Category Archives: Association News and Events

Keep workers safe — keep construction going

Keep workers safe — keep construction going

AGC of America has compiled a website to promote the safety initiatives of AGC members, as well as a landing page for all of its safety stand down and job site preparedness materials. To view the page, click here.

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, must procure, fashion or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee. Businesses are deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), pursuant […]

230,000 U.S. bridges need repair, new analysis of federal data finds

230,000 U.S. bridges need repair, new analysis of federal data finds

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 231,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just released U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2019 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database. That figure represents 37 percent, or more than a third, of all U.S. bridges. If placed end-to-end, […]

New OSHA COVID-19 recordability guidance provides necessary clarification for contractors, says ABC

New OSHA COVID-19 recordability guidance provides necessary clarification for contractors, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC — Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore recently issued the following statement on the release of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s April 10 guidance on recording cases of COVID-19: “ABC is pleased OSHA has clarified its position regarding the recordability of COVID-19 cases under […]

Gov. Cuomo issues new EO requiring essential businesses to provide face coverings to employees

Gov. Cuomo issues new EO requiring essential businesses to provide face coverings to employees

Gov. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 202.16, which includes a provision that requires Essential Businesses to Provide Face Coverings to Employees in Direct Contact with Customers or the Public. The language reads: “For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when […]

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act – public comments due May 15, 2020

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act – public comments due May 15, 2020

As a result of Covid-19 and Executive Order 202, the Department is cancelling the previously scheduled public hearings for this proposed rule-making and extending the comment period. The public comment period will end 5:00 pm, Friday, May 15, 2020. To be the most effective with our comments, we are encouraging the membership to use our comment […]

February construction unemployment rates down in 37 states year over year, says ABC

February construction unemployment rates down in 37 states year over year, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC —Estimated February not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 37 states, rose in 12 states and were unchanged in one state (Texas) on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. As of February 2020, the construction […]

Join AGC of America in a Nationwide Coronavirus Safety Stand Down

Join AGC of America in a Nationwide Coronavirus Safety Stand Down

AGC NYS encourages members to participate in the National Safety Stand-down to be held on April 9, 2020. This national effort not only demonstrates the measures contractors are taking to protect their workforce, but also what is being done to show that construction workers from across America stand united in this effort. Contractors can utilize their […]

COVID-19 cuts nonresidential construction employment in March, says ABC

COVID-19 cuts nonresidential construction employment in March, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC — Construction industry employment declined by 29,000 in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction employment declined by 24,600 in March. All three nonresidential segments registered job losses, with the largest decrease experienced in nonresidential building (-10,700) followed […]

President, vice president and board members elected to ACI

President, vice president and board members elected to ACI

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announces its 2020-2021 president, vice president, and four board members. Jeffrey W. Coleman has been elected to serve as president of the Institute for 2020-2021, Charles K. Nmai has been elected ACI vice president for a two-year term, and Cary S. Kopczynski is now the Institute’s […]

ARTBA, construction industry allies develop COVID-19 guidance materials

ARTBA, construction industry allies develop COVID-19 guidance materials

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its partners in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) have developed a suite of guidance materials to assist contractors in safely performing essential construction activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The materials, which are available in English and Spanish, include a “toolbox” training talk, […]

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor released a temporary rule guiding how American workers and employers can use the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division posted the temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant […]

February’s construction spending decline indicates what’s to come, says ABC

February’s construction spending decline indicates what’s to come, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC — National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.8% in February, but is up 2.5% compared to the same time last year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $795.1 billion for the month. Private nonresidential spending […]

Transportation construction continues in most states

Transportation construction continues in most states

Industry taking steps to ensure worker safety as business impacts felt Respondents urge Congress to pass multiyear highway and transit funding bill to aid U.S. economic recovery WASHINGTON, DC — Many of the businesses and public agencies that design, build and maintain the nation’s critical transportation infrastructure continue to work while taking necessary precautions to […]

What leading construction companies are doing in the wake of COVID-19

What leading construction companies are doing in the wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) brings countless businesses to a grinding halt, the construction industry remains resilient — even in the face of tremendous challenge. Unlike many industries where “working from home” and “drive-thru service” are feasible countermeasures, construction firms have jobsites to run. Chris Hopper, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska, told the Cincinnati Business […]

The CARES Act is a critical lifeline for construction industry, small business community, says ABC

The CARES Act is a critical lifeline for construction industry, small business community, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC — Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen recently issued the following statement about the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which provides $2 trillion in federal funding and programs to address the ongoing coronavirus crisis: “ABC and our members appreciate the urgency […]

MEMBER SURVEY: PPE and workforce supplies

MEMBER SURVEY: PPE and Workforce Supplies

The following survey was put together to assist AGC NYS members with obtaining critical PPE during the COVID 19 pandemic.  The information obtained will be posted on the AGC NYS COVID-19 resource page. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. To complete the survey, click here. Updated CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting can be […]

NYC DOB UPDATE: Suspension of non-essential construction

NYC DOB UPDATE: Suspension of non-essential construction

FROM NYC DOB: In accordance with State Executive Order 202.6 and the subsequent Empire State Development Corporation guidance, all non-essential construction is suspended for the duration of this state of emergency. Below you will find the following: A Service Notice which provides general information pertinent to this suspension of non-essential construction. A Buildings Bulletin which […]

WEBINAR: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers update on COVID-19 response

WEBINAR: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers update on COVID-19 response

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently undertaking efforts to support FEMA, State, and local authorities to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Among these efforts is assisting other agencies in assessing and potential sites for suitability as alternate care facilities and to rapidly engage contractors to prepare them for medical use. AGC of America […]

Webinar: Contract issues in the age of COVID-19

Webinar: Contract issues in the age of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM This program brings together 4 very experienced attorneys to explore the myriad contractual issues you are facing relative to the COVID-19 Crisis. Relative to such issues as Force Majeure, Suspension of Work, Notice, Emergencies, Change in Law and Subcontractor/Supplier issues, the panel will tackle them from the standpoint […]

Webinar: COVID 19 ~ Insurance, bonding, workers’ comp ramifications

Webinar: COVID 19 ~ Insurance, bonding, workers’ comp ramifications

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM Free to attend for AGC NYS members Hear from some of the top AGC NYS insurance, bonding and workers compensation professionals discussing some of the key issues construction will be facing moving through the COVID-19 pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining […]

U.S. SBA fact sheet – Economic injury disaster loans

U.S. SBA fact sheet – Economic injury disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in your state that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The attached press release will outline the details on the governor certification that makes SBA assistance available for the entire state. […]

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

Below please find a model notice poster released by the United States Department of Labor notifying employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). All employers covered by the FFCRA are required to give employees notice. This poster will satisfy the FFCRA notice requirements. For a copy of the poster, click here.

SUCF COVID-19 procedures for consultants and contractors

SUCF COVID-19 procedures for consultants and contractors

The intent of this Directive provides guidance to the State University Construction Fund (Fund)’s Consultants and Contractors working on Fund Projects during the COVID-19 outbreak. Executive Order 202.6 included construction as an essential industry that must continue to operate in New York State and the Fund is continuing its operations. The Fund directs its Consultants […]

US DOL publishes new federal paid leave guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

US DOL publishes new federal paid leave guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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 […]