Posted March 25, 2020 in Membership
|By Robert Porambo, CALSPro President|
To open or close. Normally an easy question. However, we are not in normal times. If we were delivering toilet paper and not civil process, it would be a no-brainer as far as being an essential business.
We have 58 counties in our great state and some courts are still open during this pandemic. We feel you need to do what is best for your company and your community based upon federal, state and local rules and interpretations.
Check out this for a comprehensive LIST of what our state considers essential.
Here is some helpful information, but you should always contact a qualified attorney for legal advice.
On Wednesday, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Soon after, it was signed into law. In general, the act focuses on organizations employing fewer than 500 people (public-sector employers may have additional requirements). Provisions include:
Full-time employees affected by the coronavirus may qualify to receive up to two weeks of emergency paid sick leave.
• Part-time affected employees may qualify for emergency paid sick leave up to the average number of hours worked over a two-week period.
• Per Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expansion, following 10 days of unpaid leave, applicable employees may qualify for up to 10 additional weeks of job-protected leave at 67% of normal pay.
• Paid sick leave and paid family leave wages will not be subject to the employer portion of the Social Security payroll tax.
• Additionally, employers will be eligible for a credit against the employer portion of the Social Security payroll tax for the provided paid sick leave and paid family leave, subject to certain caps and modifiers.
For more details – including additional provisions, exemptions and caps that may apply – you can read the full text of the act at the U.S. Congress website.
Stay focused on doing what needs to be done as you lead. Take care of yourself, your family, your companies and your communities. These are times for empathy and compassion and doing what needs to be done.
In the event you do stay operational, please maintain a safe social distance between employees and the public which you serve.
If you want to go fast: go alone. If you want to go far: Go together
On behalf of your CALSPro Board-We are in this together.
Stay safe and healthy.