Job Resources & Career Opportunities
NOVA Internship to Employment Program — NOVA has experienced interns available for short-term tech-related projects. These internships provide businesses with a low-cost way to meet an immediate workforce need while offering mid-career professionals the chance to gain additional skills and experience. Please see this flyer for more details and NOVA contact information.
NOVA: Workforce Development. Serving Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties.
Score offers free mentoring, workshops and seminars along with many resources such as templates, resources, tools and links to government and business sites necessary for your business. Mentoring sessions are offered at the Palo Alto Chamber office by appointment only. Interested participants should contact SCORE directly to schedule an appointment in advance. You can reach the Silicon Valley SCORE office at 408-453-6237. Learn more about SCORE at www.svscore.org.
Job Train: Job Training That Works
Phase 2 Careers: Preparing and empowering the "Over 40" worker for career opportunities in the new economy
Abilities United: Job placement for people with developmental and physical disabilities in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Downtown Streets Team: Ending homelessness through the dignity of work.
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