COVID-19 Update

03/31/2020

BREAKING NEWS:  This afternoon Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14.  The Order encourages Texans to practice restrictive social-distancing except where necessary to provide essential services.  Essential services are those items listed by the U.S Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services.

Click here for a copy of the Guidance document highlighting the inclusion of construction work among the critical infrastructure sectors.

                                                                                                                                                               

TCA Staff is working diligently to follow the developments of the COVID-19 health crisis and the actions being taken by federal, state and local governments. Additionally, we are working to provide information to you about worksite best practices and safety. Below is a list of helpful resources. Feel free to reach out to our staff via email if you have any questions.

                                                                                                                                                              

TCA is sponsoring a FREE webinar

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion which is effective April 1st
Presented by Misty Hubbard Gutierrez, Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen LLP

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 AM
*To download Zoom beforehand go to https://zoom.us/download


Online: click this link: https://zoom.us/j/484361291
iPhone: one-tap :     US: +13462487799,,484361291#  or +16699009128,,484361291# 
Telephone:  Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 253 215 8782 
    
Webinar ID: 484 361 291

New federal legislation requires paid sick leave for employees impacted by COVID-19 and isolation orders and expands FMLA coverage to employees who must care for a child whose school or daycare has been closed. Meanwhile, the City of Dallas is scheduled to begin enforcing its own paid sick leave ordinance, and shutdowns in Austin, and potentially other localities, trigger employers’ obligations under the new federal regulations.  The federal law applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees and applies when the employee or an employee’s family member becomes ill, or when an employee is subject to an isolation or quarantine order. This webinar will discuss the details of federal and local laws, who they apply to, and what you need to know to comply.

Misty Hubbard Gutierrez  is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a partner at the law firm of Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, L.L.P.  Misty advises clients from all segments of the construction industry regarding employment and construction matters and has experience handling and resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation and the appellate process.

Federal Sick Paid Ordinances PowerPoint Slides

Mandated Posted from the Department of Labor

 

                                                                                                                                                              

PPE Collection Point Flyer

There is an urgent need for personal protection equipment, in particular N95 face masks, paper face masks and face shields, and disposable gloves.  The Texas College of Emergency Physicians has organized the following donation spots across the state.  Search your inventory and deliver anything you can spare to one of the locations listed below.  It is critical that we support our health workers during this crisis.

Texas PPE Collection Points
Please call or email to arrange pick up/drop off

Abilene Area
402 Cypress Street, Ste. 123, Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 673-5861

Austin Area
4300 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756
tcep@texacep.org
(512) 206-1249 or (512) 633-9943

Corpus Christi Area
1000 Morgan Avenue, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 884-5442

Denton Area
3303 Colorado Blvd., Denton, TX 76210
(214) 862-2242

Edinburg Area
1depagter@me.com
(512) 293-2317

Fort Bend Area
office@fbms.org

Fort Worth Area
555 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
(312) 330-4894

Houston Area
1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
Doug_Abel@hcms.org
(713) 208-1759

Lubbock Area
2202 Memphis Avenue, Suite 206, Lubbock, TX 79410
juanema@lcgms.org
(806) 781-1455

Plano Area
17330 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75025
(573) 690-4538

Port Arthur Area
Golden Triangle Emergency Center
8035 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77640
(409) 924-0499 or (409) 932-4349

San Antonio Area
4334 TX-1604 Loop, Shavano Park, TX 
melody.newsom@bcms.org
(210) 219-5229 or (210) 379-9479

Waco Area
admin@mclennancountymedicine.org
(254) 776-2882

For all other locations email Pam.Udall@texmed.org