New on the Page (Updated May 20, 2020):


PPE Available

Apadana Medical Supplies of Minnesota is offering Free Shipping to NUCA of Nebraska members for PPE supplies, including K95 masks, protective barriers, gloves and hand sanitizers. To take advantage of this discount, go to www.apadana-medical.com or call (888) 444-6741 to place your order.

NUCA of Nebraska members, please contact the NUCA of Nebraska office to request a speical promo code to receive a discount before submitting the order to receive free FedEx 2-Day+ Shipping on orders delivered anywhere within the state of Nebraska. No minimums required.

To order the following items, please contact Andrea Kirby at Ideal Images of Omaha, 13647 F St., at akirby@ideal-images.com.

*Mask minimum is 100/1box
KN95 masks- $350 per box of 100
3- ply masks $100 per box of 100, 5 or more boxes - $90 per box of 100 (40,000 here and 100,000 coming in early next week)
Reusable/washable masks $500 per 100 in stock in 5-7days

Forehead Thermometers $60 retail, 12 or more $55.00 ea
Face shields  (have 1,300 in warehouse now) $6.00 ea
Face Shields slightly different (5,000 coming in 4/25) $4.00
 
Liquid Sanitizer
$30 per gallon, Buy over 12 gallons $28 per gallon

Sanitizer Minimum- qty 100
4 oz sanitizer liquid in SPRAY bottle $3.50 per bottle
16 oz liquid sanitizer bottle $9.00 per bottle
12 oz gel sanitizer $7.75
8 oz gel sanitizer $5.85

*****Shipping is an additional charge.*****


 

Construction Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer for the construction industry is available. For more information, click here. For product and order information, click here. Order at https://shoptrenchless.com/product/crew-care-hand-sanitizer-w-ethanol/

K95 Masks Available for NUCA Members

In times of scarcity, finding a source for important goods is a crucial member value that we can provide. The NUCA of DC Chapter is sharing a resource for KN95 face masks with all NUCA members. All industries other than healthcare have been asked to find alternatives for the N95 masks that are essential to reserve for health workers. A NUCA of DC member has connections with a vendor of KN95 masks that are good for use for construction work.
 
The KN95 masks are equivalent to the N95s but are a Chinese product instead of the 3M product that is approved by the US certifying authority. The KN95s are also less expensive than theN95. Orders of all quantities, large and small are possible.  Delivery time is 5-7 business days, but efforts are being made to reduce that.

JT Walsh at Anchor Construction in Washington, DC has the contact details and will work with NUCA members to get in touch with the vendor. Please contact him at jwalsh@anchorconst.com.

 

Health Protocols

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of coronavirus).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

NUCA of Nebraska Resources

NUCA's Pandemic Flu page includes a sample pandemic flu plan, official USDOL and OSHA links to workplace safety and regulatory information, COVID-19 informational resources from national business organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, legal discussions from the National Law Review on regulations affecting business operations, and select articles discussing construction business operations during this emergency.

NUCA's inaugural webinar for 2020, "Coronavirus, An Unforeseen Circumstance”, presented March 25 by Mr. Shawn Farrell, Esq. is available via:

 

NEW: Business Recovery, Federal government loan resources, including the following information, available here: https://www.nuca.com/recovery

  • U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to American small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Paycheck Protection Program, a new $350 billion federal program providing loan assistance to qualifying U.S. small businesses designed to retain employees, maintain payroll, and cover other qualifying expenses.
  • U.S. Treasury Department CARES Act Loan, part of the CARES Act signed into law on March 26, 2020, part of the $2 trillion in federal assistance being made available to America's business community.
  • State COVID-19 Loan Programs.


NEW: NUCA Webinar: Legislative Update on COVID-19 Relief Legislation

NUCA is committed to providing our members with essential information regarding the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The House is expected to support the proposed $2 trillion package passed by the Senate, more bills are in the works and infrastructure funding will be under consideration.
 
The discussion of what comprises "essential workers" also continues in federal and state executive chambers. NUCA has been pushing to keep utility contractors front and center in that conversation. In this webinar, Eben Wyman and NUCA's government relations team will provide updates on the information available and answer questions to the best of their ability about Congress' and the Administration's response to this fast moving public health and economic crisis.

To access NUCA's Legislative Update on COVID-19 Relief Legislation webinar, click here.

To provide NUCA members expanded educational opportunities, NUCA, under the direction of the Education Committee has developed a series of industry-focused webinars. View previous webinars here (Members Only).

Also available:

Download this Fact Sheet on HR6201, the COVID-19 Paid Leave legislation.

Toolbox Talks: Protecting Employees Against the Coronavirus

NUCA has released two public Toolbox Talks for utility construction crews to use for COVID-19 prevention on the jobsite. These are ready for your crew leaders and employees to use today:


Nebraska 811 Access the Latest Updates Impacting the Nebraska One Call System, https://www.facebook.com/NE1Call/ 


OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19"

If your company is in the process of planning your initial response to this pandemic crisis, OSHA has provided this invaluable starting guide for businesses like yours. Employee absenteeism, response planning, disease prevention, employee communications, safe work practices, PPE, and many more basic details are covered in this OSHA document. Read more here.


Employer Guidance Related to COVID-19

Some organizations and businesses must continue to operate and teleworking for employees may not be an option. Various labor and employment laws regulate what an employer can do during this challenging time, including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the state and local law counterparts of these laws. For more information, click here.

 

NEW: COVID -19 Business Continuity Checklist

Help manage your business through these unprecedented times. This checklist provides information to address and potentially minimize operational and business disruptions caused by COVID-19.


NUCA Action Scales Back Damaging Paid-Leave Proposal: More Work Remains in Senate

The U.S. House scaled back their expansive paid-leave proposal following strong pressure from NUCA and other business organizations that many companies would be unable to meet obligations during this economic crisis. The new measure would force employers to offer paid leave only to employees caring for a child whose school or daycare had been closed. However, the bill (H.R. 6201) now being considered by the U.S. Senate still leaves too much liability on employers who unknowingly have an employee infected with the virus. Because the Senate is still reacting to these fast-moving events, the bill is still changing minute-by-minute. NUCA is working with our coalitions to protect our members in the final version of the bill.


Reporting/Recording COVID-19 On The Jobsite

Is Coronavirus in the workplace required by OSHA to be reported--or recorded? This review by Tressi L. Cordaro of Jackson Lewis PC (jacksonlewis.com) can help members understand what is required of their company with their OSHA 300 Log during this pandemic. [Reprinted by permission]. Read more here.


April Federal Income Tax Deadline Pushed Back 90 Days

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on March 17 that the April 15, 2020, tax payment and filing deadline is being pushed back by 90 days in order to give individuals and many businesses additional time to file and pay federal taxes. Individuals can defer up to $1 million of tax liability and corporations get an extension on up to $10 million. This extension is automatic and no penalties or interest will be charged. Go here for more information.

 

HR and OSHA 300 Log Requirements Resource

Labor & Employment News: Coronavirus Edition (National Law Review, March 17, 2020)


Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health

The Nebraska DHHS Division of Public Services has made information available on its website, http://dhhs.ne.gov/.

The site includes Health Care Provider Information and updated Public Service Messages.

An information hotline is available from 8 a.m. CST (7 a.m. MST) - 8 p.m. CST (7 p.m. MST) at (402) 552-6645.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to Ensure Individuals, Issuers and States have Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This action is part of the broader, ongoing effort by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to ensure that all Americans – particularly those at high-risk of complications from the COVID-19 virus – have access to the health benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of this disease.

FAQs for EHB: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Fact-Sheets-and-FAQs/Downloads/EHB-Benchmark-Coverage-of-COVID-19.pdf

CMS is also posting FAQs to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to COVID-19 in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients.

Press release: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-publishes-first-set-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-state-medicaid-and-childrens-health.

FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/covid19/index.html.

These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.