TACCA Update March 24
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Posted by: Devorah Jakubowsky
TACCA continues to provide new information as it becomes available to keep you informed to help your business, employees and clients.
TDLR Waives CE Requirements for Some Licensees
Great news! To help keep its licensees ready and available to assist with combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is waiving continuing education requirements for all licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees will still submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and have their criminal histories checked but they will not need to complete any required continuing education requirements this licensing cycle for those months.
TDLR licensees can sign up for official TDLR email alerts HERE. These email updates are the best way to ensure you receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about TDLR.
Essential Service Providers Clarification
Many cities and counties are issuing orders to stay at home. Most of the orders will include language similar to this: Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences and Other Essential Businesses.
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and essential businesses. (This includes HVAC/R contractors)
- Businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or supplies needed to operate. (This includes suppliers)
What does being classified as an essential business mean for you and your employees?
Designation as an essential business means you can choose to continue to provide services to customers. Essential businesses must follow social distancing guidelines. The CDC has compiled a document, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), to help businesses prevent workplace exposures to coronavirus in non-healthcare settings. Topics include:
- Preparing Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak
- Reduce Transmission Among Employees
- Maintain Healthy Business Operations
- Maintain a healthy work environment
- Resources for more information
- Other Federal Agencies and Partners
Find the guide HERE.
TACCA President James Barry with Doctor Cool & Professor Heat in League City shares his company’s process for this.
- Guaranteed every employee 40 hours for the time being
- Adjusted our team to the bare minimum in the office in order to support the field personnel
- Keeping the recommended spacing (1 per room) and no more than 10 people at anytime
- Closed the office building and the technicians pick up needed items outside
- Fields technicians have been provided gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer
- All fields technicians are required to disinfect the interior of their vans every evening
- Remembering to keep the 6 foot distance rule
- Daily updates for the team
Service Roundtable Free Online Summit
Service Roundtable has put together this can’t miss, relevant online summit to help residential contractor business owners stay productive, positive and prepared during. Topics include “How to Secure Your Business in and Economic Downturn”, “Protecting Your Employees in a Quarantined Environment”, “Cash Flow Management in Lean Times”, and much more.
Thursday, March 26 from 12:00-4:00 pm CST.
Limited spots are available so REGISTER NOW..