AGC of Washington will post COVID-19-related updates here, by category, to help provide our members with information that will help their businesses through these challenging times and rapidly changing circumstances.
Need clarification on what’s “essential?”
Are you an “essential” business or worker? If you need information regarding whether your business is on the Governor’s list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” per his March 23 executive order, click here. To see additional guidance released by the Governor on March 25, click here. To clarify your status, or request inclusion on the list, please fill out this form.
Official state website on the Corona virus
The State of Washington has unveiled a new central website for general information and resources related to the Corona virus, including information for businesses and workers. Find it at Washington State Corona Virus Response.
COVID-19 Site-Specific Workplan and Jobsite Best-Practices Guide now available
AGCW has now made available a COVID-19 Jobsite Best-Practices Guide that addresses personnel responsibilities, social distancing, recommended field and office practices, PPE information, sanitation and cleanliness and more. Find it here. AGCW has also made available a COVID-19 Site-Specific Workplan document that includes a hazard checklist, hazard descriptions, scheduling and required PPE fields, personnel assignments and more. Find it here.
COVID-19 Jobsite Practices flyer available
AGC of Washington has created a COVID-19 Jobsite Practices flyer with tips for both employers and employees on how to address COVID-related workplace issues and help prevent further exposure. View and download the flyer here.
Toolbox Talk on COVID-19
AGC of Washington has created this Toolbox Talk document for use by our members to help spread accurate information, and reduce concerns, about this issue. Please take time to talk to your teams about good hygiene practices that can protect them and their loved ones. For more information, you can read the latest on the Center For Disease Control’s website here.
HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION
>> What are your human-resources questions? <<
AGC of Washington is working with Amy Robinson, human resources attorney with Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, to provide you with the latest information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and paid family leave as they pertain to COVID-19.
Click here to replay Amy’s March 25 COVID-19 Town Hall. The session addresses some of the legal landscape surrounding the pandemic, including considerations for managing reductions in labor force.
Click here to read Amy’s article on the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the two new emergency leave entitlements.
Click here to replay Amy’s March 18 COVID-19 Town Hall (keep in mind that the March 25 Town Hall will have fresher information.
Want to submit a human-resources question involving COVID-19? Submit it to AGC’s Director of Labor Relations, Andrew Ledbetter.
If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. ESD adopted emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. Click here.
New federal paid sick & family-leave info
For info on new requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020: Click here for an employer fact sheet; click here for an employee fact sheet; click here for a Q&A. Also, US DOL released this FFCRA poster which outlines details of the new, temporary, paid sick and family medical leave programs.
State paid sick leave and COVID-19: L&I answers questions
L&I prepared this Q&A regarding the state’s paid sick leave and its applications to various scenarios, such as close of a business by public officials, if a child’s school or childcare center is closed, whether or not an employer can require an employee to leave if they believe the employee has been exposed to the virus, and more. Click here.
TAXES AND CONTRACTS
Force Majeure under the Coronavirus pandemic
Lindsay Watkins, Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC – When events occur such as a national pandemic, that are beyond our control, it is important to review and understand what contract provisions or avenues are available for potential relief… Read more.
NATIONWIDE INFO FROM AGC OF AMERICA
COVID-19 updates from AGC of America
AGC of America has assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal-agency partners and health organizations. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly. Visit their page here.