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  • NECA Releases New Guidelines on Social Distancing on Construction Sites

    04/10/2020
    With many construction sites remaining operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is extremely important to maintain compliance with all social distancing guidelines and requirements. NECA developed recommendations that are specific to construction projects that continue to be operational. While these are fairly comprehensive, they are not all-inclusive. The needs of each site can vary. State or other local requirements can be more restrictive and would take precedent.
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  • Slow the Spread of COVID-19 with Proper Cleaning of Electrical PPE

    04/09/2020
    Due to the cross-contamination challenges impacting our industry caused by COVID-19, Enespro has updated our Care and Maintenance Guidelines for Electrical PPE, incorporating important CDC guidelines and references to ASTM F496.
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  • Procedure Suggestions for Chapters dealing with Postponements and Cancellations

    04/09/2020
    Meeting planning in the face of COVID-19 can be very stressful. None of us are in control and no one can predict what is going to happen moving forward. The most important thing is to be patient. Do not make rash decisions, weigh all of your options and contact NECA National Staff if you need absolutely anything. If you can, try and look at meetings 30 days at a time because the news is changing daily and this can make a difference with your contract clauses.
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  • U.S. Treasury Department Issues Guidance Clarifying Qualifications for Paycheck Protection Program

    04/07/2020
    NECA is pleased to report that the U.S. Treasury Department released new guidance on April 7, 2020, clarifying that companies with under 500 employees do qualify for loans under the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This change comes after association staff raised concerns with Congressional leaders and officials at the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury.
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  • Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard

    04/07/2020
    This Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) is intended to help small businesses comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection standard (63 FR 1152; January 8, 1998). OSHA’s goal for this document is to provide small entities with a comprehensive step-by-step guide complete with checklists and commonly asked questions that will aid both employees and employers in small businesses with a better understanding of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard.
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  • Upcoming Webinars For Week of 04/06/20

    04/06/2020
    During these unprecedented times, a positive outlook can help us maintain personal and professional duties. NECA has launched a schedule of webinars and more than 100 online educational courses.
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Respiratory Protection During N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    04/06/2020
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 facepiece respirators (N95 FFRs). This is the latest step to ensure availability of respirators. More information at the USDOL website.
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  • NECA and CFMA Co-Host Cash Flow Amid COVID-19 Webinar Next Tuesday, 4/14

    04/06/2020
    More contractors go bankrupt due to cash flow than they do because of profitability. Given the unprecedented events of COVID-19, the construction industry is particularly prone to major cash flow issues that could easily bankrupt your business. During this webinar session we will address critical cash flow considerations. This webinar is co-hosted by NECA and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). The presenter is Michael McLin, Managing Director at Maxim Consulting Group responsible for leading several service line teams within the firm.
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  • Survey of Executive Orders Related to COVID-19 and Impact on Construction Activities

    04/06/2020
    Our nation’s goernors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of the novel coronavirus. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, governors are taking action to limit the spread of this disease. This new resource for NECA Chapters and Contractors outlines actions taken by governors and state and territorial leaders to date.
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  • SBA and Treasury Begin Effort to Distribute $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital

    04/01/2020
    Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.
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  • NECA Infectious Control Policy (ICP) Template

    03/30/2020
    NECA developed an Infectious Control Policy (ICP) Template for use by NECA members. This template can be customized for each company and is intended to be incorporated into contractors current safety policies as needed. This Infectious Control Policy serves multiple purposes including bloodborne pathogens, HIV, COVID-19, SARS, H1N1, EBOLA, and so forth.
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  • Safe.Right.Fast: Track the Health, Safety and Availability of Your Workforce

    03/30/2020
    During the COVID-19 outbreak, stay ahead of standard care with this risk management application. Safe.Right.Fast has developed an app that enables your Safety, HR and Executive team to track and manage the health, safety and availability of your workforce. Document the many actions you are taking to keep your workforce safe and strategize long term business plans with this cutting edge tool.
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  • NECA Develops Hazard Risk Assessment Checklist Form

    03/30/2020
    NECA has developed a COVID-19 Hazard Risk Assessment Checklist Form tool for use by NECA members. This form provides the general elements for performing an appropriate COVID-19 related risk assessment and more importantly, documenting it. The form also provides information on hand washing protocols and how to deal with COVID Symptoms. The checklist provides general information and details specific to concerns associated with COVID-19.
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  • Take EICA Survey and Be Entered to Win a $100 Gift Card

    03/26/2020
    Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA) has been working towards adding another industry specific certification in 2020 and needs your help. EICA is needing qualified/experienced signal persons and rigger persons to take part in a verification survey that will be used to construct the test blueprint for the rigger/signal person certification. Please visit the link below and take part in the verification survey to help create an industry specific rigger/signal certification.
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  • NECA Overview: Understanding Contract Rights Related to Construction Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    03/25/2020
    NECA and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP have prepared this information sheet to help your company better understand its contract rights and obligations as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is designed to help contractors and their in-house counsel in the process of reviewing provisions addressing delays, force majeure, change order rights and termination
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  • DOL Issues Additional Guidance for Employers, Employees, FAQs

    03/25/2020
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on March 24, 2020 issued guidance for employers, guidance for employees, and a set of FAQs on how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201) will affect employers and employees. This guidance will be critical to all employers – especially small- and mid-sized NECA member companies – and in particular to businesses in other industries.
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  • OMB and CISA Issue New Guidelines Addressing Coronavirus Impacts on Federal Contractors

    03/24/2020
    NECA has advocated before the White House and the Congress to encourage the use of flexible work solutions electrical contractors, where possible. We have also asked that the federal government provide guidance to federal contracting officers regarding equitable adjustments for contractors unable to access the federal facility required to perform their duties.
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  • Federal Government Announces Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

    03/24/2020
    On March 23, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
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  • NECA Issues Guidance for Electrical Contractors on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    03/24/2020
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. NECA is pleased to present a series of summaries and FAQs for our contractors and chapters to utilize as they address many of the questions and concerns related to the paid sick leave, paid family leave, and other provisions of the Act. NECA is continually working to provide the most timely and accurate information to our chapters and members.
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  • Federal Income Taxes Postponed from April 15 to July 15

    03/23/2020
    The IRS issued on March 20, 2020 Notice 2020-18. This notice supersedes Notice 2020-17 so that not only are payments for Federal income taxes postponed from April 15th to July 15th but now the filings are automatically postponed as well. The $1 million and $10 million limitations have been removed.
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