PHCC COVID-19 Resources

INFORMATION  ANSWERS

With the spread of COVID-19, we are in the middle of unprecedented, stressful times. PHCC Colorado would like to share with you some information and resources to help you through these trying times. There are many places where you can access COVID-19 information but if you come to us for guidance, we want the resources you seek to be readily available to you, and in some cases, specific to the p-h-c industry and your business. 

PHCC EVENTS:

The Journeyman and Master Plumber Code Class and Exam Prep scheduled for May 15-17 has been postponed to June 12 - 14. We will continue to monitor the situation, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and listen to local and state authorities. 

Your safety and well-being is our first priority and if we need to postpone or cancel these events you can request a 100% refund of your registration fee, without any fees, up to the event date. We are also exploring virtual options in the case we are unable to hold these events live. If there are any changes to event schedules we will provide information and updates to registrants as soon as the information is available.  

UPDATES:

May 14, 2020
House Democrats Release Phase 4 Proposal Worth $3 Trillion

By Mark Valentini, PHCC National, Director of Legislative Affairs

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced “Phase 4” legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, is a $3 trillion comprehensive spending package. The proposal includes $1 trillion in emergency relief for states to combat the outbreak, $200 billion in assistance for essential workers, and an additional round of relief payments to qualified individuals and couples.

The legislation would also loosen the criteria for Paycheck Protection Program loans. 
It is important to note that immediate action on this legislation is not likely. Read the entire article here.

NEW!  Upcoming WEBINAR: How to Engage Employees During Turbulent Times

May 20, 2020
2pm ET
Presenter: Lisa Ryan, CSP

In this online training program, you'll learn what it takes to connect with and KEEP your employees from becoming someone else’s. Learn more and register here.

Special Video Updates from PHCC National:

 

*NEW* Phase 4 Details

 

*NEW* Phased Economic Reopening

 

Federal Resources: 

U.S. Department of the Treasury Resources: Cares Act, Assistance for Small Businesses

Small Business PPP Overview 

PPP Application 

U.S. Small Business Administration:

SBA Guidance and Loan Resources 

Colorado Resources:

Monday, May 18
Governor Polis Announces Expanded Testing Capacity

Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the STRIDE Community Health Center in Wheat Ridge and addressed the state's increased testing capacity.
Today Governor Polis announced that Colorado has reached a critical goal, and now has the supplies and capacity to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. On April 29, Gov. Polis set the goal of testing all symptomatic Coloradans by mid-May. At the time, the state was only able to test some symptomatic individuals. With the increased capacity, Gov. Polis is now encouraging anyone with symptoms to get tested for the virus.
“Getting tested is a crucial part of our response to this virus, and I’m proud to say that any Coloradan who is showing symptoms, can and should get tested,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This ensures that infected individuals get the care they need, and prevent spreading the virus to others. This is an all-hands on deck effort for Coloradans. Significant progress in expanding testing had been made through our partnership with cities, counties, hospitals, community health clinics, and retailers in every corner of the state.”

Read the full press release here.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Recommendations and Resources

Federated Insurance Resources:

Our partner, Federated Insurance has provided several valuable documents to help with the challenging employment issues in these uncertain times.

Employer COVID-19 FAQs document

An overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Important Rules for Employers to Know in the Wake of COVID-19

Additional helpful resources and Federated Insurance’s response to Coronavirus are found HERE.

PHCC National Resources:

There is a wealth of information on the PHCC National COVID-19 Resources Page including:

View Full Coronavirus Guidelines from PHCC—National Association

Excerpts from the PHCC National resource page:

Employer Resources:

Coronavirus Considerations for Contractors 

  • Covers important steps related to prevention, containment, planning, decision-making, security and communications.

Workplace Do’s and Don’ts — COVID-19 Coronavirus (Legally Speaking—Taft/Law)

  • The rights and obligations of employers in day-to-day situations.

Guidance Document from OSHA

General practices to help prevent worker exposure and information to deal with:

  • The need for flexibility in sick leave policies.
  • The need for social distancing/staggered work shifts.
  • Changes in consumer demand.
  • Interrupted delivery of supplies.

CDC Coronavirus Disease Website

  • Safety tips, situation updates, disease background.

Coronavirus Guidance for Plumbers (IAMPO White Paper—March 11, 2020)

  • Implications for those who work in the plumbing industry and steps to stay safe.

8 Questions Employers Should Ask About the Coronavirus (Harvard Business Review—March 2, 2020)

  • What to ask to prepare for -- and respond to -- the spread of the virus.

Navigating the Coronavirus: Best Practices for Employers — (Laner Muchin™—March 3, 2020)

  • How to address the impact of the virus on the workplace and what employers can and cannot do.