COVID-19

Coronavirus (COViD-19) INFO & resources

Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be issued at a rapid pace. In order to stay up to date and access accurate information, members are encouraged to utilize the below links. All ABC Mississippi events originally scheduled through June 2020 have been cancelled until further notice. 


ABC National dedicated website to Coronavirus (COVID-19): abc.org/coronavirus


Update May 8, 2020: New OSHA COVID-19 Resources
New information has been released from OSHA regarding COVID-19. The resources include: (1) a poster listing Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus, which has been translated into Spanish; (2) a new video and poster on how to properly wear and dispose of respirators; and (3) a new OSHA Alert for the construction industry. Links to these new products are available at this link.


Update April 22, 2020: OSHA COVID-19 Training Resources
Please click here to download an OSHA PowerPoint to be used for training employees on methods for protecting the safety and health of workers. Please click here to download a 8.5x11 formatted flyer on COVID-19 Jobsite Practices. If you would like this flyer converted to another size that you can print, please contact sherry@abcmississippi.org


Update April 14, 2020: Blood Services Request
Our Chairman, Dupree Petty, would like to remind our members about the urgent request for blood donations to Mississippi Blood Services (MBS). As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, MBS is urging individuals to donate blood to ensure the continued adequacy of the blood supply. Healthy individuals are asked to donate to minimize disruptions to the blood supply and ensure blood is available for patients. Blood products are always needed for: surgeries, traumas, catastrophic and long-term illnesses and cancer. If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19, have recently had a fever or been exposed to an individual with a fever, or have any symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice before coming to donate. The main phone number is 601-981-3232 and locations are in Flowood, Cleveland and Oxford. Click the following links for directions to each location: Flowood | Cleveland | Oxford


Update April 13, 2020: New OSHA COVID-19 Recordability Guidance Provides Necessary Clarification for Contractors, Says ABC
Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore today issued the following statement on the release of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s April 10 guidance on recording cases of COVID-19: “ABC is pleased OSHA has clarified its position regarding the recordability of COVID-19 cases under its recordkeeping rules, which provides greater certainty to our member contractors. As a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, we expressed in a March letter to OSHA significant concerns about putting construction contractors in an almost impossible position of determining whether a particular case of COVID-19 that presents in the workplace is considered ‘work-related.’ The updated OSHA guidance will continue to let contractors focus on the taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overall jobsite safety, which is paramount for ABC and its 21,000-plus members.”


Update April 2, 2020: SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application
Thank you to HORNE LLP for this update. The PPP application was released on March 31, 2020 and you can click here to download the file. Time is critical. If you'd like to work with HORNE on this please submit this application to the HORNE Construction Team so they can get you to the front of the line when banks start accepting applications on April 3, 2020. Along with the signed form, please indicate whether you have already started the process or have a preference to use an existing banking relationship and provide that bank contact information, or if you would like to use one of HORNE's banking partners. While they encourage you to use a HORNE banking partner for streamlining and efficiency reasons, they will attempt to use your preferred bank if possible.


Update April 1, 2020: The "Shelter-In-Place Order & Construction
A statewide “shelter-in-place” order has been issued by Governor Tate Reeves, effectively placing the state on lockdown with the exception of essential businesses. So, which businesses fall into that category? News Mississippi recently published an article outlining which businesses are defined as essential (read full article). The following bullet is what this means for the construction industry: "Construction and construction related services including building and construction, lumber, building materials and hardware, electricians, plumbers, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial, HVACR and water heating industry, painting, moving and relocating services, other skilled trades, and other related construction firms and professionals for maintaining essential infrastructure." Learn More


Update March 29, 2020: Paycheck Protection Program Business Q&A
On Friday President Trump enacted the Paycheck Protection Program, which will allow banks to issue SBA forgivable loans to small businesses that can attest to suffering economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Many Mississippi banks are preparing now to make these loans and the Mississippi Bankers Association has prepared information on the program for ABC Mississippi to share with our members. Download PDF


Urgent Need: N95 Face Mask Donations
As you are aware, health care personnel need N95 face masks. On Tuesday, March 17, Vice President Mike Pence urged construction companies to donate construction-grade N95 masks and forego additional orders as the nation’s hospitals work to procure masks for healthcare workers. ABC Mississippi was contacted that afternoon, along with AGC of Mississippi and a large Mississippi-based construction company, asking for donations as well. If you have extra N95 masks that you can donate, please take to one of the drop-off points listed at this link.


Educational Webinars: ABC National is hosting the following webinar series on Coronavirus. They are for ABC members only and your Academy login is required.

Upcoming:

  • May 13, 2020: COVID-19 and the State of the Surety & Subcontractor Default Insurance Markets Register
  • May 15, 2020: Paycheck Protection Program Update Register
  • May 18, 2020: Did You Pause Business Development Due to COVID-19? Here's How to Restart. Register
  • May 20, 2020: COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we headed? Register
  • May 26, 2020: Coaching through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time Register
  • June 10, 2020: 2020 Mid-Year Construction Economic Forecast Register

Replays (Academy Login Required):

  • May 12, 2020: Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create Safer Jobsite Access Replay
  • May 06, 2020: COVID-19 and Its Relationship to the 2020 Safety Performance Report's Eight Leading Indicators Access Replay
  • May 06, 2020: Understanding and Managing Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Access Replay
  • May 05, 2020: Understanding PPP Loan Borrower Risks Before the May 7 Deadline to Decide to Keep or Return Loan Funds Access Replay
  • April 30, 2020: C-Suite Leaders Share Insights on Plans to Reopen America Access Replay
  • April 29, 2020: The Impact of New ANSI Standards Access Replay
  • April 28, 2020: Construction Shut-downs: Technology to Secure Your Jobsite Access Replay
  • April 23, 2020: Protecting Your Company and Remote Workforce From Cyberthreats Access Replay
  • April 22, 2020: Preventing Cyberattacks That Target Your Remote Workforce Access Replay
  • April 21, 2020: Planning for Project Shutdown and Remobilization During the Pandemic and Beyond Access Replay
  • April 20, 2020: ABC National Government Affairs Team Insights on COVID-19 Access Replay
  • April 16, 2020: Technology Can Help ABC Contractors as Coronavirus Disrupts the Industry Access Replay
  • April 15, 2020: Addressing Employee Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond Access Replay
  • April 14, 2020: COVID-19 and OSHA Compliance Access Replay
  • April 09, 2020: New Federal Paid Leave and Stimulus Laws and the Impact of the COVID-19 Virus on the Construction Workplace Access Replay
  • April 07, 2020: Communicating in the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: Don't Let 30 Years of Hard Work Get Destroyed in 30 Days Access Replay
  • April 03, 2020: COVID-19 in the Workplace: What We Know, What We Don't Register Access Replay
  • April 03, 2020: Accessing your Loan Options Under the CARES Act Access Replay
  • April 02, 2020: Contractors and Supply Chain Partners: Thinking and Delivering "Win-Win" Access Replay
  • April 01, 2020: Coronavirus Impacts on HR and Employee Benefits Access Replay
  • March 31, 2020: Insights & Strategies to Help Contractors Respond to COVID-19 Access Replay
  • March 26, 2020: Navigating COVID-19 From the C-Suite Leader's Perspective Access Replay
  • March 24, 2020: Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates: Access Replay
  • March 24, 2020: COVID-19 and its Impact on Jobsite Heath and Safety Access Replay
  • March 20, 2020: Contract Issues and the Coronavirus: Access Replay
  • March 19, 2020: The Economy in the Time of Coronavirus: The Near- and Longer-term Outlooks for the Economy and the Markets: Access Replay
  • March 18, 2020: Construction Employer Responsibilities and OSHA Compliance During the Coronavirus Emergency: Access Replay

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on the coronavirus, including the resources below:


The following resources are from the U.S. Department of Labor including the required poster published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This information is provided to keep ABC Mississippi members abreast of obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Please contact Bill Gault with Nippes, Healy & Gault, PLLC with any questions at 601.952.2592.


Courtesy of BKD: COVID-19 Tax & Accounting Resource Center
BKD will be offering weekly webinar series to help mitigate the inevitable financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar this week may be particularly interesting to your members as it addresses small businesses & general business planning opportunities. A schedule is below.


Courtesy of Butler Snow: Congress Passes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
On Friday, March 27, the United States Congress passed and President Trump signed an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus package to benefit the U.S. economy. The bipartisan agreement comes after several days of intense negotiations and provides emergency financial assistance for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The legislation includes a plan to send $1,200 checks to many Americans, unemployment insurance for those who lose their jobs in the crisis, a $500 billion Treasury fund to shore up industries damaged by coronavirus and $349 billion in small business loans. Visit the links below for more information.


Visit ABC general counsel Littler Mendelson’s coronavirus webpage, which includes the resources below:


Visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website for additional employer resources:


Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website for interim guidance on preventing exposures and infection:


ABC Insurance Trust Resources & Recommendations:

  • Know Your Benefits: Essential Health Benefits Coverage & Coronavirus - Download PDF
  • Educating employees on what is known about the virus including transmission and prevention.
  • Establishing a written communicable illness policy and response plan.
  • Allowing employees flexible work options to help prevent the spread of illness in the workplace.

Legal Resources Courtesy of Bradley Arant: