SBCA's New State & County Guidance For Employers & Employees
Originally published by the following source: SBC Magazine — April 1, 2020
by Sean Shields and Kirk Grundahl
SBCA recently updated its website to include resources and links to federal, state, county and local policies and orders affecting component manufacturing and framing businesses. It is important to keep in mind the following when evaluating these resources:
- The DHS CISA Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response provides the foundation for the Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services industries being defined as “essential critical industries” by the Federal Government. Specifically, the memo was updated on March 28,2020 to include the following language:
- Workers performing housing construction related activities to ensure additional units can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage.
- Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).
- State Executive Orders provide the next level of COVID-19 policies that can potentially impact business operations.
- County Orders/Declarations provide the most granular level of COVID-19 policies that can potentially impact business operations.
Companies have generally designated a key COVID-19 expert amongst their senior leadership who is knowledgeable about all the above resources.
For employees believing their business is affected by any order, please contact the key COVID-19 senior leader of your company, as they are the go-to folks, and can provide the best possible real time guidance for any project your company is undertaking.
Beyond that, the states shown here in red indicate where the residential construction industry, and its entire supply chain, is deemed to be an essential U.S. industry and is open for business.