Veteran's Day: A History of Music in the US Military
This Veteran's Day keynote lecture offers a unique, poignant, historical perspective on the United States military, from the American Revolution until the present day. Listen to well-known and not-so-familiar tunes, with paintings, photos and video of soldiers and military transport, accompanied by music from the depicted time periods. Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post is the director of Sonic Forest, a multi-instrumental ensemble that, since 2009, has performed about 25 concerts, lectures and workshops per year for senior citizen audiences. In 2015, an activity director asked Brenda to create a show specifically for Veteran's Day. Surprised at being invited to present something that was not in her sphere of immediate knowledge, she inquired as to "why me?" The activity director replied, "Because of all the musicians I have met over the years, you're the only one who I know could actually do it." Brenda took up the challenge. 'Honoring Veterans' has been met with rave reviews ever since. Brenda is also the winner of the 2003 Star Trek Idol Talent Search and is the first musician ever to witness the harvesting of the wood from which woodwind musical instruments are made. Her CDs are declared as 'groundbreaking'. Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma and the East Bay. Need a ride? The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at email@example.com or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
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