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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

 

 

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  

 

The new guidance includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law.  In addition, the WHD released a questions and answers document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

 

As a reminder, the WHD published its first round of FFCRA implementation guidance on March 24th:

 

Fact Sheet for Employees

Fact Sheet for Employers

Questions and Answers

Webinars

 

 

 

 

ABC is committed to providing you with the latest information on how to address the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Latest Updates on DOL's COVID-19 Paid Leave and Other Hot Topics

 

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.

 

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The Conversation Continues: Developing a Company Culture that Embraces Diversity and Innovation

 

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Steve Huizinga, Allied Mechanical; Sasha Reed, Procore

Moderator: Matt Abeles and Tia Perry, ABC National

 

Join us for the second webinar focused on the importance of developing a company culture that values diversity and innovation and why embracing technology is essential to recruiting the workforce of the future. Learn how the intersection of culture, diversity and innovation can help you mentor your company’s next generation of leaders and how it will lead to better safety performance, operational efficiency and job satisfaction.

 

Register today.

FranklinCovey Webinar Series: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential, Part 1: Identify Bias

 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 11 a.m. EDT or 4 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Taylor Morrison, FranklinCovey

 

Bias is a natural part of the human condition—of how the brain works. It affects how we make decisions, engage with others and respond to various situations and circumstances, often limiting potential. Unconscious biases are how our brains compensate for overload, which can inhibit performance and lead to poor decision-making. There is nothing more fundamental to performance than how we see and treat each other as human beings. Discover a principle-based and practical approach to identifying and addressing bias in our everyday life.

 

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ABC's Fight Against Government-mandated Project Labor Agreements –A 2020 Update

 

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Ben Brubeck, ABC National

 

Get the latest update about ABC’s fight for fair and open competition against government-mandated project labor agreements. Participants will receive an overview of the contentious PLA issue and learn about the current status of federal and state policies on government-mandated PLAs and how the 2020 election outcome will shape future policies impacting the ability of merit shop contractors to compete on a level playing field to win public works contracts. Hear insights about a variety of ABC resources and legal, public relations and grassroots tactics ABC members, contractor employees and chapter leaders can utilize to become effective advocates for the merit shop contracting community in our continued fight for fair and open competition.

 

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FranklinCovey Webinar Series: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential, Part 2: Cultivate Connection and Choose Courage

 

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22

Time: 11 a.m. EDT or 4 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Taylor Morrison, FranklinCovey

 

Go beyond simply raising awareness to building practical skills that let you recognize bias in action and counter its potentially harmful effects. Increase empathy and curiosity in personal interactions to surface and explore ways to face bias with courage and create the space where everyone is respected, included and valued. You will learn how to build an inclusive culture, improve collaboration and close the gap between expected and actual behaviors in how people see and treat each other.

 

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Technologies With Impact for Equipment Management Professionals

 

Co-presented with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals

 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Dave Bolderoff, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts; Cameron Clark, Trimble Civil Construction; Jordan Hodges, Uptake; Norty Turner, United Rentals; Russ Young, Tenna

Moderator: Matt Abeles, ABC National

 

Leaders from the equipment management and construction industries will discuss challenges facing their businesses and learn how technology can help address them. Learn how tech companies are supporting equipment management professionals to overcome pandemic-related obstacles; understand emerging trends and strategies for implementing new technologies; and hear how four industry leaders—Tenna, Trimble, United Rentals and Uptake—are making an impact to manage equipment safely and efficiently.

 

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These ABC webinars are part of ABC’s free COVID-19 webinar series, brought to you by ABC’s strategic partners CNA, The Contractors Plan , JLG, Southwire, Tradesmen International , United Rentals and Viewpoint! The strategic partners are here to assist ABC in supporting you and your organization during this challenging time.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

 

 

 

Federal Loan for Businesses

Newly Available SBA Disaster Loan Assistance 

 

Small businesses and nonprofits needing assistance are encouraged to apply for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. The program offers low-interest loans up to $2 million to help companies overcome temporary loss of income. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and more. 

Learn more and apply online .

 

 

Two State Programs to Know About

COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program and 

LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans

 

The New Mexico Economic Development Department launched the following programs to help eligible companies in New Mexico that are struggling to deal with negative impacts from COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Business Loan Assistance Program. NMEDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for things such as working capital, inventory and payroll.
  • LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans. The company must be a qualifying entity (a manufacturer or non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue coming from outside the state). This program is limited to land, building and infrastructure. 

For more information about NMEDD, visit the website .

 

Guide for Businesses

City of Albuquerque Offers Tips, Resources

 

The City of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department has created a guide to help businesses in Albuquerque navigate changes and challenges related to COVID-19. The guide offers tips about financial assistance, payment relief, unemployment information, marketing and communications, support for artists and more.

Read the guide.

 

Coronavirus Tax Relief

IRS Defers Tax Payments Until July 15

 

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it has issued guidance allowing all individuals and non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax payments (due April 15, 2020) until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. In addition, the IRS has established a special section and offers several online resources to help taxpayers.

Click here to access the website

 

New Coronavirus Relief Laws Require Paid Employee Leave

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress enacted a bill providing various forms of relief, including two separate laws mandating that employers give employees paid leave for specified purposes related to COVID-19. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The two leave laws are the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” The leave mandates take effect no later than 15 days after passage (April 2, 2020) and sunset on Dec. 31, 2020. Below is an HR Compliance Bulletin with details of the bill. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new leave requirements to ensure compliance. We will continue to send updates as they become available.

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Businesses with employees who may need to apply for unemployment should look at:

This 4 min video explaining the process.

Here is a 1-page fact sheet with all of the details people will need.

It is strongly encouraged to apply online. 

 

 

 

Industry In Action: COVID-19 Resources
 

Industry is contributing to the COVID-19 effort in a BIG way. Below is a list of what some of our members are doing. 

PNM is temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment due to Covid-19.

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Comcast is offering free WiFi hotspots, unlimited data, and is waiving late fees during Covid-19.
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AT&T is suspending broadband data caps and overage fees for home internet customers. Learn more

The Boeing Company donated respiratory masks and other medical supplies (such as gowns, gloves and full-face respirators) to nonprofit and government partners in Wuhan and Zhoushan.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t require prior authorization and won’t apply member co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically necessary and consistent with Centers for Disease Control guidance. This applies to all members they insure.

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The Wells Fargo Foundation announced up to $6.25 million in donations to support domestic and global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to aid public health relief efforts. The philanthropic funding includes $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund and $250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. The company will also donate up to $5 million at the local level to help address community-specific needs in the coming months. Learn more

GlaxoSmithKline is supplying their vaccine adjuvant technology to scientists and organisations working on candidate vaccines. 

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Western Sky Community Care is providing its call service center phones and staff to help the Department of Health and answer questions and deliver information on over 2,500 phone calls. Western Sky is following government directives to waive prior authorizations and cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and services. They are successfully leveraging telehealth, website, and social media to communicate and deliver medical, behavioral, and social services to its members and community at large. Finally, they are actively working on service solutions to meet the food needs of children and tribes of New Mexico.
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New Mexico Gas Company is temporarily discontinuing disconnects, waiving late fees related to bill payments, automatically renewing medical certificates set to expire during this time, and authorizing Customer Service Representatives to waive reconnection fees. 
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