June 12, 2020

LEGISLATIVE NEWS
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Required for All Businesses

Signed by Governor Tim Walz on June 5, Executive Order 20-74 requires critical businesses to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Prior to this order, only non-critical businesses were required to have a Preparedness Plan before reopening.

The commissioners of the Departments of Health, Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Labor and Industry (DLI) were directed to provide additional industry guidance for critical businesses, as necessary, no later than June 15. The guidance will be posted on the state's  Stay Safe Minnesota website.

template COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which covers OSHA, MDH, and CDC requirements, is available on the AGC website.

The MN Chamber of Commerce has also compiled  best practices shared by employers in critical industries as more businesses develop COVD-19 Preparedness Plans. 
 
Special Session Begins without Agreement on a Bonding Bill

The Legislature gaveled in today, Friday, June 12th at noon for a special session. When legislative action is required after the period of time authorized by the constitution, only the governor has the power to call the Legislature into special session. Governor Walz called the Legislature into a special session in order to sign an extension to the peacetime state-of-emergency in response to COVID-19. Legislators can pass legislation as they normally would during the regular session. They have the authority to determine how long they will meet and the issues they will address. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka indicated he wants to adjourn by Friday, June 19th. There is not an agreement on an adjournment date as the House and the Senate have different policy goals, particularly around police reform and equity, for the special session. It is unusual for a special session to occur without a pre-negotiated agenda or set end date.

A bonding bill was left unfinished during the regular session, but there have been some talks since then. Still, there is not an agreement on a final number. Leaders are also looking for ways to integrate assistance to areas in Minneapolis and St. Paul affected by the recent destruction. Reach out to Laura Ziegler with any questions

EVENTS & EDUCATION
AGC Webinar: "COVID Claims - What Employment and Construction Claims You Should Expect"

COVID-19 has created new obligations and challenges for businesses, and we can expect an explosive increase in resulting legal claims. This webinar will focus on the employment and construction claims that every business should prepare for arising out of the challenges caused by COVID-19. Phyllis Karasov and Christopher Yetka of Larkin Hoffman will present.

DATE: Thursday, June 18 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
COST: $35 for non-members.  AGC Members use Discount Code "AGCMEMBER2" to register for free (you will still need to enter credit card details to register, but will not be charged with that code).

Building Resilience: A construction contractor's guide to strategic relationships during COVID-19

Listen to Laura Cataldo and Courtney Davison detail the common questions and considerations within strategic relationships during the coronavirus pandemic and road to recovery. From relationships with employees, banks, financial lenders and project owners, to leadership and professional services providers, we have prepared a checklist of the various conversations you should be having.   Listen now.

Written by   Laura Cataldo, Senior Manager; laura.cataldo@bakertilly.com and Courtney Davison, Senior Manager; courtney.davison@bakertilly.com
GENERAL NEWS
Photo: John Autey | Pioneer Press
Rebuilding Our Communities


All Minnesotans have been deeply affected by the tragedy, tensions and protests in the Twin Cities this week. Our hearts are with all who have been directly impacted by the devastation and sorrow. We urge all AGC of Minnesota members to consider making monetary donations to help our community recover and heal.

Rebuilding Efforts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Support the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative to help the Midway small business and nonprofit community in St. Paul rebuild. Hundreds of businesses have been devastated and monetary resources will help rebuild the Midway community in the months ahead. For those that have visited AGC offices, the Midway neighborhood is a couple miles west along University Avenue.
A fund to help Lake Street businesses in Minneapolis rebuild and reopen. The effort is being organized by the nonprofit, Lake Street Council. The organization affirms that all funds collected will help go toward rebuilding small businesses and nonprofits.

Food and other Necessities
Areas affected by the severe property damage in Minneapolis became food deserts overnight. While grocery stores and other businesses rebuild, people need access to food and other necessary items.

In 2015, AGC members responded to a call from Urban Ventures to build a greenhouse near their location at 5th and Lake Street in Minneapolis. The AGC greenhouse, in tandem with other gardens at the facility, fed the needy population in and around the neighborhood. New Americans were also offered classes on ways to prepare the produce. Although the Urban Ventures' structures were not damaged in recent protests, their need to reach the community with resources has increased dramatically following destruction in the nearby area. 
Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Awards

AGC is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Award  . This award, based on safety standards achieved in 2019, will presented in three different categories. The awards will be recognized this fall at the 2020 AGC Recognition Evening. 

Completed applications are due no later than August 24, 2020 and should be returned to Merry Beckmann at mbeckmann@agcmn.org or mailed to the AGC office.
AGC of America Requests Highway Contractor Participation in Survey

Each year AGC of America surveys highway and transportation members about the state of highway work zone safety. Their intent is to measure the extent, and impact, of highway work zone crashes, their impacts on the safety of construction workers and motorists and their impacts on highway construction. Please complete the online survey by Monday, June 22nd. 
White Markings Increase Locator Efficiency

Gopher State One Call would like to remind all excavators to mark the excavation area in white prior to submitting the locate request. White marks increase the efficiency of locators by clearly showing where they need to mark. The use of white marks helps excavations go more smoothly as well as providing more time for locators to mark for other excavations.

   

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