COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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July 27, 2020

Hurricane Preparation During the COVID-19 Pandemic


As of July 21, 2020, there were over 370,000 positive cases of COVID-19 from Florida residents and over 4,600 positive cases from non-Florida residents in the state of Florida. The construction industry across the United States has already taken a major hit, especially in residential construction, where new building permit authorizations and housing starts reached their lowest levels in half a decade...

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July 22, 2020

How COVID-19 is Changing the Technology Landscape of the Construction Industry


As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads across the United States, construction firms are scrambling to find new ways to maintain jobsite productivity while protecting their workers from the virus. Particularly with social distancing requirements, many contractors are left without their usual means of monitoring jobsite progress...

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July 9, 2020

COVID-19 Waiver and Release Contract Provision


We are concerned about customers and third parties trying to sue roofing contractors for unintentional exposure to COVID-19.  Below is an example of COVID-19 release language we have drafted along with other provisions to try and prevent these types of claims...

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July 1, 2020

Understanding OSHA’s Reporting Guidelines for COVID-19 Infections


As many states experience an increased rate of COVID-19 infections, construction jobsites need to have a firm grasp of recordkeeping requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In a past article, we covered guidance from OSHA on the recordkeeping of work-related infections...

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June 24, 2020

CARES Act Modifications by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act


As part of the U.S. Government’s response to the economic consequences arising from COVID-19 pandemic, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Restrictions imposed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) provided inflexibility which has caused many small businesses to question the desirability of the loan.

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June 24, 2020

COVID-19: Medical Screenings in the Workplace and Employer Responsiblities


The coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be a global threat, not only to the public at large, but also to the economy and businesses. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, it is imperative for employers to implement safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus among employees, while ensuring employees’ rights are not being violated.

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June 24, 2020

How New Paycheck Protection Program Reforms Will Benefit Roofing Contractors


New legislation signed into law will grant roofing contractors and other businesses that took part in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to weather the COVID-19 pandemic some much-needed relief.

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May 28, 2020

Construction Law: Force Majeure


The spread of COVID-19 has nearly grinded the United States economy to a complete halt, and the effects from this pandemic will be long-lasting and devastating.  One industry that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on is construction because it is disrupting every aspect of the industry from the supply chain and labor force to project delays and uncertain lenders.

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May 28, 2020

Construction Law: Safety Preparedness


As the United States tries to respond to COVID-19, state and local officials have enacted stay-at-home orders, which require non-essential activities and businesses to temporarily shut down. Almost every one of these orders exempts workers in the construction industry because construction is considered an essential business.

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May 22, 2020

VIDEO: Cybersecurity Audits and COVID-19 Liability for Roofing Contractors


Reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic can be tricky enough, but roofing contractors face even more difficulties as they deal with cybersecurity issues and possible litigation caused by the pandemic.

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