• Youth Community Service


    Community & Human ServicesNonprofit Agencies

    About Us

    YCS is a partnership of the cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, their school districts, and Palo Alto Rotary Club. YCS serves youth and educators by promoting the ethic of service, strengthening youth leadership, building community and enhancing education. Programs include after-school service clubs, monthly service-learning days and YCS Summer of Service day camp.


    2018 Mayor Liz Kniss & Vice-Mayor Eric Filseth at MLK event, co-sponsored by YCS & City of Palo Alto
    YCS hosts Italian Street Painting Expo during Palo Alto Art Festival
    East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica and volunteers create blankets at MLK Day for Oaxaca earthquake victims.
    Raices de Mexico performers at 2018 MLK Day event.
    Social entrepreneurs sell cookies at 2018 MLK event to raise funds for DreamCatchers tutoring program.
    YCS Summer of Service camp for youth ages 11 to 14.

    Rep/Contact Info

    Mora Oommen
    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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