• Hotels open during Shelter in Place

    Several Palo Alto hotels are open and providing accommodations to emergency service providers, medical personnel, stranded travelers and students, and local residents seeking a Shelter in Place option or dedicated workspace.

    Click on the hotel name and any other boldface text to be directed to the property's web page.

     

     Hyatt Centric Mountain View

    • Rooms for first responders and essential personnel, many of whom live outside the area, have been reduced to $99/night + tax.

    • Private workspace rooms are now available to those seeking a dedicated space outside their home environment. Rooms are $49/day + tax for up to 10 hours of use and include high speed internet.

    • Fairchilds Public House restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner carry-out for hotel guests and as a resource for area residents, particularly in the San Antonio Village development where it’s located.

     

    Homewood Suites by Hilton, Palo Alto

     

    Creekside Inn

    • Special rates and packages now start at $89 + tax  for government employees and essential personnel, ranging from individual rooms to complete kitchen-suites, in a peaceful creekside setting. Cancellation fees have been waived.

    • Creekside’s on-site Driftwood Deli & Market, just a short walk from Barron Park's residential neighborhoods, remains open with breakfast bars and sandwiches, lunch boxes, drinks and sundry items for hotel guests and locals alike.

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    Dinah’s Garden Hotel

    • Offering special rates and highlighting its lush landscape, koi ponds and lagoons, Dinah's is appealing to essential service providers and other guests who seek a restorative tropical garden setting while they shelter in place.

    • Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant is open for carry-out of fresh California cuisine to hotel guests and the general public.

     

    Sheraton Palo Alto

    • In response to COVID-19 concerns, a comprehensive health and safety policy announcement assures guests of the hotel’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment and describes specific cleaning protocols, special housekeeping and back-of-house practices now in place.

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    Hilton Garden Inn

    • As part of Hilton’s national campaign, the hotel is encouraging donations of Hilton Honors rewards points through several national partner organizations, enabling frontline medical professionals to enjoy free room nights while responding to the COVID-19 emergency. This appeals to guests' desire to do something positive to support America's healthcare professionals.

    • Enhanced rewards benefits and relaxed cancellation penalties are available to members of the loyalty program.

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  • New Law for Employers New Law for Employers

    FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)

    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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