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    Congress Passes CARES Act Stimulus Bill

    Today, Congress passed the Coronavirus Air, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), also referred to as the Coronavirus Phase 3 stimulus bill.  The CARES Act contains provisions designed to aid small businesses, including construction contractors, during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Following is a summary of key provisions that may assist construction contractors.

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    U.S. Department of Labor Guidance on Paid Leave under the FFCRA

    Today the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued a press release informing the public of all the Division’s recently issued guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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    SWACCA Urges Federal Government to Recognize Construction Industry as Essential Workforce

    On March 22, SWACCA joined with its fellow employer associations in the Construction Employers of America to submit a letter to the United States Congress advocating for a uniform construction exemption in any federal legislation addressing the COVID-19 crisis.  Specifically, the CEA urged that, “[a]ny federal legislation binding the states and local governments should require that all mandatory quarantine orders include an exemption for ‘essential infrastructure’ that would allow the construction industry to provide emergency and essential services.”  A copy of the CEA letter is available here.

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    DOL Releases Q&A regarding FFCRA Paid Leave Provisions

    The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has released a new Q&A regarding "paid sick leave" and "expanded family and medical leave" under the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA).  The Q&A can be found here.

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    Federal Agencies Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave and Tax Credits

    Yesterday, the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Labor announced their plan to implement the emergency paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA).

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