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  • 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.


    COVID-19 Local Permitting Action Plan >>Learn More
    Updates on permit office closures and inspection suspensions >>Learn More

     

    Previous Webinar Recordings
    >> BIAW Membership - Phase 1: Return to Work Safely
    >> BIAW Membership - Phase 2: Helping you Prepare for Phase 2 Construction
    >> 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

     

    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. As of Friday, June 5th, Pierce County is APPROVED to begin Phase 2. >>Learn more

     

    Phase 1 Construction Restart
    Safety Requirements & Tool Kit
             Phase 2 Construction Restart
    Safety Requirements
     

     

    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

     

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