The ECA Executive Committee met on Friday, 3-27-2020. We reviewed our financial status, our concern for those ECA members who are continuing to work, and how the ECA can provide something useful to our membership. I reached out (with the approval of President Dave Weller and the Exec Committee, to several members to see if they had an emergency protocol that we could share with others. I also reached out to Glenn Smith at Smith Dollar to ask if he and his staff could provide some guidance on employer liability during this Corona Virus crisis. I am very pleased to share with you all this morning the results of two members who stepped up big time: Dan Fowler and Bill Olmo of Stripe and Seal forwarded me the Subcontractor Association Exposure Prevention Guidelines that are really well done. Also, Smith Dollar provided us with some legal “Frequently Asked Questions” on employer liability that should help all of you.
Here are links to the two documents that are yours to utilize as ECA Members. Please feel free to open these useful documents and utilize them for your own firm.
The Construction Safety Coalition Recommendations from the Subcontractor Association titled CISC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention – Link (If you want it in Word please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you.)
And from Smith Dollar PC, some great legal advice on reducing your exposure titled Coronavirus Updates for Building Contractors: Link
Whether you are an “Essential Service” now, or whether you are shut down now and looking to reopen after April 30, 2020, there is some very useful information in both of these documents. Again-thank you to Dan Fowler and Bill Olmo and Glenn Smith and Diane Aqui for sharing these useful documents with us.
I will be meeting with my fellow Executive Directors from the Farm Bureau, Sonoma County Alliance, NorthBay Leadership Council, NORBAR, Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce, the North Coast Builders Exchange, and Supervisor David Rabbitt today at 1pm. If any useful information comes out of that meeting, we will put out another Newsletter tomorrow.
That’s All Folks!
Information and resources to help you and your business and your employees get through this emergency.
Personal Protection to avoid the spread of the CoronaVirus: link
“Shelter At Home” orders issued last week by Governor Newsome: link
What exactly are essential services excluded from the Shelter At Home directive?: link
Donating personal protective equipment. If you have additional PPE to donate, here is where to donate: NEW PPEs in their original packages can be donated to the Salvation Army at 93 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
YouTube video from Mark Soiland, Soiland Company Inc., and Tennis Wick, Permit Sonoma on Where to donate masks: link
Attached is a letter with other Chambers and business organizations. It provides the case for immediate economic assistance for our business community and provides recommendations for ways to provide this assistance. Link
Find information about filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) at: link
You can also access a step-by-step video tutorial: link
While the Job Link offices are currently closed, staff is working by telephone to respond to questions related to EDD and unemployment claims. Please call (707) 565-5550 for more information.
Help For Your Local Business:
Access local small business assistance by visiting: link
You can also call (707) 565-4667 with specific questions about how the Shelter in Place Order affects your business, or (707) 565-8079 with questions about unemployment claims or staff layoffs. Every level of government is working to soften the economic blow to people and businesses. Please bear with us as we sort through the fast-moving changes and build up new communications capacities. We will keep you informed of each development.
Local Businesses That Are Open (you can register your business here as well):
See a list of the GO LOCAL member businesses who are open online, for delivery and take out by visiting: link
To get your business listed as open, here is some help:
Are you on the Business is Open list? – The Press Democrat (and all Sonoma Media Investments [SMI] publications) wants to inform the public about the status of local businesses – who is operating and in what capacity. Inclusion is free and easy. Just answer the questions on this form and you’ll be included.
Updates On Local Corona Virus News:
Use our new “Dashboard” to monitor the local status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sonoma County at: link
Complete list of California’s essential workers: link
Small Business Assistance
Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA has programs for Disaster Loan Assistance. Visit their website for the latest information and how it may help your business.