COVID-19

COVID-19 Roundup

 

The Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our community. Several BX members have made available valuable resources, which we’ve compiled for firms in the commercial construction industry.

Health Information

 

To stay up-to-date on the latest information, please visit:

BX Business Services Partners:

 

  • McGohan Brabender - for updates regarding COVID-19 insurance carrier-related information and more.
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Federal:

Public Health Updates:

State:

Utilities & Service Providers:

Workforce:

 
We will be tracking the impact of COVID-19 closely and will relay additional, construction-related information as it becomes available.

To learn more or to share information, contact BX Executive Director Mary Tebeau at 614.486.9521 x234.

Construction Information

 

Leading Through Uncertainty

McGohan Brabender

This virtual workshop will provide a framework to help you and your organization navigate through this new reality, and move from fear to purpose.

April 30 | 10 a.m.

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OFCC Enhanced Safety Protocol Tools

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has enhanced safety protocols on all active jobsites, as a result of the Stay at Home Order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. In addition, attorneys analyze and provide interpretation.

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Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP analysis

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Webinar: What is Life After Coronavirus? How to Claim Disaster & CARES Act Small Business Loans

(Rea & Associates, Inc., CPAs)

While the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact businesses, government entities and lending institutions are working tirelessly to provide the relief necessary to maintain operations, a workforce, and overcome the crisis.

March 31 | 3 p.m.

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COVID-19 Insights from Retirement Plan Sponsors

(Everhart Advisors)

The COVID-19 pandemic has made its impact throughout the U.S. Given the immediate financial impact that many individuals are facing, employers and retirement plan administrators should expect to receive inquiries from plan participants regarding access to retirement savings.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

(courtesy One Columbus)

The appropriations division of the Senate’s bipartisan coronavirus aid and economic relief agreement contains $330 billion in new funding to address the needs of the American people as we confront the coronavirus pandemic.

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Webinar: What is Life After Coronavirus? Regulation Updates – Employer Compliance & Safety

(Rea & Associates, LLP)

Compliance and regulation requirements continue to change as a result of COVID-19. This webinar will provide you with new and updated information in the areas of compliance and safety issues.

April 1 | 9 a.m.

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Webinar: Force Majeure and Supply Chain Issues in the Era of COVID-19 and Tariffs

(Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP)

The Ohio Dept. of Health issued a “Stay at Home” Order this week. While that Order mandates that residents stay home and nonessential businesses and operations cease, it contains a broad exemption for construction activities.

April 2 | 12 p.m.

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Webinar: COVID-19 – Legal Issues for the Construction Industry

(Dinsmore & Shohl LLP)

Learn about several legal issues that COVID-19 has caused for the construction industry, including financial and employment issues, government shutdowns, insurance coverage and force majeure clauses.

April 2 | 12 p.m.

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Confronting the Impossibility of Performing Under a Contract

(McDonald Hopkins, LLC)

Many businesses are feeling a strain on operations due to the recent global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). As the virus continues to spread, one of the questions companies should ask is, “Does the coronavirus outbreak fall within the operation of a force majeure clause?”

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Webinar: Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Update

(CareWorks Comp, Inc.)

Learn about the recent changes in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and guidelines for work-at-home employees. Also, they'll explain the recent changes to the unemployment system and provide best practices for employers planning for layoffs or shuts-downs as a result of COVID-19.

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WEBINAR RECORDING

 


What is Life After Coronavirus? Coping with Financial Anxiety and Recession

(Rea & Associates, Inc., CPAs)

The economic uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in financial anxiety and worries about an impending recession. What does all this mean for retirement savings?

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

 


Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

(Safex, Inc.)

OSHA is recommending employers prepare an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Safex, Inc. will address the recommended components, including an action items checklist

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COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub

(Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP)

In an ongoing effort to help business leaders sort through information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, a BX member law firm has created this user-friendly hub with updates, insights and best practices.

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Construction Activities Exempt from “Stay at Home” Order

(Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP)

The Ohio Dept. of Health issued a “Stay at Home” Order this week. While that Order mandates that residents stay home and nonessential businesses and operations cease, it contains a broad exemption for construction activities.

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Key Strategies for Relieving Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(The Ohio State University)

OSU’s Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, has created a webpage dedicated to providing you with resources to improve you and your family's resilience during this uncertain time.

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New Employee Leave Benefits Enacted by Families First Coronavirus Response Act

(Thompson Hine LLP - from March 20 webinar)

President Trump has signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes provisions for emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for eligible employees.

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Help Columbus-Area Health Workers Fight COVID-19

Assist the first responders by donating your Personal Protective Equipment! Community leaders are asking for possible procurement of masks and other materials for donation to local relief efforts.

Bring Unopened, Unexpired N95 masks

  • Where: Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
                   5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., 43230
  • When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning March 19

 


BWC Update Regarding COVID-19

(CareWorks Comp, Inc.)

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is initiating temporary policy changes that will allow flexibility in the provision of care to injured workers.

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State Unemployment Options Surrounding COVID-19

(CareWorks Comp, Inc.)

On March 15, Gov. DeWine announced he will issue an executive order to make changes to the unemployment system.

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COVID-19 Construction Toolbox Talk

(Safex, Inc.)

During your company’s next toolbox safety meeting, utilize this timely talk regarding the coronavirus.

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Legal Resources During the Pandemic

(Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP)

BX Member attorneys provide updates and respond to questions in real time, while assembling resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Disaster Declaration for Ohio

(U.S. Small Business Administration)

Businesses can now apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). EIDL's are funded through the U.S. Treasury and do not involve banks.

 


What Is Life After Coronavirus? Understanding Employer Compliance and Safety

(Rea & Associates, Inc. CPA's - from March 19 webinar)

Designed to provide you with information that will help protect you, your workforce and your families against COVID-19, temporary telecommuting policies, potential legal liabilities and what the aftermath may look like for employers in Ohio.

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Top Five Practices Employers Should Be Doing Now

(Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP)

Attorneys discuss the COVID-19 impact on employers, including key policies and procedures they need to implement now to follow public health directives, protect employees and help combat the spread of the disease.

WEBINAR MATERIALS

 


Steps to Address Coronavirus in Your Workplace

(Ice Miller, LLP)

With the first deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., you may be concerned about how the spread of the virus will affect your business. Every employer should take these steps:

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What Contractors & Owners Should Do Today to Prepare for the COVID-19 Effects on Their Projects

(Courtesy of Rea & Associates, Inc. CPA’s)

What can we, in the U.S. construction industry, do to prepare for the effects of the coronavirus and mitigate the potential harm to our people and projects?

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The Effect of COVID-19 Coronavirus on Construction

(Hahn, Loeser & Parks, LLP)

The coronavirus is impacting every aspect of the economy, and construction will not be exempt. Material deliveries may be slowed, crews quarantined and unavailable, and projects delayed.

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Ohio811

The Ohio Utility Protection Service (Ohio811) remains operational through the call center and online services to receive underground utility locator requests, however all external meetings are cancelled.

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COVID-19 as a Cause for Excusable Delay in Federal Contracts

(Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP)

When working with federal contracts, performance delays or impacts resulting from flu epidemics similar to the coronavirus have been considered “acts of God” and should provide grounds for entitlement to an excusable delay.

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Coronavirus + Excusable Delay

(Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter)

Most construction contracts contain an excusable delay for “force majeure” clause that entitles the contractor to a time extension (no money) in the event of unexpected circumstances beyond the contractor’s control.

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COVID-19: Planning Considerations for Employers

(Thompson Hine LLP)

As an employer, how do you comply with current recommendations regarding travel restrictions, quarantines and other guidance from government and health authorities to maintain a safe working environment while trying to conduct “business as usual”?

COVID-19 Checklist

COVID-19 Planning Considerations for Employers

 


Confronting the Impossibility of Performing Under a Contract

(McDonald Hopkins, LLC)

Many businesses are feeling a strain on operations due to the recent global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). As the virus continues to spread, one of the questions companies should ask is, “Does the coronavirus outbreak fall within the operation of a force majeure clause?” Columbus attorneys are Pete Welin pwelin@mcdonalkhopkin.com and Jason Harley jharley@mcdonaldhopkins.com.

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