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Husch Blackwell Forms COVID-19 Response Team

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 27, 2020 – Legal Advisors Husch Blackwell launched a COVID-19 response team providing insight to businesses as they address challenges related to the coronavirus outbreak. Drawn together from numerous legal disciplines, practices and industries, its attorneys will produce regular content and develop programming to assist clients and other interested parties across multiple areas of operations. New offerings will be added on a rolling basis. State-by-state guidance can be found here. Should you have specific needs, message their dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Urge Your Governor to Classify the Aggregates Industry as Essential

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 26, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is urging NSSGA members and all aggregates producers to contact local, state and federal leaders to let them know that the aggregate and construction industries must be designated as essential industries to ensure vital public works projects continue; materials can reach those who need them most; and vertical structures can be built to help those most impacted by COVID-19.

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ

RR032520 familiesMarch 25, 2020 – On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19. According to an article by Ogletree Deakins, among other fiscal packages, the act does three things: (1) expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) temporarily (until the end of December 2020) to cover leave needed for the care of children out of school because of COVID-19 and also makes weeks 3 through 12 of its effective period paid leave; (2) creates two weeks of paid sick leave for childcare and other leave related to the coronavirus; and (3) provides for tax credits related to the paid leave provisions created by the act. The FMLA amendments and the new federal sick leave were created in separate and distinct sections. In many respects, they will operate independently, but they were also clearly meant to align with one another, as they have many commonalities.

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MDU Resources Recognized for Gender Diversity

RR032420 MDUlogoMDU Resources Group Inc. has again been named a Winning "W" Company by 2020 Women on Boards for having at least 20% of its corporate board comprised of women. MDU Resources' board is made up of 10 directors. Three women, Karen B. Fagg, Patricia L. Moss and Chenxi Wang, served on the board in 2019. Winning "W" companies are cited in the 2020 Women on Boards annual "Gender Diversity Index," which tracks the number of corporate board seats held by women among companies listed on the Russell 3000 Index. In 2019, the campaign achieved its original 20% campaign goal, with women corporate directors making up a record 20.4% of all board seats nationally on the index. "Diversity is critical to MDU Resources' success across all ranks of our employees and leadership," said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. "We value diverse perspectives and equality in all areas of our company."

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Need for Respiratory Protection

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 23, 2020 – The construction, aggregates and mining industries know a little something about respiratory protection. Masks are a normal part of our PPE. But due to the coronavirus, masks for the medical profession are in short supply. The state of Virginia is using what PPE supplies it can get from the federal stockpile. The Virginia Emergency Support Team is also tracking down alternative providers. They are in contact with suppliers who make masks used in mining and quarry operations. Those are the same grade as medical masks that can prevent those already infected from spreading the virus further. If you have a supply of masks at your operation, you might be able to help your local medical establishment. 

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