GC released the latest in its series of Coronavirus safety tips today, focusing on the products that should be used for disinfection. You can find those, and prior weeks’ safety tips HERE. Please make sure you are sharing these safety tips with your teams and encouraging them to hold frequent safety briefings and stand downs with your teams to ensure full compliance with all coronavirus safety procedures. Despite all the talk of re-starting the economy, there is still no margin for error when it comes to protecting workers and the public.
Please remember to complete the 6th edition of AGC of America’s coronavirus survey HERE. Your answers are extremely helpful in allowing us to measure the impacts of the coronavirus on the industry and to reinforce our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the Trump administration. You can complete the survey HERE.
Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that it was extending the deadline for firms to return Paycheck Protection Program loans by one week, from May 7 to May 14. You can review their new guidance HERE. The decision comes days after AGC of America, among other groups, urged the administration to provide more time for firms to decide if they would return the loans. As we made clear to the administration in our initial request for a deadline extension, the administration still needs to clarify its vague and confusing guidance that requires borrowers to certify that ‘current economic uncertainty’ made the loan requests necessary and that they must also take into account their access to ‘other sources of liquidity.’
AGC will be hosting PART TWO of the Paycheck Protection Program Webinars tomorrow, Thursday May 7 at 2 PM ET. It will focus on preparing your business today for audits, oversight, and agency enforcement and whistle blower actions tomorrow. Click HERE to register for webinar.
In addition, AGC will be hosting another two-part webinar series on Monday, May 11 and Thursday, May 14, Building Contractors – Preparing yourself and your jobsite for the Impacts of Covid-19. This series will help answer questions about the life cycle of a project while operating through Covid-19. Part one will focus on determining project viability and keeping a jobsite open amid Covid-19 and part two will focus on reopening projects previously shut down. Click HERE to register for either/both of those webinars.
AGC has prepared a packet of information to help document current market conditions that helped influence many firms’ decisions to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The intent of this packet is to provide a snapshot of media coverage starting on March 27 – the launch of the initial round of Paycheck Protection Program loans – covering topics like declining demand, growing layoffs and general worries about market conditions for the construction industry. Please see packet HERE.
Don’t forget to send us pictures of your crews practicing coronavirus safety measures, especially pictures of crews wearing face masks. You can send those to Brian Turmail at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sophia Valentino at email@example.com.