MMCA COVID-19 Updates & Resources

MMCA is committed to keeping you informed and prepared to make decisions for your business. We are working with labor partners and monitoring State and Federal legislation to keep the construction industry informed.

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July 23, 2020

MMCA News 7/23/2020: COVID-19 Update XXXI

Face Coverings Required in Minnesota

July 8, 2020

MMCA News 7/8/2020: COVID-19 Update XXX

Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

June 30, 2020

MMCA News 6/30/2020: COVID-19 Update XXIX

Sample Pandemic Safety Plans

June 26,2020

MMCA News 6/26/2020: COVID-19 Update XXVIII

Extension of National Service Agreement

June 17, 2020

MMCA News 6/17/2020: COVID-19 Update XXVII

Pandemic Safety Plans Required for All Businesses

June 5, 2020

MMCA News 6/5/2020: COVID-19 Update XXVI

Memo Regarding FFCRA, PPP Time Period Extended

May 28, 2020

MMCA News 5/28/2020: COVID-19 Update XXV

IAPMO Webinar Series

May 21, 2020

MMCA News 5/21/2020: COVID-19 Update XXIV

Face Masks Available from MMCA, Recording COVID-19 OSHA

May 15, 2020

MMCA News 5/13/2020: COVID-19 Update XXIII

Payroll Protection Certification Grace Period Extended, Executive Order Protects Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions

May 8, 2020

MMCA News 5/8/2020: COVID-19 Update XXII

Payroll Protection Certification Grace Period Extended, Flushing Building Water Systems, MMCA Governmental Bulletin

April 29, 2020

MMCA News 4/29/2020: COVID-19 Update XXI

Web Tool for Businesses to Generate a Daily Snapshot of Employee Health, Infared Thermometers availible at Cost

April 24, 2020

MMCA News 4/24/2020: COVID-19 Update XX

Sample Pandemic Safety Plans

April 23, 2020

MMCA News 4/23/2020: COVID-19 Update XIX

Re-Opening Buildings After a COIVD-19 Shutdown, Epidemic Contract Riders

April 22, 2020

MMCA News 4/22/2020: COVID-19 Update XVIII OSHA Guidance for the Construction Industry and Enforcement during COVID-19, Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility, Paid Sick Leave Enforcement

April 14, 2020

MMCA News 4/14/2020: COVID-19 Update XVII Interim Guidance for Enforcing OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements for Cases of COVID-19, Calculating Paid Leave Under the FFCRA

April 10, 2020

MMCA News 4/10/2020: COVID-19 Update XVI Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers with possible Exposure to COVID-19, HVACR-Plumbing Best Practices During COVID-19

April 8, 2020

  • Governor Walz extended the Stay at Home Executive Order to May 4, 2020.
  • DEED has authorized the first payments of the temporary additional compensation of $600/week for people receiving unemployment benefits.
MMCA News 4/8/2020: COVID-19 Update XV Stay at Home Order Extended, Calculating Paid Leaver Under FFCRA, Expanded Unemployment Benefits Availible

April 7, 2020

  • Under the CARES act employers are required to notify serperated employees of availibility of unemployment insurance.
MMCA News 4/7/2020: COVID-19 Update XIV Employer Notice of UI, PPP FAQs, Guidance on N95 Respirators

April 6, 2020

  • MMCA Contractors were requested to participate in a survey by the Minneapolis Fed to give feedback on the impact of COVID-19 on their business.

April 3, 2020

MMCA News 4/3/2020: COVID-19 Update XIII Small Business Loans under the CARES Act

April 2, 2020

  • MMCA published a letter to employers encouraging jobsite safety and workplace communication during COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Pipe Trades Services has provided guidance to assist employees and employers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and to summarize laws and policies recently put into place as a result of COVID-19.
MMCA News 4/2/2020: COVID-19 Update XII COVID-19 Related Tax Credits, Pipe Trades Services Resource, Request for Nonessential Mask Donation, DEED Guide for Small Businesses

March 31, 2020

MMCA News 3/31/2020: COVID-19 Update XI Expanded Paid Leave: Effective April 1, 2020

March 30, 2020

  • On March 27, the President signed into law an economic stimulus package in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic. The CARES Act provided an additional $367 billion in loans for small businesses. Businesses can apply for a Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan, for up to $2 million, through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • DEED has released an updated list of Critical Sector Descriptions under Governor Walz's Stay at Home Executive Order 20-20.
MMCA News 3/30/2020: COVID-19 Update X CARES Act, Minnesota State Building Code Adoption, FAQ's from DLI & Sample Notice Letters

March 27, 2020

  • MMCA released 10 Layoff FAQ's. CAll MMCA with specific questions 651-646-2121.
MMA News 3/27/2020: COVID-19 Update IX Layoff FAQ's

March 26, 2020

  • The Department of Labor has made available posters that employers are required to display outlining the rights of employees under the FFCRA. The Department of Labor also published an FAQ addressing issues related to the posters (e.g., where the posters must be displayed, etc.).
  • Critical employees may engage in critical work provided that all persons follow the guidelines set forth and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health including but not limited to social distancing. The Executive Order does not restrict virtual work or telework and Minnesotans working in any field including, exempted critical sectors are encouraged to work from their home or residence as much as possible. All workers that can work from home must do so. If you so choose to provide a letter to employees stating they work in a critical sector here is a sample. This is NOT required under the executive order and refer to the bulletin below before issuing a letter.
MMCA News 3/26/2020: COVID-19 Update VIII FFCRA & Critical Workers Under Stay at Home Order

March 25, 2020

  • Governor Walz issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movement outside of their home beyond essential needs for two weeks. Starting Friday, March 27 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10 at 5:00 pm. Much of construction has been deemed an essential service and employees are able to travel to and from their homes and place(s) of work to perform duties that cannot be done at home.
  • MMCA and industry partners issued a statement regarding the Governor's Executive Order.
MMCA News 3/25/2020: COVID-19 Update VII Stay Home Order Issued and Construction Industry Press Release MMCA News 3/25/2020: COVID-19 Update VI Jobsite Safety & Employee Communication, Federal Guidelines on FFCRA

March 24, 2020

  • Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive "Safer at Home" order. Many sectors of the construction industry were outlined as essential businesses. Call MMCA 651-646-2121 with concerns about employees that live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota.

March 23, 2020

  • Construction as an Essential Service
  • As shelter-in-place or similar actions are being announced across the country we have been studying the Gubernatorial orders and listed essential services.  In all cases some form of construction (new, remodel and service) have been an exempt service and is allowed to continue to operate. We have communicated to the Minnesota Governor and Legislative leaders the vital importance of those who install, repair, and service the infrastructure in Minnesota and are continuing to talk to them about this issue.  More to come.
  • Guidance on the Essential Infrastructure Workforce - CISA, US. Department of Homeland Security
  • Governor Walz signed an Executive Order requesting Minnesota businesses conduct an inventory of all PPE not required for essential services and were not produced for the purpose of sale and submit such inventory to this form.
MMCA News 3/23/2020: COVID-19 Update V Construction as an Essential Service & Sample Project Delay Letters

March 20, 2020

  • Unemployment Insurance Reminder
  • If an employee is temporarily laid off, stay in regular contact with their employer. Under the Executive order, employees would not need to be placed on the out-of-work list with Local to be eligible for unemployment benefits. Call MMCA with any questions (651) 646-2121.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary by Faegre Drinker law firm for detailed information on the new federal law.
  • The Building Jobs Coalition sent a letter to the Governor and the Majority Leaders advocating to keep both public and private projects moving forward.
MMCA News 3/20/2020: COVID-19 Update IV Federal Legislation & Unemployment Insurance. Please note correction to the update "The Federal Legislation is effective on April 2, 2020, expires on December 31, 2020, and unused paid leave does NOT carry over from year to year."

March 19, 2020

MMCA News 3/19/2020: COVID-19 Update III DLI Updates, Industry Statement Regarding Jobsite Safety, Unemployment Insurance

March 18, 2020

  • MMCA with industry partners issued a joint statement regarding jobsite safety and the COVID-19 outbreak. Use this statement when there are questions surrounding the construction industries response to COVID-19, as a tool to combat owner hesitation and/or for owners who are thinking about renovating and constructing healthcare & other critical facilities.
  • Familie First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law.

March 17, 2020

  • By Executive Order, Governor Waltz expanded the availability of Unemployment Compensation.
MMCA News 3/17/2020: COVID-19 Update II Unemployment Insurance & OSHA and CDC Workplace Reccomendations

March 16, 2020

  • Metro Locals #15, 34, 455 & 539 have delayed their May 1st Allocation Vote. The votes have been tentatively rescheduled for the beginning of May and could be delayed further. Wage Sheets will be sent out after the allocations have been determined.
  • Apprenticeship Programs have been impacted by COVID-19 social distancing measures. Please, encourage your apprentices to stay in contact with their program directors.
MMCA News 3/16/2020: COVID-19 Update I

March 15, 2020

  • Governor Walz declared the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 schools, effective through March 27, 2020.

March 13, 2020

  • President Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to COVID-19.
  • Governor Walz delclared a state of peacetime emergency in response to COVID-19.
Safety Guidance Managing PPE Needs - FEMA
PPE Preservation Best Practices
Guidance for Businesses - CDC
Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Construction Work - OSHA
What Construction Workers Need to Know About COVID-19 - CDC
Saftey Guidelines for Critical Workers - MnDLI
Guidance for Employers on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - OSHA
COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce - OSHA
How to Return the HVAC System to Normal Operation - ASHRAE
Resources for Flushing Building Water Systems
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility - CDC
Cleaning & Disinfecting Businesses - CDC & EPA
COVID-19 Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines - MMCA Safety Talk
Protect Worker Health during COVID-19 in Plumbing and HVAC Systems - UA
HVACR-Plumbing Best Practices During COVID-19 - MCAA
COVID-19 Safety Standards What to do with an employee that may have been exposed to COVID-19 - CDC
Extending Use of N95 Masks in Healthcare Settings - CDC
Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 - OSHA
PPE Standards - OSHA
When Exposure to COVID-19 is Recordbale - OSHA
Testing Strategy for COIVD-19 Critical Infrastructure Workplaces - CDC*New
Safety PostersEssential Worker Dos & Don'ts
Stand By SafetyMMCA Supports Workplace Safety
MN Construction Industry Joint Statement Supporting Jobsite Safety
Executive Order 20-33 Defines Critical Businesses

How to Calculate Leave MMCA Paid Sick Leave Chart
Federal GuidanceSummary from Faegre Drinker
FAQs from the Department of Labor on FFCRA
Publish this Noice - FAQs on Notice Requirements
FFCRA Tax CreditsQuestions about Paid Leave Tax Credits
Advance Payment of Employer Credit Form

Updated Executive OrderExecutive Order 20-33 with CISA List of Critical Businesses
Critical Sector Descriptions - DEED
Updated CISA List 5/19/2020