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MCAA Offers Materials to Prepare You in the Event the Stay on OSHA’s ETS on COVID-19 Is Lifted

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 on November 5, 2021. While the standard has been temporarily stayed by the Fifth Circuit, MCAA wants to help mechanical construction, service, and fabrication shop employers prepare in the unlikely event the stay is temporarily lifted and OSHA decides to initiative enforcement. To that end, we’ve prepared this Safety Bulletin offering a quick overview of potential impacts and a Model COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Both are now available free to members as a benefit of membership.

5th Circuit Court Issues New Order Continuing Stay

On Friday, November 12, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit continued its stay on the implementation of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates and testing pending a full review of the request for a permanent injunction. It also directed OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce the mandate until further court order.” MCAA will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

OSHA ETS on COVID-19 Stayed, Delaying Enforcement

On November 6, 2021, the attorneys general in ten states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa) sued the Biden administration over the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 that would have been effective immediately. As anticipated, the ETS has been stayed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. MCAA members won’t have to worry about enforcement until the courts hear, and rule on, the lawsuits.

SFW Task Force Provides Additional COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The Safer Federal Workforce (SFW) Task Force issued more detailed compliance guidance for direct Federal prime contractors and subcontractors performing on direct Federal contracts subject to the COVID-19 employee vaccination mandates under the Biden Administration’s Executive Order 14042. MCAA summarizes the November 1, 2021, guidance.

OSHA Issues Highly Anticipated COVID-19 ETS

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19. This ETS is effective immediately, although all aspects of the standard, other than testing, are enforceable starting December 5, 2021. Testing requirements become enforceable starting January 4, 2022.

Pre-Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements on Direct Federal Agency Prime Contracts and Subcontracts

The MCAA along with Lori Ann Lange and Lauren Rayner Davis of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. present a webinar on the recent federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The mandate requires covered government contractor and subcontractor employees working on or in connection with a federal government contract or subcontract over $250,000 to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021. The webinar addresses key issues regarding the applicability of the vaccine mandate and what contractors and subcontractors need to do to comply.

Earlier News & Resources

White House Lifts COVID-19 Travel Bans for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

On October 25, 2021, the White House revoked the prior COVID-19 travel restrictions and announced that as of November 8, 2021, international travelers traveling to the U.S. by air will be permitted to enter the U.S. if they are fully vaccinated, can present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their entry into the United States, and agree to comply with public health precautions established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. to Lift COVID-19 Travel Ban to Allow Fully Vaccinated Travelers

On October 15, 2021, the White House announced that as of November 8, 2021, the COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travelers coming into the United States will be lifted for those who are fully vaccinated or can present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their entry into the United States.

UA International Training Fund’s Preparedness Plan for In-Person Training

The Trustees of the UA International Training Fund (ITF) are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, instructors, and students participating in training events sponsored by the ITF. To ensure safe and healthy training, the ITF has developed and adopted the following Preparedness Plan.

Biden Administration COVID Vaccination Mandates Update

MCAA has updates to two items relevant to the Biden Administration’s recent COVID vaccination mandates, including a Federal contract clause and guidance on health plan coverage issues relating to vaccinations.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Issued September 24, 2021 by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force

The Safer Federal Workforce (SFW) Task Force, established by President Biden in Executive Order 13991 (January 20, 2021), issued COVID-19 Safety Guidance on September 24, 2021, in furtherance of the Federal prime contractor and subcontractor vaccination issued by the President in Executive Order (EO) 14042 issued on September 9, 2021.

MCAA’s Safety & Health Initiative Highlights OSHA & CMS Response to the Vaccination Mandates

MCAA’s Safety & Health Initiative explains how the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are responding to the new vaccination mandates projected to affect two-thirds of American workers.

Alston & Bird Summarizes the Biden Vaccine Initiatives Announced September 9, 2021

President Biden’s speech detailing a national strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic introduced two executive orders and certain administrative actions that will increase mandates for vaccination in both government and private workplaces. Alston & Bird summarizes these measures and provides links to additional resources.

Digest of the Biden Administration’s Executive Order 14042 and Copy of the EO

The Biden Administration’s Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, Executive Order 14042 issued September 9, 2021, applies to direct Federal prime contracts above $250,000 and all lower tier subcontracts for work performed at the project site and facilities where work is performed pertaining to covered prime contracts and subcontracts. It does not apply to Federally assisted contracts or suppliers on covered prime contracts. The EO pertains to both prime and subcontractors, irrespective of total employment, while the other Biden Administration EO on vaccination applies to all employers (Federal contractors or subcontractors or otherwise) who employ 100 or more workers. MCAA will keep you apprised on regulatory developments along this ambitious and unique regulatory schedule.

MCAA and the UA Issue Message Supporting COVID Vaccination

MCAA President Armand Kilijian and UA General President Mark McManus issued a message highlighting the importance of the COVID vaccine to protect not only ourselves and our families, but our jobsites, our fellow members and contractors, and our end users.

OSHA Releases COVID-19 ETS Inspection Procedures & Enforcement Policies

If OSHA’s new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 applies to your company, it may be helpful to understand what the agency’s compliance officers are looking for when they are inspecting affected workplaces, and how they are directed to issue citations for violations of the standard.

Withum Webinar Will Share What All Businesses Need to Know About ERC and PPP

Pandemic legislation has created significant opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. Rules ever changing, the programs have been shaped time and time again. Spend one hour with Withum experts as they detail some of the programs which have been most beneficial to businesses. The free webinar takes place June 28, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT.

OSHA COVID-19 ETS & New Guidance for Employers Not Covered by the Standard

OSHA recently released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 covering settings where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. Contractors providing healthcare support services, such as equipment and facility maintenance, may have to comply with several provisions in the ETS. However, the standard does not apply to “well-defined hospital ambulatory care settings” where all employees are fully vaccinated, all non-employees are screened prior to entry, and people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted to enter those settings. Contractors whose employees are not providing healthcare support services are exempt from the ETS. However, OSHA has updated its guidelines for employers based on the most current guidance from the CDC. Employers are urged to comply with the updated guidelines.

OSHA Releases ETS on COVID-19 and Healthcare Facility Ventilation Requirements

OSHA’s recently presented Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 (ETS) describes specific requirements for healthcare facility ventilation systems. The requirements apply to employers who own or control buildings or structures with an existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system(s) where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. If your company provides HVAC services for an affected employer, the contents of the ETS ventilation provision may be helpful to you.

Stay Prepared with Cohen Seglias’ Material Cost Escalation Package

Every day, the construction attorneys at Cohen Seglias are approached by clients as to how to address the current crisis due to the significant fluctuation in pricing in construction materials, equipment, and energy. The Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group at Cohen Seglias has prepared a material price escalation package to help contractors weather the storm.

OSHA Suspends Recordkeeping Enforcement of Adverse Reactions to Employer Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations

DOL, OSHA, and other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to discourage workers from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, or disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. The agency will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Are Vaccinated Workers Exempt From COVID-19 Infection Control Measures?

OSHA is reviewing recent CDC guidance and will update their website accordingly. However, until those updates are completed, the agency is referring affected employers to the “CDC guidance for information on measures appropriate to protect fully vaccinated workers.” The highlights of the guidance published by the CDC follow.

Mask Mandates Are Falling – What Are Employers To Do?

On May 13, 2021 the CDC unexpectedly recommended that, with limited exceptions, fully vaccinated individuals can resume all indoor and outdoor activities without wearing masks or social distancing, except where required by law or workplace guidance. In response to the confusion created by differing State and Federal guidelines, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. has prepared an overview for employers so they can create policies for addressing the vaccination status of their employees.

Loosening of CDC’s Face Covering Recommendations Do Not Alter Employer Compliance Obligations

The CDC recently changed its recommendations regarding the use of face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals. Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated individuals, in most cases, no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or out, or practice social distancing. However, the loosening of the agency’s COVID-19 face covering recommendations do not change affected employers’ OSHA compliance obligations. Masks and distancing are still mandatory “where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

What to Consider Before Requiring Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

In most states employers may legally require their workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations, provided that they make reasonable accommodations for medical or religious objections. However, doing so could result in negative consequences, so there are several items your company should consider before deciding whether to require their workers to get vaccinated.

Adverse Reactions to Employer Mandated COVID-19 Vaccines Are OSHA Recordable Cases

If your company is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it runs the risk of acquiring recordable illness cases. OSHA considers employees’ negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines to be “work-related” and therefore subject to recordkeeping and reporting mandates when an employer “requires” the vaccination.

Post COVID-19 Vaccine Jobsite Safety Guidelines

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Some individuals may experience side effects, but they are typically short lived. For the most part, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the short duration side effects. With more Americans receiving the vaccines every day it is important to start planning for the post vaccine era. These guidelines are intended to help you do just that, but it is likely that they will change several times over the coming months, so please continuously watch for updates from MCAA.

CDC Alters Guidelines on Facility Cleaning & Disinfection for COVID-19

The CDC has revised its guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces, and it’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. However, it has been determined that the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The CDC now believes that the most reliable way to prevent infection is to regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizers.

Join MCAA and Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, April 19-23, 2021

The purpose of the week is to support the CDC’s campaign to raise awareness about the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC is providing an Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit to help affected employers educate their workers about COVID-19 vaccines.

Be Prepared for OSHA’s COVID-19 Special Emphasis Program (SEP) Enforcement!

The new administration is putting a lot of pressure on OSHA to perform COVID-19 related inspections and enforce the agency’s guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. OSHA’s new Special Emphasis Program (SEP) on COVID-19 gives the agency the impetus it needs to do just that. Employers should prepare for the possibility of unprogrammed and programmed COVID-19 inspections.

What to Look for in OSHA’s COVID-19 NEP

Here’s what mechanical contractors should know about OSHA’s new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on enforcing worker protections against COVID-19.

OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program to Protect High Risk Workers from COVID-19

The new administration’s January 21, 2021 Executive Order Protecting Worker Safety and Health required OSHA to evaluate it’s COVID-19 enforcement actions and make improvements where necessary. In response, OSHA has launched a national emphasis program focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 3/9/21

National accounting firm Withum shares some recent developments from the IRS with respect to the ERC and one PPP development.

Withum COVID-19 Update – 3/4/21

National accounting firm Withum shares information about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Interim Final Rule and updated FAQs.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 02/24/2021

National accounting firm Withum shares some thoughts on recent developments related to the PPP, PPP2, Loan Forgiveness, and Employee Retention Tax Credits.

COVID-19 vaccine for employees: Can you require it? Should you require it? Can you offer incentives to encourage it?

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) shared information regarding these important questions. Before deciding to require employees to have the COVID-19 vaccination, employers should consider possible implications, and may decide to encourage or incentivize, rather than mandate, employee vaccination.

Need the Bottom Line on OSHA’s Recent COVID-19 Guidance? MCAA’s Summary Has It

OSHA recently released guidance to help employers protect their workers and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. MCAA’s new summary highlights the bottom line items in the areas of COVID-19 Prevention Programs, Return to Work Criteria, Social Distancing Measures, Engineering Controls, Face Coverings and PPE, and Sanitization, Cleaning, and Disinfecting Practices.

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance to help employers implement strategies to navigate the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. This publication identifies established ADA and Rehabilitation Act principles to answer questions frequently asked about the workplace during a pandemic.

OSHA Guidance to Help Reduce the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Construction Industry

Take a few minutes this week to remind your workers how to help protect themselves and prevent spreading the virus.

OSHA Guidance on Mitigating & Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The recently released OSHA guidance is aimed at helping employers and workers identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 and determine appropriate control measures to implement in the workplace. The guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of compulsory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthy workplace.

MCAA’s COVID-19 Safety Stand Down Will Emphasize Pandemic Safety

Safety is top priority for MCAA member companies, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCAA’s COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from February 1-5, 2021 will revisit the protective measures and MCAA safety resources associated with COVID-19. A series of resources will help you provide the necessary information about COVID-19 risks, protective measures, forthcoming vaccines, and vaccine administration phases to your workers. Also included is information to help you remind your state and local officials that mechanical construction work is both safe and essential, and must continue to be categorized that way.

Alston & Bird Issues Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccines: Seven Questions for Employers

As COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use become more widely available, employers face the question of how to address their employees’ vaccination status. Alston & Bird has issued a Labor & Employment Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccines: Seven Questions for Employers. In it, they review emerging legal and practical issues that all employers should consider as they make decisions about how to address this important matter.

MCAA/NECA/SMACNA Release White Paper on Project-Specific Loss of Productivity Analysis Methodologies

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) have aligned the MEP trades in a collaborative effort to bring to you and the construction industry the attached white paper, “Project-Specific Loss of Productivity Analysis Methodologies”.

H.R. 133 Offers Relief, Opportunities and Challenges Going into 2021

The $2.3 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) provides badly needed COVID economic relief, construction market stimulus and a forward-looking prospect for market recovery in public sector infrastructure investments as the pandemic recedes. In a memo to the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, Chair Jim Gaffney provided a summary digest of the items most likely to impact MCAA members and the MCAA policy agenda. The President is seeking greater individual stimulus checks, so there may be an amendment or veto, but this summary will stand for most of what will be the final result. Correction: The latest COVID relief measure signed into law Sunday does not extend the requirement that employers offer paid sick and family leave as required under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act passed last March as erroneously reported in the MCAA summary published in the Weekly Update on December 28, 2020. The latest COVID bill extends only the availability of the refundable tax credit as under the FFCRA until the end of March 2021 for those employers voluntarily providing such paid leave after December 31, 2020. MCAA regrets the error.

Congress Expected to Pass Stimulus Package. Watch Withum’s December 23rd Webinar Covering Package Details On-Demand.

Experts from Withum’s SBA Financial Services and Tax Services teams navigate through the myriad of provisions included in the more than 5,000 page legislative package finalized mid-December

COVID-19 Rocked Our Economy. What’s Next? Get An Economic Update From Anirban Basu.

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MCAA Calls on Congress For Technical Correction Addressing Tax Treatment of Loan Forgiveness

MCAA joins the coalition of 683 groups (as of December 10, 2020) calling on Congress to pass legislation ensuring that expenses associated with PPP loan forgiveness are tax deductible. We continue to share the letter with colleagues and state/regional/local affiliates, hoping to grow the support and push Congress to enact legislation before the end of the year.

CDC Issues New Guidance on Quarantine of Individuals Exposed to Persons with COVID-19

On December 2, 2020, the CDC acknowledged three adverse consequences of the 14-day quarantine for individuals who might have had “close contact” with a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19. Lindabury’s Labor & Employment team have prepared a summary outlining the details.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines on When to Quarantine

The CDC recently updated its guidelines on when to quarantine following exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The new guidelines indicate that people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months, should quarantine immediately.

Withum’s Latest Developments with the PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar

Withum’s SBA Financial Assistance Services Team held a webinar on November 20, 2020 discussing the latest developments with the SBA Loan Forgiveness Application submissions. We have provided the recording to the webinar along with the presentation slides.

SBA Announces Loan Necessity Questionnaire for PPP Borrowers of $2M or More

On October 26, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a 30-Day “information collection” regulatory notice (85 FR, 67809-67810) with various forms implementing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program under the CARES Act.

OSHA Provides New COVID-19 Guidance Regarding Workplace Ventilation

OSHA recently issued new guidance on how to use workplace ventilation systems to reduce exposures to the coronavirus, including efficiency targets for air filters and recommendations for fan use. The guidance calls for employers to install HVAC filters with minimum efficiency reporting value ratings of “13 or higher, where feasible,” and to “consider using” high-efficiency particulate air fan and filtration systems, “especially in higher-risk areas.”

New Research Shows that Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 Can Occur When Conditions are Right

The CDC recently reported that airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur in rare cases under just the right circumstances. In most cases, the virus is transmitted from one person to another in droplet form, and occurs when affected individuals are less than six feet away from the source for 15 minutes or more. However, new research indicates that when exposure occurs in enclosed spaces, exposure time is greater than 30 minutes, and some kind of expiratory exertion is taking place, such as shouting, singing, or exercising, the virus can be transmitted in aerosol form (smaller particles suspended in air).

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 10/12/2020

As the very public debate in Congress regarding another stimulus bill rolls on, Withum wanted to share an update issued late last week by the SBA, in conjunction with the Department of Treasury. With lobbying groups, lenders, and borrowers long-since advocating for a more simple forgiveness process, specifically for smaller loans, the SBA took this into their own hands late last week, as they released a new interim final rule (“IFR”).

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program Loans

The Alston & Bird Health Care Group details how changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the AAP loan program delays repayment obligations for all health care providers and suppliers that received AAP loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important MCAA 2021 Convention Update

This year has certainly challenged us all. COVID-19 has forced us all to change and adapt, to re-invent the way we provide services and resources and change the way we learn. Thanks to your MCAA Officers, Board of Directors and dedicated national staff, MCAA has not skipped a beat. Considering the safety of MCAA members, the association and our industry partners, it was decided that the MCAA 2021 Annual Convention will be cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19. Instead, MCAA will hold the first MCAA Virtual Education Conference.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 9/17/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some thoughts on the deductibility of PPP expenses.

See DEWALT’s Recent Newsletter with a LinkedIn Live Event on September 16

Please see the most-recent DEWALT Newsletter with a LinkedIn Live event scheduled for this Wednesday, September 16 in support of SAFETY WEEK.

Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral

MCAA partner Littler shares information on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s recent guidance for employers with respect to the deferral of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes.

Medical Screenings During COVID-19

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) reports more than 80,000 Americans have failed to get their proper medical screenings during this time. As a result, CTCA is seeing more late stage cancer diagnosis. Making for harder treatment protocols and potentially worse outcomes.

Recent Revisions to MCAA’s Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan

REVISED August 12, 2020

MCAA’s Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan was again revised to address changes to CDC guidance and add additional COVID-19 safety resources to the plan. MCAA recommends that you evaluate these changes to ensure that your company’s program is current. Revisions were made to the actual MCAA Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan and to the accompanying documents.

Law Office of Adele Abrams Newsletter – August 20, 2020

MCAA partner Adele Abrams has released the Law Office of Adele Abrams Newsletter dated August 20, 2020. The latest newsleter includes articles on OSHA Use of NWS Chart for Heat Stress Invalidated and Updates Affecting Marijuana in the Workplace.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide

As many buildings are preparing to reopen during this pandemic, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has updated its reopening “Building Readiness” guidance for HVAC systems to help mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Specific updated recommendations to the building readiness guidance include the following: Pre- and Post- Flushing Strategy, Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems Operation, and Building Readiness Modes of Operation for the Building.

8/17 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 17 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 8/13/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on some new PPP loan developments.

Withum Update – SBA Releases New FAQs on Loan Forgiveness

On August 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in conjunction with the Treasury Department, released 23 frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

8/10 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 10 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

8/3 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 3 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Train Your COVID-19 Symptom Screeners with MCAA’s New Screener Training Resource

To protect your company it is critically important to establish a consistent process for conducting screening and promote workplace safety; adopt measures to mitigate risk; and be mindful of employee relations considerations. Temperature and symptom screeners play an important role in accomplishing these objectives, so it’s a good idea to ensure that they are properly trained.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 7/29/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on some new developments.

Revised CDC Guidelines for Discontinuing COVID-19 Isolation and Precautions

Recent research indicates that individuals with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptoms began; and individuals with severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptoms began. Based on these findings, the CDC has made changes to their guidelines regarding discontinuing COVID-19 isolation and precautions for non-healthcare settings.

Joint Response to Critique of Groom Law Group’s Paper on Composite Plans

In a joint letter to the Congress, the national labor/management coalition responded to the Western Council of Teamsters rebuttal of the Groom Law Group paper of Composite Plans. This July 31, 2020 version of the letter contains update analysis of the 5500 filings of the median critical and declining status plans.

7/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 27 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Reopening Guide for Schools, Universities

As schools prepare to reopen for the fall academic year, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has developed HVAC systems operation guidance to help mitigate the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 7/20/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update of where we are today and the EIDL loan program.

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance on Wage And Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave As Workplaces Reopen

On Monday, July 20, the U.S. Department of Labor published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) includes commonly asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws.

7/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

DeWALT COVID-19 Response: Tougher Together in the Fight Against COVID-19

DeWALT is committed to supporting MCAA members in the fight against COVID-19. They have supplied a COVID-19 Response with tool cleaning guides, safety product listings, service procedures, on-going training, and several featured stories. DeWALT has you covered with informative materials to help us through these rapidly evolving times.

DeWALT COVID Tool Cleaning Guides

The way DeWALT works is changing, but their commitment to service isn’t. DeWALT is here to support MCAA members through evolving situations, rules, and safety requirements. They have you covered with the informative materials that will guide you through the proper way to clean and sanitize tools on the jobsite. Watch this short tutorial and review the guidelines below for the proper way to sanitize your tools.

7/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 13 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Protect Your Workers From Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning everyone about hand sanitizers made with methanol. The substance, which is a form of alcohol, is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Last month the FDA listed a number of hand sanitizers made by Eskbiochem that contain methanol. This month the agency is expanding that list to include sanitizers made by other companies.

A PAC Update from MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chairman, Jim Gaffney

In March, as a majority of the country slowed down, the MCAA Government Affairs Committee continued to work tirelessly meeting with countless Congressional and Senate office’s remotely to push our agenda forward. The committee has been working on COVID-19 cost increases on Federal projects, change orders in the NDAA, pension issues, and the PBGC just to mention a few.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 7/7/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares opening of Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) news.

7/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 6 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 7/2/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on a variety of issues.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 7/1/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on a variety of issues.

IRS Announces Additional Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans

The IRS has released Notice 2020-50, which offers added guidance and relief for retirement plan participants taking pandemic-related distributions and loans under the CARES Act. Notice 2020-50 expands the definition of qualified individuals under the Act and provides guidance regarding coronavirus-related distributions and loans. Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. have prepared a summary outlining

6/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Help Avoid and Defend Against COVID-19 Lawsuits by Following OSHA, CDC, and Other Guidelines

The nation’s employment attorneys are anticipating an onslaught of lawsuits over workplace exposures to COVID-19. To help avoid these lawsuits, and mount an affirmative defense if they do occur, it is recommended that employers develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control plan.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/25/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding a new safe harbor for FTEs.

6/25 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 25 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/23/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information about a new IFR (Interim Final Ruling) released on June 23rd regarding the Covered Period for the forgiveness process on PPP loans.

FDA Advises Against Hand Sanitizers Made by Eskbiochem

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico may contain methanol (wood alcohol), which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

6/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 22 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/19/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the new PPP loan forgiveness application, as well as a new Bill introduced in Congress.

New OSHA COVID-19 Publication – Guidance on Returning to Work

OSHA recently released the new COVID-19 publication Guidance on Returning to Work. The publication addresses planning for reopening, applicable OSHA standards, employer FAQs, and much more.

Withum Update – SBA Releases Updated PPP Loan Forgiveness Application(s)

On June 17, 2020 the SBA issued not one, but two PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications and sets of instructions – the revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions (PPP Application) and the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form EZ and instructions (PPP EZ Application). Withum shares a breakdown of the differences and changes.

6/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 18 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/18/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the roll out of the Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”).

COVID-19 Critical Industries Requirements for Mechanical Contractors – Summary Report

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Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/17/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding a new IFR and an EIDL update.

6/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 15 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Questions & Answers from MCAA’s Webinar #17: Legal Issues Concerning COVID-19 Employee Screening

Excellent questions surfaced in MCAA’s Webinar #17: Legal Issues Concerning COVID-19 Employee Screening, which was presented on May 28, 2020 by Littler law firm attorney, Brad Hammock. See those questions and answers provided below.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/11/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the accounting for PPP loans.

6/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 11 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Acceptable Alternatives to Cloth Face Coverings When Deemed Inappropriate for COVID-19 Protection

Where cloth face coverings are not appropriate in the work environment or during certain tasks (e.g., because they could become contaminated or exacerbate heat illness), OSHA allows employers to provide alternative PPE, such as face shields and/or surgical masks.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/9/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.

6/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 8 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/8/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/4/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 that borrowers need to consider.

6/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 4 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/3/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a bit of breaking news – PPP Flexibility Act Passes the Senate!

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 6/2/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares news regarding the current status of the PPP loan program.

6/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 1 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/30/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares news regarding the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. of 2020.

5/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/28/2020

National accounting firm Withum shares a news snippet from last week’s Interim Final Ruling (IFR 14) on PPP Loan Forgiveness that could prove to be significant for borrowers.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/27/2020

National accounting firm Withum wants to pass along some news regarding the status of the PPP program, as well as an issue regarding EIDL loans.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/26/2020

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a new Interim Final Ruling (IFR) that was released on Friday, May 22nd.

5/26 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 26 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MSCA Member Offers COVID-19 Barrier Masks

Triangle Enterprises, Inc. is offering both typical and fire-retardant barrier masks. The company converted part of its production to making the masks to help with the shortages brought on by COVID-19.

5/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 22 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/22/2020

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a meaningful potential change to the PPP Program.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/21/2020

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a meaningful change to the forgiveness calculation that was subtly put forward on the new application.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/20/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with a deep dive on the FTE rehire rule, a provision that may be meaningful for many borrower.

5/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

OSHA Revises COVID-19 Enforcement Plan

OSHA recently revised its plan for enforcing safe workplace requirements concerning COVID-19. The memorandum the agency sent to its regional administrators provides instructions and guidance for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. The previous COVID-19 enforcement guidance document sent to the regional administrators back in April has been rescinded.

OSHA Revises Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19

OSHA recently sent revised enforcement guidance to it’s regional administrators regarding affected employers’ obligation to record and report work-related cases of COVID-19. The memorandum makes it clear that employers must make a good faith effort to determine whether a case of COVID-19 is work-related, and if so, record and report the illnesses if the other required recording/recording criteria also applies.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/18/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with information on significant updates/clarifications to the forgiveness calculation that came out late on Friday, May 15.

5/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 18 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/15/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with information on forgiveness and a clarification on loan proceeds.

Caution Your Workers About Exposure to COVID-Disinfecting Chemicals

Some of the chemicals being used to disinfect jobsite surfaces can cause COVID-19 like symptoms in recently disinfected areas without adequate ventilation and/or other protective measures.

A message of gratitude from MCAA to all our essential workers

5/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 15 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Two New Sources for COVID-19 PPE

There are two new sources of COVID-19 PPE, cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, etc. for MCAA members. One is the company MONTCO and the other is long-time MCAA partner RESCUE ONE. Both companies are credible, reliable, and have good relationships with MCAA.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/14/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with an analysis of FAQ 46, one of the more meaningful FAQs that has been received in the last few weeks addressing eligibility.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/13/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with some news on the recently proposed HEROES Act.

5/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 13 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Using and Keeping Track of Loan Proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

Cohen Seglias’ Labor & Employment Group have released a Q&A on the PPP program with an eye towards using and tracking the proceeds.

Construction Employers Composite Plan Letter

Mechanical Contractors Association of America teamed up with industry partners in a joint letter to Congress regarding the multiemployer pension plans, which provide retirement benefits to over 10 million Americans.

Cohen Seglias Releases COVID-19 Resource Package 3.0

Cohen Seglias’ Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group prepared sample notice letters for use on jobs where construction has or is about to resume under pre-existing contracts. Also included in this packet is sample language to add to change orders and monthly releases.

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Standards Recognition Entity Application Portal

On May 11, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) online application and updated resources, the same day that the IRAP rule goes into effect.

Withum Webinar: PPP Forgiveness Guidance Expected to be Released Mid-May

With anticipation of additional guidance being released by the SBA, Withum invites you to join the SBA and Federal Tax Policy experts for a discussion regarding the PPP loan forgiveness process. This webinar will address the new up to the minute guidance in detail, focusing on the knowns, the unknowns, and the strategies for borrowers to make sure they are maximizing their forgiveness through their 8-week covered period.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/12/2020

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with some news on the status of the PPP and comments from the SBA’s Inspector General.

5/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 11 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/8/2020

National accounting firm, Withum has provided MCAA with some news on their upcoming Calculating Forgiveness webinar, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, rumors on changes to the PPP, FAQs complexities and a new FAQ.

Critical Change to CDC’s Discontinuing Isolation Guideline

Based on new COVID-19 research the CDC has recently changed their guidelines regarding discontinuing isolation for individuals with symptoms of the virus who are caring for themselves at home. The CDC’s change increases the period of recommended isolation by 3 days, from 7 to 10 days after symptoms begin. Please be sure to change your company’s COVID-19 exposure control plans accordingly.

5/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 8 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Withum COVID-19 Bill Update – 5/6/2020

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department have issued updates on two FAQs regarding the eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans for public and privately owned companies and eligibility for firms that have access to other adequate sources of liquidity.

ASME and AWS Extension of Unemployed Welders’ Continuity Due to COVID-19

ASME and AWS have extended the continuity requirements for unemployed welders and brazers.  The announcements cover both ASME and AWS code cases and provide chapter secretaries with guidelines for recording continuity records of unemployed welders.

5/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 6 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Webinar #11: Future Planning for the Service Industry Virtual Roundtable – Michael Rosone, Mike McHenry, Mike Star, Rich Happel, David Geith, Pete Chaney

A panel of MSCA leaders led an open and enlightening discussion on the “new normal” and how best to prepare your service company for the unchartered road ahead. They shared unique strategies and forward-thinking ideas that are being implemented now.

FAQs on Eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program

Below are two recently issued Frequently Asked Questions published by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department on eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans for public and privately owned companies and eligibility for firms that have access to other adequate sources of liquidity. The after-the-fact guidance issued on April 24 and April 28 is causing some degree of confusion among firms that have already applied for and been granted PPP loans before publication of this criteria.

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Are Flammable

Using an effective hand sanitizer is one of the most important things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true on construction jobsites and in mechanical service areas where there is no running water.

5/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 4 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

5/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 1 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

A&B 50-State Openings Tracker

Alston & Bird has published their April 29 edition of their A&B 50-State Openings Tracker, along with details and links for quick reference.

Prepare to Reopen America with ASSE 12060 Water Quality Program Training

Get prepared to reopen America with training and certification in the ASSE 12060 Water Quality Program for Contractors and Tradespeople. This training and certification opportunity is ideal for contractors whose companies perform plumbing service, HVAC service, and sprinkler fitting. Key elements of the class are Implementing the CDC Toolkit, Recommissioning of All Buildings, Risk Assessment of All Systems, and Sampling Procedures.

4/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Webinar #10: Project Management Tools for Remote Work – Travis Voss and Doug Smith

Although most construction work has been deemed essential, project managers are not allowed to visit or inspect job sites. This quick webinar, moderated by MCAA Director of Innovative Technologies, Sean McGuire, explores several tools that project managers are using to help maintain efficiency while working remotely. Travis Voss, leader of Innovative Technologies at Mechanical Inc,

Updated MILWAUKEE TOOL COVID-19 Resource Guide

MCAA’s long-time partner Milwaukee Tool has updated their COVID-19 Resource Guide to include additional content on best practices for remote meetings, eSERVICE tool repairs and digital training resources.

4/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 27 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Hygiene Controls in the Workplace

MCAA partner CNA is sharing its risk control bulletin on Hygiene Controls in the Workplace with MCAA members. The bulletin addresses known hazards, Workplace recovery, personal hygiene and protection planning, and important reminders.

Second Chance at Paycheck Protection Program Loan

As the new Senate bill was passed by the House on April 23, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) gained additional emergency funds. MCAA partners and law firm, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., provide an overview of the program application and loan forgiveness requirements to assist MCAA members.

4/24 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 24 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Epidemic Rider For Negotiated Subcontracts and Response to Proposals

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. has prepared a Rider for MCAA members to include in a response to a proposal or an actual subcontracting agreement to take into account the risk to the parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Re-Opening Buildings Safely After COVID-19 Shutdown

As buildings are reopening after being shut down or used less during the pandemic, there is an inherent risk to the water and air systems. MCAA has drafted a comprehensive sample letter for our contractors to download and customize as needed before sending to building owners as they prepare to re-open their buildings in the safest way.

4/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 22 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Questions & Answers from MCAA’s Webinar #8: COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement Preparation

Several great questions came out of MCAA’s Webinar #8: COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement Preparation, which was presented on April 17, 2020. See those questions and the answers provided by attorney and presenter Adele Abrams.

Webinar #9: COVID-19 Selling in Turbulent Times – Jim Bartolotta, Dave Bavisotto, Jaimi Lomas and Wayne Turchetta

A panel of past MSCA board members and service contractors lead an informative session on refocusing your service sales priorities and implementing unique and proactive sales strategies.

CII Webinar: The COVID-19 Workforce Challenge

The recent COVID outbreak has created unprecedented human capital challenges for the construction industry, especially as to how owners and contractors manage their workforce in the context of project suspensions and early termination of contracts. Balancing the required adjustments in the workplace with HR policies, while tackling talent retention, workforce planning and knowledge management is therefore critical to recovery efforts and building resiliency.

4/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Webinar #8: COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement Preparation – Adele Abrams

As positive cases of COVID-19 increase around the nation there is speculation that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase its enforcement efforts. The agency will want to ensure that employers are making a good faith effort to help protect their workers from contracting the virus.

4/17 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 17 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Webinar #7: The Effects of COVID-19 on Construction Contracts – Notice, Contract Clauses, Schedule and Productivity Impacts – Paul Stynchcomb, William Ibbs and Douglas L. Patin

Panelists Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC, of The Ibbs Consulting Group, Professor William Ibbs, Ph.D. of The Ibbs Consulting Group and Douglas L. Patin, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, a national construction law firm that serves mechanical trades, discuss ways to maneuver through contract clauses and analyses of various impacts that may arise

Specific Foreign Made N95 Type Respirator Use is Permissible for COVID-19 Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) respiratory protection standard requires respirators used by workers to be certified by OSHA’s research arm, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). However, that requirement has been suspended temporarily due to a shortage of NIOSH-certified N95 respirators in the United States. OSHA, in agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently released guidance to their regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions.

4/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 15 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Webinar #6: HVACR/Plumbing Best Practices during COVID-19 Pandemic

A panel of leading contractors discuss important strategies to help companies deal with the current coronavirus situation. Panelists will discuss the role of HVACR/plumbing companies as essential services, crucial safety issues, impact on customers, the financial realities and a number of technical recommendations for mechanical/plumbing systems. This webinar was recorded Friday, April 10, 2020.

4/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 13 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

OSHA Addresses COVID-19 Recordability Issue

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. Until further notice, OSHA will not enforce its record-keeping requirements to require employers to make work-relatedness determinations for COVID-19 cases, except where: (1) There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related; and (2) The evidence was reasonably available to the employer.

Working Together Is Key to Addressing COVID-19 Labor-Management Issues

In a video message, UA General President Mark McManus and MCAA President Brian Helm discuss how cooperation, communication and common sense are fueling joint efforts to adapt to new working conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two organizations are working together and innovating to address changing conditions while at the same time protecting our workforce and our industry’s future.

4/10 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 10 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MILWAUKEE TOOL COVID-19 Resource Guide

MCAA’s long-time partner Milwaukee Tool has produced a COVID-19 Resource Guide for MCAA members. The guide addresses tool cleaning, operations protocols, digital tool training, shipping and inventory updates, Milwaukee Tool’s #TOGETHERweSTAND CAMPAIGN, and how to stay in contact with Milwaukee Tool.

Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). Borrowers and lenders may rely on the guidance provided in this document as SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act and of the Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rule (“PPP Interim Final Rule”). Published on April 6, 2020.

CAMPC Shares Paid Leave Eligibility Chart

The Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors has shared their Paid Leave Eligibility chart with MCAA’s members to help determine an employee’s paid sick leave, paid family medical leave and unemployment insurance eligibility. This chart has been reviewed by CAMPC’s legal team.

Updated FAQs: Employers Regulated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary regulations implementing the paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL has also been adding new guidance to its more informal Questions & Answers webpage. Alston & Bird has been monitoring the DOL webpage, and shared their Updated FAQs for Employers Regulated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

4/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 8 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

CDC Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidance to its regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators that are certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions. The guidelines also address enforcement discretion to permit use when the equipment was previously certified under the standards of other countries or jurisdictions, but are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

4/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 6 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

OSHA Enforcement Guidance On Foreign Made Respirator Use

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidance to its regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators that are certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions. The guidelines also address enforcement discretion to permit use when the equipment was previously certified under the standards of other countries or jurisdictions, but are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

OSHA & CDC/NIOSH Release Guidance on N95 Respirator Extended Use and Reuse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidelines to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators. The agency’s guidelines address alternatives to N95s, and extended use and reuse of the respirators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the research arm of OSHA, also released N95 guidelines addressing extended use and reuse of the respirators, specifically for healthcare settings.  

MCAA Safety Talk: COVID-19 Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines

Whenever it’s feasible, it’s best to hire a reputable third party to perform facility cleaning and disinfection services. However, if it will be necessary for you or someone else from your company to perform the cleaning and disinfection service, the following guidelines may help protect that person from exposure to COVID-19.

Webinar #5: Implementing Paid Leave Requirements Under the New FFCRA – Michael P. Kreps and Katie Bjornstad Amin

The new Family First Coronavirus Response Act took effect April 1, 2020 and with it comes temporary requirements that will impact MCAA member companies who employ 500 or fewer employees. Katie Amin and Michael Kreps, both principals of Groom Law Group, along with John McNerney, MCAA general counsel, discuss which employers must adhere and who

4/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 1st COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

20-Question Multiple Choice Trainee Test Corresponding with MCAA Safety Talk: COVID-19

MCAA developed a best practices guidance document to help protect mechanical construction and service workers from COVID-19 exposure. MCAA and the United Association partnered with several industry experts to gather all facts and proper procedures concerning this virus. Because MCAA members are using the safety talk for worker training, MCAA developed a 20-question multiple choice test and accompanying answer key to help members document that the training occurred, and that trainees understand the training content.

FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Requirements Digest

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken through December 31, 2020.

Q&A on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave

The Department of Labor has provided guidance explaining the Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Please note questions 35-37 deal with Multiemployer CBAs but still need more clarification.

Alston & Bird Releases Analysis of Funding Streams in the CARES Act

Alston & Bird has gathered information and released the Analysis of Funding Streams in the CARES Act. The analysis covers what type of loans are available through the Small Business Administration (SBA), what is new for small businesses under the latest stimulus bill, what is paycheck protection, who qualifies for paycheck protection, what the modified EIDL Program is and how to access it.

3/30 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 30, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

3/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 27, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

3/27 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

Webinar #4: Guidelines for COVID-19 to Help Protect Mechanical Industry Workers – Scott Hamilton

The UA, MCAA, ASSE and IAPMO have joined forces to bring our collective memberships information to be able to understand the risks of COVID-19 and show you the best ways to help prevent the spreading the virus among our pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, sprinklerfitters, steamfitters and apprentices.

Cohen Seglias Releases COVID-19 Resource Package 2.0

Cohen Seglias’ Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group prepared sample notice letters for use on jobs where contractors and subcontractors are still ordered to work either in violation of shutdown orders or under unsafe work conditions that are contrary to the CDC guidelines. Also, with many companies still bidding and entering into contracts for new work, Cohen Seglias is providing sample force majeure language that covers pandemics such as this as an unforeseen event entitling you to an extension of time and an increase in price caused by any resultant delays.

Webinar #3: Shifting Work from the Jobsite – Jonathan Marsh, James Benham, Sean McGuire and Josh Bone

In the third webinar of this series, our panelists discuss ways to prepare staff to work remotely, what work can be prioritized to be done remotely and how to utilize fabrication space safely to keep projects progressing.

DOL Releases Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-1 & FFCRA Posters for Employers

The DOL Wage and Hour Division has updated their COVID-19 webpage to include Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-1, announcing a temporary non-enforcement period. Separately, the Wage and Hour Division have released the posters that employers are required to display outlining the rights of federal employees and non-federal employees under the FFCRA.

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic

MCAA is sharing a very informative video on how to safely bring groceries and fast food into your home, while protecting your family’s safety and health.

3/25 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

3/25 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 25, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Cohen and Seglias Provides “COVID-19” Package for the Construction Industry

The law firm of Cohen and Seglias has drafted and provided a “COVID-19” package of letters and forms for contractor members to use as the situation dictates for protection and to ensure the appropriate relief. Given a project’s specific circumstances, these forms may need to be tweaked.

Webinar #2: Continuity of Business Operations for Trade Contractors – Jeff Sample

In the second webinar of this series, Jeff Sample guides you through the deluge of information during this difficult time for all businesses. As many organizations struggle to understand their new reality in managing current jobs and taking on new work, Sample talks through available options on software platforms you’re likely already using and shows off other technologies that can be leveraged free of charge.

CEA “Construction as Essential” Letter

The Construction Employers of America (CEA) have released a joint letter urging the federal government to expand essential services to critical construction job sites and projects.

3/23 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 23, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

3/21 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

3/20 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201)

The following is MCAA’s General Counsel John McNerney’s digest of the recent passing of HR 6201, enacted into law with the President’s signature on March 18, 2020.

3/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 20, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from the latest news on emergency funding, Administrative and Regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Department of Homeland Security Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

The Department of Homeland Security released a COVID-19 response for essential critical infrastructure workers today. The response included an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

Webinar #1: Safely Working Remote – Nick Espinosa

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Letter of Opposition Waiving HVACR Inspections

On behalf of America’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry, we strongly oppose decisions by municipalities that have indicated suspension of HVACR installation inspections during the spread of the Coronavirus.

UA and MCAA’s Joint COVID-19 Statement

On March 18th, the UA and MCAA released a joint statement on the serious and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we will be tracking developments and providing support wherever possible.

MCAA Safety Talk: COVID-19

MCAA developed a best practices guidance document to help protect mechanical construction and service workers from COVID-19 exposure. MCAA and the United Association partnered with several industry experts to gather all facts and proper procedures concerning this virus.

Joint Letter Regarding HVAC Techs as Essential Employees

Earlier this week a joint coalition of HVAC associations sent a letter to local, state and federal officials urging them to consider HVACR technicians and engineers as essential businesses and not restrict their travel. These employees are essential to maintain HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment. Aside from providing comfort, this equipment is vital for health and safety in addition to productivity, particularly for air filtration and food and medical supply preservation, especially in this time of quarantine. When equipment fails, technicians must be able to repair or replace it as quickly as possible.

MCAA COVID-19 Contingency Plan Webinar Series

As we all know, the coronavirus has created a lot of uncertainty. While we have information and instructions on how we can continue to try and stay safe, we really don’t know what we are dealing with or for how long. That said, MCAA will be hosting a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help our members adjust accordingly. Stay tuned!

OSHA Releases Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus Prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is providing employers recommended instructions for helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus in their workplaces.