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FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
On Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020, President Trump signed the
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires
businesses with under 500 employees to provide leave to
employees missing work because of certain COVID-19 related reasons.
MESSAGE FROM CHAPTER ATTORNEYS, BETHANY BECK & TOM WALTHALL
WITH SANDERFORD & CARROLL
Council still needs to vote on SA order, it was issued jointly with the county.
Time frame: Effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 9, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.
Note – The summary from the City Website is just that – a summary. The full text of the order is much broader for the construction crowd. See image below (actual order text) and click here to view the order itself.
iv. Infrastructure. Businesses related to public works construction, construction of housing, commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, and public transportation.
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MESSAGE FROM A LOCAL BANK MEMBER
The SBA Disaster Relief Program will be administered directly through the SBA via the following website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/Index
Reminder: these are loans and they will need to be repaid. All loans over $25K require collateral, and longer term loans require real estate as collateral. They are low interest (3.75%) and can have longer repayment terms depending on the collateral and need. They can be used for most purposes, except refinancing other term loans.
If you are projecting some financial hardship, this might be a plan to consider. If you have a good relationship with your bank, I urge you to visit with your bank first because in most cases the banks are preparing payment deferral plans or interest only plans for some period of time to climb out of the hole. That initial conversation may help avoid taking on more debt.
LETTERS TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Letter to Texas Governor Abbott – On Mar. 19, 2020, five Texas state-wide construction associations sent a letter to Governor Abbott requesting he treat construction as an essential service for the state and refrain from any action to curtail ongoing construction projects.
Letter to Local Elected Officials – On Mar. 23, 2020, five Texas state-wide construction associations sent a letter to local elected officials requesting that in the event the city or county issues a “Shelter in Place”-type order, all construction services should be deemed essential services and exempt from such an order.
PREPARATION CHECKLIST FOR WORK
Have a plan to continue your essential business functions.
Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions so that the work can continue if key staff members are absent.
Develop guidelines for employees to telework.
Encourage sick employees to stay home.
Reinforce healthy behaviors such as handwashing with soap and water, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, and getting a flu shot.
Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace.
Make sure to keep desks and equipment clean. Don't forget to disinfect the computer keyboard and cell phones!
PREPARATION CHECKLIST FOR THE HOME
Keep an adequate supply of water & food in your home. Don't forget food for the pets!
Meet with family, relatives, and friends to discuss possible needs in the event of an infectious disease outbreak.
Join neighborhood information webpages or emails.
Choose a room in your home that could be used to separate family members who become sick.
Create an emergency contact list of family members, friends, neighbors, health care providers, teachers, employers and others.
Keep a working thermometer and medications like decongestants, expectorants and ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand.
Know the preparedness plans of your children's childcare and schools.