|Critical Member Updates|
|Dear HBRAECT Members,|
I hope this finds you well. I’d like to thank HBRA-CT CEO, Jim Perras, and NAHB Senior Officer, Greg Ugalde, along with their respective teams for their tireless efforts at the state level over the past two weeks. The VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP is realized during times like this.
The HBRA-CT led by Chris Nelson, Greg Ugalde, and Bob Wiedenmann along with assistance from lobbyists Lisa Fecke of Gaffney Bennett and Associates sprang into action on behalf of all of our members, developing and executing constant communication with the Governors team throughout these past few critical weeks. It has made all the difference.
Armed with data compiled by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), they offered the Governor and the DECD Commissioner strong arguments as to why designating residential construction as essential business was imperative to the health and safety of Connecticut residents and important to help blunt the fiscal impacts of COVID-19 on the Connecticut economy. Their collective hard work paid off; the DECD Commissioner announced, what we already knew, that the residential construction industry and those that supply and facilitate it are essential.
The impact of our collective leadership is why we are all still working. Membership has value – we are working hard for our members!
I’ve included some additional resources below that we have gathered to help you navigate through this business atmosphere. Information is changing daily but here is the latest. Please take the time to read all of the following and do not hesitate to reach out to us at Craig@HBRAECT.com if you have any questions.
|IMPORTANT INFO & LINKS – HELPFUL RESOURCES:|
Municipal Updates – Town-by-town with a full list of all municipalities.
CT State Building Inspector Updates HERE.These are updates regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the work under the remit of the Office of the State Building Inspector (OSBI), Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and Office of Education and Data Management (OEDM).
On Friday, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act with programs and initiatives intended to assist business owners.The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act provides a summary about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).The SBA is only accepting applications for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Business owners can apply HERE.
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance to Connecticut’s small businesses for this purpose.
The Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns. Details found on the DRS website HERE.
Department of Labor information regarding unemployment can be found HERE.
|Coronavirus Resources, Updates, and What You Should KnowSTATE OF CT COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL CT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.|
LIST OF EMERGENCY ORDERS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR AND STATE AGENCIES HERE.
Presidential Updates HERE.
Federal Government Coronavirus Information HERE.
|KEEP YOUR JOB SITES SAFE|
Last Friday, New York State removed residential construction from its essential business list after news reports were brought to Governor Cuomo’s attention that revealed sick workers were showing up for work. To minimize the likelihood that similar actions are taken in Connecticut, and more importantly to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we must do all we can to keep sites as safe as possible. The NAHB is maintaining a clearing house of information regarding job safety best practices during the pandemic FOUND HERE.
|Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance|
As you may know, NAHB is a key member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which has just finalized the “Construction Industry Safety Coalition Recommendations: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction”. The purpose of this plan is to outline the steps that every construction employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the jobsite, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. Included in the plan are also two letters: Essential Industry Employees who are traveling to construction jobsites and Employee Notification if a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs at work, as well as a COVID-19 Checklist for Employers and Employees and a COVID-19 toolbox training talk. This resource is structured so that any construction company can download and customize it.
|HOW EMPLOYERS SHOULD RESPOND TO LEGAL ISSUES ARISING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.|
Sign up for a free webinar available on-demand from the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin covering:What options are available to employers when it comes to staffing, including furloughs, layoffs and Connecticut’s “Shared Work” program?What existing and new laws are most critical for employers to consider?What are the issues that employers will need to address next in this pandemic?How can employers avoid the legal issues that will inevitably arise over time and with hindsight?What comes next for litigation and legal proceedings and what can employers expect?
|LOOK FOR THE HELPERS! OUR MEMBERS ARE MAGNIFICENT!|
|Have An Old Tablet? Help Seniors Stay Connected.|
Wireless Zone is collecting “Tablets for Seniors”; a technology donation drive. If you have an old tablet that you no longer use, please consider dropping it off at either their Groton location, (220 CT-12 #4, Groton), or at the New London Mall location, (351 N Frontage Rd, New London). The team will refurbish and repair the tablets, sanitize them and donate them to any nursing homes that voice a need. The stores are offering a $20 gift card to anyone who makes a donation.
Bravo Wireless Zone!
|How Can You Help?|
While Yale New Haven Health does not normally accept donations of supplies and equipment, the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted the quantities of protective equipment their caregivers need. They are currently in need of the following resources:Disposable head covers/capsDisposable gownsDisposable glovesN95 respirator face masksPowered air purifying respirators Disposable face masksFace-shields/gogglesCoveralls/scrubsShoe-coversDisinfection wipes and liquidsGeneral purpose hand cleansers
All items should be in original unopened packaging.Please submit offers to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information.
|The American Red Cross CT is experiencing a severe blood shortage.Donors are urgently needed! Please make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org to make your donation.|
Our leadership went to great lengths to ensure that our job sites remain open, and for now, our employees, contractors, and subs continue to work.
Please tell your contractors, subs, suppliers, and vendors about the value of HBRAECT membership and the positive impact it has on your business and your family.
Encourage them to join and do their part to help support our industry.
Thank you for your continued support and be well.
Craig D. Caulkins
President, HBRA of Eastern CT