COVID-19 Resources for SMACNA Colorado Members

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal, State, and Municipal actions are moving rapidly. Below is a comprehensive collection of all resources and information that we have compiled, to date. We will be updating this list in real-time as new information and resources become available. 

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Newest Information

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Governor Polis Instructs Coloradans to Wear Masks

Gov. Jared Polis has instructed Coloradans to wear face masks when they leave their home for essential functions.

FFCRA & CARES SMACNA FAQs Update 04.02.20

SMACNA has updated the FAQs for the FFCRA and the CARES Act, as of 04.02.20.

Joint Statement from SMART, SMACNA Leadership on COVID-19

APR 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant and unprecedented challenges to our industry. Please be assured that SMART and SMACNA are actively monitoring health and industry updates in order to protect the safety and health of our employers, members, and families.

Both SMART and SMACNA understand that this is a highly complex and evolving situation that requires a flexible and common-sense approach to all the issues presented. Labor and management are equally concerned with keeping everyone in our industry safe and healthy, while also recognizing that the critical work performed by our signatory contractors, members and employees needs to continue with as little disruption as possible.  

Because of the great variations in the severity of the outbreak, there is no “one size fits all” approach to the issues faced locally. We are encouraged by, and proud of, the cooperative approach taken by many of our local unions and contractor associations to address their unique local situations. It is critical that SMART local unions and SMACNA chapters continue to meet and work together to address concerns as they arise. We encourage parties to share the steps taken and agreements made that may be valuable to other areas addressing similar issues. 

Federal and state authorities are issuing guidelines and orders that will dictate many of our actions. However, as individuals, we must assess our own risk factors for health, family and community safety and act accordingly. Employers must take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of the workplace and should rely upon guidance from the CDC, DOL, OSHA, EEOC and state and local governments as those steps are taken. 

In addition, the local parties should closely analyze and take advantage of federal, state, and local legislation providing all forms of relief and assistance to individuals and employers so that our industry can recover as rapidly as possible. Both SMACNA and SMART will continue to provide information and analysis to facilitate utilization of these programs. 

Our collective hard work at the Partners in Progress Conference and through this pandemic will be the solid foundation that we will work from in the coming weeks. Our strong labor-management partnership will serve us well during this unprecedented and uncertain time. 

If SMART and SMACNA can provide any assistance to you during this time of crisis, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us. Most importantly, we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. 

Joseph Sellers, Jr.
SMART General President 

Angela Simon, P.E.
SMACNA President

Joint Statement PDF

National COVID-19 Resources

SMACNA has put together a dedicated webpage for providing up-to-date resources for handling the fallout of COVID-19.: Website:  ASHRAE’s Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases 

State COVID-19 Resource Page

The state has compiled an extensive list of public health orders, industry guidance, and other resources to educate, inform, and provide assistance to both small businesses and residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Click the link for more information.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Work-Share Program

The CDLE Work-Share Program is designed to help avoid lay-offs and keep workers at work with reduced hours by covering the lost hours with Unemployment Insurance benefits. Currently, this program covers lost wages for a minimum loss of 10% to a maximum loss of 40% of normal work hours.

Essential Business Letter

Having documentation readily available for your workers may make any encounters they could have with law enforcement easier, less stressful, and less time consuming. Follow the link for an Essential Business Letter Template Word Doc that has been shared with our construction coalition for your use.

COVID-19 Safety Guidance

CDPHE COVID-19 Construction Guidance

CDPHE published guidance on the obligations of the construction industry during this time. Click the link for the full text.

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan

SMACNA has provided a template COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan policy document for use by SMACNA Members. Click the link to open a Word Doc that has been shared for your use.

Cleaning Tools to Prevent Transmission of COVID-19

Should a tool need to be cleaned that does not have blood or visible bodily fluids on it, Milwaukee® recommends the following protocol. This protocol is subject to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), OSHA, and those of State and Local health departments. Please follow applicable guidelines of these agencies.

Guidance Webinars

SBA Funding Webinar

The funding passed by Congress contains many favorable provisions for employers to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic. The webcast covers a host of loan and grant opportunities that employers will be able to take advantage of.

SMACNA Webinar (Recorded): COVID-19 Labor Law and Implications of Federal Stimulus Package

Watch this thorough explanation of COVID-19 related labor law and the implications of the Federal Stimulus Package coordinated by CAMPC and MEP, presented by Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Federal Action

FFCRA

The US Senate has passed the US House Bill H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which the President has signed into law. This is the first of several pieces of legislation that will provide aid to those affected by the disaster. Families First Coronavirus Response Act chart detailing eligibility and benefits is attached. I further expect an analysis from SMACNA National soon regarding implications for our labor force as there are some provisions exempting those covered by multiemployer benefit funds. The paid leave provisions of the FFCRA do not go into effect until “15 days after the date of enactment,” which means the paid leave provisions will take effect on April 2, 2020. Felhaber Larson has also provided a summary of the IRS FFCRA Clarifying Guidance for SMACNA Members. We have also provided a FFCRA Leave Decision Tree to help determine eligibility.

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was approved on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act contains many tax provisions that are aimed to help reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to taxpayers. The focus of this post is on several business-specific components. Part of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program, detailed in the US Chamber Summary and Guidance document. We have also provided the SBA application forms and the link to the Treasury Department’s website.

DOL Guidance

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance to help employers and employees better understand the law.

 

State Action

Social Distancing Order

Governor Polis has issued a Public Health Order restricting gatherings to no more than 10 individuals. While there is no specific carveout for the construction industry, there is also no specific restriction on the construction industry and plant operations where social distancing is already in place are exempt. The construction industry has shared a letter with the Governor and other key officials asking for an exemption if additional orders are received. We are not aware of additional imminent orders, however, as you know, these things are changing rapidly.

Medical Priorities Order

The Governor signed an executive order today temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators, needed to combat COVID-19. The executive order is in effect from March 23 to April 14, with the exception of rural and critical access hospitals.

Governor Polis’s Statewide Stay Home Order Press Conference

This evening, Governor Polis issued a Statewide Stay Home Order to go into effect at 6am on Thursday March 26th, 2020 and to stay in effect until April 11th, 2020, unless otherwise extended or rescinded. With the release of the text format order, we now know that the Construction Industry is classified as Essential Business. Follow the links to see the full 9News press conference, the full text of the Updated Stay Home Order, or the FAQs (updated 03.31.20) provided.

Municipal Action

Englewood City COVID-19 Small Business Support & Recovery Grant

In response to the adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Englewood has developed a COVID-19 Small Business Support and Recovery Grant Program.  This program provides grants up to $2,000 for businesses that have been  significantly impacted by this pandemic.

Public Health Orders

A number of public health orders have been issued by various government entities in Colorado. Below are links to each of the orders currently in place. These will be updated as new Public Health Orders are issued. Most municipalities and counties rescinded their Public Health Orders following the Statewide Stay at Home Order, except Pitkin County and Denver.

Denver’s Stay at Home Order has been extended to April 30th, 2020.

Union Sheet Metal Contractors

Special SASMI Eligibility for union members affected by COVID-19

Qualifying participants displaced because of conditions related to COVID-19 will be eligible for pay at their normal rate at 40 hours per month for March through June. The trustees will determine later whether the benefit will be extended. Participants may not receive SASMI benefits if they are otherwise being compensated by an employer and are not working. Receiving state unemployment does not affect eligibility and receiving SASMI does not disqualify an employee from receiving state unemployment. Most Local 9 journeyworkers and apprentices who are employed with signatory contractors will be eligible. Generally, classified workers and material handlers are not covered.

COVID-19 Guidance for Union Employers

Employers continue to grapple with how to respond to the constantly changing circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. For employers with a unionized workforce, following the terms of their collective bargaining agreements and the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) adds another layer of complexity.

SMACNA COVID-19 Resources & Community Discussion

SMACNA has put together a community discussion board for members who are seeking guidance from peers concerning various aspects of business that are impacted by COVID-19. 

SMACNA 10 Tips for Leadership During a Crisis

recent article published in Inc. stresses that leaders like yourself are called upon in this time of uncertainty to lead. The article goes on to give ten useful tips for leaders to make something good when it seems impossible, and how they can rise to the challenge of the Coronavirus crisis. For more information click the Crisis Leadership link.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Contract Obligations

As we face continuing disruptions and possible mandatory quarantines, businesses are wondering about their obligations under previously executed contracts. More specifically, many companies are wondering what their rights are in the event of their, or another party’s, nonperformance or inability to perform under a contract.

Does Insurance Cover COVID-19 Losses?

SMACNA has provided some guidance on insurance coverage of business losses resulting from COVID-19 related shutdowns. For more information, click the COVID-19 Insurance link.

COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SMACNA members who are concerned about cash flow can draw from government programs now and in record amounts with less documentation and increased funding. For more information click the Small Businesses link.

COVID-19 Paid Leave FAQs

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R. 6201 creates two new types of paid leave: (1) Public Health Emergency Leave (“Emergency FMLA”) and (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“Emergency PSL”). For more information on these these new types of leave, click the Paid Leave link.

SMACNA Essential Business Status Request

SMACNA and its industry partners have asked officials at all levels to treat construction as essential services that should be continued during a time of national crisis. Further, SMACNA has applauded public officials for recognizing the vital role of HVAC and commercial refrigeration specialty contractors to countless clients building and maintaining facilities impacting the national defense, healthcare,  public infrastructure in times of crisis, SMACNA  have petitioned local, state and federal lawmakers to include HVACR technicians and engineers as essential businesses for continued roles in national commerce.