The Nevada Contractors Association is dedicated to the industry and will continue to monitor the situations as it develops. The safety and health of our members and employees is our utmost importance during this pandemic, making best practices essential to ensure that we continue essential construction work while limiting risk to all involved. Please continue to take proactive measures to limit the risk to your employees.
Message from our Association: When many of Nevada’s businesses were forced to shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic, it became the construction industry’s goal to remain essential and to keep our workers employed. More importantly, it was our desire to remain as an industry safe and healthy by following the national and state protocols. In order to accomplish these goals, the Nevada Contractors Association (“NCA”) along with other industry leaders were appointed to Governor Sisolak’s Nevada Construction and Development Assembly to help regulate construction activities and safety measures during these uncertain times. This group worked hard to ensure that protocols were developed and implemented which were safe, reasonable, and achievable. Most of the group’s time was focused on identifying and creating acceptable alternatives to the stringent six feet distancing standards, which in areas of construction were unachievable. Using the expertise of all involved and working closely with Nevada OSHA and the Governor’s Office, alternative safety measures were developed that allowed workers to operate safely while completing these difficult tasks.
In an effort to educate the workforce, the NCA joined various industry partners in hosting a COVID-19 Safety Stand Down designed to educate the workforce on necessary jobsite safety measures. Thank you to the hundreds of contractors and thousands of workers who participated, and we encourage you to continue these important meetings to help flatten the curve and keep our teams safe! For pictures from Nevada COVID-19 Safety Stand Down, please visit our Flickr Page.
To help maintain safe jobsites, the NCA provided courtesy COVID-19 inspections to ensure all construction companies are complying with the federal OSHA guidelines for COVID compliance. Thank you to those who reached out in an additional effort to keep your jobsites safe. NCA has also distributed thousands of masks and other needed protective equipment to entities who were in need. These contributions have aided front line medical workers and helped government agencies to keep their employees safe while continuing to complete their critical work. Over the next few weeks, NCA will distribute free masks and personal sanitizers to thousands of construction workers in an ongoing effort to help everyone stay healthy and safe.
The NCA with AGC of America has been active in creating and distributing materials and resources for the industry to utilize, such as construction directives, industry mandates, webinars, hand sanitizers, sanitation practices, and various handouts/posters for jobsites. These resources can be found below. NCA continues to provide free COVID-19 inspections to help jobsites understand the directives implemented and enforced by OSHA.
None of this would be possible without the support of the hundreds of NCA members who have stepped up to contribute and serve. A HUGE THANK YOU for all that you do! As always, please feel free to reach out to us as we continue to help maintain a safe and healthy industry.
COVID-19 Safety Stand Down Construction companies throughout Nevada joined in this unified, statewide effort to help educate our work crews about the critical role safety and health plays during this global crisis. As an industry, we have an obligation on our jobsites to ensure every individual understands the policies and procedures to keep us safe during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to continue these important meetings to help flatten the curve and keep our teams safe!
More Guidance from US DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on Families First Coronavirus Response Act The new guidance includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law. It also includes questions and answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. The new guidance addresses critical issues such as whether employers may post required notice electronically, whether employers must provide notice of this law to recently laid-off individuals, when FFCRA applies to federal workers and when enforcement of the new rules will begin.
OSHA COVID-19 Letter- Construction Industry In recent days the administration of the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NVOSHA) has conducted intermittent surveys of active construction sites in Nevada. Due to the results of the survey, NVOSHA has provided guidelines for construction operations.
US DOL Publishes New Federal Paid Leave Guidance Families First Corona Virus 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 Corona Virus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.
NV Governor Executive Order on Business Closure On March 20, 2020, Governor Sisolak made his suggested closing of non-essential businesses mandatory. An Executive Order was also issued shortly after the press conference. Section 6 specifically mentions Construction as an industry that can continue to operate while also outlining steps our industry must take in order to be compliant. It is encouraged for you to review these guidelines.
Essential Businesses List- Office of Labor Commissioner Construction is considered an essential industry and, pending any further developments, we plan to continue with business as usual. We continue to work with permitting and inspection agencies to ensure that projects can proceed in a timely manner. We also understand that in order to be successful we must continue to receive materials and supplies from our subcontractors and vendors and we appreciate their efforts to fulfill demand.
OSHA Guidelines for Construction This memorandum provides guidelines for the management of staff and labor in the mining, construction, and manufacturing industry sectors. We encourage you to make the necessary adjustments in order to comply with state requirements.
NCA Toolbox Talk COVID-19 (PDF) NCA Toolbox Talk COVID-19(editable) Please continue to take proactive measures to limit the risk to employees. Best practices are essential to ensure that we continue essential construction work while limiting risk to all involved. Thank you for all you do to improve our industry and keep our workforce safe.
Summary of Paid Leave Mandates President Trump signed into law new paid leave mandates that will take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. Nearly 7,000 AGC members from around the nation sent about 14,000 emails to their U.S. Senators in opposition to these mandates—the highest grassroots engagement on any issue we have seen in at least a decade. Thank you all for your efforts in pushing those action alerts. We will continue to press for avenues to make such improvements via legislative and regulatory means.
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Nevada Contractors Association
Telephone: (702) 796-9986 Address: 150 N. Durango Drive, Suite 100 | Las Vegas, NV 89145