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Nassau County and Town of Hempstead Unite to Expand Free PPE Program for Local Small Businesses

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin and Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation Chairman Richard Kessel announced today that the Town will be contributing an additional $2 million to support the Nassau County Executive’s initiative to provide small businesses and nonprofits with personal protective equipment (PPE) kits free of charge.

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Sep 24, 2020

PHCC National - 501(c)6 Provision in Play for Next COVID Relief Bill

With the introduction of the HEALS Act on July 27, the Republicans have presented a $1.5 trillion counter-offer to House Democrats’ $3 trillion HEROES Act.

Several PHCC policy priorities are part of a final package. Those priorities include:
- Extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through December 2020;
- Reversal of IRS guidance from April 30 prohibiting the deduction of any business expenses paid with PPP funds; and
- Inclusion of 501(c)6 organizations for participation in the PPP.

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Aug 6, 2020

BUDGET UPDATE/ July 20, 2020

Legislation adopted in connection with the Enacted Budget grants the Budget Director the authority to reduce aid-to-localities appropriations and disbursements by any amount needed to achieve a balanced budget, as estimated by the Division of the Budget (“DOB”). In addition, the Budget Director is authorized under section 1(f) of Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2020, to withhold all or some of specific local aid payments during FY 2021 if the budget is deemed unbalanced, and if the Budget Director deems, in his sole discretion, that such withholding is necessary to respond to the direct and indirect economic, financial, and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (the “Reduction Authority”).

Read MoreJul 20, 2020

COVID-19 Medical Leave Information from Hamond Safety Management

In March of this year, the New York Worker’ Compensation Board (WCB) determined that employers will be required to provide paid leave for workers who are obligated to care for a family member stricken by the COVID-19 virus.  This emergency ruling expired in June, but the board recently extended it to at least July 27.

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Jul 16, 2020

PHCC LI Virtual Food Drive

PHCC of Long Island has raised $1,400 for Island Harvest as they help those in need during this pandemic. Thank you to everyone who so graciously donated to our Virtual Food Drive!

Read MoreJun 23, 2020

PHCC President Jonathan Moyer, PHCC President-Elect Hunter Botto, Vice President Joel Long, and Executive Vice President Michael Copp give a special update to PHCC members.

Read MoreJun 12, 2020

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Legislation, Goes to President for Signature

By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs

On Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed legislation loosening restrictions for borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program. H.R.7010 is headed to the White House as of press time where the President is expected to sign the bill into law.

The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the CARES Act, which passed at the end of March when it was anticipated that the COVID pandemic would have subsided. The economy is not expected to fully recover as states slowly begin to reopen in phases.

Jun 4, 2020


The New York State Department of Health issued this advisory over the weekend which was not widely distributed. It does, however, revise the current standard for home isolation and will be important to all employers already opened or reopening under additional NY Forward Phased Re-opening.

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Phase Two now a ‘go’ for first five regions

Read MoreMay 29, 2020

Guidelines for Returning to Work - Hamond Safety Management

Hamond Safety Management has created some practical guidelines to prepare safety group members for returning to work.  This includes a section that discusses administrative and management strategies followed by one that outlines an action plan for the work environment that is designed to promote employee health and safety.  We hope that you will find this information useful as you move forward. Click here to download the template.

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Claims - Article from Hamond Safety Management

Here are some guidelines to follow should you encounter any questions or requests for claim filing. - CLICK HERE

May 29, 2020

Federated Insurance HR Question of the Month: Employee Temperature-taking Policy: When and How?

Question - What is the best way to implement an employee temperature-taking policy? Should it be required of everyone or should it be used only for employees who are returning to work after being sick, or other times? What type of thermometer is best? When, where and how should the temperature be taken? What are the actions an employer should take based on the resultant number?

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May 29, 2020

June Virtual Meeting

Join us at our first ever virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 4pm! Barbara DeMatteo, Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc. will be presenting on topics related to Getting Back to Work! All are welcome to attend! Click here for more information!

May 28, 2020

Legislation in House and Senate Provides PPP Flexibility

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced legislation to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses that have taken advantage of the SBA program to help keep their companies afloat and employees on the payroll in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PPP program is a $650 billion loan program for small businesses that was established within a very short timeframe and under the assumption that the economic shutdown that resulted in the wake of the pandemic would have subsided by now. However, as the pandemic continues and state governors expect to return to normal activity in several phases as opposed to more expeditious strategies, policymakers see it as necessary to modify the terms of the program in order to mitigate any negative impact resulting from the inactivity of small businesses that have taken advantage of it.

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May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update NYS

Two More Regions to Open: Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions look to be on track to open for phase one activity “sometime next week” according to Governor Cuomo; while not providing an exact date, he did say that he’s allowing construction staging to begin in both regions immediately in preparation for next week’s expected approval. Based on what we know, look at Wednesday, May 27 as a target date for Long Island; Mid-Hudson might be a slight bit later than that. Nothing is official; we just want to make sure you’re prepared.

Read MoreMay 26, 2020

CDC - COVID-19 Daily Life Coping and Managing Stress

Read MoreMay 21, 2020

House Democrats Release Phase 4 Proposal Worth $3 Trillion

By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs, PHCC National Association

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced “Phase 4” legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, is a $3 trillion comprehensive spending package. The proposal includes $1 trillion in emergency relief for states to combat the outbreak, $200 billion in assistance for essential workers, and an additional round of relief payments to qualified individuals and couples.

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May 19, 2020

Phase One Regional Reopening Update from NYS PHCC Lobbyist

Read MoreMay 18, 2020

Having trouble with the rehire of employees who are currently on unemployment?

Here is the language in the DOL directive:

a. Determining entitlement to FPUC.

i. States will calculate the weekly benefit amount, for the programs outlined above.

ii. If the individual is eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of underlying benefits for the claimed week, the claimant will receive the full $600 FPUC.

Read MoreMay 15, 2020

PHCC is Here for You!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island, I hope that you and your family are staying well during these difficult and uncertain times. Long Island has been hit hard and we know that members have been affected professionally and personally.

Read MoreMay 11, 2020

Governor Cuomo's Guidelines for Re-Opening and a Map of the Regional Breakdown

Read MoreMay 11, 2020

The post-pandemic workplace will hardly look like the one we left behind

Contact-tracing apps for co-workers, elevator ‘safe zones,’ infrared body temperature scanners — businesses are beginning to reimagine office spaces after the coronavirus.

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May 8, 2020

Business Protection: Disaster Planning, Response, Recovery

PHCC Corporate Partner Federated Insurance is hosting a FREE webinar tomorrow at 2PM EST. The "Business Protection: Disaster Planning, Response, Recovery" webinar will help businesses minimize disruption and recover more efficiently. Register now -

Read MoreMay 4, 2020

A Unique Opportunity for Members from Federated Insurance

In this time of uncertainty, families and businesses want to ensure that their financial affairs are in order. As a longstanding partner of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Federated Mutual Insurance Company is extending a unique opportunity to all association members: a complimentary review of business succession and estate plans by a member of their independent attorney network*. Whether you have a plan that is outdated, or no plan at all, a review via video conference with one of these attorneys can help provide you peace of mind.

Read MoreApr 28, 2020

Federated Insurance - Employee Returning From Trip - Precautions in Light of COVID-19?

Question- We have crews that ride together in vehicles and perform work outside. We have explained to employees that work is optional during this time and we have encouraged employees to stay home if they feel sick or are concerned about exposure. We have an employee who is returning from a trip to Puerto Rico. She is planning on returning and the crew she is assigned to is afraid of exposure. Can we require that she doesn't come in or turn in a doctor's note before return? How can we protect other employees?

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Apr 28, 2020

A Good Time to Think About Business Development Strategies

In 2020, plumbers have become more essential than ever before. At the core, a plumber’s responsibility is to protect the health of their community through safe plumbing services — even through challenging times like a pandemic.

And behind every essential, successful plumber is a solid business built on skill, professionalism and exceptional customer service. Whether you’ve recently seen an uptick in work or you’re experiencing more downtime than usual, it’s important not to lose sight of the importance of building your business. In fact, now is the perfect time to concentrate on your company and find ways to improve it. 

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Apr 28, 2020

Why Plumbers Must Adapt to the Digital Landscape

Growing a business in 2020 is vastly different from doing so even only 10 years ago. This is true for just about every industry out there, plumbing included.

Simply put, as customers have started looking in new places for service providers, a strong digital image has become a prerequisite for any business. Your audience is requiring a different experience to truly get sold. An old saying continues to hold true: Adapt or get left behind.

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Apr 28, 2020

Free COVID-19 Business Training for Contractors

During these unsettling times, it’s critically important to set yourself apart from the “typical contractor” in the minds of homeowners. Being proactive and working hard with innovative sales and service strategies will help make you the “go-to” contractor long after these difficult times are over.

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Apr 28, 2020

How to Help Your Employees Cope with the Stress of COVID-19

Construction is a people business built on healthy relationships and partnerships. Human capital risk management holds that employees are the primary asset of companies. Companies that truly care for workers yield a sustainable competitive advantage from building a caring culture.

A crisis is the best time to reinforce these beliefs. It is said that actions speaker louder than words. Winston Churchill said, “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” And so it is with the complexities and uncertainty of COVID-19. The intense simplicity emerging in the COVID-19 crisis is the essential need to maintain regular communication from company leaders promoting the mental well-being of the workforce. Click here to continue reading. 

Apr 27, 2020

Covid-19 Small Business Loans (PPP and EIDL) NFIB Research Center

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are the two primary loan programs available to negatively impacted small business owners in need of financial assistance. Currently, both programs are closed to new applicants. Many applicants who have submitted their application are still waiting to hear if their loan is far enough through the process to receive financing or if it has been suspended due to lack of program funds. However, additional funding may become available making current suspensions only temporary. Click here for more information. 

Apr 27, 2020

Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Click here for the guidelines. 

Apr 27, 2020

Congress Agrees to $500 billion supplement to CARES Act

Congressional leaders agreed to a deal to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. If the Senate approves the legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives could pass the bill before the end of the week and have it ready for the President's signature.

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Executive Order 202.19 Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency

Read MoreApr 21, 2020

Call to Action! Tell Congress: Replenish the Paycheck Protection Program

Two weeks ago, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law, providing $350 billion in emergency funding desperately needed by small businesses to keep their doors open and maintain their payrolls. Today, those funds have been completely exhausted. Small businesses will not be able to apply for loans from their banks under the paycheck protection program (PPP) until Congress passes supplemental legislation expected to provide an additional $250 billion. Congress needs to act NOW so there is no delay in getting access to much-needed liquidity to help small businesses weather this storm.

Read MoreApr 21, 2020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts Your Business - Recording of Webinar Included!

Join PHCC National Association live this Thurs., April 16 at 2 PM EST with U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Association, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Safe Plumbing, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and Mechanical Contractors Association of America for a live presentation on the various federal resources available for businesses impacted by #COVID19!

Read MoreApr 17, 2020

PHCC National: PPE Sources

We know you’re concerned about finding the proper Personal Protective Equipment during COVID-19, including face masks. Here are some sources we’ve identified:

Read MoreApr 17, 2020

Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Read MoreApr 15, 2020

Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy

Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each State. Council Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States' Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Virus. New Effort Builds on the States' Ongoing Regional Approach to Combating COVID-19. Click here to read more,

Apr 14, 2020

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Directing Employers to Provide Masks to Employees Who Interact with The Public

Governor Cuomo will be issuing an Executive Order requiring all essential business employers to provide masks to employees who interact with the public. Click here for the press release.

Apr 13, 2020

Executive Order 202.14 Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws

The Governor today signed an Executive Order allowing the state to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment to hospitals with the highest need. The Executive Order also extends all NYS on Pause functions for an additional two weeks until April 29th and allows medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practicing immediately to help with the state's surge health care force.

Read MoreApr 8, 2020

Updated ESD Guidance for Determining Whether A Business Enterprise Is Subject To A Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders


Read MoreApr 8, 2020

The Construction Industry: Managing the Coronavirus Crisis (Hamond Safety Management)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will affect the construction industry by adding many more challenges and increasing the level of uncertainty in an industry that already must deal with challenges and uncertainty every business day.

So many questions, and too few answers, are available for contractors to help them make decisions that will influence their company’s ability to navigate through the upcoming weeks, months, or possibly even longer.  New York State has been hit so hard by the outbreak.

Read MoreApr 7, 2020

"You Are Not Alone" - A Special Message from PHCC President Jonathan Moyer and President-elect Hunter Botto

Apr 6, 2020

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Would workers’ compensation insurance cover exposure claims for NYSPHCC employees?
No, not at this time.
Specifically, for COVID-19, the nature of the work will determine whether not a claim with be compensable via workers’ compensation insurance. Nurses, for example, work with sick people as part of their normal job duties. If the nurse were to contract COVID-19 as a result of working with someone sick from COVID-19 then they could file for workers’ compensation.

Read MoreApr 3, 2020

PHCC Legislative Affairs COVID-19 Special Update

Below you will find links to a COVID-19 PowerPoint presentation from Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs for PHCC National. As well as a FFCRA Paid Leave provisions flow chart.


Apr 2, 2020

Online Training Courses:

Click here for classes being offered by our Associate Members.

PHCC LI Members Group:

Join the PHCC LI Members Group on Facebook!

A Members Group was created on Facebook, so that members can share their experiences as they cope with this pandemic, ask questions, stay connected and more!

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PHCC National Video Resources:

PHCC Legislative Update: COVID Relief Package

PHCC Update: The Flexibility Act

COVID-19 Update: Phase 4 Details

COVID-19 Update: Phased Economic Reopening

PHCC COVID 19 Webinar Series: "Cash and Cash Flow Budgeting in Times of Crisis" with Ruth King

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