March 27, 2020
The U.S. Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and we summarized what that means for our U.S. members. Click here to read about the bill, and check this page for updates on any new COVID-19 related legislation:
U.S. Members affected by COVID-19 may be entitled to benefits under new law
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law in the United States, and it gives new benefits to many workers whose families have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Effective April 1, employees who cannot work or telework are quarantined due to a suspected COVID-19 infection, or because they were in contact with someone who has COVID-19, may be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave from their employer. They may also be eligible for paid sick leave if they are forced to miss work and cannot telecommute in order to care for someone in their household who is sick, quarantined, or unable to attend school or daycare because it has been closed.
Employees who cannot work or telework and who have been forced to stay home from work in order to care for their minor child whose school or daycare has been closed during this crisis may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid Family Medical Leave from their employer.
This law takes effect on April 1, 2020 and applies to leave that is taken after that date. The United States Department of Labor has published guidance to help determine who is eligible for these benefits. Please reference their website https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave. More information is available on the DOL Q and A website here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Click here to read our full summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Analysis of future laws passed with regard to COVID-19 will be added to this page as the details of the laws become available.
READ THE FULL UBC UPDATE HERE
March 25, 2020
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine have all issued Executive Orders to stop the spread of COVID-19. In Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, construction employees are considered “essential” and are therefore exempt from travel restrictions as they travel to, between and from work. If you have questions or concerns about your specific jobsite, please contact your business representative.
Executive Orders by State:
Indiana Executive Order
Kentucky Executive Order
Ohio Executive Order
March 20, 2020
General President Douglas McCarron and the UBC Executive Board has granted dispensation to cancel Local union meetings for the next 30 Days. All special called meetings, elections, and E Board meetings as of now will continue. Please contact your local for more information on special called meetings.
March 18, 2020
In an effort to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all training centers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio will be closed until May 4th, 2020. All Local Unions within our jurisdiction and council offices will remain open, however, we encourage members not to visit in person. Instead, contact the locals and council via phone, email, website or on our social media channels. Training instructors & admins will reach out to apprentices directly to reschedule classes.
March 14, 2020
From EST Todd Pancake:
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in most every conversation, it has now been declared a national State of Emergency in the U.S., and we are monitoring the situation all across the IKORCC too.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you as necessary. We have had a few job sites that have halted operations temporarily, should you be affected by this situation please contact your local business representative for employment opportunities. The safety of our membership, their families, and our staff will continue to be our highest priority. We appreciate your cooperation and attention to this situation.