A children’s Halloween concert in costume with Redwood Symphony!
A “space walk” for kids with music, a Sousa march with children conducting, and the audience and orchestra in costume create a magical afternoon for Redwood Symphony’s popular Halloween Family Concert on Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m., in the Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. The afternoon begins with the audience in full costume taking a Tour of the Orchestra to meet the musicians, learn about their instruments and ask questions. The family concert itself will feature some electronica, music by Zoltán Kodály, a John Philip Sousa march and even a bit of disco! “We will be doing excerpts from Mason Bates’ B-Sides, including the use of electronica to simulate a space walk and a disco,” Maestro Eric K said of the holiday event he has hosted for decades. “We’ll also have Aaron Copland’s rip-roaring El Salón México, based on Mexican folk themes.” The afternoon finishes with 10 young raffle winners from the audience leading the symphony in Sousa’s march Stars and Stripes Forever with their own batons while the audience joins in with glow sticks. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for children and $30 for adults at RedwoodSymphony.org. Adult tickets are $35 at the door. Buy early since this concert almost always sells out. Parking at Cañada College is ample and free.
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