What is TACCA doing to assist you?
Things evolved rapidly around the Coronavirus and response to directives to keep our communities healthy and safe. TACCA is keenly aware that many contractors are small business owners with few employees and little time to keep up with these changes. We are dedicated to monitoring the situation to keep you informed on new developments that could impact you and your business.
Early on we engaged in conversations with Gov. Greg Abbott's staff as well as the Department of Homeland Security to ensure HVACR was considered essential workforce to maintain your ability to continue to work. We will continue to work on your behalf and provide new information here as it becomes available to keep you informed to help your business, employees and clients.
Please see our COVID-19 Resource Guide for links to many sources for support for employers and business owners.
TDLR extends CE waiver to June licenses, TACCA CE and exam prep classes resume and Federated Insurance shares info about employee temperature-taking policies. Read more here.
Job site precautions from Federated Insurance, call to action for contractor tax relief, municipal fee survey and Texas COVID Relief Fund. Read more here.
TACCA CE classes resume May 30, protocols for small business offices, limited face masks left, and the last of Gov. Abbott's small business webinars is next Wednesday. Read more here.
Gov. Abbott's plan to reopen Texas, TACCA continuing education update, face masks donated, Governor's small business webinar series, and a quick 5-question poll. Read more here.
PPPL should get a boost of funds if the House passes legislation tomorrow, increase your chances of receiving funding, take a quick 5-question poll to help us learn if contractors have applied and received funds from the PPPL or EIDL. Read more here.
More aid for small business on the horizon, Governor Abbott's Executive Orders designed to start reopening the state, and two complimentary webinars form Federated Insurance on estate planning and business protection planning. Read more here.
PPPL and EIDL funds dried up,Texas Gov. Greg Abbott extends disaster declaration for the state, take action to support additional assistance for small business. Read more here.
Message from TACCA President James Barry, reminder to apply for PPPL loans as soon as possible, a helpful comparison between PPPL and EIDL, and notes from TDLR Strategic Planning sessions. Read more HERE.
New COVID-19 Resource Guide, ACCA alert and NFIB webinar tomorrow on applying for small business loans. Read more HERE.
Mandatory FFCRA notice to employees must be posted today, more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Gov. Greg Abbott finally issues statewide orders, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce answers the top ten questions about the Coronavirus small business loans. Read more HERE.
The Department of Homeland Security expands the list of Essential Workers to include HVAC, mandatory FFCRA posters for employers, Paycheck Protection Program and TDLR Strategic Planning sessions go online. Read more HERE.
Department of Labor Dialogue, CARES Act update, and a note from Executive Director Devorah Jakubowsky. Read more HERE.
In addition to information about the economic relief bill, the Texas Comptroller's office offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and possible waivers of penalties and interest, and a notice for contractors working in residential construction, TACCA seeks your help determining the answers and resources the Department of Labor can provide to employers on the FFCRA leave requirements. Read more HERE.
The March 25 update includes guidance for employers and employees from the Department of Labor on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave, IRS People First Initiative, and FAQs from Federated Insurance. Read more HERE.
The March 24 update includes information about the TDLR license waiver, clarification on essential businesses, what classification as an essential business means for you, and a registration link to a free online summit from Service Roundtable. Read more HERE.
The Federal Department of Homeland Security has published an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Service Provider (ESP) designation, and so far there is no Texas-specific ESP designation. Governor Greg Abbott has left decisions on shelter in place orders up to individual counties, and Dallas County referenced the federal ESP designation in its shelter in place order.
TACCA contacted the Department of Homeland Security Dallas office which verified that HVAC/R is considered "essential" as part of the construction workforce. Based on this and a conversation with the Governor's office, we are confident HVAC/R is considered essential in the State of Texas. TACCA members received additional information about this via emai Contact us for a letter verifying your status as an essential business. JOIN TODAY to get the most up-to-date information.
The March 23 update includes information on Essential Service Providers, Small Business Administration loans (and why you should wait on pending legislation before taking one out), and unemployment information for you and your employees. Read more HERE.
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and President Donald Trump signed it into law just a few hours later. The bill will go into effect on April 2,2020, and provides, among other things, free testing, paid leave and enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for people affected by COVID-19. Read more HERE.
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