforce Development announced that it has implemented updates to its leave policy for filing unemployment insurance benefits following the enactment of the CARES Act. Effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, will no longer be required to use all paid leave prior to being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated prior to the week of March 29, 2020, for new or existing claims by individuals who work for employers. 

Helpful Links:
COVID-19 Related Updates
CARES Act FAQs


 

PMSB ISSUES GUIDANCE ON LICENSING PROGRAMS
On March 22, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation, pertaining to licensing programs in Iowa during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which directed programs to issue rules or guidance as needed. The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board (PMSB) is one of many licensing programs affected by that proclamation, and along with the Licensing and Exam Committee and the CEU Committee issued the following guidance:

  • All CEUs can be completed through computer-based education courses. The Governor's proclamation suspended 641 - 30.(2). Also, all currently approved in-person courses can now be offered through webinars, web conferencing, or other similar technology that allows for remote access for students. This guidance is effective through the 2020 renewal period and ends on September 1, 2020
     
  • Individuals that are currently approved for an exam, but are not able to test due to the closure of the testing locations, will be given extra time to take the exam. Pursuant to 641 - 29.6. The amount of extra time is not known at this time since it is unknown how long the testing locations will remain closed. Be assured that the Board will allow ample time to complete exams for those individuals who have already been approved. The Board will continue to assess the situation and take appropriate action as necessary to ensure individuals are able to take the exam.
     
  • The current expiration date and related renewal dates are not changing at this time. However, given that these are unprecedented times, these timelines are something the Board will monitor closely.

The following are still the relevant dates for this upcoming renewal:

May 1, 2020
The renewal period opens.
This is the first day individuals and businesses can renew their licenses.

June 30, 2020
All licenses expire.

July 31, 2020
This is the last day licenses can be renewed without penalty.

August 1, 2020
Late fees begin. Initial late fees will be $60 through the month of August.

September 1, 2020
$100 late fee applies. All licenses with an expiration date of June 30, 2020 are no longer valid for practice.


Beginning on May 1, 2020, email notifications containing information, directions and links on how to complete the renewal process will be sent to all individuals and business regarding renewal. Throughout the renewal timeline, outlined above, similar email notifications will be sent to those that have not completed the renewal process.

This guidance does not alter any Board rules except as set forth above. If the Governor's proclamation is extended, or if the Governor issues another proclamation addressing additional rules, or if circumstances otherwise change, the Board will issue further guidance.


 

WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE

COVID-19 Mandated Emergency Leaves: Employers with Less Than 500 Employees 

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many Iowa employers in uncharted waters. Join Jill Jensen-Welch and Melissa Schilling, two shareholder employment attorneys of Dickinson Law, for a webinar recording on Mandated Emergency Leaves. If you have less than 500 employees, you won’t want to miss this. Please note: the webinar begins at the 5:10 mark.
Watch the Recording 


 

UPCOMING COVID-19 WEBINARS

Tuesday, March 31, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Insights and Strategies to Help Contractors Respond to COVID-19

COVID-19 has thrown world markets into a tailspin, and it’s time for construction to reposition and survive. This session will help contractors of all sizes understand critical considerations, including contractual issues, cash flow and overhead management, as well as where to look for opportunities for well-positioned, well-capitalized companies.
Register Now

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Coronavirus Impacts on HR and Employee Benefits

Company owners and human resource managers will receive an overview of pressing employer regulatory and employee benefits issues related to the coronavirus pandemic and legislative response. Topics to be covered include special enrollment periods and well as premium grace periods for the fully insured, as well as self-funded group health plans and an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice.
Register Now

 

Thursday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Contractors and Supply Chain Partners:
Thinking and Delivering "Win-Win" Supply Chains

Hear from a panel of ABC’s strategic partners about how contractors and supply chain partners can collaborate with a win-win attitude to plan for and execute construction business continuity today, tomorrow and over the next few months as we battle COVID-19.
Register Now
 

Thursday, April 16, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Technology Can Help ABC Contractors as Coronavirus Disrupts the Industry

Which technologies can help your business succeed during the coronavirus pandemic—and immediately improve your bottom line when you are back up and running at full capacity? Hear about collaborative technologies that will improve productivity and learn which solutions could work best for different contractors. Plus, discover simple tech solutions you can implement to jumpstart and help scale your business your business after we overcome the COVID-19 challenge.
Register Now



FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

 

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)

Due to the recently passed, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FCCRA), all employers must post notice of the FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on the premises.
Please note, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.

You will find several resources regarding this requirement here: 
•    Posting Requirements—FAQs
•    Fact Sheet for Employers
•    Required “Employee Rights” Poster - English
•    Required “Employee Rights” Poster - Spanish/Español

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020


MENTAL HEALTH PROTECTION RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

During these rapidly changing, unpredictable and stressful times, adapting business operations to stay viable and keeping our employees safe from COVID-19 are top of mind and demanding great attention.  What can’t be forgotten is the impact these events are having on the mental health of our employees and the potential risk for suicide related to situations like this. Protecting the emotional wellbeing of our teams needs to be given as a high of priority as protecting their physical health. 

To help you in providing the help they need, we have created a resource page with tools and information to build the protective factors into your COVID-19 response plans that will help protect your employee’s mental health. As more become available we will post them, so please check back often.  And, please share these resources with others to help ensure protection of the entire workforce. 
 
If you have not already taken the pledge to STAND up for Suicide Prevention, there is no better time than now to declare your commitment to full worker safety. Taking the pledge not only demonstrates your support but ensures you will continue to receive updates and resources as a CIASP stakeholder

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

 

EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION RESCHEDULED

The 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards Gala (originally scheduled to take place on Friday, April 17th, 2020) has been moved to Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. Registration details to come.


FREE WEBINAR - FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH

If you have less than 500 employees, you won’t want to miss this free, informational session covering mandates in the law.

Friday, March 27th, 12:00 p.m. CDT
COVID-19 Mandated Emergency Leaves: Employers with Less Than 500 Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many Iowa employers in uncharted waters. Join Jill Jensen-Welch and Melissa Schilling, two shareholder employment attorneys of Dickinson Law, this Friday, March 27th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. for a webinar on Mandated Emergency Leaves. Members will have the opportunity to ask their specific questions when completing their registration. These will be answered during the webinar session.
Register Here



TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

 

LICENSURE INFORMATION

This weekend, Gov. Reynolds signed another proclamation which made mention of professional licensures. However, yesterday’s proclamation is only in effect starting now and running through April 16th. Since the mechanical/plumbing licenses do not expire until June 30th, the proclamations that have been issued to this point do not change the June 30th expiration date. We will continue to monitor this for you and keep you updated. 


IOWA TAX CHANGES RELATED TO COVID

In an effort to bring relief to Iowa’s small business owners amid COVID-19 concerns, Gov. Reynolds announced Monday, that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31st, 2020.  Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. 

To Elect For An Extension:
1. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees.
2. Employer must be current on all quarterly tax payments before the 1st quarter of 2020 regardless of whether or not they are seeking an extension of tax payment. 
3. Employers must file Quarterly Employers Contribution and Payroll Report electronically by 4:30 on April 24th to avoid late report filing penalty.
4. Call Unemployment Insurance Tax division at 1-888-848-7442
OR send an email to
[email protected]. 
Email is recommended as there is a high volume of calls during this time that may lead to extended wait times.  

To Qualify For Additional Time:
1. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees.
2. Employers must notify IWD of intent to delay payment by Friday, April 24th at 4:30 pm.
3. Call Unemployment Insurance Tax division at 1-888-848-7442
OR send an email to [email protected]
Email is recommended as there is a high volume of calls during this time that may lead to extended wait times.



RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMPANY

We have compiled Toolbox Talks on the Coronavirus for you and your team.

Download and share these Toolbox Talks with your team.
•    Know The Facts [
Part 1 | Part 2
•    Protect Yourself [
Part 1 | Part 2
•    
Protect Your Jobsites
•    COVID-19 in the Construction Workplace

Additionally, we continue to add helpful webinars created by ABC National


LOAN INFORMATION

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has provided relevant information for small business owners. Please read carefully. 
Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration that allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans.

Who Qualifies?
1. Small businesses (500 or fewer employees).
2. Private nonprofit organizations of any size.
3. Small agricultural cooperatives & small aquaculture enterprises that were established by Jan. 31, 2020 and have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19.
Note: This assistance is available only to small businesses when SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.

Where do I apply?

Click here to apply! You must submit the completed loan application and a signed and dated IRS Form 4506-T giving permission for the IRS to provide SBA your tax return information.

How much is available?
Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance (per business) and can be used to pay fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.


CORONAVIRUS LAWS REQUIRE PAID EMPLOYEE LEAVE

ABC National’s Insurance Trust sent information regarding the many changes were just enacted as part of Coronavirus relief legislation. 

Some of the biggest takeaways include: 
•    Employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide 12 weeks of FMLA leave for child care reasons related to COVID19. 
•    New FMLA leave must be compensated after the first 10 days, at two-thirds of an employee’s wage, up to $200 per day.
•    Employers must also provide 80 hours of paid sick time for specified reasons related to COVID-19. 
•    Employers with 500 employees or more are exempt from the laws. 

Read more here.


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

 

URGENT REQUEST FOR PPE DONATIONS
University of Iowa Hospitals makes
urgent request for donation of PPE - especially face masks.
Can you help?
 

CORONAVIRUS WEBINAR OFFERINGS
ABC has created a webinar series with industry experts to provide insights and guidance about the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

March 24th, 11:00 a.m. CDT - Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates
In a 90-minute webinar, Littler attorneys Alexis Knapp, Jeff Nowak and Jim Paretti will offer an analysis of the new FMLA and paid sick leave provisions of the law and deliver practical counsel for employers navigating the requirements of the law.
Register Here


March 24th, 2:00 p.m. CDT - COVID-19 and Its Impact on Jobsite Health and Safety
ABC National Safety and Health Committee members discuss proactive approaches and share best practices employers and employees can implement to maintain a safe and healthy jobsite during the coronavirus pandemic.
Register Here

March 26th, 2:00 p.m. CDT - Navigating COVID-19 From the C-Suite Leader's Perspective
Hear how leaders from ABC’s Top Performers list are leading their organizations, addressing employee and jobsite health and safety challenges and managing their client concerns related to coronavirus.
Register Here


FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020


A CALL FOR HELP
We have received a call for help from the Iowa Department of Public Health to donate extra personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist health care providers and facilities in responding to the COVID-19 virus here in Iowa.

While any PPE materials will be welcomed, they are particularly looking for gloves, gowns, eye protection and masks. 

To donate PPE, please contact your county public health department or local emergency manager. 

  • For County emergency management agency information, click here.
  • For local health department contact information, click here.

This is a great opportunity to step up for our communities and our state. If you do donate PPE, please shoot us a note or a photo so we can highlight what you’re doing. 


PLUMBERS AND ELECTRICIANS DEEMED ESSENTIAL WORKERS
In case you missed it, the president and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued Coronavirus Guidance for America, identifying electricians and plumbers as essential critical infrastructure workers.



DICKINSON LAW OFFERS SUPPORT, GUIDANCE DURING UNCHARTED TIMES

As the COVID-19 situation continues to change around the state of Iowa, our firm wants to be part of the solution for our clients. We are writing to let you know that we are temporarily moving to a remote working environment at the close of business today for the safety of our employees and clients, however our firm remains committed and available to assist with any and all of your legal needs during this crisis.

Additionally, the team at Dickinson Law can advise clients on issues across different industries that may arise at this critical time, including:

  • HR and Employment
  • Insurance & Benefits Disputes
  • Business Litigation
  • General Corporate Issues
  • Cybersecurity, Data Breach, & Privacy
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Governance/Business Law
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy, Corporate Restructuring, and Creditor’s Rights
  • Trusts & Estates
     

We’ve also recently released COVID-19 blog entries to help you and your business navigate these uncharted times:

·    Trump Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act: How It Will Impact Employers*

·    SBA Disaster Business Loans – A Financial Lifeline for Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

·    Update: House Makes Significant Changes to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

·    House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act: How It Will Impact Employers

·    Even in Divorce, the Coronavirus is Everywhere

You can contact Dickinson Law at 515-244-2600, email them here, or visit their website, here.


THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020


IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SURVEYING BUSINESSES
Members: The Iowa Economic Development Authority is asking for your participation in their survey to help them assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. Please visit the 
survey link to weigh in. The agency has provided a guide for completing the survey, which was developed by the University of Northern Iowa Institute for Decision Making. The IEDA will use the information collected in the survey to inform its public policy in response to the crisis, as well as potential assistance to businesses. The deadline to complete the survey is March 23 at 5 p.m.
Click here to complete the survey.

ABC NATIONAL CREATES CORONAVIRUS UPDATE PAGE
In order to keep up ABC chapters and members up to date and provide access to accurate information from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and ABC's general counsel, Littler Mendelson, ABC has create the Coronavirus Update webpage.
Visit the webpage here.


 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020


EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION POSTPONED
The 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards Gala has been postponed, and will no longer be taking place on April 17th, 2020. Additional updates to come as more information becomes available.


CORONAVIRUS WEBINAR OFFERINGS
ABC has created a webinar series with industry experts to provide insights and guidance about the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

March 18th, 3:00 p.m. EDT - Construction Employer Responsibilities and OSHA Compliance During the Coronavirus Emergency
The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, and we are already hearing about construction employees testing positive on jobsites. Join ABC general counsel Maury Baskin and ABC OSHA counsel Brad Hammock for a webinar providing guidance to ABC members and chapter staff on employer and employee responsibilities as well as OSHA reporting and recording.
Register Here


March 19th, 3:00 p.m. EDT - The Economy in the Time of Coronavirus: The Near- and Longer-term Outlooks for the Economy and the Markets
Get the latest data on the spread of Covid-19, market responses and economic consequences from ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.
Register Here

March 20th, 3:00 p.m. EDT - Contract Issues and the Coronavirus
Do you know what the impact of Covid-19 is on your contract? Join David Pugh, partner at Bradley, for a webinar providing guidance to ABC members and chapter staff on the impact of coronavirus on contracts.
Register Here


 

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020


ABC OF IOWA CLASSES POSTPONED
Following the recommendations of Gov. Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC, ABC of Iowa classes at all of our training centers are postponed for a minimum of 2 weeks due to the COVID-19 virus.


IN-HOUSE CLASSES
If you are an ABC of Iowa member who participates in in-house classes, we do encourage you to follow the recommendations but ultimately, we will leave class scheduling to your discretion. If you continue to hold class, please have students sit a safe distance apart, sanitize the desks/tables and of course, don’t allow anyone to attend who is sick.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION 
At this time, our Continuing Education classes have been cancelled until the April 24th – 25th class in Ames. We will be in touch with those who have already registered to help them reschedule. Check our website for other opportunities for Continuing Education classes

 

We will continue to assess the situation and work with Iowa’s elected officials to move forward in a way that serves our ABC of Iowa members and the health of our students. Please check back to this page or follow our social media accounts for more updates - Facebook and Twitter

•    For information regarding ABC National’s Safety Committee recommendations, please visit ABC of Iowa's Safety website.

•    For Iowa-specific information, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website.

•    For more information about protecting yourself from COVID-19, visit the visit the Center for Disease Control’s website


Current students and employers with questions may reach Ginny at (515) 985-1175 or [email protected].