• Board of Directors

    Jon Goldman
    Board Chair; Govt. Action Comm./CEO Advisory Comm. Premier Properties, Co-president, Owner
    Charlie Weidanz
    President & CEO Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
    Shweta Bhatnagar
    Board Co-Vice Chair; Govt. Action Comm. Stanford University, Associate Director, Community Relations
    Luke Farley
    Board Co-Vice Chair Heritage Bank of Commerce, SVP/Market Mgr
    William Huston
    Board Treasurer; Foundation Treasurer Bay Street Capital Holdings, Founder
    Sydnee Journal
    Board Secretary Sydnee Journel
    Matt Dolan
    Past Board Chair; Hospitality Advisory Comm. Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto, General Manager
    Cecilia Aviles
    Director Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health, Chief Operating Officer
    Adrian Fine
    CEO Advisory Committee Adrian Fine
    Christina Hood
    Leadership Palo Alto Liaison Christina Hood | Bright Homes Real Estate at KW, Associate Broker
    Nikki James
    Director Opes Advisors: Nikki James
    Lee Pfab
    Non-Profit Liaison Palo Alto Community Child Care, Executive Director
  • New Law for Employers 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.

    1. Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace
    2. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights (in English)
    3. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employer Paid Leave Requirements (in English)
    4. Compliant FFCRA notice poster for private-sector employees (in English)
    5. Department of Labor FAQ for the FFCRA employee notice poster

    courtesy of Montgomery & Hansen, LLP

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