RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
During this unprecedented time, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce remains a support and advocate for a healthy and robust business climate.
As we face this unprecedented experience together, please note the following reliable resources that will help keep you, your business, your co-workers and your family informed. Bookmark our website and check back regularly for updates about the health crisis and resources specific to the business community.
Stay safe, stay well, stay positive, and we'll all get through this together!
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
Recommended Live and On-Demand Video Conferences for Businesses
Access a library of free webinars explaining various relief packages, application how-to's and downloadable forms
Resources Available to California Small Businesses and Nonprofits May 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Click here to register.
- For a list of upcoming Live Webinars on a variety of subjects, click here.
- Reopening Your Business: Things You May Not Have Considered
- COVID-19 Stimulus Package: What's in the new law for small businesses
- Zero percent interest, low-interest and disaster loans for California Small Business Owners
- To view a large selection of previously recorded webinars, click here.
- What Commercial Landlords and Tenants Need to Know About Bankruptcy and Financial Distress Arising from Coronavirus - Click here to view.
- Help,Corona Ate My Contract! How to Analyze Pre-existing Contract Obligations in a Pandemic. Click here to view.
- Coronavirus and Your Workplace Click here to view.
- Alphabet Soup of Leave Laws in a COVID-19 World. Click here to view.
- Managing Employee Headcount and Payroll Decisions in Light of COVID-19 and the CARES Act. Click here to view.
Comcast Business has launched a new webinar series aimed at helping businesses, of all sizes and across all industries, navigate the current environment, including strategies on how to rethink their short- and long-term goals and leverage technology to remain productive and nimble with their operations. Topics have included:
- Keeping Cybercriminals at Bay – and Protecting Your Business
- Steering Your Brand Through Crisis
- Click here for more information and on Comcast's no-obligation sessions.
As part of its "Grow With Google" initiative, Google offers free livestream sessions for small businesses and nonprofits, many of which address COVID-19-related topics. Note: all will feature Google-provided solutions. Click here to learn more.
New Law for Employers
The full text of the FFCRA can be found here.
The FFCRA is a new federal law that requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two new paid leave benefits for eligible employees affected by the COVID-19 virus in 2020. This applies only to those employees (not already laid off) who are home sick. The leave requirements generally provide paid sick time or paid leave under certain circumstances (as described more fully in the notice poster, link #4, below). The FFCRA also provides tax credits that may help employers provide the paid leave benefits.
The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave, taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep workers (who are home sick with COVID-19 related illness and therefore unable to work, even remotely) on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. The Departmnt's Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.
If an employer has fewer than 50 employees and providing the paid leave benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern, the small business exemption may apply. Employers who believe they qualify for the exemption should document why the business meets the exemption criteria unless and until the Department of Labor issues additional guidance on claiming the exemption.
Effective April 1, 2020, employers are required to properly notify their employees of the new FFCRA leave benefits and implement the requirements.
Below are links to important resources that contain compliant employee notices, guidance, and recommendations for employers subject to the FFCRA.
- Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace
- Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights (in English)
- Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employer Paid Leave Requirements (in English)
- Compliant FFCRA notice poster for private-sector employees (in English)
- Department of Labor FAQ for the FFCRA employee notice poster
courtesy of Montgomery & Hansen, LLP