In This Issue:
  • SBA, Treasury Release Updated PPP Guidance
  • PRO Act Webinar Recap
  • ICYMI - OSHA Issues New FAQs on the Agency’s Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements
  • ABC Empire State Chapter First Ever Big Buck Competition
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Upcoming ABC Empire State Chapter Training's
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • ABC Action App
SBA, Treasury Release Updated PPP Guidance:
Last week, The SBA and the Department of Treasury released updated guidance and FAQs for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). SBA and Treasury released the updated version of the guidance to provide additional clarification to address borrower and lender questions related to the implementation of the PPP. Specifically, this update clarifies that lenders must recognize the previously established extended deferral period for payments on the principal, interest, and fees on all PPP loans, even if the executed promissory note indicates only a six-month deferral - meaning that lenders must comply with the extended deferral period, implemented by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, and notify borrowers of the change.

The new guidance, found in question No. 52 in the SBA’s frequently asked questions document is below:

  • Question: The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act) extended the deferral period for borrower payments of principal, interest, and fees on all PPP loans to the date that SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender (or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period). Previously, the deferral period could end after 6 months. Are lenders and borrowers required to modify promissory notes used for PPP loans to reflect the extended deferral period?

  • Answer: The extension of the deferral period under the Flexibility Act automatically applies to all PPP loans. Lenders are required to give immediate effect to the statutory extension and should notify borrowers of the change to the deferral period. SBA does not require a formal modification to the promissory note. A modification of a promissory note to reflect the required statutory deferral period under the Flexibility Act will have no effect on the SBA’s guarantee of a PPP loan.
PRO Act Webinar Recap


Last year, Democrats in Congress introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Last week, ABC National conducted a webinar that detailed how back this bill will be if passed.


This is an extremely important piece of legislation to pay attention to as it will have dire consequences for the merit shop construction industry if passed.
This radical legislation included provisions that would:
  • Strip away workers’ free choice in union elections as well as their privacy rights;
  • Codify into law the NLRB’s controversial Browning-Ferris Industries joint-employer standard that has threatened our country’s small and local businesses;
  • Curb opportunities for people to work independently through gig economy platforms or more traditional independent contractor roles;
  • Eliminate Right-to-Work protections for workers across the country, including in the twenty-seven states that have passed Right-to-Work laws;
  • Interfere with attorney-client confidentiality and make it harder for businesses, particularly small businesses, to secure legal advice on complex labor law matters;
  • Prohibit arbitration agreements in employment contracts;
  • Infringe on the due process rights of employers; and
  • Strip away “secondary boycott” protections that prevent unions from using their antitrust exemptions and immunity from certain state laws to target businesses for anticompetitive purposes other than organizing

If you missed last weeks webinar and would like to access the recording, please click the button below:
The Free Enterprise Alliance, the issue advocacy arm of ABC, has launched a new campaign aimed at informing Americans on the dangerous provisions of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The campaign, which features a new website and a targeted digital video campaign that will run through Election Day, Nov. 3.

The website can be reached here: FreeEnterpriseAlliance.org/PROAct
OSHA Issues New FAQs on the Agency’s Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued new frequently asked questions and answers regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus. The FAQs help employers apply the agency’s existing injury and illness recording and reporting requirements to COVID-19.

FAQs on Reporting:
  1. How do I report the fatality or in-patient hospitalization of an employee with a confirmed, work-related case of COVID-19?
  2. An employee has been hospitalized with a work-related, confirmed case of COVID-19. Do I need to report this in-patient hospitalization to OSHA?
  3. An employee has died of a work-related, confirmed case of COVID-19. Do I need to report this fatality to OSHA?

For information on recording cases of COVID-19, see OSHA’s revised enforcement guidance.

Visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage for updates.
Federal DOL Changes COVID-19 Paid Family Leave: What You Need to Know to Understand the Impact on Your Business
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.

On Aug. 3, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York nullified key sections of the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules governing paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Following the court decision, on Sept. 11, the DOL revised its guidance that restricted paid leave during layoffs and furloughs, required employer consent to paid intermittent leave and required employees to provide documentation before taking leave. ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin will discuss how the revised FFCRA guidance impacts construction contractors and chapters.
It's that time of year again and as you are stocking up on your hunting supplies, join ABC Empire State Chapter for our first ever Big Buck contest. Compete against your fellow members for the grand prize for the highest scored buck!

All ABC members and employees are welcome to join the contest to see who the master hunter is here at ABC.

The entry fee is $35 per person and must be received by Nov. 6th.

Rules:
  • Pre-registration is required along with a $35 entry fee
  • This contest and all rules are subject to the laws and hunting regulations of New York State.
  • All contestants must be legally permitted to take deer according to the 2020 New York Hunting Regulations
  • A picture of the deer must be submitted. All entries will be assessed using the information provided at the New York tagging station
  • No out of state deer harvests are allowed
  • ABC and its sponsors are not responsible for any injuries or accidents arising from participation in this contest or any related events
  • Only deer harvested during the 2020 season during the dates below are eligible for prizes
  • The contest will run from November 7th (New York Residents Only) to December 14th, 2020 and entry deer must be tagged no later than December 14th

To register or for more information, contact Tanner Schmidt or call (585) 730-1814.
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