The BCHBA will try to keep you informed with the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Brown County Home Builders Association is not able to provide legal advice. Please consult your attorney before any action is taken.

Click on the links below for updates on COVID-19

Info From BCHBA 

Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency – 11/20/2020
Coronavirus Action Plan (04/30/2020) – Provided by The Insurance Center – This sample Coronavirus Action Plan is not meant to be exhaustive or construed as legal advice. Consult additional insurance and/or legal counsel for professional advice. This action plan can be modified to meet your business needs, taking all relevant federal, state and local compliance requirements into account. For a copy of the sample Coronavirus Action Plan visit the resource center under the members only section of the website. If you need assistance with your username and password, contact Lori at 920-593-7953 or email Lfrisbie@bchba.org
– Back to Business Outline – A Plan to Save Lives and Livelihoods (04/24/2020) – Resource: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Back to Business Presentation – A Plan to Save Lives and Livelihoods (04/24/2020) – Resource: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

– Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Resources (04/20/2020)
   * Face Masks – Global Recognition
   * Face Masks – MaskOver 

Face Masks – The Power Tool Store
   * Face Masks – Viridiam
   * Hand Sanitizer – The Power Tool Store
   * Hand Sanitizer – Salon Services Group
   * Safety Footwear – Red Wing Shoes
   * Shoe Covers – 
we have a quantity leftover from Showcase at the office.  We are selling them in packs of 50 pair for $10.  If interested, call Mari at 680-6174 to place an order and arrange pick-up at the BCHBA office.
– NEW – Safer at Home Order (04/16/2020) Order in effect until 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
 OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Rules (04/13/2020) 
– Workers Compensation COVID-19 Public Information (04/13/2020)
– Understanding the Small Business Loans Available Comparison (04/02/2020)
– Updates on Small Business Loans and New Tax Benefits for Businesses (03/30/2020)
– Keep Us Safe – Feel free to use the attached signage at your job site (03/30/2020)
– Safer at Home FAQ (03/25/2020) – Will I be required to carry documentation to leave my home?No. Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an essential business or operation as outlined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue work that is done in compliance with this order.
– Governor Evers “Safer at Home” orders (3/24/2020)
– Orders are in effect through April 30, 2020 – City of Green Bay Current Inspection Procedure (03/25/2020) 
– COVID-19 Notice to Employees (03/19/2020) – 
Click on the link for Q&A (Word document)
– Municipality Update- (03/26/2020) Tuesday, March 17, we sent a request to all local municipalities asking if they had a current policy in place on issuing permits and inspections. Attached is a summary of the responses received to date. The good news is, it appears no one is cutting off these services as of today! As responses continue to come in, we will update the spreadsheet.
– Message to BCHBA Members (03/17/2020)


Info From 5G Benefits (03/20/2020)

Featured Communications Digest for the Week of 4/13/2020 – 4/19/2020 
– There is a lot of information floating around about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and we are getting a lot of important (but the same) questions that employers want answers to regarding health insurance among many other topics, so…..5G Benefits is going to do a WEEKLY WEBINAR every Tuesday at 2 pm, with Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates. Called “Tuesdays at 2”. Let 5G Benefits do the research for you, and report to you our findings. You can forward this email invite to any person/business owner you think that would benefit from the following information:
– What passed the previous week in the legislature that impacts:
   * Unemployment / Paid time off
   * OSHA announcements
   * Any tax credits for employers or taxes
   * What does temporary employee lay-offs do to their benefit plans?
   * Impacts to my business on business insurance, work comp, and benefits plans?
   * Quarantine updates and preventing the spread
   * Materials that can be provided to leadership and employees
   * Q&A – we will answer or research and find the answers for you!

The login link will be the same for each of the “Tuesdays at 2” webinars. Please register for “Tuesdays at 2” Coronavirus Weekly Webinar by 5G Benefits (Every Tuesday at 2pm) at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7261373107596541708  


Info From Bellin Health (03/30/2020)

Info From CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
– Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use (03/19/2020) 
– Know the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors (03/19/2020)
– Stop the Spread of Germs (03/19/2020)
– Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (03/19/2020)
– 15 Days to Slow the Spread (03/19/2020)


Info From CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) 

– FAQs Regarding COVID-19 and Human Capital, Tax Impact (03/25/2020)
– Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information (03/25/2020) 
Resource – Department of Workforce Development


Info From Department of Workforce Development – Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information

– Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) now available in Wisconsin (04/22/2020) – Starting today, DWD is taking applications for PUA benefits. PUA is a new federal unemployment benefit created in the CARES Act. PUA is for individuals who are unemployed and otherwise not eligible for unemployment benefits. PUA is for up to 39 weeks and covers self-employed individuals, independent contractors, people with limited recent work history, and others not covered by regular UI. See the DWD explainer for further information on eligibility and benefits.
– Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits for claimants and employers(03/23/2020)


Info From DSPS (Department of Safety and Professional Services

– DSPS Continues to Conduct Building Inspections (03/30/2020)


Info From FHFA – Federal Housing Finance Agency

 FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension Relief for Renters in Multifamily Properties (3/23/2020)
– FHFA Directs Enterprises to Grant Flexibilities for Appraisal and Employment Verifications (3/23/2020)
– FHFA Authorizes the Enterprises to Support Additional Liquidity in the Secondary Mortgage Market  (3/23/2020)​
– FHFA Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions for Enterprises During National Emergency (3/18/2020)
​- Statement from FHFA Director Mark Calabria on Coronavirus (3/10/2020)


Info From Green Bay Insurance Center

– Post-Coronavirus Workplace Preparedness Checklist (05/14/2020)
– Guide to Creating a Return to Work Action Plan (05/14/2020)
   – SAMPLE Return to Work Action Plan (05/14/2020)
– Five Practice and Policy Considerations in Advance of Return to Work (05/14/2020)
– States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus (05/14/2020)
– Designing a Post-coronavirus Office (05/14/2020)

Let us Help You Navigate Your Business – (04/08/2020) This week several of our members participated in a webinar. The webinar actually starts at about the 1:15 minute mark.


Info From HUB

– In Compliance – Important Deadlines, Developments and Insights (05/22/2020)
– Payroll of Furloughed Workers – Impact on Worker’s Compensation Premium (04/17/2020)
– Register for this weeks webinar (03/31/2020)
   
* Managing Your Workforce through the Coronavirus Crisis – 3/31/2020
   * Market Outlook: How the Coronavirus Crisis May Impact Your Corporate Retirement Plan – 4/1/2020
   * Market Outlook: How the Coronavirus Crisis May Impact Your Investment Portfolio – 4/2/2020
– HUB Coronavirus Crisis Resource Center (03/31/2020)
– In Compliance – Important Deadlines, Developments and Insights (03/30/2020)
   * Rescue/Stimulus Bill Expands COVID-19 Testing and Other Items
   * Congress Requires Plans to Cover Coronavirus Testing
   * COVID-19 Essential Health Benefits Bulletin Breaks Little New Ground
   * How Is the ACA Employer Mandate Like a Diamond? It’s Forever.
   * The ACA Gets Its Day in Court, Again
   * Coronavirus/COVID-19 Benefits Considerations
– Congress Requires Plans to Cover Coronavirus Testing (03/19/2020)


Info From NAHB – National Association of Home Builders

– Coronavirus Preparedness and Jobsite Safety (07/14/2020)
– OSHA Reverses Course and Now Requires Employers to Track COVID-19 Cases (05/26/2020)
– Small Business Administration Loan Programs (04/22/2020) – If you are having trouble getting through to or getting your questions answered by the SBA, please submit this form and NAHB staff will follow up and provide additional guidance as needed.
– Senate Approves $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package (04/22/2020)
– URGENT: Ask Congress for Further Relief for Renters & Housing Providers from COVID-19 – TAKE ACTION NOW (04/13/2020)
–  Jobsite Safety Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus (04/13/2020)
– Stimulus Resources (04/03/2020)
  
* Small Business Administration Loans/Emergency Grants
  * Employee Retention Tax Credit
  * Emergency Sick Leave and Medical Leave
  * Delay of Employer-Paid Payroll Tax Payments
– Update from DHS on Essential Infrastructure Business (03/30/2020)
– Monday Morning Briefing (03/30/2020)
– DHS Designates Residential Construction as “Essential Infrastructure Business” (03/30/2020)
– NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus (03/25/2020)
 Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus – A message from NAHB’s Chair, Dean Mon (03/23/2020)
– NAHB Update Stimulus Actions in Wake of Coronavirus (03/17/2020)

 NAHB Response Act Requiring Employer-Paid Sick and Medical Leave(03/17/2020)


Info From SBA

– Fact Sheet – Economic Injury Disaster Loans (03/30/2020)
– U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Loan Assistance – 
Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters (03/18/2020)


Info From State of Wisconsin 

Emergency Order # 3 – Limiting Public Gatherings (10/06/2020)
Face Coverings Extension (10/01/2020)
Department of Health Services 
   * Emergency Order #12 Safer At Home Order (03/24/2020)
   * Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More (03/17/2020)

– Update from Rep. Mike Gallagher – Scroll through the Word document and click on the specified links for more information. (03/17/2020)  
* What You need to Know of About Coronavirus
   * WI Specific Information
   * Teletown Hall with WI DHS Deputy Security Julie Willems Van Dijk
   * Federal Actions Taken
   * Additional Resources


Info From The Blue Book Building & Construction Network

– COVID-19 Response Plan – (03/27/2020)
 AGC Wisconsin (Associated General Contractors) (03/27/2020)


Info From The Insurance Center

– BCHBA – Guide to Creating a Return to Work Action Plan (05/11/2020)
– Health Insurance Resources (04/22/2020) 
– (NEW) DOL Regulations for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (04/13/2020)
– Paycheck Protection Program – Effective February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020 (03/31/2020)
– DOL Clarifies Exemptions to Coronavirus Paid Leave Law (03/30/2020)
 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Employee Rights – Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave (03/25/2020) The attached poster must be posted in conspicuous places on your premises or where employees are able to be made aware within one week of the law being past.
– 
HR Compliance Bulletin – DOL Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements (03/25/2020)
– HR Compliance Bulletin – DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and the FMLA (03/19/2020)
 Mental Well-being During Quarantine – Live Well, Work Well (03/19/2020)
– Paid Employee Leave Signed into Law – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (03/19/2020)


Info U.S. Chamber of Commerce

– Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (04/01/2020)


INFO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

– Assistance for Small Businesses (04/06/2020)


Info From von Briesen

 President Trump Issues Coronavirus Relief Executive Order (08/08/2020)
– Wisconsin’s Face Covering Order (08/03/2020)
– Business Reopening Guide (05/11/2020)
– Virtual Breakfast Briefing: HR in a Post-Safer-at-Home Environment – What is the New Normal for HR? (05052020)
– Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Paid Leave now Required for Absences Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (04/01/2020)
– Employer Tax Credits in the Families First Coronavirus Response (04/01/2020)

– About COVID-19 von Briesen Task Force Resource (03/25/2020) – The Task Force has created a dedicated page where you can find information on COVID-19
 Analysis of Wisconsin’s Stay at Home Order (03/25/2020)
– Labor and Employment Law Update – Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Should Employers Do? (03/25/2020)

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Info From WBA – Wisconsin Builders Association 

New Statewide Public Health Declaration – 11/20/2020
Circuit Court Reinstates Emergency Order #3 Limits on Public Gatherings – What it Means for You (10/19/2020
New Emergency Order #3 – Limiting Public Gatherings Unlikely to Restrict Homebuilding and Remodeling (10/06/2020)
Mask Mandate Extended (09/24/2020) 
What the New Mask Mandate Means for You (07/31/2020)
– New Statewide Mask Mandate Effective 08/1/2020 (07/30/2020)
– OSHA Updates Enforcement Guidance for Employer Reporting of COVID-19 Case (05/26/2020)
– Local Orders & Reopening Guidelines (05/14/2020)
– Businesses That Were Limited Or Closed During Safer At Home May Now Reopen (05/14/2020)
– Evers Issues New Order Effective Immediately (05/11/2020)
– COVID-19 Coping Strategies(05/08/2020) 
– DATCP Adopts Emergency Rule Prohibiting Late Fees on Rentals (04/30/2020)
– Emergency Order #28 – Safer at Home Order – (04/24/2020) Goes into effect today, April 24, 2020
– Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (04/24/2020)

– Gov. Evers Announces Badger Bounce Back Plan (04/22/2020)
– DHS Safer at Home is Working (04/22/2020)
– DHS COVID-19 Website (04/22/2020)
– PPE Buyback Program (04/22/2020)
– Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order – (04/16/2020) 
Press Release
– Safer at Home Extension FAQ (04/16/2020)
– Emergency Order #22: Removes Time Periods For Building Permits Under the Uniform Dwelling Code (04/10/2020)
– COVID-19 Response Plan Sample 1 (04/03/2020)
– COVID-19 Response Plan Sample 2 (04/03/2020)
– UPDATED – Safer at Home FAQ – Essential vs. Non-essential (04/03/2020)
– Stimulus Resources (loans, grants, etc) 04/03/2020

– CISA Confirms Landscapers as Essential Workers (03/30/2020)
– Essential vs Non-essential Professions (03/27/2020) – 
Click on the link for Q&A (Word document) 
 Confirmation of Essential Business Letter (03/25/2020) – 
Please note: Governor Evers has said proof will not be required to show your business/employees are essential. Because several members have asked for a draft letter regardless, we have made one available to members only if you choose to use it and provide it to your employees.
– 
WBA’s Safer at Home Order – FAQ (03/25/2020)
– 
Safer at Home FAQ (03/25/2020) – 
Will I be required to carry documentation to leave my home? No. Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an essential business or operation as outlined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue work that is done in compliance with this order.
– Construction Industry Safety Coalition Recommendations: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction (03/25/2020)
– Construction coalition statement on “Safer at Home” Emergency Order (03/25/2020)
– WBA/Axley – Legal Analysis – What does Wisconsin’s Safer At Home Order Mean For The Home Building Industry? (03/24/2020)
– Safer at Home Order Details Released (03/24/2020) 
Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order has been released. Below is a quick summary of the highlights that impact the homebuilding industry after our initial first read. A detailed summary by WBA Outside Legal Counsel Robert Procter is forthcoming. The order is in effect from until April 30.  For additional questions and clarification, please feel free to read the order in its entirety. A press release from Governor Evers is also available here.
     – Essential Infrastructure 
        * page 6-7 
           – #10 lists “housing construction” under this category
     – Essential Government Functions
        * page 8
           – #12 lists “building inspectors” under this category
     – Essential Businesses and Operations
        * page 12-14
           – The following businesses are listed under this category
              * financial institutions and services
              * hardware and supply stores (“construction materials” added from OH language per our request)
              * critical trades
              * supplies for essential businesses and operations 
              * professional services that include real estate services 
              * manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries, as well as construction, are 
                specifically mentioned
– Helpful Resources as you Navigate COVID-19 in Your Workplace (03/23/2020) 
Department of Safety and Professional Services Impacts
  * Updates on Facemasks and other PPE
  * Protecting Yourself, Your Employees, and Your Worksites
  * Legal Q & A for Associations and Builders
  * Potential Housing Stimulus
  * Labor/Employment-Related Information


Info From WIPFLI 

 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (04/27/2020)
– Summary on the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (03/30/2020)
– IRS provides guidance on COVID-19 extension of tax payments (03/19/2020) 
– COVID-19 Resource Center (03/19/2020)