COVID-19

As we go through this next phase of COVID-19 and its aftermath, we at IEC of Oregon are here to help our family of members manage through these rapidly shifting times. This page, reviewed daily, is designed to provide you information as we get it.  If you have any questions or concerns, or information you think could help your fellow members, please let us know.

Even though we are working remotely, we are here full time and are committed to providing you the answers you need.  Thanks to our Industry Partners, highlighted below, for all of their help and resources.

COVID – 19: News From IECI National

5/4 Information from CDC on Cleaning and Disinfection Reopening Businesses

5/4 Construction Industry Safety Coalition Provides Recommendations for the Construction Industry 

Click HERE for Updated Information From IECI on:
  • How COVID-19 is affecting you – take a survey
  • Preparing for a return to work
  • IEC Federal Legislative Updates
  • COVID -19 Recommended best practices for construction worksites
  • And more

 

Drop Box Resources (Click on each individual line for the Drop Box):

COVID – 19: Information For The Employer

 

31 Counties Have Been Approved For Gradual Reopening

5/28  Multnomah County Eyes June Reopening – Phase One beginning June 12.  Washington County will begin Phase One reopening Monday June 1st and Clackamas was approved for reopening May 23rd.
Click HERE for in-depth article from OregonLive article

4/20  BCD Is Printing Minor Labels Again

Click HERE to go to the website with two options 1) new to minor labels or 2) purchased minor labels before.  Due to COVID delays, BCD may take 3-4 days to process your order.

4/3  Senator Jeff Merkley’s Information on Support for Small Business and COVID Relief Packages

List of SBA Lenders

4/2  U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship’s Guide to the CARES Act with FAQs

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer – Resources for Employers and Workers

Click on these links for help as an employer from financial and health guidance

Oregon Health Authority 
Information on COVID-19 testing, info by county and Governor’s orders from OHA and DHA.

Work Share Program 
Work Share provides an alternative for employers and employees who may be facing the prospect of layoffs.  With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours for a group of workers.  Partial unemployment benefits are then paid to supplement workers’ reduced wages.

U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA will provide disaster assistance loans for small business impacted by Covid-19.  SBA’s Economic Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business.

Business Oregon
Additional financial resources for business can be found at Business Oregon – Oregon’s economic development agency.

Office of Emergency Management
A resource for those businesses wanting to help out by donating or selling to the government, if your company provides a service the government can use.

Extension on Filing Tax Returns
The IRS issued an extension for federal tax returns the Oregon Department of Revenue issued a similar extension  – most individuals and businesses now have until June 15th.

Important Information from our Industry Partner SAIF

SAIF Coronovirus Worker Safety Plan.   All IEC of Oregon members who are SAIF policyholders are eligible and the application is now available at saif.com/safetyfund.   Or contact the team via email at safetyfund@saif.com.

5/20  Keeping Workplaces Safe and Healthy

SAIF – Corona Virus and Workers Compensation

For Contractors:  The most important thing is to contact SAIF as soon as you are aware of a potential payroll, classification or payment issue.  By alerting SAIF early they can work with you to find the right solution.

SAIF is Supporting Workers and Business Through Coronavirus

 

Important Information from our Industry Partner Barran Liebman 

5/22  OSHA Issues Updated Guidance to Employers for Recording COVID-19 Cases

5/12 EEOC Offers to Reprieve Employers from Reporting Requirements Due to COVID
EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 surveys may be collected in January 2021.

4/14  What to Do For Your Employees If You Need to Extend Your Temporary Layoff 

4/9 Barran Liebman Top 10 Considerations for Employee Benefits During The COVID-19 Pandemic 

4/1 Barran Liebman FFCRA Eligibility Begins:  Posted Notice is Required
Leave Eligibility Compliance Tool
Posting Notice in English
Posting Notice in Spanish
4/1 What Documentation To Collect from Employees Requesting FFCRA

Alternatives to Layoffs for Employers Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Important Information from our Industry Partner Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt

5/18 Six Things To Know About The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

5/28 Are You Armed With the Knowledge You Need For PPP Forgiveness?  

Legal Implications of COVID-19   Resources and Articles
Schawabe, Wiliamson and Wyatt 

Resources Specifically for Construction and Real Estate
Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt

 

Important Information from HR Answers (scroll down for HR Answers section)

4/14 HR Answers Furlough, Layoff, Reduction in Force Resource Guide

 

Important Information from our Industry Partner Federated Insurance

4/29 Federated Insurance Companies Announce COVID-19 Client Relief Credit

Employers FAQs
Families First Act
Rules for Employers

 

Important Information from our Industry Partner La Porte Insurance
Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package 
LaPorte Insurance COVID-19 Resource Center
For the Up-To-Date Information on Compliance, HR and Employee Communication

 

Guidance for Business to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus from the CDC

See Also General Questions and Answers for Employers
Guidance for Business to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus from the CDC

 

Guidance and Q & A for Construction Contractors from Oregon OSHA (scroll 

Oregon OSHA Information Related to COVID-19

Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
4/20  Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Employers have a key role to play in taking care of their employee’s mental health and safety at this time, but also their own.  This website is a complete guide to resources to help.

COVID – 19:  The Worksite

You must show that you are in compliance with the workplace restrictions and working with in the guidelines of the Oregon Health Authority or business that fail to comply will be closed until they demonstrate compliance.

BOLI

Here are the Rules and Resources for Oregon Constructions Workers and Contractors.  The ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ edict from Governor Brown does not include construction on the list of businesses that must close during the pandemic.

BOLI Guidelines for Worksite Safety

COVID-19 Recommended Practices for Construction Jobsites 

4/29 How to Clean, Reuse or Hack a Coronavirus Mask – USA Today

 

Information from our Industry Partner Milwaukee Tool 

COVID-19 Resources designed to help you navigate safety changes on the jobsite.

Milwaukee Cleaning Tools to Help Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus
4/10 IEC/Milwaukee Tool COVID-19 Resource Guide
4/17 Health Pre-Screening Questionnaire 
4/17 Health Screening Planning Form 
4/17 Potential Considerations for Documenting Procedures 

 

OSHA, OHA, and CDC Guidelines for the Jobsite

COVID – 19: Information For Your Employees

Here is some additional support information for your employees

4/29 COVID Toes, Rashes and Additional Symptoms 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19
Loss of Taste and Smell is the New Symptom of Coronavirus
Handwashing Guidelines from the CDC – English and Spanish

IRS Stimulus Checks
4/10  Non Filers:  Enter Info Here to Get Your Stimulus Checks 

 

Unemployment Information

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenhauer – Resources for Workers and Employers 

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

What is Covered by Employer’s Insurance vs. Unemployment Insurance

Oregon Health Plan – Gains Flexibility with Medicaid to Better Serve Oregonians

Food Stamps Oregon

WIC Oregon 
A supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children

TANFOregon 
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Healthcare Options for Unemployed Oregon 

General Questions and Answers for Workers Oregon

Information from RALI Oregon Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative
Oregon Recovery Network Sponsored by Google
OHA Behavioral Health Services and Crisis Lines 

4/20  Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Employees have a key role to play in taking care of their own mental health and safety at this time, but also of their colleagues.  This website is a complete guide to resources to help.

COVID – 19:  Information For Your Apprentices

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the IEC of Oregon Office is closed and unable to accept applications at this time.  Please watch the website for updated information on application submissions as it becomes available.  Thank you for your understanding.

Note on CPR Requirements.  CPR is not a state licensing requirement but an individual JATC requirement.  Some of our classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19 and you may be up for renewal.  At this point in time, do not worry.  The directors will notify all apprentices with expired cards when it is safe to have classes again.  

Apprentices should check their emails and texts often for updates from their Directors:
Limited Energy:  Eva Sizelove – eva@iecoregon.org
Inside Electrical:  Kayleen Williams – kayleen@iecoregon.org
Educational Director for IETC:  Jeff Hooper – jeff@iecoregon.org

From the BCD:

There are no proctor sites available so license testing is currently not available.  These sites may open end of April or beginning of June.  We will get you updates as soon as we know.

Teladoc
Available for All Members on IEC of Oregon Healthcare

As the Covid-19 outbreak unfolds, you have an option to the doctors office – Teladoc.  Virtual care is recommended by the CDC as the way to get care and help avoid exposure and spread of potentially contagious viruses.

Click HERE to find a handy comparison of the symptoms for Covid-19, the Flu and the Common Cold.  You will have to set up your account on Teladoc prior to use, so for those members on our healthcare go to teladoc.com and hit the get started button now.

 

CNN Health In-depth Explanation of Symptoms

IEC of Oregon Members get FREE Unlimited Access to HR Consultants

Now is an important time to understand how the employment laws are changing and wrong decisions could put your business at risk.  Having answers—right away—can save you money and headaches.

As a member of IEC of Oregon, when you sign up with HR Answers you get free unlimited access to HR consultants to discuss any HR or employee related problem — an annual savings of $2,200 or more.  Supplementary services are available for additional consulting fees.

Click HERE for more information
Click HERE for a fillable registration form for HR Answers

Important Information from HR Answers

4/14 Furlough, Layoff, Reduction in Force Resource Guide
4/2  Covid Information from HR Answers – a link to their COVID Page
3/31 What To Do If You Receive a Presumptive Positive or Positive Test for One of Your Employees
3/31 What To Do If You Have to Layoff or Furlough Your Employees – from procedures to sample letters