• Board of Directors

    Adrian Fine
    CEO Advisory Committee Adrian Fine
    Matt Dolan
    Chair of the Board Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto, General Manager
    Matt has been a General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton since 2007 and helped develop and open the Homewood Suites in Palo Alto, Hilton's upsc...
    Shweta Bhatnagar
    Director Stanford University, Associate Director, Community Relations
    Shweta Bhatnagar is the Associate Director of Community Relations at Stanford University where she serves as a primary contact and liaison between ...
    Nikki James
    Director Opes Advisors: Nikki James
    Nikki James is a Personal Finance Advisor and Mortgage Advisor with Opes Advisors in Palo Alto. She has over 25 years of experience in Real Estate ...
    William Huston
    Palo Alto Foundation Board Treasurer Bay Street Capital Holdings, Founder
    Galatians 2:20 https://www.baystreetcapitalholdings.com/bio/william-huston
    Charlie Weidanz
    President & CEO Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
    Charlie joined the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce as CEO in July 2019, having served previously on the Chamber Board of Directors, including as the ...
    Jon Goldman
    Vice-Chair; Chair of the Government Action /CEO Advisory Committee Premier Properties, Co-president, Owner
    Jon is Co-President and Owner of Premier Property Management, the leading developer, property manager and broker of commercial property in downtown...
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  • 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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