A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:
I wanted to let you know that I have been in contact with the AGC of America since last week concerning the corona virus. I was particularly interested in understanding what actions they have taken on issues centered around paid sick leave, reportable incidents under OSHA regulations and other related issues. Below you will find an email from Steve Sandherr, CEO of the AGC of America, addressing these issues and other associated with this virus. Additionally, they have posted an AGC-A corona website (below) which will help inform you on other aspects of this matter.
Be assured that we will be keeping you informed of any new developments as they arise.
Here’s what the AGC of America has so far:
- Established a microsite on agc.org that is updated as circumstances warrant. You can see it here.
- During a call with the Secretary of Labor last Thursday, I asked him to withdraw the announced OSHA policy that employees who tested positive had to be treated as a reportable incident. I explained the impact that would have on insurance premiums, on owners evaluating safety records, and the logic that an employer can control many things on a jobsite but they can’t control the spreading of a virus. On Friday the policy was slightly altered but it needs to be withdrawn. We are going back to his office with a renewed request and we are looking at additional, labor, HR and safety policies that need attention at this time.
- As I write this, Ken Simonson and Brian Turmail are working on a survey to be sent out all members, asking them to tell us of supply chain disruptions and other negative consequences resulting from the virus. This will go out in the next day or two and we ask that you encourage your member firms to participate.
- With respect to the paid sick leave requirement in the House passed response bill, we are reaching out to Senate offices to see if we can mitigate the impact on construction firms.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.