The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) will present the 6th annual Children’s Champions event, Saturday, May 18th from Noon to 2 p.m. at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. VIP festivities begin at 11 a.m. to Noon. The family-friendly fundraising event benefits at-risk children in the Bay Area and offers a day of fun, family entertainment and activities. “The kids who attend Children’s Champions will be treated to an afternoon of fun experiences the entire family can enjoy and one we hope they’ll always remember. Our mission at WWFC is to create moments of wonder that spark a lifetime of possibility,” said Amy Wender-Hoch founder of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children, celebrating its 25th anniversary of service in the Bay Area. Other elements of Children’s Champions include healthy food, sport-specific stations run by Stanford sports teams including men and women’s basketball, wrestling, and golf, a San Jose Earthquakes soccer station, plus arts and crafts, face-painting, balloons, and the opportunity to take photos with professional team athletes and mascots. “Ticket and sponsorship sales from Children’s Champions make it possible for hundreds of underserved youth from throughout the Peninsula to enjoy the experience. This year, WWFC plans to sponsor 500 kids and families from East Palo Alto,” said Wender-Hoch. Event chairs for Children’s Champions are Stephanie and Peter Oshman and Joanne Pasternack and Robert Bardin. Proceeds generated from Children’s Champions will to continue to fund a music therapy program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and support underserved youth in East Palo Alto. To sponsor a child or attend Children’s Champions, please visit wenderweis.org.
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