• Member Update: 11/4/2021

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    November 03, 2021
    We’re Hiring!
    The Inland Northwest AGC is excited to announce that we are adding to our team! We are looking for an individual to manage our marketing and communication efforts for the region.

    The ideal candidate will have some experience with communication and marketing strategy, strong written communication skills and proficiency with social media and online platforms. Construction industry experience a bonus.

    You can download the complete job description and information on how to apply here.

    Federal Vaccine Mandate
    The vaccine mandate for federal contractors has gone in to affect and we are starting to hear from AGC members that agencies are attempting to insert the new contract language into existing contracts. This mandate differs from the state mandate and the proposed OSHA standard in several ways, but some important things to remember:
    • ITS SCOPE GOES BEYOND TYPICAL FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS: Remember, this federal contractor vaccine mandate—which unlike the anticipated OSHA Vaccine/Testing Mandate, does not provide for a weekly COVID-19 testing option—goes beyond contractors that simply work directly for the federal agencies (like the Corps, Navy, GSA, Veterans Affairs, so forth). It also impacts construction contractors who work for clients that are federal contractors themselves. For example, we are hearing from AGCA member contractors who do public and private university work that are being told by those clients that their construction firms must follow the federal contractor vaccine mandate. Why? Because many universities hold federal research contracts, and, though construction firms may not help with the research, they do have workers on campus that could fall into the mandate’s sweeping scope.
    • THE MANDATE COVERS ANYONE THAT WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH A COVERED CONTRACT: This includes employees who perform duties necessary to the performance of the covered contract, but who are not directly engaged in performing the specific work called for by the covered contract, such as human resources, billing, and legal review. This means that not only those onsite, but the majority of your main office will be covered under this.
    • FEDERAL-AID TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTORS DON’T FALL UNDER THIS MANDATE UNLESS . . . They perform work on a direct federal project (i.e., Corps, Navy, GSA, Veterans Affairs, so forth) or (perhaps if) they perform work for a federal contractor client (see the universities example above).
      • AGCA webinar on Ins and Outs of Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate
      • General Services Administration Webinar
      • Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Federal Contractor Resources
    OSHA Vaccine/Testing Mandate Coming Soon!
    Complimentary AGC of America WebEd Series Nov 8.-Nov. 11
    On Nov. 1, the White House completed its final review the OSHA emergency temporary standard (ETS), signaling its imminent release. The OSHA ETS will require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for infection on at least a weekly basis. CLICK HERE to register for the AGC of America WebEd Series (at no cost to AGC members) entitled: “Preparing for the OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing Mandate” held Nov. 8 through Nov. 11.
    During these webinars, construction contractors will hear from their peers in firms as well as outside experts about the practical, contractual and outside solutions they may want to consider to comply with this new mandate. In addition, attendees will also learn about how AGC of America is advocating for the construction industry and reviewing its legal options to challenge this mandate. The specific webinars are entitled:
    • Leveraging Outside Solutions to Meet the Mandate (Nov. 8 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET)
    • Practical Considerations for Construction Firms (Nov. 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET)
    • Contractual Considerations for Construction Firms (Nov. 11 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET)
    For more information and to register for these webinars, CLICK HERE.
    Cheryl Stewart, Executive Director
    cstewart@nwagc.org, 509-535-0391