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April 14, 2020
From the NGA
Contracts 101 for Glaziers Amid COVID-19 and Worksite Closures
In this time of COVID-19 and worksite closures, it is more important than ever for glazing contractors to understand contractual obligations. This resource provides the questions contractors need to ask. 

Do Your Employees Qualify for Paid Leave Due to COVID-19? 
Phones are ringing at glass companies across the country with employees asking if they need to come in to work or not, and how it will affect their paycheck. And while the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires companies to pay sick leave, there are specific rules that apply. To help your employees determine when they qualify for paid leave, the NGA has developed a fact sheet that you can distribute to your workforce. 
The COVID-19 crisis has required many businesses to move at least some operations remotely. While construction field work cannot be completed remotely, state stay-at-home orders have mandated that companies change how they do business for the time being. Now is the time to set up an IT infrastructure that will allow you to communicate, collaborate and continue doing business.
March data paints a grim picture that caused several industry economists to declare the U.S. is in a recession. “We are in recession, full-stop, no question about it,” says Richard Branch, chief economist, Dodge Data & Analytics.

Industry News
Vitro to Shut Down Float Line for Automotive Glass
NGA Announces April 22 Webinar, 'All about SBA Loans'
Associated General Contractors Stages National Safety Stand Down
American Institute of Architects Creates Database of COVID-19 Building Projects
COVID-19 #NGAalerts
Business News
EFCO Promotes Marc Donahue to Vice President of Sales
SageGlass Employees Return to Work
Executive Committee Shifts at dormakaba
Product Spotlight
Fireframes® Curtainwall Series
The north side of the Audi Dealership of Birmingham building required fire-rated lot-line protection. The challenge was to blend the desired fire-rated glazing system with the sleek aesthetic of the non-rated system. The design team found their solution with a 2-hour fire-rated exterior Fireframes® Curtainwall Series system from Technical Glass Products. Its slender profiles and clear fire-rated glazing blend well with the adjacent non-rated curtain wall, while its strength allows for 21-foot free spans.
Invest During Difficult Times
By Chris Kammer
During this recent 10-year bull market, many industries were so busy keeping up with growing demand, they lacked the bandwidth to think beyond the present. Now, most companies find themselves in uncharted territory looking for ways to jumpstart business and navigate a new landscape at a time of great uncertainty.  
From the Fabricator: Strategic Planning
By Max Perilstein
We all have to be mindful of what is going on now, but if we are not constantly in motion with plans for the future we are missing out. Eventually things are going to break here―do you want to be chasing that curve or on top of it? 
News Analysis
Glass Industry COVID-19 News: What We're Watching
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a seismic shift in the way glass and glazing industry companies do business. The crisis has created sudden financial uncertainties, worker safety challenges, questions over how to continue operations and more.  
Glass Magazine has been tracking the rapidly changing situation and posting numerous updates from across the industry to help companies navigate business during the pandemic. Here is a quick look at the news we’re watching.  

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