COVID-19 Resources for Contractors

MARCH 31, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI UPDATES PODCAST

E-TICKETING SYSTEMS

INDOT will allow a contractor to utilize a proprietary electronic ticketing (e-ticketing) system with the goal that the system eliminates or greatly reduces physical transactions at the product point of placement. There are two vendors, Command Akon and EarthWave Technologies, Inc. that have offered to provide there software for no cost at this time. Contractors should contact vendors directly and communicate with INDOT and consultant project engineers/supervisors about an intent use a e-ticketing solution on specific contracts. District Construction Directors are aware of this effort. ICI will continue monitoring this effort to provide updates. Please contact Dan Osborn with questions and comments.

AGC CLEARS UP SBA LOAN CONCERNS

We received a question about the new CARES Act lending programs that we would like to ensure you can provide clarity to your members on if and when you get it. The question is:

Q: If my company takes an SBA loan under the program (the Paycheck Protection Program) enacted in the CARES Act, will I be prohibited from abrogating my existing collective bargaining agreements and/or be required to remain neutral if union representatives try to organize my employees?

A: No. There are no such requirements under the new SBA loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. This is something other organizations are confusing with the new Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) Loan Program under the CARES Act.  Under the ESF program, businesses with 500-10,000 employees that apply for these ESF loans are required to certify that they: (1) will not abrogate existing collective bargaining agreements for the term of the loan plus two years; and (2) will remain neutral in any union organizing effort for the term of the loan, among other things.

For more information on these two new lending programs, please share our CARES Act Analysis found HERE. For the latest on SBA loans and the new Paycheck Protection Program, click HERE. At this moment there is little information from the SBA on this program. However, we expect more information and guidance to be provided shortly.


MARCH 30, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI UPDATES PODCAST

SPECIAL EDITION ICI NEWS


MARCH 28, 2020

Saturday Evening Coronavirus Legal Update

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s Stuart Buttrick shares federal guidance on essential critical infrastructure workers released earlier today. This is to guide local and state governments, but will also provide insights for employers in the relevant industries.

WEEKEND FUN FOR ICI KIDDOS

Send us pics of your kids building roads or bridges with found items like paper, cardboard or sticks or toys like Legos®, blocks or playdough, and we’ll feature them in the newsletter and on social media. What better way to combine learning and fun, and maybe inspire the next generation of road builders in the process!

Updated U.S. DOL Guidance on Paid Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has added to its Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) original Questions and Answers document. The new Q&A’s (see questions 15-37) address critical issues, such as recordkeeping, documentation requirements, when an employee is unable to telework, intermittent leave, worksite closures, furloughs, UI interaction, health coverage requirements, and multiemployer collective bargaining agreement implications.


MARCH 27, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI Updates Podcast

CONTRACTORS *NOT* REQUIRED TO POST FFCRA POSTERS ON JOBSITES

Today, INDOT Chief Legal Counsel – Deputy Commissioner Heather Kennedy confirmed that INDOT will not be requiring contractors to post FFCRA posters on bulletin boards.

AGC ANALYSIS OF CARES ACT

On March 27, the House passed by voice vote H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. After it passed unanimously in the Senate earlier in the week, President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law by the end of the day. Here’s AGC’s take on the legislation.


MARCH 26, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI Updates Podcast

INDOT ESSENTIAL CONTRACTOR LETTER

Thank you, INDOT, for the Essential Operations Memo that contractors and their employees can print and keep on hand in the unlikely event that they are pulled over during the current shutdown. Just another example of how the Indiana Transportation Team collaboration is helping to keep the business of building and maintaining Hoosier roads and bridges running smoothly.

DBE PROCDURE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division has provided this update for DBEs.

INDOT PREQUALIFICATION APPLICATION 2020 GUIDANCE

INDOT’s Prequalification Director Chris Serak sheds light on the prequalification process during the COVID-19 outbreak.


MARCH 25, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI UPDATES PODCAST

U.S. DOL FFCRA Employee Rights Poster

U.S. DOL FFCRA Temporary Non-Enforcement Period

INDOT and Indiana Transportation Team Ready to Go

Today, INDOT Deputy Commissioner for Construction Roland Fegan sent this message to ICI regarding INDOT projects and the 2020 construction season. Please share with your workforce and know that ICI is a committed to helping you, along with our industry partners, to deliver the safest, highest quality and best maintained transportation network in the country on behalf of all Hoosiers. Learn about extended work hours, e-ticketing, testing, supply chain and more.

Union Training Facilities

As the 2020 construction season kicks in, find out how Indiana’s unions are handling apprenticeships and training.

FMCSA Grants CDL Waiver

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a waiver, valid through June 30, 2020, that suspends CDL renewals and renewals of tests and medical certifications associated with CDL renewals. Here’s the waiver and the enforcement notice.

U.S. DOL PROVIDES GUIDANCE on FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. Pay close attention to the Q & A document.

FOR OUR UNION EMPLOYERS

Last week we shared info on how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacts our union employers, and we’ve got some updates for you from each of our collectively bargained contracts. Download your copy here. Revised at 03/25/2020


MARCH 24, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI UPDATES POCAST

WHAT ABOUT DRUG TESTING?

While our industry is continuing on as usual, you may hit some speed bumps as you’re ramping up seasonal hiring. For instance, you probably don’t want to send new hires to a local clinic for drug testing. They’ve got their hands full now, so what do you do? ICI’s got the answer for you.

PREQUALIFICATION INCLUDED IN LICENSE EXTENSION

Read up on what the Prequalification Division is doing to help keep the prequalification process moving forward while #HoosiersHunkerDown.

UPDATED INFO FOR OUR UNION EMPLOYERS

Last week we shared info on how H.R. 6201 impacts our union employers, and we’ve got some updates for you from each of our collectively bargained contracts. Download your copy here. Revised at 5:30 p.m. ET

ASSOCIATE MEMBER EXPERT GUIDANCE

From the folks at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP:


MARCH 23, 2020

TODAY ON THE POD – ICI UPDATES PODCAST

Breaking ICI News

Find out how Executive Order 20-08 affects your business HERE.

Text of Executive Order 20-08 Stay at Home

TUNE IN @ NOON FOR A MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

Free Member AGC Coronavirus Webinar Series

ICI members can sign up for the free AGC Coronavirus Webinar Series – Navigating the Outbreak this coming week. You need to have login credentials for the AGC of America website to sign up.

If you don’t have AGC login credentials:

  1. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.org.
  2. In the upper left hand corner of the home page, click “Register” to create an account.
  3. AGC staff will process these requests and activate the accounts ASAP.

For members who may have forgotten your password:

  1. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.org.
  2. In the upper left hand corner of the home page, click “Login”.
  3. On the next page, enter your work email address and click “forgot password”.
  4. Check your email for a link to reset your password.
  5. Now you can register for the webinar series as a member.

If have difficulty logging in, send an email to membership@agc.org. AGC will be monitoring this email closely and will respond ASAP.


MARCH 22, 2020

URGENT ACTION ALERT

Tell the President 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 HERE and simply submit the prewritten message as is to the President and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER EXPERT GUIDANCE

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP – Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs


MARCH 21, 2020

UPDATES to AGC of America’s COVID-19 Page

Check out the latest from AGC of America on construction as an essential industry, protecting the construction jobs and market, small business exemptions, IRS prompt payment to employers mandated to provide leave and more.

INDOT PROVIDES SUPPORT

Proud that our Indiana Transportation Team partners are providing this essential support! #letsbuildIN #letsbuildINsafely #letsbuildINtogether

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OFFER EXPERT GUIDANCE


MARCH 20, 2020

Today on the PodICI Updates Podcast

H.R. 6201 Impacts for ICI Members

Take a moment to find out how H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the first of what we believe will be several bills, affects your business by downloading ICI’s analysis here.

ICI Office to Close

Beginning Monday, March 23 all ICI staff will be working remotely. The experience should be seamless. Just call, text or email as you would normally, and we’ll be there for you.

WORKING REMOTELY?

Video conferencing technology is a great way to connect during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some tips for being a good video conference meeting participant.


MARCH 19, 2020

Today on the PodICI Updates Podcast

Congressional Action Alert

Contact your members of Congress to help protect construction jobs and markets. Here’s the alert we sent to members this afternoon.


MARCH 18, 2020

Today on the PodICI Updates Podcast

ICI and COVID-19

If you’ve ever been to the ICI office, you know that everyone has their own space – offices or cubes situated in ways that that have had us practicing social distancing for a long time now! ICI will continue to carry on business as usual in our office until we’re told we can’t. If that becomes the case, all staff are set up to work remotely from home, so association business will continue normally.

We have relatively few meetings scheduled for the coming weeks, and we have the option to meet through our Zoom videoconferencing tools at any location.

We will continue to update this page and keep our members informed through regular and special newsletters as the current crisis unfolds.


MARCH 17, 2020

Today on the PodICI Updates Podcast

INDOT Response

ICI distributed INDOT’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in a separate breaking newsletter.


Indiana FHWA Statement

ICI received the following statement from FHWA Indiana Division Administrator Mayela Sosa:

“The FHWA Indiana Division Office will be closed and staff will be on full-time telework effective March 18, 2020, until further notice.  While our physical office will be closed, we will continue to work with and support the Indiana Department of Transportation, other partners and stakeholders, and the entire industry in delivering essential transportation projects and services.  Indiana Division staff remain on the job and accessible via e-mail, phone and other virtual means.”


Resources for Employers


ICI Launches Podcast

Connecting to you where ever you may be – in the office, in the truck, on a boat or at the jobsite – we’re now offering you the ICI Updates podcast. These five-minute briefings will keep you up to date during the current COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. For now, you can listen on Anchor or Spotify, and we’ll be up on iTunes and Google Play shortly. For the foreseeable future, expect new episodes to drop before 5:00 p.m. each afternoon. When we get to the other side of COVID-19, we’ll begin a weekly schedule focusing on more in-depth topics that matter to our members. Let us know what you’d like to hear about in future episodes!