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CISCA prides itself on being the premier authority for the specialty, acoustical ceiling and wall construction industry by cultivating growth and providing support for association members and industry professionals.

Since CISCA couldn’t announce the award winners in Vegas this year, it is bringing the winners to you all month long. Watch for daily emails, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the winners of the 2020 Construction Excellence Awards in their respective categories.
As news of the coronavirus impact continues to unfold, this page will serve as a way to track projects or cities that have halted construction due to the pandemic.
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The U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020.
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Construction spending in February increased 6.0 percent from February 2019, with year-over-year gains in both residential and nonresidential outlays, according to a new analysis of federal data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that their latest survey shows conditions for contractors have deteriorated rapidly since February. They called on Congress to urgently pass targeted recovery measures to boost infrastructure funding, compensate firms for lost or delayed federally funded work, and provide needed pension relief.
Across the United States, communities are working diligently to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. From healthcare to food distribution and other essential services, all industries are assessing ways to keep their workforce healthy and safe while meeting the needs of our nation during this time of crisis.
Large swathes of the U.S. population are under unprecedented shelter-in-place orders, which exempt only “essential” or “life-sustaining” workers. Some jurisdictions define construction as an essential activity, at least for now. In other jurisdictions construction activity is stopped unless it’s related to healthcare or another specific critical sector. With no choice to discontinue construction, many industry decision-makers are questioning when they might consider declaring force majeure.
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OWA USA believes that health is our greatest asset – we are more aware of this today than ever. Care and treatment of sick people require top performance every day. Especially in the healthcare sector, hygiene measurements preventing the spread of pathogens are critically important. As a result, OWA delivers ceilings suitable for the demanding conditions of everyday medical life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted OSHA to postpone the seventh annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event – initially slated for May 4-8 – is expected to be rescheduled for this summer, the agency states in a March 27 press release.
Telecommuting is on the rise as the country copes with COVID-19. Mandatory telecommuting may lower the risk of community spread, but it also presents new challenges for managing employees. Here are five tips employers should consider as they adjust to their new virtual workplaces.
In light of emerging data on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released interim environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations for community facilities with suspected or confirmed cases of the potentially deadly respiratory illness.
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Immediate availability of a free COVID-19 Emergency Response Toolkit, free online consultation and free online training
As the ramifications of COVID-19 disrupt business operations worldwide at a scale that is massive and ever changing, eSUB, the leading provider of field to office collaboration for the trades, released the COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Toolkit. Designed for trade contractors to download and implement into their own teams, the COVID-19 Toolkit is a replication of what was deployed successfully at eSUB to guide operations through daily policy and protocol updates, and transition teams to implementing communication tools enabling remote work options.

CISCA members with their industry partners will identify, communicate and nurture industry specific trends, diversity and growth for the interior specialty, acoustical products and wall construction industry.




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