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MARCH 24, 2020


AGC of Washington COVID-19 contractor resources
Find these and other resources for your business on AGCW's new COVID-19 Resources for Contractors page, updated frequently.
• Updates from AGC of America & Washington State
Force Majeure under the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
• New federal emergency paid-leave entitlements
• COVID-19 Site-Specific Workplan and Jobsite Best-Practices guide

Washington’s version of "shelter-in-place:"
What it means for the construction industry

Megan Douris, Partner | Oles Morrison Rinker Baker, LLP
On the evening of March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order. Governor Inslee advised residents they must stay home unless they are "pursuing an essential activity." A fourteen-page memorandum advises what qualifies as essential industries, including the obvious sectors of health care, public health and emergency services. Those in "public works" – including "construction of critical or strategic infrastructure," as well as dams, locks, levees, bridges, waters, sewer mains and those in the construction industry related to provision of safety and sanitation (such as plumbers and electricians) – are also deemed "essential." Read more…
COVID-19 & construction:
Town Hall conference call, session II

While AGC continues to seek clarity regarding the ‘stay-at-home’ order issued by the State of Washington, we invite you to discuss contingency planning which includes responses to reductions in labor force, should they be needed. We will also provide a recap on emergency family/medical leave and emergency sick-leave benefits. Amy Robinson from Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP will be returning for this second session to expand on the legal landscape, including important considerations for labor-force management surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Register online.
Navigating the outbreak
Factors that construction companies need to consider
as they strive for business continuity

A webinar will be held daily beginning on Monday, March 23 and running through Wednesday, April 1 with a start time of 11:00 a.m. Topics will include legal liabilities, insurance challenges, labor and safety policies that should be put in place and what to expect out of Washington. Each webinar will take a deep dive into specific topics and feature AGC staff and outside expert speakers. Free to AGC members. Register online...
Construction: an essential industry
Tell President Trump and Congress to treat the construction industry and the work it performs as vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come. To ensure this is the case, the federal government must issue guidance classifying construction as a Critical Infrastructure Industry whose workers are essential.
Click the Take Action button below and simply submit the pre-written message, as is,  to President Trump and your members of Congress -- or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer.
SDCI extends closure of customer-service areas
After much discussion and in accordance with public-health guidance, the City of Seattle closed its public-facing counters across multiple departments, including SDCI. They  expect to reopen their counters on Monday, April 13, pending continued evaluation of this timeline as the pandemic situation evolves. Read more…
Adoption of 2018 construction code delayed
The Seattle Department of Construction Inspections is in the process of updating the city's construction codes to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas and plumbing codes. The department had been aiming for an effective date of July 1, 2020 to align with the effective date of Washington State building codes. However, due to many factors, including the impacts of COVID-19, the effective date of Seattle’s codes will be delayed until November 1, 2020. If the 2018 Washington State construction codes effective date is delayed past November 1, the effective date of city codes will be aligned with the State's. Read more…
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