ABC Empire State is dedicated to providing our members with the most accurate and up to date information to keep them informed during these uncertain times. Our Merit Messenger newsletters is your resource to keep updated on whats happening with COVID-19 and how it will affect you and your business.

Below is an archive of all of our COVID-19 newsletters so you can refer back to any information you may have missed or want to double-check.

Tuesday, August 11th Merit Messenger

  • State of the State With Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt
  • ABC “New COVID-19 Paid Leave Issues for Employers as the Country Reopens” Webinar Archive
  • SBA & Treasury Release PPP Additional Guidance
  • Updated List of States on The Travel Advisory
  • CTCNYS Fall 2020 Apprenticeship Classes Registration Open
  • Register for Core Classes
  • Empire Chapter Resources

Tuesday, July 28th Merit Messenger 

  • DOL Issues Additional Compliance Guidance for Reopening Workplaces
  • OSHA Adds New Topic to FAQ’s
  • Updated List of States on The Travel Advisory
  • Know Your Risk During COVID-19
  • We Want To Know What You Think
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Empire Chapter Resources

Thursday, July 16th Merit Messenger

  • A Travel Ban and Paid Sick Leave: What Do You Do?
  • Updated List of States on The Travel Advisory
  • OSHA’s FAQs Related to COVID-19
  • Know Your Risk During COVID-19
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Electrical Code Change
  • Empire Chapter Resources

DOB to Begin Fining for COVID Violations

Governor Cuomo Updates Travel Guidelines With Addition Of 8 States

Tuesday, June 30th Merit Messenger

  • New York State Voluntary Travel and Paid Sick Leave
  • Additional DOL COVID-19 Guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Federal Paid Leave
  • Primary Election Recap
  • The PPP Lender Match Tool & Application Deadline is Today
  • Revisions to PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • Electrical Code Change
  • STEP Safety Management System
  • Empire Chapter Resources

Tuesday, June 23rd Merit Messenger

  • TODAY is Primary Election Day!
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: New Reporting & Recordkeeping Obligations for NY Prevailing Wage Contractors
  • Scaffold Law Moratorium Case Letter
  • IDA Emergency Loan Program Bill
  • Further OSHA Reopening Guidance
  • Construction Input Prices Rise in May
  • Electrical Code Change
  • Empire Chapter Resources

Tuesday, June 16th Merit Messenger

  • DOL Issues Q&A About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks and Respirators in the Workplace
  • New PPP Interim Final Rule
  • Non-PPP Financial Relief Options for Contractors
  • ABC Legislative Week
  • June Toolbox Talks
  • ABC Virtual Training

Tuesday, June 9th Merit Messenger

  • Paycheck Protection Program Update
  • Update on NLRB 2019 Final Election Rule Legal Decision
  • Phase One Reopening: Safely Restarting Construction Activity in NYC
  • June Toolbox Talks
  • June is National Safety Month

Tuesday, June 2nd Merit Messenger

  • June is National Safety Month
  • OSHA Releases Agency and Industry-specific COVID-19 Resource Guide
  • Federal Labor Law Poster-Time Off For Voting Update
  • Agencies Issue New Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Process
  • ABC Webinar Series
  • ABC Virtual Training
  • Empire Chapter COVID-19 Resources

Tuesday, May 26th Merit Messenger

  • The Safe & Healthy Construction Pledge
  • ABC World Class Safety- STEP
  • ABC Virtual Leadership Training
  • ABC Webinar Series
  • ABC Empire Chapter COVID-19 Resources

Tuesday, May 19th Merit Messenger

  • WNY Region Starts Phase 1 Reopening Today
  • STEP Into Safety
  • ABC Webinar Series
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Additional Guidance
  • ABC Virtual Leadership Training
  • Empire Chapter COVID-19 Resources

Reopening Construction: What You Need to Know 5/15/20

  • New Construction Guidelines Released
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Empire Chapter COVID-19 Resources

NY Reopening Update From Brian Sampson 5/12/20 Update

  • NY Reopening Update From Brian Sampson
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit Revised Guidance and New Legislation Introduced
  • Helpful Tip of the Day – Recent USDOL Action
  • New at the CDC
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • ABC Back to Work Safely

ABC Back to Work Safely 5/8/20 Update

  • ABC Back to Work Safely
  • Upcoming Trainings With Jason Ashlaw
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • ABC Sends Letter Opposing Apprenticeship Mandate
  • PPP Safe Harbor Date Extended to May 14th

COVID-19 5/5/20 Update

  • Governor Cuomo Phased Reopening Of Business
  • U.S. DOL National Online Dialogue – Opening America’s Workplaces Again
  • Upcoming and Previously Recorded Webinars
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • Fifth Class of Core and Construction Craft Laborers Graduate
  • Upcoming Trainings With Jason Ashlaw

COVID-19 5/1/20 Update

  • Governor Cuomo Outlines Additional Guidelines for phased plan to Re-open NY
  • OSHA Alert; COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce
  • Federal Agencies Issue COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans
  • Discussions Continue on Phase 4 Recovery Package
  • Upcoming Trainings With Jason Ashlaw
  • Assemblyman Chris Tague Questions I-88 Construction PLA

Empire Chapter COVID-19 4/28/20 Update

  • Governor Cuomo Outlines Plan to Re-open Construction
  • Trump Signs $310 Billion Extension to PPP Loans
  • Upcoming Trainings With Jason Ashlaw
  • Upcoming and Previously Recorded Webinars
  • Empire Chapter Resources

Special Edition Merit Messenger: Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to Reopen Construction 4/27/20

  • Plan to Reopen Construction
  • Supplemental Health and Safety Plan to address Novel Coronavirus
    COVID 19
  • Webinar: Bringing Your Project Back Online: Tips to Ensure a Smooth Restart

COVID-19 4/23/20 Update

  • Paycheck Protection Program Details Emerging
  • Upcoming Trainings with Jason Ashlaw
  • Upcoming and Previously Recorded Webinars
  • DirectAdvisors Podcast
  • Empire Chapter Resources

COVID-19 4/21/20 Update

  • Paycheck Protection Program Deal Emerging
  • Upcoming Training with Jason Ashlaw
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Announces National COVID-19 Safety Stand-down
  • Returning Employees to Work After a COVID-19 Positive Test
  • COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Employees in the workplace

COVID-19 4/16/20 Update

  • Governor Cuomo Issues New Executive Order on Face Coverings
  • New York State Department of Health Issues Interim Guidance on Face Coverings
  • CDC Guidance on Reusing Face Masks
  • ABC Action – Urge Congress to Fund Additional Small Business Relief
  • Returning Employees to Work After a COVID-19 Positive Test
  • COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Employees in the workplace
  • OSHA 10 Training with Jason Ashlaw
  • ABC National COVID-19 Safety Stand-down
  • COVID-19 Podcast
  • COVID-19 Web Trainings

COVID-19 4/14/20 Update

  • Governor Cuomo Orders Employers to Provide Essential Workers with Masks
  • Guidance on Crisis Standards of Care Decontamination Recommendations
  • Register for the Infection Control Handwashing Certificate Course
  • Register for Pandemic Influenza Certificate Course
  • Virtual Training for Employees

COVID-19 4/12/20 Update

  • Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Mandate Face Masks
  • CDC Guidelines on Sanitation and Reuse of masks
  • CDC Guidelines on Face Coverings
  • Free OSHA Certification Courses

COVID-19 4/9/20 Update

  • Empire State Development Publishes Language on Non-Essential Construction
  • NYS PAUSE Extended through April 29th
  • Essential Employee Verification Letter
  • OSHA 10 Video Training
  • Keep Your Workforce Trained with ABC Empire State

COVID-19 4/6/20 Update

  • Safety Message from Jason Ashlaw
  • Best Practices for Members Continuing to Work
  • Essential Employee Verification Letter
  • Best Practices for Members with COVID-19 Positive Employees
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response Resources from ABC National
  • COVID-19 Tool Box Talks
  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • DirectAdvisors Podcast

Keep Your Workforce Moving Forward During the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Empire Chapter Virtual Training
  • Paycheck Protection Program Information
  • PPP Webinar

COVID-19 4/2/20 Update

  • Paycheck Protection Program Begins Friday
  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • Previously Recorded Webinars
  • COVID-19 Web Training Courses
  • Empire Chapter Offers Supplemental Health & Safety Plan
  • How to Shut Down a Project

Stimulus CARES Act Establishes $349 Billion Paycheck Protection Program

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19 3/31/20 Update

  • In Case You Missed It: ESD Clarification
  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • Supplemental Safety Plans to Address COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Stimulus Phase 3
  • COVID-19 Tool Box Talks
  • NYC DOB Halts Non-Essential Construction
  • Health Benefits for New Yorkers
  • SBA Loans

Clarification from Empire State Development

  • Additional Supporting Language for Executive Order 2026

ESD Offers New Clarification on Local Government, Municipal and School Construction

  • Clarification on which construction is no longer essential

COVID-19 3/29/20 Update

  • Cuomo Suspends Non-Essential Construction
  • How to Shut Down a Project
  • NYS Pause Extended Until April 15th
  • Federal Stimulus Package Signed
  • Empire Chapter Offers Supplemental Health and Safety Plan to Address COVID-19
  • Previously Recorded Webinars
  • Small Business Administration Loan Information

URGENT UPDATE: Essential Construction Announcement

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

  • Cuomo Redefines Construction as an Essential Business

ABC Calls on Governor Cuomo to Keep Construction Essential

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Empire Chapter COVID-19 3/26/20 Update

  • Safety message from Jason Ashlaw
  • COVID-19 Construction Best Practices
  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • Senate Approves Federal Emergency Aid Package
  • SBA Loan Information
  • Empire State Development Essential Business Guidelines
  • NYS Offers Mental Health Hotline
  • ABC in the News
  • COVID-19 Tool Box Talks

Empire Chapter COVID-19 3/24/20 Update

  • VOTER VOICE Stop the Expansion of PW
  • COVID-19 Webinars
  • NYC BOD Halts In-Person Appointments
  • Voter Voice- COVID-19 Emergency Aid Package – Contact your US Senators
  • OSHA Recording and Reporting of COVID-19
  • Empire Chapter Resources List
  • COVID-19 Tool Box Talks

IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Sunday Update

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

  • Highlights: Construction is an Essential Business
  • 100% workforce reduction
  • COVID Tool Box Talks
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • Federal Government Passes Paid Sick Leave
  • NYS Passes Paid Sick Leave
  • NYC BOD Takes COVID-19 Precauctions
  • COVID-19 Webinars

COVID-19 Saturday Update

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

  • NYS PAUSE Program

COVID-19 Update: Laws, Safety Practices, Compliance, Webinars

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

  • Construction Excluded From Workforce Reduction Mandate After Empire Chapter Advocacy Efforts
  • Empire Chapter COVID-19 Safety Update
  • Empire Chapter Best Practices List
  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • COVID-19 Tool Box Talks
  • Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Coronavirus Guidance for Contractors: Contracts, Compliance and Costs
  • Lawmakers Pass Emergency Coronavirus Paid Sick Leave Bill
  • Deployment of 1,000-Bed Hospital Ship ‘USNS Comfort’ to New York Harbor
  • Vice President Pence Asks Construction Companies to Donate Masks
  • 2 COVID-19 Webinars

COVID-19: Construction and the Coronavirus Crisis

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

  • Empire Chapter Resources
  • OSHA Guidance Related to COVID-19
  • New York State Department of Health has issued the following guidance for employers
  • 5 Steps to Prepare for COVID-19
  • New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a Service Notice
  • 3 COVID-19 Webinars

Special Edition COVID-19 Merit Messenger

Tuesday, March 10th

  • Recording workplace exposures to Coronavirus
  • COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control
  • ABC general counsel Littler Mendelson’s coronavirus webpage, which includes the resources
  • The Latest News from the New York State Government
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