AGC of Minnesota is committed to serving our members as Your Trusted Resource throughout this public health crisis.
We are coordinating with AGC of America regarding needs and measures to address economic and job safety concerns, and have been in regular communication with state agencies with construction contracts, as well as public-funded contracting authorities, regarding how COVID-19 may affect projects, from potential delays to potential safety precautions.
To maintain best safety practices, we are working and holding all meetings and educational sessions remotely. Our phone lines and email addresses are open, and we will do our best to respond to any requests in a timely manner.
Click the links below for topical resources.
- AGC of Minnesota joins in crafting a Joint Labor-Management Industry Statement with other employer groups and the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters covering construction health and dsafety best practices for COVID-19 response
- AGC of Minnesota COVID-19 Recommended Practices (including best practices)
for Employers & Employees on Highway / Heavy / Utility Construction Jobsites
- AGC of America Webinar for members only: "Latest Economic, Legislative & Regulatory COVID-19 Related Impacts on Construction" (requires a login - contact Renee if you don't have one)
- Effective 4/1: All employers are required to post the Families First Leave Benefit notice on its premises.
- AGC of America released new economic data/survey results.
- AGC of Minnesota COVID-19 Recommended Practices (including best practices for Employers & Employees on Construction Jobsites. AGC of America similarly urged members to continue to operate safely.
- View Best Practice Resources from AGC members here.
Webinars and Education
Both AGC of Minnesota and AGC of America are holding regular opportunities for members to hear the latest information on policies affecting our industry.
AGC of Minnesota
- March 23 - AGC of Minnesota held a webinar for members on "COVID-19 Industry Developments."
- March 18 - AGC of Minnesota held an informational conference call for all members with presentations by Jay Bowman, Kurt Erickson, Mark Becker, and Tim Worke. (click names for 2 presentations)
AGC of America
- March 30: AGC of America is offering a free webinar to members: "An Overview of the Latest Economic, Legislative & Regulatory COVID-19 Related Impacts on Construction"
- March 23-April 1: AGC of America presents "Navigating the Outbreak: An Eight Part Webinar Series on the Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity"
- View slides from completed parts (members only, requires login)
- View slides from completed parts (members only, requires login)
- March 27 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Update on COVID-19 Response
- March 20 - AGC of America hosted a webinar for members with an update on how the construction industry is being impacted by COVID-19.
Construction Job Site Practices
Best Practice Resources from AGC of Minnesota Members:
- Sample JHA/SWP (PCL Construction Services, Inc.)
- Social Distancing - Handwashing Stations (JE Dunn Construction)
- Social Distancing - Lunchroom (JE Dunn Construction)
- Social Distancing - Jobsite Meetings (JE Dunn Construction)
- Social Distancing Sign (JE Dunn Construction)
- Social Distancing - Meeting Space (JE Dunn Construction)
- PowerPoint on COVID-19 Preparedness (JE Dunn Construction)
- Jobsite Posters in English and Spanish (PCL Construction Services, Inc.)
AGC of Houston has compiled this good list of COVID-19 Recommended Practices for Construction Jobsites. Also available in Spanish.
The AGC chapter in Philadelphia (General Building Contractors Association, Inc.) has put together these useful safety tools to use in employee communication.
- Staying Healthy in Response to Coronavirus
- Safety Toolbox Talk - Coronavirus
- Dealing with Coronavirus on Construction Jobsite
- DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (pages 8 & 9)
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-1
- EPA Press Release: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-expands-covid-19-disinfectant-list
- Milwaukee: Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
IS COVID-19 A RECORDABLE INCIDENT?
For details on AGC's role in the revision of OSHA guidelines on limiting the parameters under which COVID-19 is a recordable illness, click here.
OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.
While 29 CFR 1904.5(b)(2)(viii) exempts recording of the common cold and flu, COVID-19 is a recordable illness when a worker is infected on the job.
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:
- 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);
- The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
- 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).
Employment and Business Resources
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect on April 1, 2020
- UPDATED: Pre-Screening Questionnaire and Tips
- Jeff Markowitz of Arthur Chapman presented to the AGC HR Committee (March 26) on "Workplace Safety, Disability Accommodations, and Leaves in the COVID-19 Era"
- Listen to the AGC of Minnesota webinar (March 23), which includes a presentation by Kristin Berger Parker (Stinson, LLP) on the new federal laws affecting employment.
- If your construction project will be delayed and you will be availing yourself of a Force Majeure or Delay clause, you will need to give appropriate notice. Click here for a good sample notice letter prepared by AGC of America.
- Rider for ConsensusDocs 200.1 for price adjustments due to market volatility
- Gallagher Construction Guidance for COVID-19
- COVID insurance coverage
- Paid Leave is now Law
- Details on the Refundable Employment Tax Credits
- 90 Day Extension on Tax Filing and Payment
- Critical Infrastructure information from Homeland Security
- EEO Guidance on workplaces
- Legal resource on the new Federal Act
- Is my business insured against COVID-19?
- CDC: Interim Guidelines for Businesses and Employers
- Briefing Paper on steps contractors, subcontractors, designers, and owners can take to best manage and respond to the industry disruption
- Recorded Webinar from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce on business considerations related to COVID-19
AGC of America Resources
Main Portal: https://www.agc.org/coronavirus-covid-19
- AGC of America provides narrative to the updated federal guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that clarifies construction’s critical role in supporting essential infrastructure.
- Construction now appears 25 times in version 2.0 document compared to 4 in the previous version. Most of those additions appear to be in the Energy (13 compared to zero) and Communications and Information Technology (4 compared to 2).
- New sectors that now reference construction include: “OTHER COMMUNITY- OR GOVERNMENT-BASED OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS” – (2) and “RESIDENTIAL/SHELTER FACILITIES AND SERVICES” – (3). There’s now a second reference to construction in the “PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT SERVICES” and they have reordered the bullets.
- Repair now appears 16 times compared to 8 in the previous version.
- The titles for certain sectors are also different. For example, it used to be “PUBLIC WORKS” and now reads “PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT SERVICES.”
- AGC of America’s comprehensive analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as passed by the U.S. Senate on 3/25
- Letter from AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr urging members to continue to operate safely.
- AGC of America has begun "Navigating the Outbreak: An Eight Part Webinar Series on the Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity"
- AGC of America hosted a webinar for members with an update on how the construction industry is being impacted by COVID-19.
- AGC of America sent a letter to all members of the US Senate, opposing the House-passed Paid Leave Proposal (HR 6201) on the grounds that it would impose intense strain on construction companies, most of which have fewer than 20 employees.
- Information from public health experts on COVID-19 as a resource for members.
- Status of State DOT Responses, as reported by AGC chapters across the nation.
Minnesota State Department Resources
From the Governor:
- Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20: Minnesota Under "Stay Home" restrictions effective Friday, March 27, 11:59 pm
- CONSTRUCTION LISTED AS ESSENTIAL, NOT SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
- Essential business employees are permitted to travel to and from work without violating the new Stay Home Executive Order issued by Governor Walz. AGC has developed an Essential Worker Verification Form for all employees that verifies exempt workers, accommodating their work travel.The verification form is NOT a requirement of law or the Governor's Executive Order 20-20. The form is only a convenience for an employee should they desire this level of comfort that their travel is authorized for essential business. If you use it, the form can be signed by someone in your organization (not MnDOT or another owner/public authority).
From the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry:
- MnDOLI is enforcing that local units maintain their inspection services: Construction Inspection Support Services Related to COVID-19
- Donations of Masks (and any other products) are being funneled through DLI. Please email@example.com if you have any masks your firm would like to contribute to health care facilities.
- More from MnDOLI on Help with Obtaining Inspections
From the Minnesota Department of Health: Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
From the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development:
AGC of Minnesota Advocacy on COVID-19
- March 30 - AGC of Minnesota joins in crafting a Joint Labor-Management Industry Statement with other employer groups and the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters covering construction health and dsafety best practices for COVID-19 response
- March 25 - AGC of Minnesota was part of a Minnesota Construction Industry Statement Regarding Executive Order 20-20
- March 23 - The MN Department of Admin responded to AGC's March 13 letter
- March 20 - The Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) responded to AGC of Minnesota's March 16 letter. Included are the referenced Overview and Jobsite Protocol safety bulletins from Kraus-Anderson.
- March 20 - The Building Jobs Coalition sent a letter to state leadership advocating for continued movement on public and private projects.
- March 19 - AGC of Minnesota was listed among businesses in support of a letter to Governor Walz from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
- March 17 - AGC of Minnesota issued a joint Statement of Support for Continued Construction Operations with industry partners.
- March 16 - AGC of Minnesota sent letters to public-funded contracting authorities regarding responses to COVID-19.
- March 13 - AGC of Minnesota sent letters to state agencies with construction contracts regarding responses to COVID-19.
In the News:
- Finance & Commerce: Virus Delays Hit Construction
- Finance & Commerce: MnDOT Still Moving Forward With Projects
- MPR: Coronavirus Shouldn't Upend Minnesota Road Construction
- Finance & Commerce: Government Office Closings Present Risks to Contractors