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.
Get the latest AGC Member Bulletins on COVID-19
Remaining counties applying to re-open all construction (June 2,, 2020). Click here to view.
Statewided alert on fraudulent unemployment claims This appears to be an issue for many companies across many industries in Washington State. (May 8, 2020). Click here to view.
Use of masks clarified by L&I (May 5, 2020). Click here to view.
Addendum to Governor’s proclamation: The Governor’s addendum to his April 24 Proclamation 20-25. (April 27, 2020). Click here to view.
Phase-I re-start of construction across Washington. Phase-I projects are those for which social distancing can be maintained at all times. Effective immediately. (April 24, 2020). Click here to view.
First phase of three-phase plan to resume construction activities submitted to Governor (April 17, 2020). Click here to view.
COVID-19 update from the Washington State Employment Security Department (April 16, 2020). Click here to view.
Governor extends stay-at-home order through May 4 (April 2, 2020). Click here to view.
Governor’s order shuts-down much of construction (March 25, 2020). Click here to view.
Latest AGCW Safety Bulletins
Links are provided in this section to AGCW’s COVID-19 related Safety Bulletins.
April 8, 2020 – L&I representatives share perspectives on social distancing, masks, compliance & industrial hygiene during the COVID pandemic.
April 7, 2020 – New enforcement policy for evaluating workplace social distancing
April 7, 2020 – Coping with COVID | Safety Town Hall | Respiratory guidelines | Safety stand-down | Mental health
April 3, 2020 – Update on latest COVID-19 resources & information
March 27, 2020 – COVID-19: Mental-health resources | Jobsite best practices | Construction activities guide | Telework safety resources
March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 update
New resources from L&I, WorkSafe BC, AGC of America
Labor and Industries is offering a grace period for workers’-comp premium payments for employers who are facing financial difficulties during the pandemic. Click Employer Assistance Program for details.
Here is a new guidance document from Labor and Industries regarding COVID on construction sites. Employers should note that these are suggestions, and not regulations. Click here.
We have an article with work-from-home guidance by WorkSafe BC (click here) as well as a checklist we have drafted (click here) to assist employees and employers with items to consider while setting up a home workstation.
As you begin to adapt your accident-prevention program as well as site plans, a new resource from AGC of America may be helpful to you as a comprehensive sample exposure prevention, preparedness and response (click here).
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. 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.
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 April 3rd COVID-19 Town Hall. The session discussed where we are now including updates on HR and Safety during COVID.
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.
Temporary rule on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family/Medical Leave
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a temporary rule guiding how American workers and employers can use the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division posted the temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020. Click here to read the temporary rule.
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.