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March 25, 2020
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What are your obligations for paid and unpaid leave?

The first in an eight-part webinar series of "Navigating the Outbreak" by the Associated General Contractors addressed what employers' obligations are for paid and unpaid leave per the new Families First Coronavirus Reponse Act. Three major parts of the act include emergency FMLA expansion, emergency pay sick leave and tax credits available to employers who pay for those. Read More

Initial Outlook: Economic Impacts of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing with it global uncertainty, fueled by unknowns as to long-term impacts, duration and economic implications. According to economists, companies and individuals should brace for an adverse economic impact regardless of the coronavirus’ trajectory, but policy and protective measures will impact the duration of a recession. Read More
4 Things Subcontractors Can Do Today, Amid COVID-19 Disruptions
In a March 19 webinar from the American Subcontractors Association, Brian Wood, partner with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, offered tips for subcontractors as they navigate construction market disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Wood took an in-depth look at the contract and legal considerations for subcontractors as they face potential challenges, from project delays to materials cost escalations to health and safety concerns. Read More
COVID-19 Updates
#NGAalerts: Let Your State Leaders Know Construction is an Essential Service
OSHA Issues Guidance for Employers Recording Workplace Exposure to COVID-19
President Trump Signs COVID-19 Legislation
New Home Sales Data Shows Housing on Strong Footing Prior to COVID-19 Concerns
Updates from Companies
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Wrights Impact Windows & Door Moves Headquarters
Quanex Hires Vice President of Human Resources
FeneTech Cancels Users Conferences in June
The Talk

By Emily Thompson

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., businesses—including those in the fenestration industry—have been tasked with changing the way they operate to ensure safety and health of employees and customers. Window + Door is dedicated to covering the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects our industry. 

In order to help you manage the constant flurry of news and insights on the topic, we created a hub for all coronavirus-related articles and news briefs relevant to our industry organized by the type of information you’re looking for. In the links from that hub, you’ll find all information we’ve received from companies on one page, all event news on another, and original reporting and insights from Window + Door on a third page. 

Magazine staff, along with the entire staff at our parent company, the National Glass Association, is attending a variety of webinars, listening to podcasts, talking to industry companies and staying on top of the latest legislation and recommendations from the CDC. We’re finding the most relevant information to our industry, breaking it down, and developing content that breaks through the noise and gets down to what the fenestration industry needs. 

In addition to the articles on our website, NGA is developing and has published a number of downloadable resources on its website to help companies navigate this unprecedented situation. As we add to these resources, we want to know what you need. The NGA asks you to share how your companies are dealing with the current situation, what questions you have and what resources you need. Please take our industry needs survey and/or reach out directly to me or Laurie Cowin. We’re in this together. 






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