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If like many of us, you have been bouncing around from one source of information to the next, SPFA has attempted to curate for you an assembly of the best related information that should assist your sprayfoam business during these challenging times. Check back often as information is quickly changing.

"We are one sprayfoam family during this crisis. Help each other and we will come out stronger. SPFA is working for our future - now is our time to stand together."

     - Tiffiny Flaim

        SPFA Board President

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FEDERAL GUIDANCE, ANALYSIS & RESOURCES

 

SPFA analysis of the federal program responses to COVID-19, along with a compilation of the most relevant federal COVID-19 resources. 

UPDATED 4.23.20 With Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 266, or (“COVID 3.5”)

SPFA GUIDANCE & SUMMARIES

How SPFA Is Serving You During This Crisis. Advocacy, PCP Certification Accessibility, Technical/PPE Resources, Videos & More.

STATE WORK-STATUS

 

Check in here for the construction-essential, or general work status of your state.

INDUSTRY PARTNER RESOURCES

SPF is utilized in many industries. Check in here to see if there is any specific guidance or information that will empower your SPF business.

Recorded

Webinars:

US Chamber of Commerce / Inc. Magazine

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Missed an Online Event? 

SPFA pays attention to the best publicly accessible COVID-19 webinars related to business. If you missed these recent events watch the replay now! 

MetroStudy / Builder Magazine

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Engineering News Record (ENR) On-Demand

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RECENT

News:

August 10, 2020

4 Post-PPP Coronavirus Relief Programs for Small Biz

The sun once again set on the Paycheck Protection Program--the $669 billion forgivable loan scheme for besieged small businesses--and Congress is still fighting over a Phase 4 bill. You may be wondering about your other relief funding options.

Here are four programs still available for business owners in need of aid during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

When Congress passed the Cares Act in March, it not only authorized the Paycheck Protection Program, which has helped more than five million businesses access more than $521 billion in grant and loan funding, it also boosted one of its long-standing business aid programs. The Small Business Administration was granted $360 billion to support low-interest loans made through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, or EIDL, program and another $20 billion for grant funding. Those who applied for a loan at the outset, regardless of whether their application was accepted, could receive up to $10,000 in grant funding per applicant. That amount was later limited to $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000. The advance funding expired last month.

ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD

https://bit.ly/3fuouNp

July 2, 2020

Senate Passes Legislation to Extend PPP Through August 8

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8. The small business loan program expired on June 30, but had $130 billion in unused funds. The extension was signed into law by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

 

The Senate’s decision to extend the PPP comes shortly after the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), along with the Home Builders Association of Michigan and the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The NAHB said “onerous regulations” included in the PPP prevented some builders and developers from accessing a “much-needed” source of funding and having the loans forgiven.

June 10, 2020

Before & After COVID-19: Outlook for Residential Construction & Building Products

The U.S. residential construction industry was chugging right along in the first two and a half months of 2020 before COVID-19 derailed the progress. Most key housing indicators were up year on year, including starts, permits, existing home sales, and home values. Repair and remodeling expenditures also were up for the same period a year ago. It seemed like a strong year was in store for the industry. Then COVID-19 hit hard, with its related impact directly affecting residential construction activity and building products demand.

Industry participants are anxious to know where the market is headed — especially as the industry and economy realign from the impact of COVID-19. Principia’s Before and After COVID-19: Outlook for Residential Construction and Building Products provides an overview of the where the industry was prior to the pandemic and where the industry is headed as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

June 2, 2020

Construction Projects Halted, Fires Set in Several Major US Cities Amid Protests

As protests continue in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, construction has been impacted in several major cities around the U.S., including fires set at jobsites and city-mandated construction shutdowns. Some contractors have voluntarily shuttered sites or implemented greater security measures.

The city of Chicago has closed construction at all downtown work sites beginning May 29. In addition, some roads have been closed “out of an abundance of caution and to protect the health and safety of all Chicago residents,” said the Chicago Dept. of Transportation in a statement. City agencies “will continue to enforce closures for the time being while assessing when to reopen,” the statement continued.

CTA and Metra commuter trains have also been halted indefinitely as a result of ongoing protests.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago Dept. of Buildings said that, to ensure that essential workers have access to the Central Business District and Loop area, the City communicated directly with essential industries, organizations and businesses that workers with vehicles can gain access at multiple established checkpoints across the city. But, while construction was considered essential infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic closures, it is not considered essential during the current public safety closure due to the protests. 

May 25, 2020

PPP forgiveness guidance issued as Congress mulls changes

Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidance Friday night that provided some clarity on several loan forgiveness questions but didn’t address the two parts of PPP that arguably have generated the most concerns among the millions of small businesses and other entities that have received funding.

Two new interim final rules issued late Friday build upon the loan forgiveness application and instructions released May 15 but they don’t make changes to either the eight-week period during which PPP funds must be spent to qualify for forgiveness or the rule requiring PPP borrowers to spend at least 75% of the funds on payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness.

Those two issues are the focus of multiple bills being considered in Congress. 

Journal of Accountancy

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May 12, 2020

California Opens Door Wider to COVID-19 Worker Compensation Claims

Business groups are worried about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May 6 executive order that says workers who contract COVID-19 on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The order allows any claim to presume that the worker contracted the virus on the job, but gives employers the chance to rebut.

“We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services ... so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery,” said Newsom in a press release.

The California Chamber of Commerce opposed the presumption in the order, saying it could drive up costs for businesses already struggling during the pandemic. The Associated General Contractors of California also opposed the presumption but notes that it can be rebutted by the employer.

Under the order, an employee may make a workers' compensation claim if he or she worked at an employer's direction at the place of business on or after March 19 and is diagnosed to have COVID-19 by a California licensed physician within 14 days of that work. Work performed at home doesn't count. 

April 24, 2020

PPP Round 2: The Next $320 Billion

In today’s program, Neil Bradley shared a summary of CARES Act assistance available to small businesses. This summary can be found here.

This webinar is part of an ongoing conversation to help small businesses. Please “save the date” as we continue these Friday events in the coming weeks. You can register for next week’s session, our sixth Small Business Town Hall, here.

Hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this time and beyond.

All the best,


The Inc. and U.S. Chamber teams

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INC Magazine & US Chamber of Commerce

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April 21, 2020

NEW OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce

OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times.

 

The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to keep workers safe.

When working in the construction industry, the following tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus: 

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update: California announces reopening pact with Western states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a pact with Oregon and Washington state, saying they'll be working together to reopen their economies while continuing to control the coronavirus outbreak. 

California will have its own plan, which is slated to be presented Tuesday, but the three states agreed to key principles: safeguarding residents’ health, basing decisions on science and not politics and working collaboratively, Newsom said during his daily briefing.

“We will be driven by facts. We will be driven by evidence. We will be driven by science. We will be driven by our public health advisers, and we will be driven by the collaborative spirit that defines the best of us at this incredibly important moment,” Newsom said.

April 6, 2020

Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients

While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery.

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest. READ FULL

Kaiser News & Scientific American

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March 16, 2020

OSHA - Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19

OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 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: READ FULL

US Dept. of Labor / OSHA

https://bit.ly/2Xj2UVN

July 11, 2020

Construction Industry Has Received $64.6 Billion in PPP Loans

During the July 4 weekend, President Donald Trump signed a legislation extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8. The small business loan program expired on June 30, having awarded $531.5 billion in loans, according to a PPP Report from the Small Business Administration. Prior to the extension of the PPP deadline, the program still had $131 billion in unused funds.

 

According to the latest PPP Report from the Small Business Administration, which tracks approvals of loans through June 30, 86.5% of PPP loans were for less than $150,000 with an average loan size of $107,000. Two-thirds of the loans through the PPP to small businesses were worth less than $50,000. The construction industry received $64.6 billion in loan approvals across 466,221 applications for an average of $138,560 per loan. Only the healthcare and social assistance industry (506,263 applications; $67.4 billion in loans) and the professional, scientific, and technical services industry (638,221 applications; $66.4 billion in loans) received more federal money from the PPP than the construction industry.

ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD

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June 22, 2020

A New Beginning: 5 Ways Construction Is Reopening and Preparing for a Safer Future

Construction sites are some of the most visible signs of a country’s commercial vigor. Hard hats, swinging cranes, and the rumble of heavy machinery signify enterprise and economic growth in a visceral way that bar charts simply can’t match.

That’s a key reason why, in many countries, construction is a priority sector in the release from COVID-19 lockdown. An extensive ecosystem of investors, contractors, suppliers, and workers all have a stake in seeing multimillion-dollar projects restart their engines. But in uncertain times, the screeching drills and swirling dust from a new build can also be powerful symbols of renewal.

Governments around the globe are giving the green light to start reopening construction projects.

 

Many workers are returning to thousands of dormant sites; others are expanding teams that were deemed essential and remained open with skeleton crews.

June 2, 2020

Housing Market Has Been Surprisingly Active During Lockdown

Stuck day and night in their homes, a surprising number of Americans are deciding the pandemic is a great time to upgrade.

That’s how it looks to Lee Whitaker, vice president of Pacesetter Homes. After the coronavirus shutdown, the small Texas homebuilder braced for the worst. And it came: Business plunged in April. Then in May, something unexpected happened. Sales were 30% above the company’s own pre-crisis forecast for the month.

Many owners of existing homes aren’t selling, which often makes builders like Pacesetter the best source of inventory. Mortgage rates are at record lows. And some house shoppers are saying if they have to be home more, it might as well be a bigger space.

“We’re all doing pretty well right now and we’re all, quite frankly, very surprised,” Whitaker said.

May 26, 2020

For Many, $600 Jobless Benefit Makes It Hard To Return To Work

Preschool teacher Lainy Morse has been out of work for more than two months. But the Portland, Ore., child care center where she worked is considering a reopening. Morse says she is dreading the idea, as much as she loves the infants and toddlers for which she cared. 

"They always have snotty faces. It's just one cold after another," she says. "It feels just like an epicenter for spreading disease. And it feels really scary to go back to that." 

Lainy Morse shows students Wesley Schmidt and Celeste Abraldes a bearded dragon in a photo taken when school was open. Morse says that with unemployment benefits, she and her fellow teachers are making more now than they did on the job.

Lainy Morse

In addition to risking infection with COVID-19, going back to work would also mean a cut in pay for Morse. Thanks to the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits the federal government has been offering during the pandemic, Morse and her fellow teachers are making more now than they did on the job.

"It's terrible to say, but we're all doing better now," she says. "It's hard to think about going back to work in this pandemic and getting paid less than we are right now when we're safe and at home in quarantine." 

May 13, 2020

SBA Announces Safe Harbor for PPP Borrowers with Loans for Less than $2M

Following the recent announcement that the Small Business Administration would review any Paycheck Protection Program loans made in amounts exceeding $2 million, the agency today issued guidance extending an automatic safe harbor to borrowers receiving PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million. These borrowers “will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith,” SBA said in updates to its PPP FAQ today.

Borrowers that received PPP loans for amounts over $2 million will be subject to review by the SBA for compliance with program requirements, including the certification of economic need. “If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness,” SBA said. 

Banking Journal

https://bit.ly/2y0T68T

May 6, 2020

Liability shield for businesses emerges as new fight over reopening

The business community is pressuring the White House and Congress to shield companies from lawsuits as they seek to reopen, setting up a politically charged battle at a time when coronavirus restrictions around the country are beginning to ease.

As Congress considers more legislation to jolt the economy back to life, Democrats, labor unions and trial attorneys have voiced fierce opposition to a liability shield for employers. But top Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration appear eager to extend businesses of all sizes a layer of legal protection from coronavirus-related litigation.

The debate over liability protections has quickly emerged as a new sticking point as Congress weighs another round of coronavirus relief aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the GOP-controlled Senate won’t pass a bill providing more assistance to state and local governments if it doesn’t include those legal protections. 

April 24, 2020

House passes $484B coronavirus relief package

The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation providing roughly $484 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses, hospitals and expanded medical testing, capping weeks of contentious negotiations that had stalled Washington’s latest round of emergency aid.

The vote was 388-5-1, with four conservative Republicans breaking with GOP leaders to oppose the measure, citing its effect on federal deficit. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also voted against the measure, while Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted present.

The four Republicans who voted "no" were House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Reps. Ken Buck (Colo.), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Thomas Massie (Ky.). 

 

The legislation, which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, now goes to the desk of President Trump, who has promised to sign it quickly into law. 

April 22, 2020

Senate passes $484B coronavirus relief package

The Senate on Tuesday approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing, ending a lengthy battle over the size and contents of the package. 

The agreement was passed by a voice vote after days of negotiations between congressional Democrats and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, with the talks lasting until approximately midnight on both Sunday and Monday. 

The deal includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including $60 billion specifically for community banks and smaller lenders, as well as $75 billion for hospitals, $25 billion for testing, and $60 billion for emergency disaster loans and grants, according to a summary obtained by The Hill. 

April 10, 2020

Stand Down for Coronavirus Safety on April 16, 2020

NAHB takes safety seriously. On Thursday, April 16, we are urging members, and all residential construction companies, to halt work for at least 10 minutes for a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help “flatten the curve” for everyone.

 

NAHB has developed detailed blueprints - in English and Spanish - for builders to conduct their COVID-19 safety stand downs, including guidance on sharing the resources digitally.

The Department of Homeland Security recently designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business,” allowing construction to continue in places under stay-at-home orders. Although this designation is not binding on state and local governments, it does mean that there could be more workers on construction sites in the coming weeks. 

April 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Respiratory Protection

During N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (N95 FFRs). The action marks the department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J. Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available. READ FULL

US Dept. of Labor / OSHA

https://bit.ly/2VkpR8E

 

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