SBA Interim Final Rule (IFR) for sole proprietors applying for the Paycheck Protection Program Assistance
US OSHA released Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Coronavirus (Spanish)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FMLA & Paid Sick Leave Expansion
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will impose new federal workplace mandates, including an expansion of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the first-ever federal Paid Sick Leave (PSL) mandate.
New FFCRA leaves, passed to address the Coronavirus pandemic, will be applicable to all employers with fewer than 500 employees. FFCRA (H.R. 6201) addresses many other issues, such as providing infusion of funds for states to use for unemployment insurance benefits, welfare benefit increases for the EBT, WIC and SNAP programs, and other issues.
The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) has released its employer workplace information poster on FFCRA leaves. If you employ fewer than 500 employees and are covered by FFCRA leave requirements PRINT & POST IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ALONG WITH OTHER WORKPLACE POSTINGS. You can read more here.
The Department has also released its first guidance for employers on implementation of expanded Family & Medical Leave Act leaves and new federal Paid Sick Leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Guidance includes a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and Questions & Answers. Notably, DOL now takes the position that implementation begins April 1, 2020, not April 2 as previously widely reported. You can read more here.
Disaster Assistance for California Small Businesses
If you own a small business in Sacramento county that has suffered economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus, you may be eligible for the low-interest federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Center for Disease Control - CDC
Update - April 29, 2020
The Sacramento County Public Health Officer issued a new Public Health Order effective at 11:59 p.m., May 1, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended by the Health Officer.
The Public Health Order reinforces the direction for all individuals to stay home and extends the terms of the order to continue social distancing and reducing person-to-person contact to further slow transmission of COVID-19. CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering to protect others from being infected by those without symptoms.
Do you have questions about the Public Health Order? Call the County's COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400.
Do you want to report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order? Call 3-1-1.
May 1, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order