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AGC of California issues resource and operational updates

The situation involving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is rapidly changing and impacting daily life across the state. In an effort to provide you, our members, with up-to-date resources, we’ve collected the latest information to help you and your company move forward during the coming weeks.

Advocacy and Labor Relations
Shelter in Place Order
Today San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties announced a shelter in place order. The order exempts public works and residential construction, but lacks clarity around exemptions for commercial construction. We are actively engaged in conversation with representatives from those regions to seek clarity on this order in the best interest of our industry.

AGC of California’s advocacy team is reaching out to these counties to stress the importance that private commercial construction should not be overlooked with the exemptions included in this ordinance. We are actively holding conversations with each of these counties, and further communicating with other counties who we expect to adopt similar ordinances within the next several days to ensure none of our members are facing potential shutdowns to active project sites. 

Legislative Updates
The Governor asked the legislature for emergency legislative action today. The bills introduced include school financing, wildfire clean up and funding of the Governor’s emergency executive order. For additional questions, please contact Robert Dugan.

OSHA Reporting Requirements 
Fed OSHA issued updated guidance on Friday, March 13, 2020. This guidance adds clarification around recordable illness related to COVID-19 and assessment policies to employers on how to determine if the incident is a recordable illness. AGC of California is still working with our partners at Cal-OSHA to ensure these regulations are adopted. A summary of guidance for the Federal OSHA requirements can be found here.  

Updates for Signatory Contractors/Contractors with Union Labor
Our Labor Relations staff have been in contact with a few of our union partners and legal counsel in order to provide the following guidance to contractors whose projects are affected by the shutdown. 

If a project has experienced a shutdown, a tradesman can be issued a layoff notice and if possible a final layoff check should be issued today. If a check cannot be provided at layoff, contractors should issue checks ASAP either through hand delivery to a home address with a proof of receipt, overnighted (be cautious of proof of receipt requirements for delayed delivery), or if the tradesman has not been laid off yet, issue a layoff check at the jobsite (inclusive of two hours show up time). 

Please remember there is a penalty of one day’s pay for every day a lay off check has not been provided to a tradesman and the above are means to lessen the potential exposure to these penalties. It is in a contractor’s best interest to show good faith efforts to get any lay off to the tradesman ASAP.

For more information, please contact Brendan Carter, AVP of Labor Relations.

COVID-19 Resources 
Informational Webinar
Join us for a COVID-19 update webinar this Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. Members of AGC of California’s Legal Advisory Council, along with our advocacy and labor relations staff, will update members on impacts to jobsites, and how to be proactive and adaptable during the current public health restraints facing our nation. 

Resource Page
Our website features a COVID-19 resource page, which we will continue to update as more information and guidelines become available. 

AGC Operational Updates
While we all navigate the unknown, we’ve made decisions at AGC of California to adapt to the new normal while still supporting our members and staff. Effective immediately, we are putting the following policies in place: 

AGC Office/Staff Impact: We are actively monitoring all regional, statewide, and federal recommendations and policies regarding shelter in place or business closures. Until further notice, we are exercising the following schedule:

West Sacramento (Headquarters): Staff are working a staggered schedule to limit the number of people in the office, which will remain open during normal business hours until further notice. 

Concord: The Concord office will be closed as of Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in response to the Bay Area regional shelter in place order. 

West Covina: Out of an abundance of caution, the West Covina office will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. 

Please note: All AGC of California staff are prepared to work remotely, and a roster of staff cell phone numbers and emails can be found here.

Business Meetings: All business meetings (district, liaison, committee, etc.) will be transitioned to video or conference call through March. AGC staff will reach out directly to schedule and transition those meetings as needed.

Events: Based on the latest guidelines from the CDC and California Department of Public Health, we’ve made the decision to postpone all events through May, including Legislative Summit. Registration refunds are available and we are contacting event sponsors to determine next steps.

We understand that your time is valuable and your inbox is likely flooded with messages. Because of that, we are committed to limiting AGC of California mass emails to only pertinent information. Updates will also be posted to our website and social media channels.

Our team will continue to monitor the situation and make operational changes as needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to staff members.