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July 24, 2020 (Emergency Executive Order 20-81)

July 22, 2020

It is time to update the Chapters on your field employees that you currently have on furlough due to COVID 19 per the NDERA Agreement.  Please click on the link and fill out the survey for each Local.  Thank you for your assistance at this time:

Additional Resources

July 10, 2020

July 6, 2020 Update


On Tuesday July 28th. Anchorock, a innovative safety and compliance software will be hosting a free webinar specific for the St. Paul and Minneapolis chapters members. The webinar will begin at 2pm. There is a link provided In the email for you to register. Simply click the link, proceed to the green button that says register and fill out the brief contact info and you will be set up. We will send this link out in future emails as well. Anchorock focuses on safety meeting made paperless and effective. In serving many labor industries their software offers a variety of solutions dealing with tailgate meetings, hazard analysis, inspections, certification and training and more. Join the webinar on July 28th to learn more about Anchorock.



The second link in the email is the COVID-19 daily update from Jackson Lewis. A few articles are included in the update with good information including a related article on FFCRA Leave Requirements.–covid-19-update-for-july-1–2020(1).asp?sid=261d7214-8050-4fb4-9cad-5389e0a99c0a

Construction industry guidance revised; webinars to assist with Preparedness Plans

To assist construction businesses in finalizing their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans, the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has scheduled webinars for to answer business’s questions so they can be confident the plans they have developed address the risks of COVID-19 transmission at their worksites.

While DLI conducts webinars and responds to requests for assistance from construction businesses this week (June 29 through July 3, 2020), DLI will not be taking enforcement action against businesses that have not finalized their plans.

Tuesday,      July 7, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Register Here
Wednesday, July 8, 1:30 to 3:30   p.m. – Register Here

June 29, 2020 Update

Pandemic Safety Plans Required for All Businesses by June 29, 2020 – Updated Requirements

The Department of Labor and Industry released on June 25, 2020 updated Preparedness Plan Requirements Guidance for Construction and COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Industry Guidance FAQs for all industries.

Beginning on June 29, 2020, according to Executive Order 20-74 all Critical Businesses must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with the industry guidance currently posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website and any additional applicable industry guidance.

The Department of Labor and Industry have scheduled webinars for the construction industry to assist in plan drafting.

  • Wednesday, July 1 — 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 2 — 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Businesses can register for a webinar at


Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Preparedness Plans industry Guidance FAQs
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Requirements Guidelines Construction
Coronavirus Risk Assessment Checklist

June 24, 2020 Update

The first special session of 2020 ended Saturday morning.  No bonding bill was passed.  The Legislature passed ten new laws, but none directly affected construction.  The tenth law changed a DEED unemployment compensation program called shared work plans (The program allows employers to divide available hours of work among a group of employees instead of implementing a full layoff. These employees may then receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.)  This program is for all employers and not just construction.

Again, there were no construction bills that passed the legislature.  The legislature will be back in the 2-3 week of July at the end of the Governor’s latest Executive Order which expires after 30 days and mandates a new legislative session.  That will be our next chance to push for a bonding bill.

Pandemic Safety Plans Required for All Businesses by June 29, 2020

Beginning on June 29, 2020, according to Executive Order 20-74 all Critical Businesses must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with the industry guidance currently posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website ( ) and any additional applicable industry guidance. A pandemic safety plan will allow continued business operations while keeping employees and the public safe. Refer to these resources when updating or drafting a plan. 

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May 20, 2020

Upcoming NECA Online Classes and Webinars

5/21/201:00 PM CSTPost-Pandemic Success Will Be Determined By What You Do NOW, Not What You Do Post-Pandemic WebinarThis webinar will share stories of how organizations of all sizes have started solving seemingly impossible problems, have begun hiring people instead of laying them off, and have grown their positive impact and influence by shifting how they think about the present and future of their organization.
5/27/2012:00 PM CSTRevit Electrical CircuitingThis interactive, live, online event will discuss placing electrical content in models and the creation of electrical circuits.
5/28/201:00 PM CSTSchneider Electric: Power System Performance Digitization and Actionable Insights WebinarThis webinar will explore how electrical distribution systems are rapidly becoming digitized as power equipment.

May 14, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 5, 2020

April 30, 2020

April 29, 2020

April 20, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 14, 2020

April 13, 2020

Below are the links related to the content in the audio above.

April 9, 2020

April 8, 2020

Below is todays audio file. Below are titles of the attachments. The audio goes more depth on each one.

MN “underemployment”

How does working affect my benefits?

You are not eligible for benefits in any week you work 32 or more hours, or when your gross earnings for the week are equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount.

A partial benefit payment will be made for any week you work less than 32 hours and your earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount. The system will deduct 50 percent of your earnings from your benefit payment. The amount not paid for that week stays in your account.

As for Federal money, Gary Thaden’s response is:  I would “guess” that they do not qualify for the federal dollars, but the state has still not received the necessary information from the feds about implementing the $600 checks, thus we really don’t know.

Additional Resources

April 7, 2020

Below you will find links to helpful information on handling stress during these challenging times, as well as a description to the NECA webinar today.  There is still time to sign up for the webinar on  and remember to use coupon code NECA2020 at check out.

Stress Management and Self-Care Webinar – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Stress is inevitable, and can have an adverse effect on your health, your business, and your relationships with those around you. In the midst of COVID-19, for many, stress is at an all-time high and if you’re feeling concerned, worried or overwhelmed, you are not alone. We are all being stretched personally and professionally during this time of uncertainty. As you aim to protect your business, keep your family and employees safe, you must also recharge to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward. Join this webinar to gain the necessary skills to manage stress and to develop a self-care plan that will energize your mind, body and business.

April 6, 2020

April 4, 2020

Items related to the Industry Update 4-3-20 Audio above:

April 3, 2020

Items related to the Industry Update 4-2-20 Audio above:

TPI Hospitality:

  • TPI Hospitality is looking to offer NECA contractors discounted rates for hotel stay (short, mid, and long) for employees affected by temp hours or worried about exposure on jobsites and then heading home to families.
  • Please contact Beth Anderson with TPI for more information
  • TPI Hotel Map

April 2, 2020

April 1, 2020


March 31, 2020

Industry Update (Tuesday March 31, 2020)

March 30, 2020

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Affected Furlough Update

Please download the instructions here and complete either the paper version of the digital version located here:

Construction Trades—Exam and Licensing update

From Dept. of Labor and Industry web site:
Construction trades information, exams and licenses

  • DLI license exams:  All exams are suspended indefinitely. Learn more.
  • Continuing education:  Deadlines have been extended 90 days for licenses that expire in March, April and May 2020.
    • License renewals must still be submitted prior to the current expiration date. Late fees will apply to renewals submitted after the expiration date. Renew a license here.

March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020

March 23rd & 24th, 2020

Week of March 16th, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020 | Sales Tax Payment Extension for Eligible Businesses
In line with the state’s continued response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest.

Author: Neil