Cafe Sci: Sleep for Performance, Resiliency and Health With Scott Kutscher, MD.
Due to public health restrictions in light of COVID-19, Café Sci is going virtual for the foreseeable future. Sleep affects us all in a variety of ways — some obvious, some subtle. There has been an increasing awareness of the importance of sleep in recent years, but despite new technologies to measure and understand it, quality sleep remains an elusive target, even for those who study it closely. In this online talk, Dr. Scott Kutscher will review the impact of sleep on health and well-being in different areas — from large populations to the elite performance of professional athletes — and how we can apply this to our own lives. Dr. Kutscher is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he has worked in the division of Sleep Medicine, under the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, since 2016. He is board-certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine and, since 2011, his career has focused on the relationship between sleep and human performance, with a particular focus on athletes. Dr. Kutscher conducts clinical research on the impact of fatigue on performance and concussions, works regularly with amateur and professional athletes to improve their sleep and creates educational content to support professionals in health care and other industries to promote healthy sleep. This presentation will be available on SBC’s YouTube channel at a later date. Check out some of our past Café Sci presenters on our YouTube page here: youtube.com/user/stanfordbloodcenter.
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