COVID News & Resources

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.

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Statewide Mask Mandate Takes Effect Friday, Aug 13

[August 11] During a news conference, Gov. Kate Brown provided further details on the reinstatement of the statewide mask mandate that she previously announced.

The new mask requirement for all indoor public settings, including businesses, will take effect Friday, Aug. 13. Enforcement of this new measure will be with Oregon OSHA, and OBI remains in constant communication with the agency to ensure the responsibility of enforcement does not fall on businesses. When asked about enforcement, Gov. Brown said, “Oregonians need to take personal responsibility.” We’ll keep our members updated as we know more.

The mask requirement, according to the governor, is an effort to keep schools and businesses open. Gov. Brown did not rule out further restrictions like capacity limits or business closures if the virus continues to spread.

The governor also announced yesterday she is requiring executive branch employees to receive a vaccine or face termination. In her news conference today, she strongly encouraged all public and private employers to require vaccination for their employees too.

Gov. Brown also referenced Oregon Health & Science University modeling that suggests the state’s hospital system is nearing a dangerous tipping point, and could be completely overwhelmed by September. The Delta variant is about three times as infectious as original versions of COVID-19.

Information provided by Oregon Business & Industry

Effective Immediately, Oregon OSHA Formally Lifts Face Covering, Distancing Parts of COVID-19 Rules

[June 30] Oregon OSHA today removed the facial covering and physical distancing requirements of its COVID-19 rule for all workplaces, with certain exceptions, including health care, public transit, and airports.

The move by the division is part of a formal process involving initial amendments to the existing requirements of its COVID-19 rule for all workplaces. It also encompasses similar changes that will be made to another COVID-19 rule addressing housing provided by employers, including as part of agricultural operations.

The lifting of the facial covering and distancing requirements – effective immediately – are consistent with previous public announcements about the reopening of Oregon, including by Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority.

However, that does not mean that all of Oregon OSHA’s COVID-19 requirements are going away immediately. For the rule addressing all workplaces, examples of measures that will remain in place longer include optimization of ventilation, notification of a positive case in the workplace, and proper steps to take if an employee must quarantine.

While the facial covering and distancing provisions are removed from the rule addressing employer-provided housing, the rule’s measures – including placement of beds and air purifiers – remain in place.

Meanwhile, Oregon OSHA continues to meet on a regular basis with stakeholders about the eventual full repeal of the requirements.

Indeed, the fact that Oregon OSHA has lifted – and will no longer enforce – the basic facial covering and distancing parts of its requirements does not mean that the risks of COVID-19 are gone.

“It is heartening to see that we have come so far and are experiencing an improving situation,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “But the risks remain real – especially for those who are not fully vaccinated. That is why, from a risk management standpoint, it makes sense to keep some provisions of our workplace requirements in place longer.”

Wood added, “We need to remain vigilant and encourage more people to get vaccinated.”

To put these changes into effect, documents have been filed for the general workplace rule. The documents are available here.

The amendment to the employer-provided housing rules are in the process of being filed and will soon be available on the website here.

The changes implemented by Oregon OSHA do not preclude businesses from choosing to put their own facial covering and distancing measures in place, as long as they do so according to public health guidelines and keeping in mind accommodations for people with disabilities.

Oregon OSHA extended its requirements for all workplaces, which took effect May 4, to maintain risk-reducing safety measures for workers against the coronavirus. The requirements were developed – and, in several cases, adjusted – based on extensive public input, comments, and technical and stakeholder review.

When it extended the requirements, Oregon OSHA committed to an ongoing process to eventually repeal the rules in their entirety when they are no longer needed to address the pandemic in the workplace.

As part of that process, Oregon OSHA continues to consult with the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the Oregon Health Authority, the two Infectious Disease Rulemaking Advisory Committees, and other stakeholders.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA’s free resources – involving no fault, no citations, and no penalties – by contacting our consultation services and technical experts.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA’s workplace guidance and resources related to COVID-19.

Face Covering/Mask Update

[May 14] This morning, we received the following information from Kevin Cannon, AGC of America’s director of Safety and Health Services:

“We are well aware of the updated CDC guidance and the confusion that it will create among contractors and employees. To date, OSHA has not updated their most recent guidance issued on January 29, which states that employers are not to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals as it relates to masks and social distancing policies:

Not distinguishing between workers who are vaccinated and those who are not: Workers who are vaccinated must continue to follow protective measures, such as wearing a face covering and remaining physically distant, because at this time, there is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines prevent transmission of the virus from person-to-person. The CDC explains that experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

While we view this as a positive development, the conflicting information, and OSHA’s reliance on outdated information, is not helpful. AGC of America expressed concerns with both the CDC and OSHA and will continue to monitor any developments regarding this issue and provide updates accordingly. Until such time, AGCA is advising members to continue with their current policies to avoid any potential enforcement actions by OSHA.”

Currently, there are no changes to how jobsites and contractors should treat face coverings and distancing requirements. The new mask guidance is for public spaces, and does not yet extend to workplaces. We recommend that contractors in Oregon and Washington continue to follow current jobsite guidance until there is clear and aligned guidance from federal, state, and local government agencies.

In addition, if your company has adopted a vaccination policy, we encourage you to keep that in place until guidelines are clarified.

In Oregon there is a new Oregon OSHA COVID-19 standard that is in place until the rule is rescinded; the first meeting to discuss changes to the rule is scheduled for the week of July 12. Washington does not have a written OSHA standard, but the federal OSHA language applies in the State of Washington during the state of emergency.

This is a rapidly changing situation that will continue to evolve over the coming days and weeks, and we encourage you to come back to this site for updated info.

OSHA Regulation and COVID-19

[April 6] Since March 2020, the AGC Safety and Public Affairs teams have worked together to ensure that the construction industry was able to continue working, despite many other industries and sectors being shuttered in response to COVID-19. Our focus on safety and best practices has kept Oregon’s construction industry as a model to other industries of how to implement safety measures and keep workplaces safe. We have to keep up this dedication to safety and required precautions, to make sure that our industry can stay open for business.

AGC has been actively engaged in the rulemaking process at Oregon OSHA for the COVID-19 temporary and permanent rules, to ensure that OSHA considers the realities of construction jobsites when making these rules. We have been able to eliminate some of the worst provisions of the rules…Read more

OHA Employer Toolkit Will Help Connect Workers to Vaccines

[March 23] During a webinar with Oregon employers on March 22, the Oregon Health Authority released a comprehensive “employer toolkit” designed to help you communicate important information about vaccines to your workers, and to give them information about locations and appointments as they become eligible in the next few weeks.

With the governor’s new, accelerated vaccination timeline, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians will become eligible for a vaccine in the coming weeks (before eligibility opens to all Oregonians 16 and older on May 1). The federal government is expected to increase shipments to Oregon starting next week. For employers, there are a few immediate steps you can take to help your employees prepare for vaccinations – and, of course, get Oregon on track to full economic recovery.

Read more

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Recommends Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Confirms it is Safe and Effective

Workgroup “Recommends unanimously that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be used in our states”

Endorses the transparency and objectivity of the process, and the rigor, validity and reliability of the federal analyses

J&J becomes the third vaccine supported for use by the Workgroup; vaccine shipments are arriving this week

[March 3] The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup last night completed its review of the federal process and has concluded the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the Western States. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington this morning, making the J&J vaccine the third COVID-19 vaccine supported for use in these states. Shipments are expected early this week.

Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October. The workgroup, made up of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccinations. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process.

Statement from Governor Kate Brown:
“After thorough scientific review by doctors and health experts, we now have three safe and effective vaccines available for Oregonians. And, because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in standard refrigerators and vaccinate individuals in a single dose, it gives us the ability to vaccinate even more people. We will work to distribute vaccines as quickly and equitably as possible as we move forward to vaccinate seniors, people with underlying health conditions, frontline workers, and all Oregonians.”

Statement from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:
“With the review of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has again come together to ensure we have a safe, effective vaccine available to our residents. Their review of this vaccine should give Nevadans added confidence to say ‘yes’ to any of the three vaccines offered.

“The availability of COVID-19 vaccine is crucial as we continue our response and efforts to protect the health of our communities and our state. I am so proud of the work being done on the ground at vaccination sites statewide – almost 670,000 doses administered – and I offer my gratitude and thanks to all of those working for their fellow Nevadans.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives us additional flexibility as we strive to reach all Nevadans. This vaccine is easy to use, ship and store, which will help our partners in their mission to reach all our residents. Thank you to my fellow governors for sharing your expertise as we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom:
“With the authorization of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, we now have three remarkable vaccines that offer 100 percent protection from death and hospitalizations. We have administered 9.3 million vaccines in California thus far, and we’re building a system that will allow us to vaccinate people as quickly as supply becomes available. There is truly light at the end of the tunnel.”

Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:
“The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup gives us further confidence around the safety and efficacy of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. With the delivery of the J & J vaccine this week, and overall increase in the number of vaccine doses coming to Washington, we have increased our capacity to get vaccine to all parts of the state. We are making good progress on vaccination rates, and this third vaccine will help our efforts to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

Governor Kate Brown Announces 16 Counties Improve in Risk Level

[February 23] Updated county risk levels take effect February 26.

Governor Kate Brown today announced that 16 counties improved in risk level, with 10 of those improving from Extreme Risk. County risk levels under the state’s public health framework aim to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level.

Effective February 26 through March 11, there will be five counties in the Extreme Risk level, 11 at High Risk, 10 at Moderate Risk, and 10 at Lower Risk. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.

“For the second time in a row, we are seeing great progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon and saving lives,” said Governor Brown. “Oregonians continue to step up and make smart choices. While these county movements are welcome news, we must continue to take seriously health and safety measures, especially as more businesses reopen and we start to get out more. As we see infection rates going down and vaccinations ramping up, now is not the time to let down our guard. Continue to wear your masks, keep physical distance, and avoid indoor gatherings.”

The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced March 9 and take effect March 12.

Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

[January 26] Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level.

Effective January 29 through February 11, there will be 25 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, one at Moderate Risk, and eight at Lower Risk. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.

“Most of the state remains in the Extreme Risk category,” said Governor Brown. “This is an important reminder for all Oregonians to continue to do their part by abiding by the health and safety guidelines in place. Until vaccines are widely available with high participation rates, the surest way to lower our risk and open our businesses and communities is to continue practicing the measures we know are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 — wear your mask, keep physical distance from others, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.”

Governor Brown also announced modifications to the guidance for indoor activities in Extreme Risk counties, which will take effect January 29. These modifications allow for a maximum of six people indoors at facilities over 500 square feet (for all indoor activities except dining) with associated guidance for ongoing social distancing, cleaning protocols, and face coverings. For facilities smaller than 500 square feet, the modified guidance allows for 1:1 customer experiences, such as personal training. The updated guidance for indoor recreation will be posted to by January 29.

“The science has shown us that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities when it comes to the spread of COVID 19, which is why we have clearly delineated guidance between indoor and outdoor activities,” said Governor Brown. “We have seen over the last several weeks that Oregonians have largely complied with risk levels to the point that we have not seen a surge in hospitalizations that would have jeopardized hospital capacity. This means we are able to make these adjustments for Extreme Risk counties, which should assist both businesses and Oregonians as we continue to work to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced February 9 and take effect February 11.

Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to

Correction: Due to a corrected oversight in the initial risk level calculations for Lake County, the county will improve its level from Moderate Risk to Lower Risk. The original data for calculating Lake County’s risk level included 12 cases from adults in custody at Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview, which should not have been included in the county’s risk level metrics. Because adults in custody do not interact with members of the broader community, the Oregon Health Authority is subtracting these cases from Lake County’s risk level calculation, as they do with all other counties with correctional facilities. This reduction in number of cases (from 34 to 22) will allow the county to move from Moderate Risk to Lower Risk, effective Jan. 29. The subtraction of cases in adults in custody does not impact the risk level of any other counties for the two-week period of Jan. 29 through Feb. 11.

Archived Information & Related Links

COVID-19 Job Site Practices Poster

• 8.5 x 11 Jobsite Practices Poster

• 11 x 17 Jobsite Practices Poster

New! COVID-19 Job site Be Smart: Stay 6 Feet Apart Banner (3′ x7′)

Job site banners are available now. If you are a participant in the AGC/SAIF workers’ comp program, you should have been contacted by your safety management consultant. Contact your safety management consultant or Lisa Wisler, 503-685-8306.

Local Small Business Repair Grants

This program offers grand support to local small businesses

[December 21] Many Portland businesses have experienced an unprecedented level of stress and anxiety as a result of recent economic shocks. The Local Small Business Repair Grants will use existing tax increment funding (TIF) resources and funding allocated by City Council to provide near-term support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Grants will be available throughout the city where businesses have immediate repair needs.

Eligibility and online application available here.

Rogue Valley gets over $8,000,000 in Disaster Recovery Employment Grants

  • Funds can be used to hire temporary workers for disaster clean-up, recovery or humanitarian aid
  • Employment services and job training are also available for entry into high-demand industry sector jobs with high-wage “earn and learn” career paths

[December 18] The Rogue Workforce Partnership has been awarded $8,073,654 in new federal grants to help the region respond to the recent wildfire disaster, as well as other impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can pay for temporary workers to help with clean-up, recovery, and humanitarian efforts directly related to the wildfire disaster or the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. These are complimentary funds, designed to wrap-around, and not duplicate, other disaster recovery funds from FEMA or private insurance.

Temporary disaster recovery subsidized jobs can perform the following types of work:

  • Distribution of food, clothing, and other humanitarian assistance for disaster victims.
  • Clean-up and recovery efforts including demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged and destroyed structures, facilities and lands located within the disaster area related to the emergency or disaster. Individual disaster relief employment is limited to 12 months or less for work related to recovery from a single emergency or disaster which may be extended an additional 12 months if sufficiently justified.

These new funds add to the pool of funds regularly available to help unemployed workers connect to jobs, or get on-the-job training, paid internships, or short-term training that will launch them into high-demand jobs in industries with high-wage career paths such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction, transportation and logistics, natural resources or information technology. Funds for related child care, transportation and housing supports may also be available. In addition, there are funds to help businesses skill-up current workers that can create “earn and learn” opportunities and career advancement.

Contact Jim Fong or Jill teVelde for more details on the wide variety of options and qualifications for these grants, or go to visit the website.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Tax Relief for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Department of Revenue also extends Oregon payment due date for amusement device tax

[December 14] Governor Kate Brown today announced new measures the Oregon Department of Revenue will take to provide tax relief to Oregon small businesses suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These measures will eliminate penalties and interests on 2019 income tax due from Oregon businesses who are struggling to pay tax bills amid COVID-19 restrictions.

“I have heard from business owners across the state about the struggle to keep their doors open during these difficult times,” said Governor Brown. “Small business owners who play by the rules shouldn’t face penalties and fees because COVID-19 has robbed them of their livelihood. In March, the Department of Revenue implemented measures to help all taxpayers navigate COVID-19. Today we are announcing an expansion of that relief to help business owners who are struggling.”

The additional tax relief provisions apply to Personal Income, Corporate Excise, and Corporate Income taxes:

  • 100% penalty waivers on 2019 income tax due from businesses that are impacted by COVID-19.
  • 100% interest waivers on 2019 income tax due from small businesses that are impacted by COVID-19 and that have less than $5 million in gross receipts.
  • Continuing to provide extended payment plans of up to 36 months for any taxpayer impacted by COVID-19 when entering into an approved payment plan.

In addition to these measures, the Governor has directed the Oregon Department of Revenue to extend the due date of the amusement device tax (lottery machines) for the second quarter of tax year 2020 from January 14, 2021, to April 14, 2021. This will provide additional relief for Oregon restaurants and bars experiencing economic hardship.

Information about tax relief offered by the Department of Revenue is available here.

Valuable FREE Resources for EVERY Business in Clackamas County!

Clackamas County BRC provides access to resources for all businesses in Clackamas County seeking assistance. Services are offered in multiple languages and, depending on the unique needs of each client, may include:

  • One Stop Shop for business recovery
  • Individual answers to your business questions
  • Assistance with connecting to available financial resources
  • Help with navigating technical resources
  • Providing educational resources
  • Referrals to organizations and resources to help
  • Access to interpreters and translation services

There are seven Clackamas County Business Recovery Centers to serve you on the recovery path for your business. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Learn more

Grant Funding Available to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties

[Sept 17] Business grants are available for businesses in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. Applications will be available until all funding is no longer available. A business must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

• The Business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon.

• If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the Business is so registered.

• The Business has 25 or fewer employees.

The Business was adversely affected in either one of the following two ways:

1. For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operation as directed by Executive Order 20-12.

2. For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of50% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in the month of March 2020 up to the date of this application as compared against sales in the month of January 2020 or February 2020, or as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

Click here to apply.

Updated FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Related Employment Issues

[June 30] In light of new employment laws relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing these FAQs from Amanda Gamblin and Annyika Corbett at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. This guidance is intended to assist you in understanding new policies at the federal and state level.

Click here for the updated version of the document.

Preparing for a Slowdown/Shutdown

[March 23] Prepared by the Oregon-Columbia Chapter Legal Operating Committee: Steps a contractor should be considering when evaluating impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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

More information on the Resource Navigator is available here:

• Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator

• Guide to federal, state, and local resources

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.

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.

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

Paid-leave program to help some employees who need to quarantine

[Sept 14] A new program starts this week to help people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program was created with $30 million received from the federal government to help Oregon respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

People who qualify will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time they are required quarantine.

Employees can apply online starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, at

The application form is available in English, Spanish, and Russian. Those who do not have access to electronic applications can call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130. Those who need help in a language other than these three can call 503-947-0131 for help.

DCBS and the Department of Revenue are collaborating on the new program to ensure employees meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the program:

• Work in Oregon and required to file an Oregon personal income tax return.

• Directed to quarantine by a local or tribal public health authority or health care provider because of exposure to someone infected, or isolating because you have COVID-19-related symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.

• Not able to work (including telework) because you need to quarantine or isolate.

• Do not expect to earn more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2020.

• Your employer does not provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave or you have exhausted your available COVID-19-related paid sick leave.

• Are not applying for or receiving unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.

• Are not applying for or receiving workers’ compensation claim benefits due to quarantine or isolation.

• Are not seeking or using benefits from similar COVID-19 quarantine relief programs in Oregon or another state.

• Are not applying for or receiving other forms of paid leave from your employer during your quarantine or isolation, such as banked sick leave or vacation leave.

• Are not laid off or furloughed by your employer.

• Must have notified your employer that you need to quarantine or isolate.

Because the available funds are limited, the program is available only to quarantine periods that were in place on or after Sept. 16. Applicants can claim only one quarantine period.

For more information or to apply, go to or call 833-685-0850 (toll-free) or 503-947-0130 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The website also contains an eligibility quiz to help people who are not sure if they qualify.

Updated FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Related Employment Issues

[June 30] In light of new employment laws relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing these FAQs from Amanda Gamblin and Annyika Corbett at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. This guidance is intended to assist you in understanding new policies at the federal and state level.

Click here for the updated version of the document.

HR Answers FFCRA Quick Reference Sheets

[April 10] HR Answers has posted some quick reference information sheets that have been put together based on the most recent information provided by the Department of Labor. Read more


[March 31] The U.S. Department of Labor continues to update its websites in advice for employers dealing with coronavirus-related questions. It has a Q&A website for the Family and Medical Leave Act, which is available by clicking here. It includes clarification on which employees are eligible to take sick leave, or leave, to care for a family member, when an employer must grant leave, legal responsibilities for employers and more.

Emergency FMLA rules go into effect April 1. Don’t forget to download this required poster.

HR Answers Update

[March 27] Today’s updates are brief. We have posted an updated slide presentation based on the Department of Labor Guidance. Please don’t forget employee notices will need to be provided by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Posters are provided by the DOL. Remember, if your employees are working some place different than usual, you will need to make sure they get the notice. We do believe you should also post physical posters as these provisions will continue through the end of the year. We are hoping to have employees back in our places of work long before the anticipated expiration.

This information and more can be found on our website.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) Employee Rights Poster

[March 25] Like other labor and employment postings, this must be posted in a conspicuous place where covered employees will see. For remote workers, most employers will post electronically; alert them to the new posting and confirm e-access by each employee. Click here for full information.

• Download the poster

• En espanol

• Federal Employe Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

• En espanol

• Frequently Asked Questions on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Employer Resource for Determining Leave Eligibility Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

[March 25] We know the pace and complexity of the changing leave regulations during the coronavirus emergency is overwhelming.  To help you administer the new leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, we have created a flow chart for determining eligibility.  Regulations from the Department of Labor (“DOL”), expected in the next week, will provide clarity on this process.  We plan to re-release this tool on April 1 to reflect these regulations, but in the meantime, we hope this tool helps you prepare for April 1. Click here for the leave eligibility tool. Provided by Barran Liebman Attorneys

Help in Navigating Human Resources issues during COVID-19

[March 24] HR Answers has been in full swing and is creating and updating a series of resources to assist companies in navigating COVID-19 related human resource related issues, particularly related to new state and federal mandates. This includes:

• Sample furlough and layoff letters

• Federal Department of Labor – link to Employer and Employee guidance, Q & A, required posters and more.

• State specific Work Share Program links

• State specific Insurance Regulator links

• State specific OSHA links

As a partner of AGC Columbia-Oregon Chapter, HR Answers’ services are free to AGC members. For more information, visit their website.

Breaking Down the New Federal Emergency Paid-Leave Entitlements

[March 20] President Trump has signed HR 6201, federal legislation providing emergency paid and family leave in certain circumstances. The final bill has significant differences compared to the original. Make sure you know what’s included… Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP Blog

COVID-19 Employment Update: New Federal Leave Requirements

[March 19] On March 18, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed into law HR 6201, a broad-ranging response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Two principal provisions of HR 6201 will impact employers—a temporary expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide paid leave for employees unable to work due to closure of schools and child-care facilities and temporary paid sick leave for COVID-19-related absences. HR 6201 will become effective April 2, 2020 (15 days after enactment). Click here to learn more. (Information provided by Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt)

Furlough, Layoff, or Reduction in Force in Light of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Effective April 2, 2020

[March 19] HR Answers, AGC’s human resources partner is providing a free webinar on March 23, 10 am–Noon. Click here to register.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed yesterday by our president. This is an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers impacted by COVID-19 and those serving as caregivers for individuals with COVID-19. HR Answers published this alert with information about the provisions that impact employers and their responsibilities to employees. Click here to learn more.

Layoffs & Mandatory Closures: What Employers Need to Know & Consider

[March 18] Barran Liebman Attorneys blog

Safety is our biggest concern for jobsite workers. Please visit the COVID-19 Safety & Health page for resources.

AGC of America Launches New Website

[April 14] AGCA’s new website,, is designed to highlight how the construction industry is working to protect construction workers and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. It highlights many of the steps firms are taking to protect workers, and includes photos of different examples of these practices. Check it out!

Ergonomics for the Home Office

Working from a home office can put stress on our backs, necks, arms, and hands that lead to discomfort, fatigue, or soreness. SAIF has collected resources to help workers in non-office environments.

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Remote Workers

[March 26] The global response to the COVID-19 outbreak has led to a drastic increase in companies empowering their teams to work remotely. While this technological interconnection is a great opportunity to keep people working, it’s also an opportunity for hackers trying to gain access to your valuable data.

As we shift to remote work it’s important to keep cybersecurity at the forefront. Here are some tips to equip remote workers to protect yourself from emerging security threats. Read more

Which Remote Meeting Platform Works Best for Me?

[March 25] Six feet apart doesn’t have to cancel your meeting or event! There are a variety of webinar/remote platforms that are available to still get your message out. Here’s a quick review of what Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and GoTo Meeting offer.

Best Practices for Working Remotely

[March 23] We live in a unique moment when technology allows us to remain connected during times of uncertainty. Digital platforms create opportunities to continue our work even when we can’t connect in person. As many companies rush to mobilize a remote workforce due to complications from the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to implement these technologies in a way that not only empowers but protects your company and your teams. Read more (information provided by Convergence Networks)

Legal Implications of COVID-19

[March 18] We are all adjusting to a “new normal” and trying to stay on top of key legal issues that are coming to the forefront for our clients across industries. As part of that effort, at Schwabe we’ve put together a COVID-19 website that includes resources (articles, short videos) about these legal issues and other topics; it’s located at

For the real estate and construction industry, Michael Herbst (a shareholder in our Seattle office) shares some good information and ideas about how to deal with project complications and associated legal theories. He also gives his thoughts on how COVID-19 may affect the development market.

Stephanie Berntsen (another shareholder in our Seattle office) provides an overview of employment-related issues. There is other information, and we will be regularly adding to this content. I think you’ll find these resources helpful.

During this time of quarantine, separation, and possibly isolation, it’s important that people check in on family and friends via phone, video chat, text, or email. If you or someone you know needs help and support, there are free resources available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for those experiencing a mental health crisis or thoughts of suicide.

Click here for a list of more construction-specific information.

• Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

• Support in Spanish: 888-628-9454

• Text: “HOME” to 741741

• 503-988-4888

• Toll-free: 800-716-9769

• Hearing-impaired dial: 711

• Lifeline: 800-273-8255

• Text: “273TALK” to 839863

• Teen-to-teen services from 4–10 pm daily

• Youthline: 877-968-8491

• Text: “TEEN2TEEN” to 839863

• Email:

• Specific to LGBTQ youth

• Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386

• Text: “TREVOR” to 202-304-1200 from noon–7 pm

  • County Mental Health Call Centers

• Clackamas County: 503-655-8585

• Multnomah County: 503-988-4888

• Washington County: 503-291-9111

• Clark County: 360-696-9560 OR 1-800-686-8137

Governor Kate Brown Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency for 60 Days

Labor Day weekend marks critical moment to prevent outbreaks at beginning of school year

[September 1] Governor Kate Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until November 3, 2020. The declaration is the legal underpinning for the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance. The Governor reviews and reevaluates her emergency orders every 60 days. She issued the following statement:

“When I last extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in June, I told Oregonians that we were at a crossroads: we could work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, or we could watch infections and hospitalizations spike.

“Now, six months after this crisis began, we have made progress. Together, we have slowed the spread of this disease. Oregon has one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. But, as students across Oregon begin a school year far different than any other before, it is clear that, at current COVID-19 levels, it will not be safe in much of the state for children to return to in-classroom instruction for months to come.

“This Labor Day weekend is another critical moment in this crisis.

“We can work together to stay safe and put Oregon on the path to return more students to classrooms. Or, we could see Labor Day celebrations unknowingly sow the seeds of COVID-19 outbreaks that could set us back for months. Until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19, this disease can spread like wildfire if we let our guard down.

“Small social get-togethers like barbecues and family celebrations have fueled wider community outbreaks in counties across Oregon. This weekend, you have a choice. Please, stay local this Labor Day, and practice safe COVID-19 habits. Wear a face covering, watch your physical distance, and wash your hands.

“We know this can work. We have seen it work in rural and urban communities that have experienced significant outbreaks. Last week, Multnomah and Hood River counties came off the Watch List. All we need now is the will to follow this through to the end.

“We have come this far together. And that’s the only way we’ll get through this––working together, day by day, to keep each other healthy and safe until we reach the day that there is an effective vaccine or treatment for this disease.”

The state of emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the executive orders the Governor has issued to keep Oregonians healthy and safe throughout this crisis, including her orders on reopening Oregon while maintaining essential health and safety protections, as well as orders around childcare, schools, and higher education operations. Extending the state of emergency declaration allows those orders to stay in effect.

The Governor reviews and reevaluates each of her emergency orders every 60 days, to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified, or rescinded. The findings of this review process are listed in the executive order.

First Month of Statewide Enforcement Efforts Finds Businesses Largely in Compliance with Face Covering, Physical Distancing Requirements

Over 3,600 businesses inspected since July 4th, statewide weekend inspections and enforcement to continue

[August 5] One month after announcing that state inspectors would be conducting weekend spot checks in bars, restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms, and other establishments that serve alcohol to enforce state face covering and physical distancing requirements, Governor Kate Brown today thanked Oregonians and the vast majority of business owners who have helped to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“One month ago, at the beginning of the July 4th weekend, I told Oregonians that we stood at a crossroads: we could either stop the spread of COVID-19, or watch infections and hospitalizations rise across Oregon, leading to the closure of businesses and counties again,” said Governor Brown. “We still have a long road ahead of us. Infections continue to rise. But I’d like to thank Oregonians, business owners, and local officials for stepping up to the plate to help make sure we are all wearing face coverings, keeping our physical distance, and working together to keep our friends, neighbors, loved ones, and fellow Oregonians safe.”

Since July 4th, Oregon Liquor Control Commission inspectors have spot checked over 3,600 licensed establishments. More than 93% have been found to be in compliance with physical distancing and face covering requirements. Of the small number found not to be in compliance, the vast majority took steps to implement corrective measures when given instructions by OLCC about how to achieve compliance. Only about 1% of spot-checked business were referred to Oregon OSHA for further investigation.

Likewise, Oregon OSHA has fielded over 3,400 COVID-19 related complaints from the public and others about businesses and workplaces since the week of July 4th and found only a small number of businesses to be in violation of COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

Since March, Oregon OSHA has conducted over 5,000 spot checks of businesses, initiated more than 60 inspections based on COVID-19 related complaints, and have found it necessary to issue 14 citations and five Red Warning Notices. Red Warning Notices apply to businesses that appear to be in willful violation of Oregon’s COVID-19 health and safety guidance or who refuse to take corrective measures. Such businesses are closed until the hazardous condition is remedied. Violation of a Red Warning Notice results in stiff penalties.

OLCC inspectors have reported some business owners are continuing to choose not to follow health and safety requirements. For those businesses, OLCC has the ability to suspend licenses for failing to follow face covering and physical distancing requirements. OLCC took action yesterday and suspended the liquor license of a Rogue River bar and restaurant.

Governor Brown added: “Let me be clear: businesses that do not follow the health and safety guidance established by the Oregon Health Authority are putting their employees, their customers, and their communities at risk, risking community-wide closures for other businesses as well if a COVID-19 outbreak starts to spread out of control.”

OLCC will post regular inspection updates to its website on a rolling basis. Oregon OSHA COVID-19 workplace guidance and resources are available here.

Contractors in Oregon have been able to continue to work throughout the pandemic, with new federal and state safety and health guidelines. AGC continues to encourage contractors to follow those guidelines; visit our COVID Safety & Health webpage for updates and resources.

Oregon Health Authority Launches New COVID-19 Test Site Locator

[July 24] This week, the Oregon Health Authority announced the creation of a COVID-19 test site locator to help Oregonians across the state find testing sites in their community. The interactive map is available on pages in both English, Spanish, and multiple other languages.

You can view the tool here.

The announcement came as Oregon surpassed 15,000 confirmed cases.

“Removing barriers to testing is important to help Oregonians stay healthy and to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state epidemiologist and state health officer. “This new resource can help people find ongoing testing locations in their community, which is especially important for people who don’t have a primary care provider.”

People who experience COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, should contact a health care provider to discuss whether to be tested. Health care providers determine whether testing is appropriate based on symptoms and test availability in their area. Information provided by Oregon Business & Industry.

Oregon Gov. Brown Signs Tax Technical Corrections Bill Into Law

[July 9] The Oregon Legislature, in special session in late June, passed HB4202, the Corporate Activities Tax (CAT) technical corrections bill. This was exactly the same language negotiated in the bill supported by the business community in the February “short” session, but which failed to pass. Because the special session was generally bipartisan and noncontroversial, it passed both houses easily and was signed by the governor on June 30. It will take effect Sept. 25.

The Legislature did not take up the matter of reconnecting Oregon’s state tax code to the federal tax code in the special session, although that was also considered noncontroversial in February. With the advent of the COVID-19 situation and the passage by Congress of the CARES Act, there is discussion about disconnecting from some provisions of the CARES Act. That was pushed until later because of this new complexity, and will be watched carefully.

Temporary Rule Allowing Deferral of License Renewal September 14, 2020

[June 15] Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board is allowing additional time for contractors to temporarily defer the renewal of their contractor license through September 14, 2020. While contractors are encouraged to renew on time, CCB understands that due to the busy season and COVID-19, circumstances are certainly unusual at this time. If you have questions, visit the website, call 503-378-4621 or email

PPP Loans, EIDL Advances, SBA Loan Subsidies Not Subject to CAT

[May 6] The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that certain federal assistance to businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not commercial activity under Oregon statute and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax.

The exempt assistance includes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan subsidies. More information can be found in the Beyond the FAQ section of the CAT page on the department’s website.

Read more

Official Department of Revenue Guidance Regarding First Quarterly CAT Tax Payments

[April 29] The Oregon Department of Revenue is adjusting requirements of businesses making estimated quarterly payments of the Corporate Activity Tax.

Beginning immediately, Revenue has revised OAR 150-317-1300, dated April 27, 2020, to reflect a change in the threshold for making estimated tax payments from $5,000 of annual tax liability to $10,000 of annual tax liability for the first year of the tax. This means businesses that will owe less than $10,000 are not required to make quarterly estimated tax payments during 2020.

Revenue also won’t assess penalties for underestimated quarterly payments or for not making a quarterly payment, if businesses don’t have the financial ability to make the estimated payment.

If businesses know they’ll owe $10,000 or more in annual Corporate Activity Tax in 2020 and can pay, they should make estimated quarterly payments and comply with the law to the fullest extent possible.

Information and a worksheet for calculating quarterly payments can be found on the CAT page of the agency website under the Beyond the FAQ “When are estimated payments required?” The information has recently been updated to reflect the higher threshold of $10,000 or more.

The Department of Revenue will honor a business taxpayer’s good-faith efforts to comply and not assess penalties if they document their efforts to comply, including how COVID-19 has impacted their business.

If businesses have been impacted by COVID-19 and are finding it difficult to calculate or pay an estimated quarterly payment, they should keep documentation showing:

• Their inability to pay a quarterly payment because of insufficient funds due to COVID-19.

• Their inability to reasonably calculate a quarterly payment or annual tax liability due to their business being impacted by COVID-19.

• That the taxpayer is unclear at this time whether the business will owe Corporate Activity Tax in April 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts, after taking into consideration exclusions and subtractions in the law.

Businesses uncertain about their economic future due to the COVID-19 crisis, or those that have been closed during this crisis and have no ability to determine that they will owe a tax this year, won’t be penalized.

Stakeholders can direct questions or comments about the CAT via email to or call 503-945-8005.

Oregon Gives Businesses a Break on New Corporate Activity Tax

[April 29] The state of Oregon is not backing off on implementing a new $1 billion business tax this year, but it is giving businesses a break on quarterly payments.

The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that businesses with an annual liability of less than $10,000 for the corporate activity tax will not be required to make quarterly payments. The move raises the liability threshold for quarterly payments from $5,000.

The department also said it would not assess penalties on businesses if they cannot make a payment now.

Read full article in the Portland Business Journal (subscription required).

CAT Update – No Delay for Implementation

[April 24] This week Governor Brown stated that she does not support delaying implementation of the CAT (Gross Receipts Tax), even after hearing from AGC and dozens of other business associations and interests regarding the severe cash flow issues and their ability to stay open for business. The governor did relay that Oregon will waive penalties for first quarter payments as companies face challenges but hopes they’ll do “the best they can” making CAT payments. Oregon’s Department of Revenue will be issuing additional official guidance on this in the coming days and we’ll be updating the website accordingly.

Click here to view the COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable held Thursday 4/23 to hear directly from Governor Brown.

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.

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.

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.

• Rule expanding Oregon Family Leave Act

• Apprenticeship committee change

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 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.

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.

Oregon Employment Department

• COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

• COVID-19 Resources for Oregon Businesses, Employers, Workers & Job Seekers
This document contains a variety of resources to assist businesses through the current COVID-19 crisis. It includes links to resources and information that cover: financial assistance, guidance and planning, temporary layoffs, closures and unemployment insurance, permanent businesses closures, small business support, and local area business support.

Oregon Health Authority

• COVID-19 Updates

Oregon Health Sciences University

• Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources for Oregon

Oregon OSHA

• Guidance on preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (publication)

Construction Contractors Board

• COVID-19 Information and Updates for CCB Contractors

Bureau of Labor and Industries

• BOLI website

• Oregon Sick Time

• BOLI hotline to help employers understand Oregon employment laws: 971-673-0824 or email

State of Oregon

• Business Oregon

• Governor Kate Brown

Portland Bureau of Development Services

Services Accessible Online

Many of our services are available to you from your home. Using Development Hub PDX, you can apply online for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review. You can also schedule inspections for trade permits obtained online, update contact information, pay a variety of fees and download billing statements all from a computer or mobile device. BDS also offers a Remote Video Re-inspection service for simple on-site inspections involving minor corrections.

For the latest information on our service availability (for the week of March 30), please click on the links below according to your interest.

    1. New Permit Intakes
    2. Plan Review for Current Permits
    3. Corrections to Plans
    4. Inspections
    5. Land Use Services
    6. FIR and FPP Programs
    7. Questions about Property, Projects and Records
    8. Trade Permits
    9. Payments
    10. Property Compliance – Enforcement and Liens
    11. Permitting and Inspections Services from Other Bureaus
Oregon Association of Nurseries

• OAN Coronavirus Resource

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.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) Employee Rights Poster

[March 25] Like other labor and employment postings, this must be posted in a conspicuous place where covered employees will see. For remote workers, most employers will post electronically; alert them to the new posting and confirm e-access by each employee.

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.


AGC of America
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)

Report of the June 2020 AGCA Board of Directors Meeting

[July 9] The AGC of America Board of Directors met on June 18 and 19. They reviewed reports on AGC membership, finances, and on association and industry matters including: AGC Political Action Committee (PAC); AGC Construction Advocacy Fund (CAF); chapter support services; chapter executives’ activities; programs, products and services (PPS); construction leadership council programs; legislative activities; and government relations. The Board of Directors closely monitored the association’s internal administration and contact with other governmental, association, and business interests aided by reports from the association’s chief executive officer and other staff members.

A Summary Report of the recent Board of Directors meeting can be found here.

In addition to this meeting report, it’s a good time to take this opportunity to share some additional information about how AGC of America has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the extraordinary efforts that are being made on our member’s behalf.

In the past few months, we have seen how remarkably adaptable our members, chapters and AGC of America staff have been. Even as our chapters and national AGC office have been forced to react to stay at home orders and countless other unforeseen emergencies, we have found a way to accomplish a tremendous amount on behalf of member firms. Some highlights of these accomplishments include:

• Successfully lobbying to have federal officials identify construction as an essential economic activity and getting local officials to keep construction activity underway in much of the country;

• Keeping our members up to date – even as details about the coronavirus and its impact on the industry changed by the day, by the hour and in some cases, by the minute. AGCA provided constant updates on national events;

• Securing relief for hard hit firms by successfully lobbying for measures like the Paycheck Protection Program and local equivalents;

• Educating members and ensuring that they knew how to operate safely and protect workers, and the broader public, from the spread of coronavirus;

• Working with chapters to launch a Working Safe digital advertising campaign and organize a national safety stand down;

• AGCA has converted our meetings to virtual format and have increased attendance; and

• AGCA has developed a virtual delivery option for AGC curriculum.

These are only a few highlights from the past few months. And we believe that this time will be reflected as one of the association’s finest moments as we showed our members just how essential AGC membership is to the success of their business.

AGC of America Launches New Website

[April 14] AGCA’s new website,, is designed to highlight how the construction industry is working to protect construction workers and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. It highlights many of the steps firms are taking to protect workers, and includes photos of different examples of these practices. Check it out!

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.

Clean Hands Save Lives

These videos were created as part of Health Matters, a series for the general public and public health professionals. View the videos.

COVID-19 Resources: Real Estate and Construction

List of real estate and construction-focused resources, including articles, videos, and resource suites. Information provided by Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. View list.

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