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AGCVA is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and provide members with industry updates. 


Nationwide coronavirus Safety Stand Down
this Thursday, April 9th 

AGCVA and AGC of America would like to invite your firm to participate in a nationwide coronavirus safety stand down we are organizing for this Thursday, April 9th  This event – set for anytime you want on Thursday, will encourage member firms, to participate in the coronavirus safety stand down to make sure everyone on their projects knows, and follows, all appropriate coronavirus safety guidelines. While the primary objective of this effort is to make sure firms are doing everything possible to protect workers, we also need to reassure the broader public, and government officials, that the industry can continue to operate in a way that does not increase the spread of the coronavirus. 

Here is a TOOLKIT with ideas, talking points and a request you send us photos of your firm and industry relations practicing coronavirus safety guidelines.


State Resources 

Latest SBA Paycheck Protection Program
April 2nd.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released new information concerning the Paycheck Protection Program, a new loan program enacted in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 


AGC Working to Fix Flaw in Paycheck Protection Program Qualifications that Appears to Exclude Many Construction Firms 
On March 27, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act1 into law. Section 1102 of the CARES Act establishes the Paycheck Protection Program.  Read more … 


Updated AGCA CARES Act Analysishere
As it applied to small business eligibility for the new SBA loan program. 
A business is eligible for such a loan if it employs 500 employees or fewer, or if the business is in an industry that has an employee-based size standard through SBA that is higher than 500 employees. Under SBA size standards, construction contractor firms are generally defined as a small business according to their gross receipts (see Sector 23: Construction on linked website), not their number of employees. As such, AGC assumes and has asked the SBA to make clear in guidance that construction contractor firms whose small business size standard is determined by gross receipts should simply determine if it has 500 employees or fewer to qualify for these loans. Construction supplies and manufacturers have small business size standards that are generally defined by the number of employees the firms employ. 


CARES Act
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness
Gentry Locke, Partner, Christen Church has written an excellent summary of the payroll and loan forgiveness portion of the CARES Act, the new Coronavirus legislation that has passed the Senate and is now before the House.  Here is the summary 


Hampton Roads Workforce Council / Greater Peninsula Workforce Board
Opportunity for COVID-19 Funding Assistance for Small Business
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency.   Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. 

Grants Information Sheet Support Application Assurances & Certificates

Local Inspection Offices
Find out the status of local Inspection Offices – here  


Status in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. The Governor has also outlined these additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians.  Status in Virginia 


Essential Tools for Your Jobsite
The first priority on our jobsites: Safety. Our industry has built a culture around the health and safety of our employees. Our goal is for every employee to return home safely to their family every night. The work we do is complex and challenging, but necessary for our society to function. Without a healthy and safe workforce, our work cannot be done.

Advocating for construction’s continued classification as an essential service isn’t a decision we take lightly. It comes from consultation with members from our Board of Directors, our Safety Directors, and individuals like you. We have heard from members on both sides of this issue. That decision also comes with the knowledge that keeping employees and job sites safe is paramount during this time of crisis and as we move forward. Most important, you need to make the decision to operate daily and case by case situation.  The public is watching every jobsite and your teams need to as well. Attached are two updated documents:  


VDOT Contracting Community Letter
While the current new coronavirus COVID-19 situation is dynamic and unpredictable, VDOT at this time is committed to sustaining the momentum of our construction, maintenance and consultant engineering programs. VDOT and our industry partners are emphasizing the health and safety of employees, while taking steps to minimize short and long-term impacts to the program.


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Under provisions of Title 13 C.F.R. Part 123.3, I respectfully request that the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement a Small Business Administrative declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for the following list of counties and cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning January 31, 2020, and ongoing.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance to small businesses will lessen the economic burden business-owners face and improve the economic recovery outlook for the Commonwealth. Read more … 


OSHA Provides Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19 – here
OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.  COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
  2. The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

LATEST as March 26, 2020
Questionnaire for Employers Proactive Measures for Addressing COVID-19 – here

Employers should ask the following questions to all employees, visitors prior to allowing access to the workplace and/or jobsite.

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Advocacy

AGCVA Webinar:  Legislative Session Impact on Construction – (MEMBERS ONLY) – view here 
On March 25, 2020.  The Virginia Legislature made significant changes for contractors and business in general. Log in to hear from Preston Bryant, AGCVA Lobbyist with McGuire Woods Consulting and Gordon Dixon, AGCVA CEO.  AGCVA members sent over 2,000 messages to legislators on key issues: Statute of Limitations, Project Labor Agreements, Minimum Wage changes and more. 


Tell the President & Congress That Construction Is Essential
On March 23, 2020 – Tell President Trump and Congress to treat the construction industry and the work it performs as vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come. To ensure this is the case, the federal government must issue guidance classifying construction as a critical infrastructure industry whose workers are essential.  TAKE ACTION!


Letter to Governor Northam “Construction is Essential” – read more 
On March 22, 2020 – Members of the Virginia construction industry are committed to the health, safety and welfare of our workforce and the public. We write to you today to ask you to treat construction as an essential service for the state and refrain from any action to curtail ongoing construction projects.

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Federal Resources

Withholds and Retentions During COVID-19
Recently released memos from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  Given the National Security Declaration by the President, it is imperative we keep the Nation’s, and the Navy’s, defense industrial base from going into extremis during the current COVID-19 crisis. A key element of this is to ensure companies, and in particular the underlying suppliers, remain solvent and available to support the Navy. Read the full letter to learn more about the directives regarding REAs, UCAs, and more.


Department of LaborThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 


EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-1
List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.


Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Interim Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019
There is much to learn about the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet).


Paid Leave Mandates Summary

President Trump signed into law new paid leave mandates that will take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. Nearly 7,000 AGC members from around the nation sent about 14,000 emails to their U.S. Senators in opposition to these mandates—the highest grassroots engagement on any issue we have seen in at least a decade. Thank you all for your efforts in pushing those action alerts.

Please find a summary of the mandates HERE

There remains opportunity to make improvements to these new mandates, as the Senate considers a third COVID-19 relief bill, with rumors of a fourth on the horizon. AGC of America will continue to press for avenues to make such improvements via legislative and regulatory means.  

With this new bill under consideration, AGC of America will also be pushing for expedited public owner payments to contractors for losses associated with COVID-19-related project impacts to keep cash flows going, robust investments in infrastructure funding, and the protection of multiemployer pension plans, their participants, retirees and contributing employers—among other policy objectives. 

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Webinars

National AGC 8-part Webinar Series   
AGC Webinar on Protecting Your People & Your Projects [RecordingSlides
“Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity” 
Monday, March 23 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020  /  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 
We recognize your business is at risk and want to position you for the best advantage.


AGCVA Webinar:  Legislative Session Impact on Construction – (MEMBERS ONLY) – view here 
On March 25, 2020.  The Virginia Legislature made significant changes for contractors and business in general. Log in to hear from Preston Bryant, AGCVA Lobbyist with McGuire Woods Consulting and Gordon Dixon, AGCVA CEO.  AGCVA members sent over 2,000 messages to legislators on key issues: Statute of Limitations, Project Labor Agreements, Minimum Wage changes and more.

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How You Can Help 

Call Out to Members Donate Supplies for Local Hospitals
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is leading the hospital response to COVID-19 in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, and working to increase supplies for testing and protection of health care workers. I am writing to see if any of your member organizations might have access to appropriate supplies and consider donating to Virginia’s hospitals. Items most needed include:  Nasal Swabs; Surgical masks; N95 Respirators; Protective Gowns; Face shields; Protective eye wear/goggles; Disposable gloves – sterile and non-sterile; Hand sanitizer; Bleach cleaning wipes 
If you can help, contact VSAE Board Member Tracey van Marcke at tvanmarcke@vhha.com 


Guidance from Brown Edwards & Co LLP
Dear Clients and Business Associates, We appreciate all of you that seek and value our support and guidance. COVID-19 is the type of unpredictable event that has the ability to change the direction of our nation and economy suddenly. How long and how significantly it will impact our businesses, our employees, and our personal lives is uncertain. We have each fielded questions from our clients learn more … 


Recommended Practices for Construction Jobsites – here
Personal Responsibilities; Social Distancing; Jobsite / Office Practices; Managing Sick Employees; Government & Vender Resources


Message from AGCVA CEOhere 

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Additional Resources 

Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
A new tool for your teams is the COVID-19 flow down charts, which outlines how companies should respond to confirmed and presumed cases of COVID-19 on the jobsite or in an office. This template Word document can be customized for your company and should be shared across your teams. 

CARES Act Small Business Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness
Gentry Locke, Partner, Christen Church has written an excellent summary of the payroll and loan forgiveness portion of the CARES Act, the new Coronavirus legislation that has passed the Senate and is now before the House.  

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