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Trump Signs CARES Act to Rally Nation from Virus Outbreak
Today [March 27], President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the $2 trillion stimulus package that is the third phase of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly for PCCA members, the bill authorizes emergency loans to distressed businesses.
With respect to small businesses, the CARES Act
* Establishes, and provides funding for, forgivable bridge loans; and
* Provides additional funding for grants and technical assistance.
PCCA Welcomes New Board Members
On March 3, the Power & Communication Contractors (PCCA) Board of Directors elected Bonnie Burnham, Forbes Bros USA, and Justin Druffel, Caterpillar, Inc., tothe PCCA Board. The PCCA membership welcomed Burnham and Druffel that night at the PCCA 75th Anniversary Bash during the association's Annual Convention in the Bahamas.
Burnham is Vice President, Business Services for Forbes Brothers USA. She began her career managing construction of the initial mobile phone systems for cellular carriers in Florida. With a move to Irby Construction Company, she also directed transmission and distribution projects nationwide, including storm response. Now with Forbes Bros, she works with estimating, risk management, and business development for North America.
Druffel is a Senior National Accounts Manager at Caterpillar. He collaborates with National Account customers, Caterpillar marketing organizations, Caterpillar Financial Services, and Caterpillar dealerships to develop and implement sales and service plans and marketing and distribution strategies. He has 21 years of diverse industry experience and has also held management positions at Preco Electronics and Caterpillar CLAAS America, LLC.
PCCA represents contractors, manufacturers, and distributors who build and repair America’s power and communications infrastructure, including electric transmission, distribution, and substation facilities and broadband, telephone, and cable television systems.
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Swiftly Recover the Cost of Providing Coronavirus-Related Leave
March 20, 2020 - WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:
If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.
PCCA President & CEO Tim Wagner on COVID-19
I have been struggling with writing our own COVID-19 dissertation in light of the fact that you have likely received emails on the Corona Virus from every conceivable source including schools, restaurants, accountants, lawyers, airlines, hotels, and trade associations. They all say pretty much the same thing—wash your hands, keep your distance, etc. We have nothing to add to keep you safe as we’ve all been reading and watching the same things.
PCCA Opposes Efforts to Marginalize Facility Locating Requirements
Ensuring accurate and timely locating “more important than ever.”
March 19, 2020
Alexandria, VA – In the midst of the national coronavirus pandemic, the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) is encouraging federal and state authorities to do whatever possible to ensure that Americans remain connected. A fundamental part of this lies in the damage prevention process, where excavators and facility operators share responsibility in safeguarding underground facilities during excavation projects.
PCCA Cautions Against SpaceX Participation of in Pending Auction
Broadband Contractors Concerned with “Unproven Technology”
March 12, 2020
Alexandria, VA – On January 30, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve the launch the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a $20.4 billion program aimed at accelerating the buildout of fiber optic, high-speed broadband to rural America. The Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) supported the establishment of the RDOF but encourages FCC to deny a proposal by SpaceX (formerly the Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) to allow the company to participate in the auction of Phase I of the RDOF, scheduled for October this year.