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    Experience California at The Westin Palo Alto, adjacent to Stanford University, and within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Relax in one of our five Mediterranean style courtyards, and enjoy our boutique hotel atmosphere, only a short drive from San Francisco.

    We have everything you need to help reinvigorate your senses after a long day of work or play. Our outdoor heated pool is perfect to help you cool off, and our WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio will refresh your mind, body, and soul. Afterwards, enjoy your favorite cocktail in the Luna Lounge or sample delicious Californian cuisine at the upscale Restaurant Soleil.

    Take your next meeting or conference to new heights of productivity by utilizing the wireless High Speed Internet Access in all of our meeting rooms. The on-site Business Center also offers a variety of additional services. Our meetings expert can help you plan your next conference or meeting with just one call.

    Each of our 184 guest rooms is decorated with casual Californian elegance and offers views of our lushly landscaped courtyards. Guests will experience the height of relaxation with our signature Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath. Revitalize in the morning with our in-room coffee maker with complimentary Starbucks® Coffee.

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    Westin Palo Alto Guestroom
    Fireplace Suite
    Meeting Room
    Westin Palo Alto Exterior
    Courtyard of the Moon and Stars
    Boardroom
    Restaurant Soliel
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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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