News for COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, March 24, 2021The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Marin County BusinessesMarin Builders Joins Coalition Advocating for $2 million in Relief Grants for Local Businesses For Immediate Release:Executive Summary Marin County’s businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact will have lasting effects on our local economy. Leading Business Associations at Keep Marin Working launched a survey ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, CommunityWednesday, March 24, 2021COVID- 19 Vaccine Have questions? We’ve got answers. WHO: Marin Health and Human ServicesWHAT: A 60-minute webinar where you can learn about the vaccines, getting vaccinated, and the truth about some myths and misinformation.WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. now through May 27th.HOW: Join our Zoom meeting 3 ways: 1. Use the link https://tinyurl.com/4z85kxf2 2. Scan the QR code ...read moreCategories: Community, Press Release, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesMarin Builders Association Offers Vaccination Assistance to County for Essential Construction WorkersWednesday, March 03, 2021On behalf of the Marin Builders Association Board of Directors, the following letter was recently sent to Marin County Health Officials to offer our support with essential construction worker vaccination:(Link to letter pdf.)Dear Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora:First and foremost, we want to thank you and your team for your work during these ever-changing times. Specifically, we would like to commend ...read moreCategories: Safety, Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News, COVID-19 ResourcesThursday, February 18, 2021If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the need to be empathetic. Given the challenges of the pandemic, people in the building trades, like all of us, have had to make adjustments on how to run their businesses, as well as how they communicate with clients and potential clients. Clients should know that you work safely, under guidelines from OSHA, CDC and state and local authorities. They ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Member News, CommunityFriday, January 29, 2021AUTHOR Robert Freedman @RobertFreedman PUBLISHED Jan. 29, 2021Dive Brief:Companies denied forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection Program loan can take a tax credit for the amount of proceeds they used to pay wages, the IRS said in a notice released last week.The employee retention credit only applies to wages paid in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of last year and are eligible for the credit on the ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, January 20, 2021Back in the spring, lots of people thought that COVID-19 was going to have short-term effects on the world, and then everyone would move on. As it turns out, systemic changes in business practices will continue into the new year and beyond. Companies are thinking about how to use commercial spaces when they don’t necessarily want people to come in. With this information, you’ll have a sense of ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member NewsFriday, January 15, 2021What You Need to Know About Second Draw PPP LoansKey insightsMany entities that were eligible to participate in the first round of the PPP, received a PPP loan, and have fully used those proceeds are eligible to apply for a second draw PPP loan.Second draw PPP loans include a new revenue reduction requirement affecting eligibility.Requesting a re-sizing of your initial PPP loan may result in ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Member NewsFriday, January 15, 2021With news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, many of our friends in the construction industry have asked whether they can require or mandate that their employees receive one of the vaccines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on COVID-19-related employment issues to indicate that ...read moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesTuesday, January 12, 2021AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 12, 2021 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new California law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection, while eliminating a previously required 15-day rebuttal period for contractors to respond to any alleged “serious violations” related to COVID-19, according to the ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Safety, Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesThursday, January 07, 2021Billions for roads, harbors, schools, military housing, broadband and clean energy is aimed at spurring construction AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 7, 2021 Construction Dive The term “construction” appears 636 times in the $908 billion pandemic relief package and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump at the end of December. In other ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders CornerThursday, December 31, 2020Curative testing sites remain free in Marin, but appointments must be scheduled in advance through the Curative website (available in English and Spanish). Appointment slots open about 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. The updated schedule of Marin County based Curative test sites includes:Bolinas: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; Bolinas Fire Station (100 Mesa Road) Larkspur: ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Press Release, Community, SafetyTuesday, December 22, 2020AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 21, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:Construction workers should receive the coronavirus vaccine after other frontline essential workers and people age 75 and older, according to recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.ACIP voted that the roughly 30 million Americans that fall into ...read moreCategories: Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesThursday, December 17, 202012/17/20 | 2020-21 EEOC Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for EmployersIntroduction On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released much anticipated new guidance on the interaction of various equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws with the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Of significant note, this guidance effectively permits employers to implement a ...read moreCategories: Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesTuesday, December 15, 2020AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 15, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new study tracking the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates for asymptomatic cases of any occupation, including healthcare staff, first responders, correctional personnel, elderly care workers, grocery store workers and food service employees.The ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety, CommunityMonday, December 14, 2020AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Dec. 14, 2020 Construction Dive As the end of 2020 approaches, even as many construction businesses are still struggling with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to close out the year financially. That means it's time for tax planning and the consideration of other financial issues, both of which will hopefully put contractors in the best ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsWednesday, December 09, 2020Please familiarize yourself with the following new regulations/guidelines: Cal/OSHA has recently issued Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19, which are now in effect. There is a one-page fact sheetand FAQs which provide a summary of the regulations. Requirements include: A site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention (see model COVID-19 prevention program) to ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders CornerMonday, November 30, 2020Are more stop-work orders ahead? Here's what to do to be able to come back in stride. AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Nov. 30, 2020 Construction DiveThis is the second in a two-part series about the potential impacts of the country's surging coronavirus outbreak on the construction industry. Click here for Part 1. With COVID-19 surging out of control across the country, and daily death tolls ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders CornerMonday, November 30, 2020AB 685 Creates Employer COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal/OSHA Powers effective January 1, 2021 On November 20, 2020, the OSHA Board unanimously adopted proposed regulations that impose requirements on employers to promulgate written policies regarding COVID-19 Prevention Plans. The new regulations will go into effect December 1, if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and ...read moreCategories: Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Event Related, Advocacy and Legislation, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Business TipsTuesday, November 24, 2020AUTHOR Jenn Goodman PUBLISHED Nov. 24, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVE CPA Jack Callahan sheds light on the new loan necessity questionnaire for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers, a requirement that has been called "confusing and burdensome" by industry groups. Construction firms that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of more than $2 million got news late last month that they will be ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsFriday, November 20, 2020NOVATO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) - CP Lab Safety, a Woman Owned Small Business in Marin County, California, announced their new at-home saliva collection kit for COVID-19 Testing. This process uses (RT)-PCR technology (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) to diagnose active infections of the virus. The sample is gathered at home and shipped to a certified laboratory. Once it is received at the lab, ...read moreCategories: Safety, Press Release, Community, Builders Corner, Member News, COVID-19 ResourcesThursday, November 12, 2020Updated by CDC October 28, 2020 COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, SafetyMonday, November 02, 2020AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Oct. 29, 2020Dive Brief:A second wave of business impacts from COVID-19 is reverberating through construction contractors’ operations, and those consequences are getting worse as the pandemic wears on, according to the latest survey results from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).More contractors reported postponed or canceled projects than new ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, October 21, 2020The industry will start next year facing significant headwinds, economists and other experts predict. AUTHOR Shelley D. Hutchins, LEED-AP PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 More than 10 months since the first coronavirus cases were reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19's global spread continues to plague commercial construction. Since the pandemic hit the U.S., contractors across the country have faced a ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsWednesday, October 21, 2020Safety standard organization ASTM International is leading an effort to establish standards for reusable face coverings. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 Most construction workers and site managers are very familiar with the personal protective equipment (PPE) that helps prevent workplace injuries to the head, eyes, respiratory system and other vulnerable areas of the ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, SafetyTuesday, October 20, 2020It feels like parts of the world keep spinning, while others are set off their axis. You may have projects to complete, while your suppliers are considered non-essential. This can cause backlogs in your work, as you try to find ways to keep meeting client expectations as you can. Here are a few delays you can expect related to COVID-19, now and for several months into the future.Inspections Many ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member NewsMonday, September 21, 2020Like some industries, construction has a tendency to put people at risk for illness or injury. This is why so many tasks require personal protective equipment (PPE). There are many types of PPE you may need, depending on your field and the kind of work you do. Here’s what to expect from headgear, masks, gloves, boots and more.Masks The recent pandemic has made masks a topic of national attention. ...read moreCategories: Safety, Community, Member News, COVID-19 ResourcesThursday, September 17, 2020AUTHOR Kate Tornone @KateTornone PUBLISHED Sept. 17, 2020 Construction Dive If an employee refuses to work although there is no imminent danger, "the courts have made it clear that those employees don’t have to be paid," says a human resources expert. Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Community, SafetyTuesday, August 04, 2020You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read moreCategories: Community, Safety, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
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