In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Webinars & Previously Recorded Webinars
  • ABC Back to Work Safely
  • Upcoming Trainings With Jason Ashlaw
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • ABC Sends Letter Opposing Apprenticeship Mandate
  • PPP Safe Harbor Date Extended to May 14th
Are you Ready for Return of the Office Staff?

When: May 12, 2020 01:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Join ABC’s Statewide Director of Safety, Jason Ashlaw, in a webinar to discuss the guidelines for plans and procedures to return your office staff back to work. The guidelines are intended to protect the overall health, safety and well-being of office employees and office visitors.

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Construction is Essential. Is Your Safety Plan Ready?

When: May 14, 2020 01:00 PM-2:00 PM

Join ABC’s Jason Ashlaw in a webinar to discuss the safety policies and procedures when you go back to work. These guidelines for health and safety plans will give you guidance for a safe and effective performance
during the phase-in of construction during this COVID-19 era.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Missed a webinar? Click below for our library of recordings
ABC is the voice of the merit shop in the construction industry and we assume the responsibility of making that voice heard. Promoting safety within the construction industry is in our bylaws. Delivering work safely is part of our value proposition.
 Simply put - safety is part of our DNA.
As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, it is important that ABC and its members get back to work safely .

Executing on our commitment to world-class safety takes fortitude and effort. To the best of our ability, we must design and execute a plan to proceed with construction work and we must continue to help our members become world-class in safety. 
We encourage you to promote this initiative!
Virtual Safety Awareness Training

Statewide Director of Safety, Craft Training, and Workforce Development,
Jason Ashlaw is offering the following
Safety Awareness Trainings:

Excavation Safety : Tuesday, May 12th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stairs & Ladders Training : Thursday, May 14th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost: $80 per person, per course.

**Virtual training requires Laptop with a camera or smart phone with internet access

To register, contact Amy Platenik: (585) 363-1657
Empire Chapter Resources

OSHA Poster - Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus

 A new respirator video and posters demonstrate how to properly wear and dispose of a respirator

Construction Industry Alert - A new OSHA alert for the construction industry 
EEOC Updates Guidelines to Allow Employers to Administer COVID-19 Testing on Employees

The EEOC has revised its guidance allowing employers to administer COVID-19 testing to employees. Employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace will pose a direct threat to the health of others under the ADA.
ABC Sends Letter Opposing Apprenticeship Mandate
Even during this COVID-19 era, ABC Empire continues to fight for our members core beliefs. This is no time to take a back seat. ABC submits letter opposing apprenticeship mandate on all Oswego County Projects $100,000 or more to County Administrator Phillip Church and the members of the County Legislature.

To view the letter, click the button below:
PPP Safe Harbor Date Extended to May 14th
The SBA released additional FAQs that extended the safe harbor date for companies to return PPP funds to May 14 th AND stated that the administration intends to provide additional guidance on borrower certification and we are hoping this will help provide additional clarity to recipients to make an informed decision on their loans. Full FAQ on this issue below and updated FAQs here. The updated FAQs also addresses a question in regards to counting the employees of foreign and U.S. affiliates. SBA also released a summary of PPP2 loan data as of 5pm EDT – Tuesday, May 5, 2020, noting that the program has provided more than 2.3 million loans for small businesses this round for a total of $181 billion, leaving approximately $129 billion still available.