Business Referral Network (BRN)
Business Referral Networks (BRN) represents a broad-based coalition of businesses throughout the Palo Alto area. The BRN Mission is to enhance our businesses by building strong relationships through weekly communication and the exchange of leads, referrals, and contact information.
Members of BRN assemble in forums comprised of a variety of business professionals representing various industries. Through exchange of information collective efforts are focused on creating business opportunities. This is accomplished by referring business among the members.
The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for BRN. All members of BRN must be members of the Chamber. BRN provides a forum for cohesive and dynamic interaction among business professionals focused on networking opportunities that result in prospective customers for your business.
For more information on joining the group please contact the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce at (650) 324-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we do limit ourselves to one member per industry, the Chamber has a waiting list to form additional groups. Meet the BRN Tuesday Morning Members.
BRN_Palo Alto Chamber Business Connections Group
Palo Alto Chamber Business Connections Group believes in helping business professionals & entrepreneurs grow their Referral Network through our networking community that provides excellence in shared business resources, marketing insights and inspiring leadership opportunities.
We help business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs grow their business through our referral networking community while providing useful business resources and leadership opportunities.
Only one person from each profession specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BRN, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.
Palo Alto Chamber Business Connections Group meets every Tuesday at 12pm. Please contact William Dawood @ 650.681.7378 or email WilliamSellsRealEstate@gmail.com for membership opportunities.
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