March 23, 2020
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Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order; Transportation Construction is Exempted

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeWine issued a Stay-At-Home order effective
11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23rd. A copy of the order can be found by clicking here. Included in the Order was a list of activities that are exempted. Section 9 of the order exempts public works construction and specifically names highways and bridges. Following up on the announcement of the Order, we have been in touch with senior ODOT staff and they have affirmed the exemption of highway and bridge construction activities and that ODOT highway construction projects will continue without interruption. Please note that the exemption is for project shut down but certain workplace expectations remain in place. Employers must continue to maintain a working environment that includes enhanced personal hygiene, social distancing, no large group gatherings or more than 10 individuals and other precautions as outlined in the Center of Disease Control guidance. Guidance documents for worksite precautions can be found on the OCA website. (Click here for direct access to the information)

In talking with members who are performing work for local governments and with staff from the County Engineers Association and Mayors Alliance, we understand that many counties and cities are taking their cue from ODOT. However, each locality may take a course of action they believe is prudent for their jurisdiction. Therefore, direct communication with local government project staff is encouraged. If you are made aware of any specific local governments that are shutting down projects, please inform Chris Engle, Michelle Holdgreve or myself of the shutdown. Of concern at the local government level is their ability to inspect projects and process resulting project paperwork, including invoices. We recommend you have that discussion with project personnel on projects that remain active so everyone has a clear understanding of how local projects will be administered.

While the OCA office will be closed in compliance with the Governor’s order, our staff is fully equipped to stay on top of this COVID-19 issue as well as any other tasks that are typical of our normal work duties which provide services to you. Normal communication procedures apply. Please let us know if you have additional questions. As additional information becomes available, we will inform you at the earliest possibly opportunity.
                                    


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Employer "Do's and Don'ts" - COVID-19 Webinar Tuesday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m.

COVID-19 is presenting unique challenges for employers and their customers trying to maintain business operations amid threatened shutdowns, travel bans, and the cancellation of major events. Some of these challenges include:

Rights and obligations of employers to send home employees if ill or a customer demands removal from the customer’s workplace.
Rights of employees to refuse to work for fear of contracting the virus.
Working from home policies/procedures.
Paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
• Employee eligibility for unemployment compensation.
• OSHA workplace safety requirements.
• Overview of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

OCA is pleased to have Bob Dunlevey and Nadia Lampton of Taft/Law provide this timely 45-minute webinar to you on Tuesday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m. Taft/Law is providing this webinar at no expense to our members and without prior registration required. Alert your managers and key HR staff now to attend.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
     Please click this URL to join. https://taftlaw.zoom.us/j/618991201

Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
     US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 618 991 201
International numbers available: https://taftlaw.zoom.us/u/ahr7jVox1

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
     H.323:
          162.255.37.11 (US West)
          162.255.36.11 (US East)
Webinar ID: 618 991 201

SIP: 618991201@zoomcrc.com


AGC Webinar Series - Navigating the Outbreak

Starting Monday, March 23, we will be launching an eight-part webinar series exploring many aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, and the impacts on the construction industry.

Navigating the Outbreak: An Eight-Part Webinar Series on the Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity

A webinar will be held daily from Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 1 with a start time of 2:00 PM EDT.

Topics will include legal liabilities, insurance challenges, labor and safety policies that should be put in place and what to expect out of Washington. Each webinar will take a deep dive into specific topics and feature AGC staff and outside expert speakers.

Pricing Members – Bundle Eight-Part Webinar Series – FREE
Non Members – Bundle Eight-Part Webinar Series – $599


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 Urgent Action Alert
Tell President Trump and Congress to treat the construction industry and the work it performs as vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come. To ensure this is the case, the federal government must issue guidance classifying construction as a critical infrastructure industry whose workers are essential.

Click the "Take Action" button below and simply submit the pre-written message as is to President Trump and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer.
 
 
On March 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance listing 16 critical infrastructure industries whose workforces should maintain their normal work schedules. Though construction was not explicitly listed, it is crucial to the operation of all 16 industries. In the absence of clear federal guidance, many states and localities have taken a wide variety of unreasonable approaches to addressing the ongoing operation of our industry.

Construction workers’ unique skills are essential now and in the coming weeks to construct, maintain, and repair critical infrastructure, and to build temporary health facilities and retrofit and expand existing ones. Moreover, any responses to other natural disasters that may occur need to be immediate. Mobilizing the men and women of the construction industry will be more expedient if they are already working.

The safety and health of the construction workforce is the industry’s highest priority. That is why construction projects continue to operate now in a safe and effective manner. It continues to closely monitor and provide guidance on all recommended health and safety job site precautions for construction workers so that proper measures are deployed to ensure a safe work environment for those on the job.

Taking action is easy. Simply click the above button to submit the pre-written message as is to President Trump and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company. If you would like to forward the alert to colleagues and friends, please wait for the instructions that will be included in the confirmation email after you take action.


Sample Early Written Notice Template

We have composed a sample written early notice for our members if your project is delayed for any reason associated with the COVID-19 virus. In general, project delays will fall under the "force majeure" clause of your contract - that is, they will be excusable but non-compensable. However, if your owner takes action to suspend or delay your project, please note that may constitute an action by the owner that could change these delays into compensable delays.

Please ensure you keep in mind all contractual timeframes noted in your project's contract. Contact Chris Engle with any questions.

Editable Word Version
PDF Version


Heavy/Highway Specification Committee Meeting - Friday, March 27, at 10:00a.m. 

All members are welcomed to join the Heavy/Highway Specification Committee meeting. ODOT Construction personnel will be joining remotely and will be discussing the COVID-19 status of ODOT construction projects and other topics included on the agenda.

Link to the Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/706116217

And here is the dial in connection:

646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 706 116 217


Hall of Fame Scholarship Program Application Deadline Extended to Friday, April 3, 2020

In consideration of disruptions in schedules, OCA has extended the deadline for Hall of Fame Scholarship Applications in order to allow additional time to gather required recommendation forms.                                            
Since 1996, OCA has awarded nearly $250,000 in scholarships to support promising future talent studying for careers in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology and Construction Management. Scholarships are available for students with graduating goals set at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. OCA recognizes the value that our Hall of Fame Scholarship recipients bring to our industry. These scholarships are for students enrolled in a degree program in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management, or related studies.

Please share this link for registration information https://form.jotform.com/200504559956158 and a link for faculty recommendations https://form.jotform.com/90076910819158.

For questions, contact Lynda Pomeroy, Director of Membership Development, at 614-488-0724 or send an email lpomeroy@ohiocontractors.org

     
OCA Toledo Chapter Vice Chair, Chad Hartman of Ebony Construction, coordinated the chapter’s largest service project efforts to date. Time and materials donated by 16 of the chapter’s member companies are estimated to be more than $150,000
 OCA accepts Community Service Award at recent National AGC Conference

OCA Direct of Chapter Development, Melanie Kitchen and Toledo Chapter Vice Chair, Chad Hartman of Ebony Construction Co., Inc. recently accepted an AGC in the Community Award at the their National Conference held in Las Vegas. These awards showcase the community service efforts of AGC chapters and members that epitomize the essence of charitable giving through actual hands-on service and donations to charitable organizations.

This recognition was made for the Toledo Chapter’s Community Service Project, led by Hartman with more than 16 chapter member companies contributing generously to this effort. The project entailed the chapter playing a major role in Toledo’s Old South End Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which is being led by Historic South Initiative.

New sidewalks and road resurfacing covering five city blocks were the chapter’s contribution. This was done in an area where homes were also renovated, contributing to the revitalization of the historic neighborhood.

OCA members around the state generously volunteer time and money to OCA Community Service Projects in their local communities and we value the effort being given to this work. Congratulations to the Toledo Chapter for achieving their largest service project to date!

For more information about OCA Chapter programs, contact Melanie Kitchen at OCA, mkitchen@ohiocontractors.org.

 


Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation - Public and private employer insurance premiums deferred

To our customers, stakeholders, partners and interested parties:

We're announcing that public and private employer insurance premium installment payments due for March, April and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. See our updated FAQs document for details.


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