Andy Martone featured in ICI’s Pension Fund Week

Indiana Contractors, Inc. is hosting a week of interviews with pension fund experts. In the first video of the series, Andy Martone, president and CEO of HesseMartone, and George Sheraw, Director of Labor Relations at ICI, discuss the situation surrounding the Central States Pension Fund and contractor withdrawal liabilities.

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HesseMartone congratulates SIBA on its 75th Anniversary!

The Illinois Preferential Hiring Law is in Effect

by Andy Martone

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has confirmed that the Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act is now in effect as a result of the excessive unemployment rate in Illinois caused by the pandemic, the related Stay at Home Orders and the resulting business closures.

The Act requires the workforce on all public works projects to be comprised of a minimum of 90 percent of Illinois workers.

The law covers public works projects that are funded in whole or in part with state funds or funds administered by the state of Illinois. Any public works project financed in whole or in part by federal funds administered by the state of Illinois is also covered to the extent permitted by applicable federal law or regulation.

The consequences of violating the Act can be severe, and include substantial penalties per worker, per day – starting at $1,000 and going up to $15,000 for multiple repeat violations – and also allow for the filing of private lawsuits.

EEOC updates Covid-19 Guidelines

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has again updated its pandemic guidance to address employment and disability-related issues as they arise in the midst of this pandemic.

A link to this most recent update is found here.

For the most part, the EEOC has used common sense to adapt current law to the Covid-19 – however, there are certain twists and turns that may not be readily apparent.

The best advice for employers under these circumstances is to have patience, use common sense, and to consult with an appropriate professional prior to taking a potentially questionable adverse employment action.

The Collective Thread Responds to Coronavirus

The Collective Thread is a non-profit that trains immigrants and refugees to sew. They graduate skilled stitchers to fulfill the sewing workforce issue for local companies as well as hire graduates to work in their small batch facility.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the non-profit has shifted their textile production to exclusively make masks and hospital gowns. 2,000 masks had been produced for the St. Louis Community as of April 1st. Their cost is $5 per mast, and thousands of requests remain in our region.

They are giving items to hospitals and the VA free of charge. With no income from texle orders, they are keeping their staff on payroll, relying exclusively on donations.

HesseMartone has donated to The Collective Thread and invites you to join. Donations are urgently needed to keep their efforts going.

Visit their website to support.

Employer Guidance from the CDC

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Challenges to the DOL’s interpretation of the FFCRA

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Guidelines for the Missouri Order

Download the PDF below to read the full guidelines, which are referenced in the Missouri Stay At Home Order.

The Missouri Stay At Home Order

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Regulations issued by The U.S. Department of Labor

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