March 25, 2020
Coronavirus can be Confusing, AGC can Help!
Check out our Coronavirus Resources
We’ve been in contact with the AGC of America for the last couple of weeks concerning the coronavirus. We were particularly interested in understanding what actions they have taken on issues centered around paid sick leave, reportable incidents under OSHA regulations and other related issues. Below you will find essential information we’ve gathered from the AGC of America regarding the corona virus as well as links to our most recent AGC-GM updates.

AGC of Greater Milwaukee Coronavirus Updates

NEW! Summary of Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201
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 31, 2020. However, the legislative environment remains fluid. The Senate could consider altering these paid leave mandates in a COVID-19 economic investment bill, a third COVID-19 relief bill. Such a measure could pass within days and would then need to be considered by the House before it became law. As such, please note that the information in this document is potentially subject to change before it takes effect.
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NEW! AGC Survey of State DOT Response to COVID-19
AGC chapters report that generally speaking most state DOT construction programs are moving ahead as scheduled and are not directly impacted by COVID-19 related shutdowns. Many state office personnel are telecommuting but, in most states, construction inspectors are considered....Check out all of our coronavirus resources here.
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AGC of Greater Milwaukee Postponing Trainings and Events

Due to the circumstance surrounding the COVID-19, the AGC's Past Presidents and Award Night scheduled for May 12, 2020 will be postponed.  Additionally, AGC management and safety training will be postponed until further notice.

Thank you and we will be in contact as the situation changes.

In response to the spread of this virus we have put together resources to help with issues centered around paid sick leave, reportable incidents under OSHA regulations and other coronavirus/construction related issues. Learn more here.
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Construction Industry Responds to Gov. Evers Construction Exemption

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee, several other collateral construction trade associations, and unions recently put out a news release acknowledging Governor Evers recent Executive Order listing construction as an essential service.

On behalf of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee we appreciate the efforts of Governor Evers leadership, and offer our assurances that we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the safety and health of all those men and women who are part of our great industry.

 View new release here.

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AGC URGENT ACTION ALERT
Tell congress how this issue impacts you and your company!

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on construction businesses necessary for building and maintaining critical infrastructure such as that used to transport essential goods and services, deliver clean water and electricity, and protect our national security, among other things.

Tell Congress to take immediate action to:

  1. Enact policies and programs that ensure all construction employers’ cash flows so they can pay workers and maintain their essential operations;
  2. Ensure public construction markets have immediate-term access to additional federal funds to build critical infrastructure; and
  3. Lay the foundation for the long-term recovery of the industry and its markets through enacting multi-year public infrastructure investments.

Click the "Take Action" button below and simply submit the pre-written message as is to your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer.

Congress must also ensure public construction markets have immediate-term access to additional funds to build critical infrastructure. AGC and building trades unions agree that Congress must make substantial investments in federal construction accounts and programs to ensure that essential infrastructure is maintained during this crisis. Such accounts and programs include, but are not limited to the Highway Trust Fund, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Airport Improvement Program, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Military Construction and Civil Works Programs.
 
Lastly, Congress must help lay the foundation for the long-term recovery of the industry and its markets. It can accomplish this by providing the industry with long-term certainty that will allow contractors to maintain and expand their workforce after the pandemic ends by enacting:

  • A multi-year reauthorization of federal highway and transit programs and a multi-year reauthorization of the state clean water and drinking water state revolving funds programs;
  • Long-term investments in USACE Military Construction and Civil Works Programs; and
  • Long-term investments in social infrastructure (e.g., hospitals, medical clinics, and emergency facilities), among other things.

Taking action is easy. Simply click the above button to submit the pre-written message as is to your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company. If you would like to forward the alert to colleagues and friends, please wait for the instructions that will be included in the confirmation email after you take action.

 

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Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity
AGC Coronavirus Webinar Series - FREE to Members

Beginning Monday, March 23, AGC will host an 8-part webinar series on the “Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity”.  Please encourage your members to take advantage of this timely series, which will run from Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 1.
This series is FREE TO MEMBERS. To register now click here.

The series will cover the following topics:

Part I: Your Federal and State Legal Obligations to Provide Paid and/or Unpaid Leave to Your Employees
Part II:
What the Federal and Many State Labor and Employment Laws Are Likely to Require of You, as You Adjust Your Operations to Meet the Latest Contingencies?
Part III:
The Contractual and Related Legal Protections and Risks for Construction Companies
Part IV:
How to Protect Your People and Your Projects
Part V:
The Components of a Comprehensive Project Continuity Plan
Part VI:
Insurance Coverage and Claims for Losses Resulting from the Outbreak
Part VII:
The Additional Pressure that the Outbreak Could be Putting on Your Information Technology
Part VIII:
What You Need to Watch, as the Outbreak Continues to Unfold

We hope that this series is valuable as our members learn to navigate this new reality and continue to operate their businesses.

More detailed info on the webinar series and how to register can be found here.

Having Trouble Registering? See below.

NOT Listed in the AGC Database:

  1. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.org
  2. In the upper left hand corner of the home page, click “Register” to create an account
  3. AGC staff will process these requests and activate the accounts ASAP.

Forgotten Password:

  1. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.org
  2. In the upper left hand corner of the home page, click “Login”
  3. On the next page, enter your work email address and click “forgot password”
  4. Check your email for a link to reset your password
  5. Now you can register for the webinar series as a member

If you're still having difficulty logging and registering in please send an email to membership@agc.org.  

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CLC Helps Develop Future Construction Leaders Through Thoughtful Programming

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has had a strong start to 2020! Along with hosting their Annual CLC Kick-off at the Harley Davidson Museum, they've most recently held an education event about the Business Case for Prefab and an active shooter response training!

The CLC hosted a sold-out their Business Case for PreFab Luncheon program on Thursday, February 27! This exciting program featured industry experts from the Milwaukee Lean Construction Institute (LCI) who shared lessons learned, best practices and the benefits of prefabrication to each of their respective organizations.

In partnership with the AGC’s Safety Leadership Council the CLC hosted an Active Shooter Response Training on Tuesday, March 10th at Alioto’s with Oak Creek police officer and member of the Peaceful Warrior Training Group, Mike Bolender. This hands on, scenario-focused event equipped our over 50 attendees with important strategies and procedures that will help keep them safe in the event of an active shooter.

The CLC is a service of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC-GM) and is geared toward young professionals employed by AGC-GM Member Companies. The CLC is a program that has been put in place to address the needs of young professionals and the industry. Learn more here.

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COVID-19 Impact Survey
One out of Four Contractors to Halt or Delay Work on Current Projects due to Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than one out of four contractors to halt or delay work on current projects, according to a survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey results show how quickly market conditions have changed compared to data showing a majority of metro areas added construction jobs through January. Association officials noted that a relief bill the Senate is considering includes some favorable tax and loan provisions. But they said the bill also needs new infrastructure investments and improvements to the new paid sick and family medical leave measures.
 
Has any owner, government agency or official directed you to halt or delay work on any projects that are either active or expected to start within the next 30 days? Responses: 909.

“The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to undermine what had been a very robust construction market, threatening the livelihood of countless workers and the viability of many firms,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Providing additional tax credits and loans will help, but contractors also need the certainty that comes with infrastructure funding and improvements to the new paid and family leave measures.”

In an online survey conducted by the association between March 17 and 19, 28 percent of the 909 respondents replied yes to the question, “Has any owner, government agency or official directed you to halt or delay work on any projects that are either active or expected to start within the next 30 days?” In addition, 22 percent of...Read full article here

 

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Industry News
 
How Contractors are Adapting to the Pandemic

The growing COVID-19 crisis has roiled the U.S. construction industry from coast to coast, with contractors large and small mired in uncertainty and wondering what their next steps should be.

The sense of upheaval comes from many arenas: how to keep employees safe, whether local jurisdictions will shut down jobsites, potential supply chain delays and government actions to respond to the crisis, including a $100 billion federal government relief package signed into law last night by President Trump.

How to Improve Efficiency and Profitability by Streamlining Operations
Learn how advanced technology helps streamline business operations to improve profitability in the construction industry.

From small specialty firms​ to Sandy, Utah-based Layton Construction to multinational construction giants like Fluor, Skanska and Bechtel, company leaders told Construction Dive they are working to stay on top of the rapidly changing situation in order to ensure that employees are safe and clients are satisfied.

“We’re constantly updating and revising our response and our plans as circumstances change,” a Layton spokesperson said.

Contractors and subs in affected areas are watching developments to see...Read full article here.

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In This Issue
Coronavirus can be Confusing, AGC can Help!
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Postponing Trainings and Events
Construction Industry Responds to Gov. Evers Construction Exemption
AGC URGENT ACTION ALERT
Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity
CLC Helps Develop Future Construction Leaders Through Thoughtful Programming
COVID-19 Impact Survey
Industry News
How Contractors are Adapting to the Pandemic
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