As the world continues to face the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, FCAI is committed to providing our members with the information and resources they need. Below are several resources designed to assist your company as you navigate these turbulent times.
Editable Contractor Company Sample Templates
Contractors will be experiencing, if not already, significant delays and possible shutdown on projects with contractual obligations. Our legal attorney, SmithAmundsen, has crafted a document that specifically addresses how to properly preserve a delay claim as well as provided an editable "Notice of Delay" sample template. For the PDF version, click here.
GCs and Building Owners are starting to ask for your company's infectious disease policy. This policy is an editable word document that you can utilize as is, or to build from.
The DOL requires a policy in place to deal with the paid leave provisions for COVID-19 in the Families First Response Act (FFCRA). This editable policy template will fulfill the DOL's guidelines. We recommend having this as an internal policy on file to make available if requested.
Important COVID-19 Resources
With the constantly shifting state and local stay-at-home orders and the potential relaxing of these orders on the horizon, the question for employers still remains: What do we do if an employee has COVID-19? Once an employer receives a report that an employee has tested positive for or is presumed to have COVID-19, the employer should follow these 9 steps.
With the constantly shifting state and local stay-at-home orders and the potential relaxing of these orders on the horizon, the question for employers still remains: What do we do if an employee has COVID-19?
Once an employer receives a report that an employee has tested positive for or is presumed to have COVID-19, the employer should do the following:
If you have PDC #30 employees who are currently utilizing the COVID-19 FFCRA two-week paid sick leave or the 10-weeks of additional paid expanded family and medical leave, not only will you be fully reimbursed for those employee wages, but also some benefits. FCAI suggests that contractor members continue to contribute into the PDC #30 Health and Welfare fund on their employees behalf, while on leave, since employers will be reimbursed for that contribution through weekly payroll tax credits.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
This document addresses questions such as - What is the PPP Loan? Are you eligible? What are the Loan Terms? What is the Maximum Amount of the Loan?
- Loan Forgiveness & Other Benefits
- Loan Forgiveness Calculations
- PPP Loan Application Process
The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Small Business Administration (SBA) released the much anticipated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application. PPP loan borrowers will submit this application to their lenders to request forgiveness of part or all of their PPP loan.
While the SBA noted in its press release that it would be issuing additional regulations and guidance to:
- Assist borrowers in completing the application and;
- Provide guidance to lenders on their responsibilities in the forgiveness process.
CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act - Paycheck Protection Program
President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27th. The CARES Act is the third economic stimulus package Congress has passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its size and scope make it the largest stimulus package the U.S. has ever passed.
The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.
The new loan program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30,2020. For more information on the CARES Act from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, click here. Once on this site, click on the link inside the red bar for more information on the Paycheck Protection Loans.
- CARES Act - Small Business Owner's Guide - The Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) has released a Q&A guide that provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
On March 18th, President Trump signed into law HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This new law mandates two new types of paid leave:
- Public Health Emergency Leave (Emergency FMLA)
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave (Emergency PSL)
These mandates are set to expire on December 31, 2020.
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SmithAmundsen (FCAI's Labor Attorney): HR 6201 - Local, State, and Federal Mandates Impacting the Workplace
This document includes important information for signatory contractors regarding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Furlough vs. Layoffs, Short-Term Disability and Unemployment Benefits, Worker's Compensation, and more.
Other Important COVID-19 Information for Signatory Contractors
- PDC #30 Guidance on the Illinois "Stay at Home" Order - The Painters District Council #30 has released this communication to members regarding the Illinois "Stay at Home" Order. This document also includes the employer obligations to employees and important precautions for employees to take amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC & OSHA COVID-19 Resources
Community Mitigation Strategy (from the CDC) - This document contains strategies and actions companies can take to help slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The document is from the CDC for state and local health departments, but the general information within can be utilized by any company in North America.