The disease caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading rapidly across the state. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from the COVID-19 illness. Please make sure you are taking precautionary measures to help prevent the virus from spreading. For more information about COVID-19 in Tacoma-Pierce County, click here.
If you believe that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, please contact the call center for members of the public at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
In response to COVID-19, MBA Pierce has postponed all events until further notice. We will not be holding any in-person meetings at our facility. Committee meetings will proceed only by telecommunication. Staff will continue to be available during our normal business hours and are happy to answer any questions via email or by phone at 253-272-2112.
MBA Pierce is committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date resources and information available. With the fluid situation around COVID-19, permit office closures, suspended inspections, and upcoming code implementation have major implications on the work of the building industry. MBA Pierce knows that home builders can spur quick economic growth and reinvigorate the economy after the restrictions and quarantines are lifted. In order to do this, local builders need to have approved permits in hand. Click here read a letter we’ve sent to local jurisdictions that details solutions and requests during this crucial time.
Previous Webinar Recordings
>> BIAW Membership - Phase 1: Return to Work Safely
>> BIAW Membership Town Hall - Ask a Lawyer About Enforcement of the Governor's Order
>> BIAW Membership Town Hall - COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Employees
More webinars will be added soon, please check back for updates!
CALL TO ACTION: As a community, we are experiencing the hard-hitting effects from COVID-19. It’s times like these where we need to come together and help support each other. We want to provide meals for our brave healthcare professionals. We are asking members to support MBA Meals for Medical Workers. >>Learn more
Phase 1 & 2 Construction Restart Safety Requirements
BIAW has shared guidance, including sample documents, to help you comply with the Phase 1 & 2 safety requirements and return to work as quickly as possible. Please note that Phase 2 for Construction is not statewide and only applies to certain counties. Pierce County is not yet authorized to begin Phase 2, however it may be helpful to view the guidelines so you are prepared when the time comes. >>Learn more
Phase 1 Construction Restart
Safety Requirements & Tool Kit
Phase 2 Construction Restart
Phase 1 construction only authorizes activities on existing construction projects that can be performed while maintaining the six-foot social distancing requirements and comply with the other Phase 1 Jobsite Safety Requirements. Phase 2 allows all construction, including activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects. Failure to comply with the Phase 1 & 2 Jobsite Safety Requirements could result in a jobsite being shut down, potential legal liability, safety fines, or loss of license.
Resources for Businesses
Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA has created robust programs that include bridge loans, debt relief, Paycheck Protection and economic injury disaster loans. >>Learn more
The CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses, is accessible now for small businesses.
- Paycheck Protection Program: The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities and is available until June 20, 2020. >>Learn more
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan: This loan advance, which does not have to be repaid, will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. UPDATE 4/8/2020: SBA has decided to implement a $1,000 cap per employee on the advance, up to a maximum of $10,000. So, a business with 3 employees, would be eligible to receive only $3,000 up front, as opposed to the originally stated $10,000. >>Learn more
>> CARES Act Summary for SBA Loans
>> What to know about the CARES Act
>> Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
>> COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
>> FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program >>Learn more
Tax Credits: COVID-19 IRS Payroll Tax Credits Available to Small & Midsized Employers >>Learn More
B&O Tax: The Washington State Department of Revenue is allowing businesses to request a one-time, 24-month penalty waiver if you have not owed a late penalty in the last 24 months. Also, businesses can request a 30-day extension of B&O taxes without payment or 30+ days with deposit. For more information, call (360) 705-6705. >>Learn more
IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The tax-filing deadline has moved to July 15th and the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. >>Learn more
Excise Tax Filing Assistance: The Washington State Department of Revenue will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their excise taxes on time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Affected businesses may qualify for filing extensions or penalty waivers. >>Learn more
SharedWork Program: SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. This is a little known but powerful program to help workers stay employed while drawing needed benefits. >>Learn more
The Washington State Department of Revenue: A helpful guide that outlines frequently asked questions about how to file and pay online, audits, and more. >>Learn more
The US Department of Labor (DOL): More information will be coming out with further guidance for granting small business exemptions from the Response Act that require employer-paid sick and medical leave. NAHB will be voicing our ideas for this guidance with the agency and will keep you in the loop as DOL develops and publicizes its criteria. >>Learn more
Last updated: April 29, 2020
- BIAW Phase 1 Restart Toolkit
- PPE Resources
- General LNI Guidance for Office Staff returning to work
- Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements
- Phase 2 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements
- Additional Construction Guidance - 'Authorized' Construction Defined
- FAQs from the Governor's Office (Phase 1 Construction Restart)
- Remote Notarization
- Washington State official Coronavirus Response website
- US Dept of Labor - COVID-19 Workplace Resources
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- Workers' Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
- NAHB Coronavirus Preparedness
- Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic: A guide for businesses and organizations
- Evaluating Your Contracts in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Families, and Students
- Washington State Hospital Association - Where to donate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Resources for businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state (Seattle Times)
- Puget Sound Energy: Open Letter to Building Community Partners
Resources for Employees
Washington State Unemployment: If you or an employee is affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. The agency has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. >>Learn more
- When an employee applies for benefits, they should select “laid off” as the reason for separating from an employer. Choose "Company temporarily closed" from the secondary options.
- This does not apply to employees who are considered essential critical infrastructure workers, as outlined by the governor.
- Work search requirements are optional for all claimants until further notice.
- Employees can request standby status for up to 12 weeks.
- The one-week waiting period to be eligible for unemployment benefits is waived.
>> Employment Security Department Employer, Employee, and CARE Act FAQ
>> ESD created this easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply
State - Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML): If an employee is sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that they are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program. >> Learn more
Federal - Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. >> Learn more
Crisis Connection: Connects people with crisis services like applying for food, child care, cash, long-term care and health care. >> Get help