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Hundreds Of Construction Firms Across The Country Hold Coronavirus Safety Stand Downs To Protect Workers And The Public

Associated General Contractors of America Organized the Nationwide Safety Stand Down to Make Sure Firms and Workers Know, and Follow, All Coronavirus-Related Safety Procedures and Practices Hundreds of construction firms across the country are stopping work today to hold what are called safety stand downs focusing on ways to protect construction workers and the public […]

Construction Layoffs Spread Rapidly As Coronavirus Shuts Down Projects In Contrast To Job Gains Through February In Most Metros

Association Officials Urge Quick Enactment of Infrastructure Investment, Relief for Hard-Hit Firms and Pensions in Order to Save Jobs in Construction and Supplier Industries More than a quarter of construction firms responding to an online survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America last week reported they had furloughed or terminated jobsite workers because […]

Construction as an Essential Industry

The federal government recently released a list detailing “critical infrastructure industries” whose workers are “essential” and should continue normal work schedules. Although the document lists industries for which construction is absolutely critical, our industry was not explicitly included. Even though the list “is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard […]

US DOL Publishes Emergency Paid Leave Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) […]

February Rise In Construction Outlays Contrasts With Pandemic-driven Collapse In March As Owners, Government Orders Shut Down Projects

Survey Finds Contractors Face Shortages of Materials and Workers, Delivery Delays and Cancellations;  Association Officials Urge Additional Measures to Help Workers, Firms and the Economy to Recover Construction spending in February increased 6.0 percent from February 2019, with year-over-year gains in both residential and nonresidential outlays, according to a new analysis of federal data released today […]

AGC, Others, Push OSHA to Stop Treating Coronavirus Positives as Reportable Incidents & Calls for Flexibility for Firms Running Short of N95 Masks

AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), is pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. Instead, healthcare providers should be required to report these cases on their logs because they are in direct contact […]

Update on Federal Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201

On March 20, Treasury, IRS and DOL announced their intent to implement these new mandates. Items to note: SMALL BUSINESS EXEMPTIONS: It appears that guidance/regulations will be issued from the Secretary of Labor to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the leave requirements relating to school closings or child care unavailability where the […]

Summary of Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201

On March 18, 2020, Congress approved and the president signed into law legislation that includes mandates for employer-fronted federal paid leave—emergency sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave described below. These requirements take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. However, the legislative environment remains fluid. The Senate could […]

AGC of America Update: Best Practices, Defense and Civilian Agencies & AGC Survey

COVID-19 Best Practices for Construction Jobsites Personal Responsibilities Social Distancing Jobsite / Office Practices Managing Sick Employees Government Resources Vendor Resources For detailed practices, click here and here. Defense and Civilian Agencies Respond to AGC’s Request for Guidance for Direct Federal Contractors USACE, GSA, and others provide guidance and planning for potential contract impacts due […]

AGC Opposes House-Passed Paid Leave Proposal

In a March 16, 2020 letter to the Senate, AGC stressed the need to address the 14 weeks of employer-fronted paid leave mandated under the House-passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Corona virus Response Act, and to offer workable solutions. AGC cannot support a Senate product that includes this House-passed proposal in H.R. 6201 and […]