Coronavirus - Labor, HR & Paid Leave Impacts

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May 21, 2020
Prior to the House passing its more than $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill on May 15, AGC shared with legislators its comprehensive analysis on construction industry priorities missing from and included in the bill. There, the association noted that the legislation failed to include liability... Read More
May 21, 2020
On May 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application late. The application includes step-by-step instructions on how to perform the mechanical calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm... Read More
May 21, 2020
AGC continues to lead efforts—both legislative and regulatory—to bring needed flexibilities to the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program for the construction industry. In the House of Representatives, AGC is working with Reps. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and Chip Roy (R-Tex.) to advance their... Read More
May 14, 2020
On May 13, at the sustained urging of AGC, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration issued guidance to address their threats of auditing PPP loan borrowers for a failure to show good faith need for their loans. The new guidance provides a critical safe harbor... Read More
April 30, 2020
On April 28, AGC helped facilitate a meeting with President Trump for AGC member Ali Mills from Plum Contracting, a member through the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapter. During that visit, Ali got to tell her story about how the Paycheck Protection Program loans helped her... Read More
April 30, 2020
On April 29, AGC called on the Secretary of the Treasury to provide more clarity regarding its recent guidance warning firms of future audits and potential legal risks for companies that apply for loans. AGC is having discussions with key Administration officials on the impacts this guidance has... Read More
April 22, 2020
Construction Officials Urge Congress to Quickly Pass New Coronavirus Relief Measure and Start Work on Broader Recovery Measures, Including New Infrastructure Funding and Pension Relief   The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the... Read More
April 16, 2020
On April 9, the Federal Reserve announced additional actions that include a new mid-sized lending program coming out of the Economic Stabilization Fund, as provided for in the CARES Act. The Fed created two new lending programs for businesses – the Main Street New Loan Facility and the Main Street... Read More
April 16, 2020
AGC is asking all members to call on the Trump Administration and Congress to provide more funds to and simplify construction firm eligibility for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. On April 16, the SBA announced it lent all funds—$349 billion—... Read More
April 8, 2020
Tell the Trump Administration and Congress to add more funding to and simplify the eligibility requirements for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs so construction firms and their employees can get needed coronavirus relief as soon as possible.  The chaotic stream of guidance... Read More
April 7, 2020
Associated General Contractors of America Secures Fix to Loan Qualifications After Alerting Administration Officials to Small Business Administration Language that Excluded Many Firms The Associated General Contractors of America today announced that the Trump administration released new guidance... Read More
April 2, 2020
AGC has prepared a new analysis of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, a new loan program enacted in the most-recent coronavirus relief measure under which construction businesses with 500 or fewer employees may be eligible. Click here for the full analysis.
April 1, 2020
Treasury Issues Tax Credit FAQs 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 ... Read More
March 30, 2020
Based on member inquiries, AGC updated our CARES Act analysis as it applies to small business eligibility for the new Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program. Those changes are noted below. A business is eligible for such a loan if it employs 500 employees or fewer, or if the business is... Read More
March 27, 2020
AGC of America’s government relations team has combed through the details of the coronavirus relief bill set for passage in the House. They provided this initial analysis of what is in the bill and how it will impact the construction industry. We will, of course, share even more details as we... Read More
March 26, 2020
On March 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the emergency paid leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes... Read More
March 26, 2020
As employers everywhere grapple with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact upon their employees and operations, questions have arisen regarding union contracts that expire on or about March 31, 2020. Although every labor contract and bargaining relationship is unique, established federal labor law... Read More
March 26, 2020
On March 25, the Senate passed the largest economic aid package in our nation’s history. On a 96-0 vote, the $2 trillion bill—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act­­—passed the Senate and is soon expected to be approved by the House and signed into law­­. This legislation... Read More
March 24, 2020
On March 24, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus... Read More
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 (or coronavirus) presents a formidable health and safety challenge to employers, and unionized employers also must address issues in the context of their obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and a collective bargaining agreement. The broad range of issues includes both... Read More
March 21, 2020
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... Read More
March 18, 2020
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... Read More
March 16, 2020
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 Coronavirus Response Act, and to offer workable solutions. AGC cannot support a Senate product that includes this... Read More

Upcoming Webinars

AGC’s Two Part Webinar Series: Paycheck Protection Program

Member Price: FREE| Non Member Price: $149

Part One: Paycheck Protection Program: Key Updates and Developments in the Ground Rules of the Program
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Part Two: Paycheck Protection Program: Preparing Your Business Today for Audits, Oversight, and Agency Enforcement and Whistle Blower Actions Tomorrow
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Click here to learn more about each webinar and register.

Past Webinars

4/08/2020: Maintaining Cash Flow During the COVID-19 Crisis: An Overview of New Federal Support Programs & Practical Advice for Contractors [Slides, Recording]

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