Women in Enterprise
"She believed she could so she did."
Women have a voice and due to the changing social and political climate, society is listening. But we shouldn’t stop there because actions speak louder than words.
We are committed to supporting the interests of women in business in order to create a better business community for both our current and our next generation of professional women.
The mission behind our Women in Enterprise ("WE") program is to support and empower working women who are seeking more: more voice, more connections, more success. WE began in 2018 and is in its formative stage, designing programs that will support women in realizing their potential and career aspirations.
The WE inaugural program is our Women in Business Speaker Series that connects women with female community leaders who are willing to share their success stories and resources.
The first speaker we were honored to invite in 2018 was Katharina Powers, Director and owner of Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park, and Vanessa Valerio, COO of Care Indeed, who imparted inspiring stories.
Our second event featured Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Michelle Poché Flaherty who spoke about her own experiences in achieving success.
Women in Enterprise-The Nest Hotel
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