As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve at a chaotic pace, NLBMDA is sending members a regular alert to provide updates on new actions taken by federal and state governments in response to COVID-19. These will include updates on state executive orders, federal guidance documents and Congressional activity. Members can find all of NLBMDA’s COVID-19 resources and communications by visiting our website here.

CDC Issues Guidance on Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for retail employers which provides strategies to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

Workers may be threatened and assaulted as businesses try to put into place COVID-19 prevention policies and practices (e.g., mandatory use of masks, social distancing, and limits on the number of customers allowed in a business). These threats and assaults can come from customers, other employees, or employers.

Employers and employees can use the following resources and trainings to learn more about how to prevent and deal with workplace violence:

Take Action: Urge Congress to Pass Phase 4 COVID Relief Package

As Congress continues to negotiate a “Phase 4” COVID-19 relief bill, NLBMDA encourages members to take action and contact their elected officials in support of the lumber and building material industry’s legislative priorities. NLBMDA is advocating for the following provisions in any future relief package:

  • Scaled-back expanded unemployment benefits and incentivize return to work;
  • A strong employer liability protection system;
  • Expansion of SBA loan funding, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP);
  • Expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC);
  • Increased access to PPE and testing;
  • And more.

NLBMDA will be sure to keep members updated on the most recent developments in Congress as they become available. 

As a reminder, NLBMDA has compiled federal guidance and resources in the NLBMDA COVID-19 Action Resource Center. For questions, please contact Kevin McKenney at  

Please note these updates do not constitute legal advice. Information contained may be subject to interpretation and companies should consult with their own counsel.