We are all in unchartered territories. As each day passes, we understand that our members are confronted with new challenges as a result of COVID-19. The staff at ABC Eastern Pennsylvania is committed to providing our members with the most recent updates and valuable resources related to addressing COVID-19 and the health, safety and business challenges it presents. The following are our regular updates from most recent to our first one, on March 12, 2020.
We also have a webpage dedicated specifically to valuable resources related to COVID-19 that is updated frequently. Please click here to visit this page.
If you would like to be included on our regular emails or have information or a resource to provide, please email email@example.com.
Update - March 25, 2020
We understand you have lots of questions right now. We are listening and working with members who are experts in areas, such as legal, HR, accounting, and much more to bring you webinars and other resources to help answer your questions. Below are a conference call and a webinar we are offering this week where chapter members will be sharing their expertise on the legal impacts of COVID-19.
COVID-19: Best Practices for Your Construction Company to Deal with the Pandemic
Thursday, March 26, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Josh Quinter, Principal, Offit Kurman
Skype Call-in Information: https://meet.lync.com/offitkurman/jquinter/KHC38Z8H
833-729-3755, Pass: 747102017#
Coronavirus Employment Law Update
Friday, March 27, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Jonathan Landesman, Attorney, Cohen Seglias
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources, visit our website.
Update - March 23, 2020
Member company Cohen Seglias provides legal forms to help contractors navigate through the effects of COVID-19 in their businesses. Click here for more information and a copy of the forms.
Good Morning ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Members,
Since early last week, we have been monitoring not only the health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, but we have also been closely monitoring state and federal decisions that impact your business. We want to be a resource for you.
In addition to these email updates, we are posting COVID-19 updates on our website homepage and also on our ABC Eastern PA social media channels.
I ask that if you have not connected with me personally on LinkedIn, please do so as soon as possible. This is where I’m sharing the most up-to-date information on the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry.
We understand that you have many questions and we are communicating with state and local legislators to find out the answers. If you have specific questions you would like us to ask, please contact me.
We also are speaking with members of the media and would like to hear from you on how this is impacting your business. If you have applied for a waiver to continue to do business, please let me know how the process is going or if you have been granted a waiver in PA or permission to work in any other state.
Thank you. We will continue to keep you updated.
President & CEO
ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Update - March 20, 2020
Action Needed to Prevent Construction From Shutting Down
Last evening, Governor Tom Wolf issued an unprecedented executive order closing all non-life sustaining businesses, including the construction industry, until further notice. The full list of businesses that may or may not continue operations can be found here.
The order states that enforcement actions will be taken against businesses who are out of compliance as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Penalties for non-compliance can include citations, fines, and license suspensions.
ABC is sharing resources, exploring options, and encouraging members to take action. If your business has questions about the order or wishes to seek a waiver from the order, please see the information below:
Waiver: The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a waiver process. ABC PA has been in direct communication with the DCED throughout this evolving situation. The waiver form is located on the DCED's main website, that link can be located here.
General Questions: If you have questions about whether your business needs to close, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In general, we are alarmed the Governor’s executive order is open-ended, overly broad, and will have severe consequences on the construction industry. We need you to contact the Governor today! Click here to make your voice heard.
Update - March 19, 2020
Gov. Wolf Orders Closure of All Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses
Gov. Tom Wolf orders all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close physical locations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The deadline to shut down is 8:00 p.m. Thursday!
Wolf said enforcement actions against businesses that do not comply with the order will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
Update - March 18, 2020
Chapter Facilities will Remain Closed until April 1, 2020
All ABC Eastern Pennsylvania facilities (East Norriton, Harleysville and Lehigh Valley) will remain closed until April 1, 2020.
Coronavirus Update Webpage for Employer Resources
In order to keep members up to date and provide access to accurate information from trusted sources, ABC National created the Coronavirus Update webpage. The webpage provides links to valuable resources from organizations, such as:
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Littler Mendelson (ABC National's General Council)
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioners
Small Business Administration
Additional Resources (click links below):
Senate Passes House's Coronavirus Aid Bill
Yesterday, the Senate passed the House's coronavirus aid package, on a 90-8 vote. The bill now goes to the President, who is expected to sign it. The bill, in part, creates two paid leave programs that employers under 500 must offer. The first is 10-days of paid sick leave in addition to an employer's current policy. The second is changes to the Family Medical Leave Act, where covered employers will need to provide 12-weeks of job-protected leave. The first two weeks can be unpaid, the 10 remaining weeks would be paid at a reduced rate. Employers under 50 can apply for waivers. Employers will receive a tax credit equal to 100% of the wages paid-out. The bill requires the Secretary of Labor to provide a notice summarizing the provisions that employers must post.
Urgent: Masks & Safety Glasses Needed for Healthcare Workers
Here is a chance for construction companies to jump and help prevent the spread of this disease. We need to protect our healthcare workers so that they can continue to care for the sick. Toll Brothers is taking collections of masks (all kinds even dust masks) and safety glasses (N95 and full face masks preferred, but everything is valuable) at their Design Studio in Plymouth Meeting. The address is: 1777 Sentry Parkway West VEVA, Building 14, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Update - March 16, 2020
With the health and safety of our members, students and staff as a top priority, we have closed our facilities in East Norriton, Allentown and Harleysville until March 30 per Governor Wolf’s announcement this afternoon. All three facilities were deep-cleaned on Friday. Our staff is working on bringing some of our classes online, so please stay tuned. You can check our events and class pages for updates and we will also be sending regular updates via email. Please contact the appropriate staff member via email (links are below under staff pictures) with any questions.
The ABC Convention in Nashville has been rescheduled for August 17-19, 2020. Click here for more info.
Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.
Update - March 12, 2020
ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Members:
As new developments arise each day about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to let you know that the health and safety of our members, students and staff are a top priority. We are talking to experts and reviewing best practices from federal, state and local government agencies, like the CDC, to determine the necessary steps we need to take to prevent the spread of this virus.
At this point, we are only cancelling one event, our Workforce Development Career Night that was scheduled to take place in our Suburban Philadelphia office on Thursday, March 12. All other events and classes are still taking place, but we will monitor this situation on a daily basis to determine if other events or classes need to be cancelled.
We are currently consulting experts on and beginning deep-cleaning practices to ensure our facilities are cleaned and have the necessary protocols in place to protect from the spread of COVID-19.
Following the CDC's recommendations, we suggest the following:
Stay home from work if sick or symptomatic
Practice good hygiene at home and work (stop handshaking, regularly wash hands, avoid touching faces, use a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing, disinfect surfaces)
Avoid close contact with others
Limit face-to-face meetings. Leverage videoconferencing when possible.
Print, post and share information about prevention tips throughout your facility
Increase cleaning protocols within your facilities.
We appreciate everyone's cooperation and support during this period. We will continue to notify you of any changes and keep you updated via email and social media. We apologize for any inconveniences, but our primary focus, is the health and safety of our community.
President & CEO
ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter