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Leaders unite to keep construction going

Several states have shut down most commercial activity during the coronavirus pandemic but have exempted construction, and leaders in the industry want it to stay that way. Construction work is “vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain …

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Restaurant chefs provide meals for health care workers

Roberta’s in New York City and The Matador in Seattle are among the restaurants delivering free meals to hospitals for health care workers, and others have added hospital donation options to their delivery menus. Read the Eater story here

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Walmart adds 25K in first week of hiring push

A compressed hiring process—which now takes several hours instead of the normal two weeks—has helped Walmart add 25,000 more workers to deal with surging demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Many of the newcomers are college students and workers laid …

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Commercial service providers gearing up for surge in repair work

With businesses in the United States facing major economic challenges for some time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, owners and managers of the more than 6 million commercial buildings across the country are expected to delay planned renovations …

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Restaurant chains announce plans to help franchisees

Major restaurant franchisers including Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Qdoba and Chick-fil-A have been announcing plans to help their franchisees cope amid the coronavirus pandemic. Financial help will include royalty reductions and deferrals, rent deferrals and suspension of required payments toward remodels …

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Starbucks plans additional pay for employees who work

Starbucks employees who report to work during the coronavirus outbreak will receive additional pay of $3 per hour through April 19, the company said. Starbucks has already committed to paying catastrophe pay to all staffers over the next month. Read …

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Best Buy to offer curbside service, home delivery only

Best Buy stores switched to curbside service as demand for work-at-home equipment and appliances continued to grow. Customers still have the options of online ordering and home delivery, but installation services have been put on hold. Read the CNBC story …

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Report: Amazon makes offer on 4 Fairway stores

Amazon has reportedly made bids on two New Jersey and two New York sites formerly occupied by Fairway Market, which is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Although Amazon declined comment, the reports say the company would likely win the …

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Coalition suggests changes to coronavirus reporting rules

AGC and other members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition have written a letter to OSHA suggesting the agency change its stance on coronavirus reporting to treat the virus like the common cold or the flu, and consider cases an …

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Walmart, Target put millions toward front-line workers

Walmart and Target have announced big-dollar packages aimed at rewarding and thanking employees who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Walmart created a $550 million package that includes cash bonuses for hourly workers and Target is …

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