COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 31, existing construction projects can restart… Clark County hopefully will enter Phase 2 soon!

On April 24, Gov. Inslee authorized Phase 1 of the restart of residential construction, effective immediately in Washington State. it is imperative that residential construction leads the way to demonstrate that construction jobsites are safe and sanitary in order to have our industry completely re-opened. Phase 1 construction includes existing (permitted or contracted prior to Stay-at-Home Order) projects that can be performed with six-foot social distancing requirements and follows the BIAW’s COVID-specific jobsite safety plan.

*BIAW has produced templates for all of the required documents you need to have at every jobsite in order to return to work ⇒ access

 

Preparing for Phase 2:

  • Phases for opening up Washington’s economy ⇒ view
  • Thanks to the efforts of BIA, BIAW, local elected officials, and our members, the governor has agreed to Phase 2 Construction Guidelines.
  • When authorized in Clark County, Phase 2 would allow all construction activities to restart, including those activities not authorized under Construction Phase 1. Current local “Phase 2” counties in Southwest Washington are Skamania and Wahkiakum. Read the memo.
  • View Highlights of Phase 2 Construction Requirements
  • GET PREPARED: BIAW is hosting a webinar on complying with Phase 2 Safety Requirements. Watch the May 20 webinar recording.

Need PPE Supplies? Access our resources

 


 

Business Resources 

  • How to Navigate Your Contracting Business Through a Coronavirus Economy ⇒ watch webinar
  • Small Business Requirements & Resources COVID-19 Impact Webinar ⇒ register
  • The Vancouver Clinic can provide consultation and testing for COVID-19 as the building industry reopens under Phase 1. TVC has 2 rapid testing sites now operational where they can provide a 24 hour or less turnaround ⇒  learn more
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit: What You Need to Know ⇒ learn more
  • Coronavirus Emergency Loans for Small Businesses ⇒ learn more
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    • FAQ for Employees & Employers
    • Employee Rights Poster ⇒ Download
    • Learn how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act ⇒ watch webinar
  • Internal Revenue Service
    • IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date (defer tax payments to July 15 and waiver of interest payments or other payments for missing deadlines)
    • Covid-19 IRS Payroll Tax Credits Available to Small & Midsized Employers ⇒ learn more
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans (for Small Businesses impacted by virus) APPLY
    • Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities) learn more & APPLY
    • Please note: loans will only be “forgiven” (considered a grant) if the employer keeps all employees on payroll throughout the time of hardship.
    • Pro Tip: Applying for a loan is easy to do online but it may be processed faster through your commercial lender/bank.
    • IRS: Expenses Paid with Forgiven PPP Loans are Not Tax Deductible ⇒ learn more
    • Find an SBA approved lender
    • The SBA is holding information calls twice a day until April 3 to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 navigate the disaster loan funds available.These sessions are open to the public.
      When: Every workday through 4/3/2020 at 9am and 2pm EST
      How: Join by phone +1 (202) 765-1264, 522409519#
      Conference ID: 522409519
  • Washington State Agencies & Resources
    • Washington wins federal grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19 ⇒ learn more
    • L&I offers employers grace period to pay workers comp premiums ⇒ learn more
    • Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (apply for up to $10k in emergency funding, eligible employers have 10 or less employees)learn more and apply
      •  WA Commerce Director Lisa Brown provides an update on Emergency Grants ⇒ watch
    • Export Voucher Program (help pay for some of the costs for certain business needs)
    • B&O Tax (request a one-time, 24-month penalty waiver if you have not owed a penalty in the last 24 months)
    • Excise Tax Filing Assistance (qualifications for filing extensions or penalty waivers)
      Small Business Loans FAQs ⇒ learn more
    • SharedWork Program (provides opportunity to retain employees at reduced hours)
  • Support Your Customers during coronavirus outbreak ⇒ get tips now
  • Do you have questions about layoffs, reduction in work hours, and how the government might be able to help you so your business can weather the COVID-19 storm? Our local WorkSource office wants to help by answering your questions! Contact Susan Milke (Construction Liason) at 360-735-4981 or email.

Employee Resources:

3-in-1 Membership at Work

BIA of Clark County, BIAW, and NAHB is working to protect and promote the industry in these uncertain times.

 

Building Industry Association of Clark County

 

Building Industry Association of Washington

  • BIAW petitions Gov. Inslee to repeal new L&I emergency rule ⇒ learn more
  • BIAW has produced templates for all of the required documents you need to have at every jobsite in order to return to work under the Phase 1 plan ⇒ access  
    • Safe Jobsite Frequently Asked Questions ⇒ access
  • WEBINARS:
    • COVID-19 Employer and Workplace/Jobsite Supervisor Responsibilities ⇒ watch recording
    • BIAW Town Hall – Return to Work Safely During Phase 1 ⇒ watch recording
    • BIAW Town Hall – COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Employees ⇒ watch recording
    • BIAW Town Hall – COVID-19 & Stay-at-Home Order: Ask A Lawyer ⇒ watch recording
    • CARES Act Stimulus Package and Washington Unemployment Update for Businesses
      • CARES Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, & Unemployment Overview ⇒ access
      • CARES Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, & Unemployment FAQ ⇒ access
    • Our friends at AWB are hosting a series of employer resources webinars and BIA members are welcome to virtually attend ⇒ access
  • FAQ’s about Stay-at-Home Order
  • Senate Republican Caucus sends letter to Gov. Inslee urging a reclassification of residential construction as “essential” ⇒ view letter
  • Washington Department of Labor & Industries Inspections ⇒ learn more
  • BIAW’s Resources for Employees and Employers ⇒ access here
  • BIAW’s 10-Point Plan for Building a Safer Jobsite during COVID-19 POSTER ⇒ download now
  • Washington State Hospital Association ⇒ Where to donate personal protective equipment (PPE)

 

National Association of Home Builders Updates

  • NAHB Video Toolbox Talk Provides Guidance on Coronavirus Safety ⇒ watch now
  • NAHB Urges Congress to Support Affordable Housing, LIHTC in Next Package ⇒ learn more
  • NAHB Sends White House Policy Proposals to Boost Housing and the Economy ⇒ read letter
  • COVID-19 & Building Industry Webinars (will need NAHB login so call our office for your login permissions)access here
  • NAHB and other real estate partners urged Congress to consider additional economic relief for housing providers, their employees and their residents ⇒ learn more
  • DHS Designation for Home Building as ‘Essential’ is Not Mandatory ⇒ learn more
  • Construction Industry Safety Coalition Letter to OSHA on recordkeeping and respirators ⇒ read letter
  • NAHB’s Letter to President Trump ⇒ read letter
  • NAHB’s Toolkit for Protecting Your Business ⇒ access now
  • Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus ⇒ read
  • Coronavirus could affect OSHA compliance on home building sites ⇒ read
  • Coronavirus outbreak: What businesses need to know ⇒ read
  • NAHB’s Tips for Maintaining a Safe Jobsite ⇒ read
  • NAHB’s Coronavirus Jobsite Safety Checklist, Poster, & Toolbox Talk ⇒ access here