COVID-19

This page is designed to provide you new information regarding COVID-19 pertinent to employers and employees.  This includes any new forms or updates as we get them.  Thank you to our Industry Partners, highlighted below, for all of their help and resources. Click on the blue words to get the links.

National News

From The White House

Click on the blue link to see information regarding the following:
  • Requiring All Employers with 100+ Employees to Ensure their Workers are Vaccinated or Tested Weekly
  • Requiring Vaccinations for All Federal Workers and for Millions of Contractors that Do Business with the Federal Government
  • Requiring Employers with More Than 100 Employees to Provide Time Off to Get Vaccinated

IEC National

IEC National Meets With Administration on Vaccine / Test Mandate

On Friday, October 22, IEC met with officials regarding the executive order last month, that would require companies of 100 or more employees to mandate a vaccine or regular testing.

IEC explained how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) specifically stated that construction was a “low-exposure-risk-industry” and therefore, the industry should be excluded from the final rule. IEC also explained how the ETS could further exacerbate current workforce shortages faced by electrical contractors among other issues as also addressed in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition letter.

IEC also joined coalition partners in another letter to the Biden Administration requesting that it delay the mandate in Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” which requires all federal contractors to have their employees vaccinated by December 8.

Employer News

Forms

Medical and Religious Exception Request Forms
Including link for instructions to fill out the forms – scroll down on the page


Omicron poses a very high global risk
New Omicron variant is very likely in the United States already and ‘poses a very high risk of infection surges with severe consequences’ in some places as it spreads globally.

COVID Updates:  W.H.O. Warns of ‘Very High Risk’ from Omicron as Questions Remain
As of 11/29, Biden Calls Omicron a ’cause for concern, not a cause for panic’.

OSHA Releases COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Rules for Employers with 100 or More Employees

Important information from Barran Liebman released 11/4/21


Oregon Health Authority Recommendations and Requirements

Masks, Testing, Vaccinations, and Tracing

State of Oregon Masking Requirements  – OHA
Masking is still required in Oregon in indoor settings and most outdoor settings – regardless of vaccination status – where physical distancing is not possible.  

Settings That May Have More Guidance

Getting Tested

COVID – 19 Additional Doses Current Recommendation

What You Need To Keep After Vaccination

Information on Contact Tracing 

OHA COVID-19 Home


Financial and Small Business Help

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

U.S. Small Business Administration
COVID Loans and Additional Funding Updated for 2021


Important Information from our Industry Partners 

SAIF

COVID-19 Safety Measures Can Get Us Back to Business

Barran Liebman

COVID Vaccination Mandates are Expected to Surge:  Here’s What Oregon Employers Need To Know

Federal Executive Order on Businesses with 100 or More and Vaccine/Test Mandate

Employees Who Are Fired For Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine May Not be Eligible for Jobless Benefits

New Workplace Disability – ‘Long COVID’

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Webinar for COVID 19 Vaccine Mandate Compliance for Federal Contractors
November 8, 2021   10:00 -11:30 AM   Register HERE

Specific COVID Resources:  Amanda Gamblin – Agamblin@schabe.com

Federated Insurance

Require Proof of Vaccination?


Important Resources from HR Answers

Click Here for Resource Links to Include:

  • Federal Guidance and Posters
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Information from the Governors of Oregon, Washington, and California
  • Protection Paid and Unpaid Leaves
  • State Unemployment Links
  • Work Share Program Links
  • State Health Administration Links
  • State Insurance Regulation Links
  • State Occupational Safety and Health Links

Guidance from The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

On The Worksite

BOLI

Click here are the Employer Resources from The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Information includes:

  • Masks, face shields, and face coverings
  • Vaccinations
  • Covid Testing Costs
  • Quarantine Funds Available
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Discrimination
  • Sick Time
  • Oregon Family Leave
  • Final Pay
  • Emergency Rulemaking

BOLI Guidelines for Worksite Safety

BDC Offices are open but are available to the public by appointment only.
See Website for Updates

Additional Resources Construction Industry Specific

Employee Information

Here is some additional support information for your employees

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


Unemployment Information

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

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 

Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

workplacesuicideprevention.com

Workingminds – suicide prevention in the construction workplace