Industry News

Every individual, business, and community is experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In an effort to support our contractors and the industry, we are offering helpful links and resources for information. The situation and environment is changing rapidly, so check back regularly for updated information.

Chapter Services

In an effort to keep our members, guests, and association staff healthy and safe during the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are following local, state, and federal guidelines and are cancelling all chapter in-person meetings, events, and trainings through April 30.

We are fully operational at the Oregon-Columbia Chapter, and business will continue through remote or telework status as required.

Chapter leadership will continue to evaluate the situation as late April approaches, and chapter meetings, events, and trainings will be rescheduled as conditions permit.

AGC of America Webinars

Eight-Part Webinar Series Navigating the Outbreak: An Eight-Part Webinar Series on the Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity

11:00 am, March 23–April 1

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 AGCA staff and outside expert speakers. Recordings and the slide deck are available for registrants following each webinar. Free for AGC members, $599 for non-members. Register Now. 

Recordings and slides are available on the AGC of America website.

Here’s the Latest in News

Medical Community in Urgent Need of Personal Protection Equipment

[Updated March 24] The medical community in Oregon is urgently requesting any spare personal protection equipment to keep medical providers safe while treating patients with COVID-19. There is an insufficient supply at this point, and medical facilities could run out of PPE within a matter of days. Some providers are already being forced to reuse masks. Read more


AGCA Webinar: Maintaining Cash Flow During the Crisis: An Overview of New Federal Support Programs & Practical Advice for Contractors

[April 7] AGC of America will be conducting a free webinar tomorrow, April 8 at 1 pm, which will provide an overview of how construction firms can take advantage of recent federal programs created to support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, including the new Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program and revisions to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as well as some tax relief and tax deferral programs created in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read more


New Trump Administration Guidance Allows Firms With 500 or Fewer Employees to Qualify for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

[April 7] The Associated General Contractors of America announced that the Trump administration released new guidance that now allows firms with 500 or fewer employees to qualify for the new Paycheck Protection Program Loans. Association officials noted that the administration released the new guidance after the association raised concerns over the weekend that many firms that employ 500 or fewer employees appeared to be excluded from the program. Read more


ConsensusDocs Provides COVID-19 Resource Center

[April 6] ConsensusDocs is providing helpful sample documents to help contractors navigate some of the contract and employment issues that have arisen out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the documents.


AGCA Working to Fix Flaw in Paycheck Protection Program Qualifications That Appears to Exclude Many Construction Firms

[April 6] We wanted to alert you to a potentially very serious flaw in the way the Small Business Administration has crafted the qualification guidelines for its new Paycheck Protection Program loans and the steps we are taking to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.

Congress and the administration were clear when enacting the coronavirus relief measure that any firm employing 500 or fewer people should be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The purpose of these loans is to keep businesses open so they can continue to operate and employ millions of Americans. Unfortunately, the Small Business Administration is needlessly delaying the loan applications of thousands of construction firms that clearly would meet the statutory threshold of 500 employers or less because the agency appears to have added a secondary qualification that is not part of the statute. That secondary qualification is the average annual receipts size standard used for construction.

Applying that second standard will severely undermine the purpose of the new loan program by excluding many member firms from qualifying for the loan program. Click HERE to view some additional analysis of the flaw and what it means for member firms.

That is why we have contacted officials within the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House and urged them to fix this flaw immediately. You can view a copy of our letter HERE. We have also alerted the media to this flaw, and you can read our media statement HERE.

We will alert you as we work to have this flaw fixed. You can also learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program loans and the requirements for applying at the following Treasury Department site, and at the following link from the Small Business Administration.


Emergency FMLA Now in Effect

[April 3] The federal emergency Family Medical Leave Act and sick leave related to COVID-19 went into effect on Wednesday, April 1. The U.S. Department of Labor outlined these requirements for employers to provide to their all their employees:

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay if an employee is quarantined or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis
    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay if the employee needs to care for an individual in quarantine, or if a school or childcare provider is closed for COVID-19 related reasons.

If the employee has been working for more than 30 days, the employer must provide:

    • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed for COVID-19 related reasons.

Employers must provide employees with information about the new benefits. Read more at the Department of Labor’s webpage here, and download the required poster.

Eligible employers can claim a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that will help with these new leave requirements. Visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website to learn more.


U.S. Small Business Administration Bulletin

[April 3] The SBA sent out an email bulletin with information and links for the four funding options available for small businesses:

    • Paycheck Protection Program
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
    • SBA Debt Relief
    • Express Bridge Loan

View the email bulletin.


Construction Industry and State Agencies Partner to Keep Workers Safe Amid COVID-19

[April 3] The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter (AGC) has partnered with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to develop a comprehensive list of COVID-19 jobsite safety recommendations. Read more.


Federal Emergency Small Business Loan Starts TODAY

[April 3] Beginning April 3, qualifying businesses can apply for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was part of federal legislation signed into law last week and includes up to $10 million per business to help with employee retention and operational expenses.

It is first-come, first-served so call your bank, credit union or or financial institution TODAY to start the process. Approved SBA lenders will handle the loans.  For a full list of SBA lenders in Oregon, click here.

A few quick FAQs:

How do I apply?
    • Loans will be made through financial institutions that are already Small Business Administration qualified lenders. Your first call should be to your bank or credit union.
When can I apply?
    • Small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) and sole proprietorships can apply for loans starting today, April 3.
    • Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply, according to the Treasury guidelines.
Who qualifies?
    • Businesses and entities in operation on February 15, 2020
    • Small Businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations or tribal businesses that have fewer than 500 employees or otherwise meet the SBA size standard
    • Businesses in the accommodation and food service sector that employ 500 or fewer employees per physical location
    • Businesses that have already received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) but have not used it for the same purpose
What will the loans look like?
    • Loan amounts up to 2.5x average covered monthly payroll and selected overhead expenses, not to exceed $10 million
    • Potential for loan forgiveness for eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities during the covered eight-week period after origination
    • No fees and no prepayment penalties
    • No business collateral or personal guarantee required
    • Payments are deferred for six months

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce have created this helpful overview of the PPP and what it means for small businesses across the country.


DJC: Q&A: How to Get Aid for a Small Business Hit by Virus Crisis

[April 3] The DJC posted an article answering questions about financial help available through the government and other sources. Read it here.


Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator

[April 2] Governor Kate Brown has announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator. This tool will assist small businesses with financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis.

The Resource Navigator will include a hotline and a website containing comprehensive information on key programs for small businesses, available at oregon4biz.com, with access to:

More information on the Resource Navigator is available here:


AGC of America Update on New SBA Loan Program

[April 2] More information has come out on the new Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program. Click here for their updated analysis.


U.S. Department of the Treasury Summary and FAQs: Federal Paid Leave Mandates for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

[April 2] The U.S. Department of the Treasury posted a summary and FAQs on the refundable tax credits from the new federal paid leave mandates for small and mid-sized businesses. You can find this information here.


Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division FAQs

[April 2] The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division posted answers to frequently asked questions on their website. These provide guidance for how to proceed with complications from COVID-19 restrictions that impact existing workers’ compensation claims. The FAQs page can be found here.


Preparing for a Slowdown/Shutdown

[March 23] Steps a contractor should be considering when evaluating impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor Kate Brown Issues Moratorium on Commercial Evictions

[April 1] Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-13, placing a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment, in light of the impacts on business owners caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The order also strengthens Governor Brown’s previous ban on residential evictions, and prohibits landlords from charging tenants late fees for nonpayment of rent during the moratorium. To view Executive Order 20-13, click here.


FFCRA Tax Credits

[April 1] The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides businesses with tax credits to cover certain costs of providing employees with required paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. This link from the Internal Revenue Service provides information on the tax credits and answers FAQs.


SBA Loan Assistance Available: Act Now

[March 31] The U.S. Small Business Administration has several options to help. Click here to read our blog, and check out a couple of online resources:


Application Available for SAIF Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund

Last week SAIF announced that their board of directors had approved a $10 million coronavirus worker safety fund. The fund is designed to promote employee safety, reduce injuries, and decrease exposures by helping businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

The application is now available at saif.com/safetyfund, and we will accept submissions until all funds have been expended or until the fund is terminated.

Click here for a flyer.

The fund helps pay for expenses tied to preventing the spread of coronavirus at businesses or mitigating other coronavirus-related costs. Funds may be approved for costs related to worksite cleaning and disinfection, reopening businesses safely after a coronavirus-related closure, workspace modification or redesign related to safety or social distancing, and mental health and wellness initiatives.

If policyholders have questions specific to the safety fund, please contact safetyfund@saif.com.


Webinar: Need COVID-19 Assistance?

[March 30] Join the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon (NAMC) webinar on Tuesday, March 31 at 2:00 pm.

Small Business Administration (SBA) NW Director Marty Golden will share the latest about grants, loans and other federal assistance for contractors affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Join the meeting on Zoom HERE. If you don’t have Zoom, you can download it before the webinar begins.

Don’t miss out on federal assistance for you and your business – register today as space is limited.


Portland Small Business Relief Fund

[March 30] The Portland Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants and no interest loans to support Portland small businesses experiencing hardships related to COVID-19.

The goal of the fund is to provide immediate relief by helping business owners retain their businesses and their employees as a bridge of support before additional state and federal resources become available in the coming months. For more information or to apply, visit the website.


US Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Loans

[March 30] On Friday March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The package allocates $350 billion to assist small businesses in the midst of this pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Those eligible include: small businesses with fewer than 500 employees or otherwise meets the Small Business Administration’s size standard, a 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees, individuals operating as a sole proprietor, independent contractor, or those self-employed carrying on any trade or business. For a more in-depth review of what this means for your business, click here.


USDOL Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

[March 30] The US Department of Labor has issued more guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. They are continuing to update this website with new guidance.


AGCA’s Comprehensive Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

[March 30] AGCA has updated their CARES Act analysis as it applied to small business eligibility for the new SBA loan program. AGC is working on addressing what it fears will be significant confusion among the industry as it relates to newly enacted programs/mandates and the multitude of ways employees may be counted under them. Read the analysis.


Governor Kate Brown Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration for Oregon

[March 29] Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on the White House’s disaster declaration for Oregon:

“This declaration is an important first step towards unlocking all available federal resources for Oregon’s state, tribal, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I appreciate the responsiveness of Vice President Pence and federal administration officials to our requests for aid.

“However, this is far from everything Oregon needs from the federal government to actively and effectively combat this crisis. We have a number of significant requests pending with the federal government, first and foremost Oregon’s request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile.

“In addition, a significant part of our disaster declaration request was for individual assistance for all Oregon counties and tribes—including child care assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster legal services, and disaster unemployment assistance for Oregonians. That request is still also pending, and would provide significant relief to Oregon families if approved.

“This is an unprecedented public health crisis that demands a coordinated national response, backed by the full resources of the federal government. I will continue to work with the White House and Oregon’s congressional delegation to fight for access to every tool available to keep Oregonians safe from COVID-19.”

Today’s Major Disaster Declaration by President Trump for the State of Oregon, retroactive to January 20, 2020, allows for the activation of FEMA’s Public Assistance program for reimbursements of emergency actions taken by state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities, as well as certain non-profit organizations.

Organizations eligible for recovery efforts on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures include, but are not limited to:

    • Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety;
    • Emergency operation and coordination costs;
    • Disinfection of eligible public facilities;
    • Medical sheltering;
    • Purchase and distribution of food, water, medicine and other consumable supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment.

Oregon’s original request to the federal government for a disaster declaration is available here.


Updated USDOL Guidance on Paid Leave

[March 27] Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) added to its published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

Specifically, WHD added to its original Questions and Answers document. The new Q&A’s (see questions 15-37) address critical issues, such as recordkeeping, documentation requirements, when an employee is unable to telework, intermittent leave, worksite closures, furloughs, UI interaction, health coverage requirements, and multiemployer collective bargaining agreement implications.


Defend Your Businesses and Oregon’s Construction Industry Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

[March 27] A special Oregon legislative session is expected early next week. Any coronavirus recovery package passed by our state legislators must include measures to protect local businesses and assist communities with recovery. If you’d like to contact your legislators and share your personal impact from COVID-19, please do so. Read more


Oregon Secretary of State: Coronavirus Resources for Business

[March 26] Our office is working directly with businesses seeking answers and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to address some of the questions being asked, we’re providing this Frequently Asked Question sheet. Please know that there are many resources available, and local resources may differ from those offered by the state or federal government. For information about a specific program, it’s best to contact the provider of that resource directly. Read the document


BOLI Temporary Administrative Orders

[March 26] BOLI has released new temporary administrative orders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first temporary rule expands the Oregon Family Leave Act to include caring for a child whose school or childcare is closed as a result of a statewide public health emergency.

The other temporary administrative order gives apprenticeship committees a “reasonable and practicable timeframe”  to submit their minutes, instead of the previous 14 day requirement.


Much of Construction is Shut Down in Recent Washington Governor’s Order

[March 26] This letter from David D’Hondt, executive vice president of AGC of Washington clarifying recent Washington governor’s new guidance. Read more


ODOT Addresses Common Concerns and Questions

[March 26] ODOT has put a document together to outline concerns as well as, questions to answers presented in a recent teleconference related to the impacts of COVID-19. To view the document from ODOT’s Construction Section, click here.


Oregon Department of Revenue Announces Extension of Tax Filing Deadlines and Payment

[March 25] The Oregon Dept. of Revenue announced today that it will be extending personal income tax deadlines from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Corporate income taxes will be extended from May 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.

For more information, view the DOR’s press release.


Oregon Coronavirus Update

[March 25] Answers to frequently asked questions, federal stimulus update, and some guidelines from the governor. View the document. Info provided by Oregon Business & Industry

 

 

 

 

Archived Information

AGCA Working to Fix Flaw in Paycheck Protection Program Qualifications That Appears to Exclude Many Construction Firms

[April 6] We wanted to alert you to a potentially very serious flaw in the way the Small Business Administration has crafted the qualification guidelines for its new Paycheck Protection Program loans and the steps we are taking to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.

Congress and the administration were clear when enacting the coronavirus relief measure that any firm employing 500 or fewer people should be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The purpose of these loans is to keep businesses open so they can continue to operate and employ millions of Americans. Unfortunately, the Small Business Administration is needlessly delaying the loan applications of thousands of construction firms that clearly would meet the statutory threshold of 500 employers or less because the agency appears to have added a secondary qualification that is not part of the statute. That secondary qualification is the average annual receipts size standard used for construction.

Applying that second standard will severely undermine the purpose of the new loan program by excluding many member firms from qualifying for the loan program. Click HERE to view some additional analysis of the flaw and what it means for member firms.

That is why we have contacted officials within the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House and urged them to fix this flaw immediately. You can view a copy of our letter HERE. We have also alerted the media to this flaw, and you can read our media statement HERE.

We will alert you as we work to have this flaw fixed. You can also learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program loans and the requirements for applying at the following Treasury Department site, and at the following link from the Small Business Administration.


Federal Emergency Small Business Loan Starts TODAY

[April 3] Beginning April 3, qualifying businesses can apply for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was part of federal legislation signed into law last week and includes up to $10 million per business to help with employee retention and operational expenses.

It is first-come, first-served so call your bank, credit union or or financial institution TODAY to start the process. Approved SBA lenders will handle the loans.  For a full list of SBA lenders in Oregon, click here.

A few quick FAQs:

How do I apply?
  • Loans will be made through financial institutions that are already Small Business Administration qualified lenders. Your first call should be to your bank or credit union.
When can I apply?
  • Small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) and sole proprietorships can apply for loans starting today, April 3.
  • Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply, according to the Treasury guidelines.
Who qualifies?
  • Businesses and entities in operation on February 15, 2020
  • Small Businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations or tribal businesses that have fewer than 500 employees or otherwise meet the SBA size standard
  • Businesses in the accommodation and food service sector that employ 500 or fewer employees per physical location
  • Businesses that have already received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) but have not used it for the same purpose
What will the loans look like?
  • Loan amounts up to 2.5x average covered monthly payroll and selected overhead expenses, not to exceed $10 million
  • Potential for loan forgiveness for eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities during the covered eight-week period after origination
  • No fees and no prepayment penalties
  • No business collateral or personal guarantee required
  • Payments are deferred for six months

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce have created this helpful overview of the PPP and what it means for small businesses across the country.


DJC: Q&A: How to Get Aid for a Small Business Hit by Virus Crisis

[April 3] The DJC posted an article answering questions about financial help available through the government and other sources. Read it here.


Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator

[April 2] Governor Kate Brown has announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator. This tool will assist small businesses with financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis.

The Resource Navigator will include a hotline and a website containing comprehensive information on key programs for small businesses, available at oregon4biz.com, with access to:

More information on the Resource Navigator is available here:


AGC of America Update on New SBA Loan Program

[April 2] More information has come out on the new Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program. Click here for their updated analysis.


U.S. Department of the Treasury Summary and FAQs: Federal Paid Leave Mandates for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

[April 2] The U.S. Department of the Treasury posted a summary and FAQs on the refundable tax credits from the new federal paid leave mandates for small and mid-sized businesses. You can find this information here.


SBA Loan Assistance Available: Act Now

[March 31] The U.S. Small Business Administration has several options to help. Click here to read our blog, and check out a couple of online resources:


Portland Small Business Relief Fund

[March 30] The Portland Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants and no interest loans to support Portland small businesses experiencing hardships related to COVID-19.

The goal of the fund is to provide immediate relief by helping business owners retain their businesses and their employees as a bridge of support before additional state and federal resources become available in the coming months. For more information or to apply, visit the website.


US Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Loans

[March 30] On Friday March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The package allocates $350 billion to assist small businesses in the midst of this pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Those eligible include: small businesses with fewer than 500 employees or otherwise meets the Small Business Administration’s size standard, a 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees, individuals operating as a sole proprietor, independent contractor, or those self-employed carrying on any trade or business. For a more in-depth review of what this means for your business, click here.


Portland Small Business Relief Fund

[March 30] The Portland Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants and no interest loans to support Portland small businesses experiencing hardships related to COVID-19.

The goal of the fund is to provide immediate relief by helping business owners retain their businesses and their employees as a bridge of support before additional state and federal resources become available in the coming months. For more information or to apply, visit the website.


SBA Emergency Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL) for Small Business and Non-Profits

[March 22] At the request of Governor Brown’s Regional Solutions Coordinator, a group of regional economic development partners has been formed to encourage efficient information sharing with the business community as resources are developed to help mitigate financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This CORE group (Coordinated Organizations for Recovery Efforts) is composed of the regional representatives of Mid-Valley Regional Solutions, Business Oregon, the Willamette Workforce Partnership, the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center and SEDCOR. We want to inform you that a new resource has now been made available to help Oregon businesses. Contact Dean Craig, Willamette Workforce Partnership for more information.


Rogue Workforce Efforts

[March 21] Rogue Workforce knows that businesses and workers are rapidly responding to the COVID-19/ Coronavirus circumstances. Many businesses are looking for help to access the resources that might be available to them to sustain their enterprise. Impacted workers are looking for help to sustain income and meet essential needs. Meanwhile the national landscape on resources being made available is changing daily, as Congress passes new legislation to address the needs.

Here’s an update on what our team at Rogue Workforce Partnership has been working on this week with partners in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Beaverton Pledges Money to Help Small Business

[March 20] In response to some of the changes small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce have launched an Emergency Business Assistance Program. Read more


The City of Hillsboro Looks to Help Businesses and Residents Struggling

[March 20] To offset some of the short term financial impacts of COVID-19, the City of Hillsboro is allocating $500,000 in grant funding to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more

Oregon State Police Respond to Questions

[March 24] In an attempt to answer frequently asked questions relating to the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives,” the Oregon State Police has posted some answers to frequently asked questions. View their post on Facebook.


DMV Offices Open Only for Commercial Drivers by Appointment

[March 24] Under the Governor’s March 23 Executive Order, only six Oregon DMV offices will be open, by appointment only, for commercial driver knowledge tests and commercial driver license issuance beginning Wednesday, March 25.

Many DMV services remain available through OregonDMV.com and through the mail. With the exception of commercial driver knowledge tests and commercial driver license issuance, no other services will be available at DMV offices.

Limits on public access will be in effect until April 28, unless conditions allow DMV to open more offices sooner.

CDL holders and new CDL applicants may schedule an appointment for a knowledge test or commercial driver license issuance by calling their local DMV office phone number, 503-299-9999 in the Portland area, or 503-945-5000 elsewhere.

How to schedule a CDL drive test link.


ODOT Consultant and Contractor Message

[March 24] Existing ODOT A&E and construction contracts are continuing to move forward. We understand there is concern that the COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt supply chains, labor forces, or impact projects. We are working closely with our consultant and contractor partners to assess the state of each project as the impact of COVID-19 unfolds. Read more


New Temporary Building Codes Division Rule – Inspections

[March 21] The Oregon Building Codes Division recently enacted this temporary rule for COVID-19 Response Inspection Flexibility:

OAR 918-098-4000 Inspections During COVID-19 Emergency

(1) The purpose of this rule is to provide greater flexibility to building departments to meet demand and provide services to Oregonians during the COVID-19 emergency without compromising safety. (2) Notwithstanding OAR 918-098-1015, 918-281-0020, and 918-695-0400, a person with an Oregon Inspector Certification and a code certification issued by the Building Codes Division may perform inspections and review plans beyond the scope of work for their code certification if both of the following conditions are met:

(a) The relevant building official determines the person has the skills necessary to perform the specific inspection or plan review without compromising safety; and (b) The relevant building official authorizes the person, in writing, to perform the inspection or plan review.
(3) Consistent with ORS 455.020 and the discretion granted to building officials, nothing in OAR Chapter 918 should be construed to limit the ability of building officials to employ creative solutions and technology in service delivery, including but not limited to the use of virtual inspections, drones, electronic signatures, pictures, granting of written request to reconnect an electrical installation pursuant to ORS 479.570 and OAR 918-311-0070, or any other solution designed to provide service delivery while maintaining safety.

(4) Authorizations under (2) are only valid while this rule is in place. No authorization under (2) may be in effect beyond the effective date of this rule.

Statutory Authority: ORS 455.020, 455.030, 455.720 Statutes Implemented: ORS 455.720


Notice of Temporary Rule – COVID-19 Inspection Response Flexibility

[March 21] To ensure plan reviews and inspections may continue in a safe manner, the Oregon Building Codes Division has issued a temporary rule allowing local jurisdictions additional flexibility. Click here for more information.


DMV Partners With Law Enforcement to Keep Oregonians at Home

[March 21] ODOT’s Driver and Motor Vehicles Division has partnered with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in their enforcement of driver licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Brown. Oregon’s law enforcement agencies and associations agreed to exercise flexibility and discretion when reviewing driver licenses, registrations, and ID cards. Please note: DEQ has suspended vehicle emissions testing which is relevant for drivers in the Portland metro area and Medford.

While DMV offices are still open, there are many actions that may be taken online including,

• Renewal of vehicle registration (if your tags just expired, you can renew online and print the receipt to take in your car as proof of registration)

• Update your address – if you move within Oregon, you must report your new address to DMV within 30 days

• Report the sale of your vehicle – if you sell your vehicle, you can take an extra step against future parking tickets and towing/storage fees on that car by reporting the sale to DMV online

• Get a trip permit if your tags are expired or license plates are lost or stolen, or if you’ve just bought a car without current plates

The DMV also accepts many transactions through the mail, and phone agents (503-945-5000) are available to help people prepare for a DMV visit, if required.

DMV online services:

Latest on your local DMV


Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB)

[March 19] Given the actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board has taken the necessary steps to allow contractors to defer their renewal of existing licenses through June 30, 2020. To view the temporary rule language, click here. To view the CCB FAQ on temporary rules, click here.

Governor Brown Executive Order

March 23, 12:24 pm

This morning, as expected, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order (EO 20-12, attached) ordering all Oregonians to stay at home, outlined a list of non-essential businesses that are closed, imposing 6-foot social distancing requirements, and all businesses to immediately implement telework or remote work arrangements when possible.

Because construction was not listed as a “non-essential business,” your construction company may continue operations in Oregon as currently scheduled and underway. By midnight tonight, Monday, March 23, 2020, your company must immediately designate a Social Distancing Officer to oversee and enforce social distancing requirements at the job site level. It is critical to our industry that your company take the social distancing requirements seriously.

Summary of the order:
  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.
  • Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, heaters, and yoga studios.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.
  • It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
    It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.
  • Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.
Related Documents

Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) Update

[March 23] There are ongoing discussions to delay CAT (Corporate Activity Tax) payments into the second quarter. We will update this post if/when those changes are official.

US DOL Publishes New Federal Paid Leave Guidance Families First Coronavirus Response Act

[March 24] Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.


COVID-19 Relief Act Signed by the President

[March 20] Moss Adams Blog


OSHA Provides Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19

OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 (link is external) mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.

COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information (link is external) on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
  2. The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5 (link is external); and
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (link is external) (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

For more information, click here.

AGCA Paid Leave Mandates Summary

[March 18] A short time ago, President Trump signed into law new paid leave mandates that will take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. Nearly 7,000 AGC members from around the nation sent about 14,000 emails to their U.S. Senators in opposition to these mandates—the highest grassroots engagement on any issue we have seen in at least a decade. Thank you all for your efforts in pushing those action alerts.

Click here for a summary of the mandates. While it is a helpful document, I am sure you and your members will have many, many questions. Stay tuned for details on a webinar we will host on this topic next week to help answer those questions, along with more information.

There remains opportunity to make improvements to these new mandates, as the Senate considers a third COVID-19 relief bill, with rumors of a fourth on the horizon. AGC of America will continue to press for avenues to make such improvements via legislative and regulatory means.

With this new bill under consideration, AGC of America will also be pushing for expedited public owner payments to contractors for losses associated with COVID-19-related project impacts to keep cash flows going, robust investments in infrastructure funding, and the protection of multiemployer pension plans, their participants, retirees and contributing employers—among other policy objectives.

Click here for the summary

OAME Annual Trade Show and Luncheon Postponed

[March 31] The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs’ 32nd Annual Trade Show and Luncheon is being postponed to October 8, 2020, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health threat being so unpredictable at this point. As this is the only OAME fundraiser and major event held, please plan to join them in October

Dozer Day Vancouver/Portland Update

[March 25] Despite the current situation, preparations for Dozer Day 2020 in Vancouver, Wash., on May 16 and 17 continue. If the need to maintain social distance persists, they have secured the alternative weekend at the Clark County Fairgrounds of September 26 and 27. Visit the website for updates.


Update on Northwest College of Construction

[March 22] In an effort to complete as many spring classes as possible without going too far into the summer, Northwest College of Construction is setting up hybrid and online webinar options for most of their classes. Their goal is to complete as much training as possible for spring term through flexible options, anticipating a possible “Stay at Home” order. NCCER courses require in-person testing so they have a plan in place for small group testing upon completion of the coursework, with the space being cleaned between testing groups.  If the Stay at Home order occurs, testing will have to be deferred. Contact Laurie Emery or Kevin Athey at NWCoC with questions or concerns, 503-256-7300.

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