Cal Chamber Daily News: Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19)

April 7, 2020

Daily Headlines for April 7, 2020
We scan major news sources* and compile selected articles to keep you up-to-date on current issues affecting California business – the economy, health care, environment, transportation and more.

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Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19)
The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has dominated employers’ attention with its provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

Public Affairs/Politics

Are California Politicians Still Campaigning During Coronavirus? They are – and Here’s How
While many congressional campaigns saw donations drop during the coronavirus pandemic, Fresno Democrat Phil Arballo had one of his best fundraising weeks since he launched his bid to unseat Republican Rep. Devin Nunes. The Sacramento Bee

Ballot Initiatives in the Era of COVID-19
Organizations busily trying to get enough signatures to qualify their measure of choice had their efforts abruptly halted two weeks ago because of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s sweeping stay-at-home order. Capitol Weekly

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks are Coming to California: Here’s Who Gets Money, Who Doesn’t
While about 85 percent of all California tax filers — a total of 14 million households — should see federal stimulus benefits starting later this week, a lot of people won’t get the instant cash right away. The Sacramento Bee

Human Resources / Health & Safety

Making #MeToo Matter
“It doesn’t make sense to place businesses at risk for criminal penalties for a practice that has been favored by California and federal law, and consistently upheld by the courts,” CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg says in a news release. “While it may not serve the best interests of the trial lawyers, expeditious resolution through the arbitration process serves the interests of employees and employers.” Comstock’s Magazine

As Coronavirus Cases Top 16,000, Newsom Is ‘Confident’ About the State’s Supply of Ventilators, Hospital Beds
As the total number of coronavirus cases in California topped 16,000, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he is confident the state is building up its number of ventilators, hospital beds and workforce to meet the demand of a still-to-come surge in patients that he projects won’t peak until May. The San Jose Mercury News

COVID-19: Navigating WARN Act Issues During These Uncertain Times
As the outbreak of COVID-19 affects the country and states, counties and cities take various measures to slow the transmission, many employers are facing uncertainty and considering business contingency measures. The National Law Review

Economy

Fed Preparing to Finance New Small-Business Payroll Loans
The Federal Reserve said Monday it would create a new program to finance loans that banks and other lenders make through the government’s emergency small-business lending program. The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Economy Will Eventually Reopen but With Big Changes: White House’s Kudlow
The Trump administration is aiming to reopen the U.S. economy when the nation’s top health experts give the go-ahead, but Americans’ lives will be drastically different, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. Reuters

Employers Posted Solid Job Openings Before Virus Shutdown
U.S. employers posted a healthy number of job openings in February, evidence that the job market was in decent shape before the viral outbreak brought the economy to a near standstill. The Associated Press

Environmental/Agriculture

California Poised to Ban Sportfishing in Some Areas. Rural towns Worried About Coronavirus Spread
California is poised to close the spring sportfishing season in some counties in response to worries that anglers will spread COVID-19 to rural communities. The Sacramento Bee

Calls to Close US National Parks as Rise in Visitors Raises Coronavirus Fears
The crown jewels in the US national park system, like Grand Canyon and Zion, were shuttered last week after days of petitioning from local health authorities, but 284 of the 419 units in the national park system remain fully or partially open to visitors. The Guardian

International

Impossible Dilemma? World Watches Italy as Businesses Plead to Return to Work
Many Italian companies and academics are pressing the government to reopen factories to prevent an economic catastrophe, as the world watches how the first Western country to impose a lockdown can extricate itself from the unprecedented measures. Reuters

Japan Declared a Coronavirus Emergency. Is it too Late?
For months, Japan has confounded the world by reporting a relatively low rate of coronavirus infections without imposing the kind of stringent measures used by other nations. The New York Times

Commission to Unveil ‘Exit Strategy’ as Countries Move to Lift Corona Measures
The European Commission will on Wednesday announce a “roadmap to exit” the coronavirus lockdowns across Europe — but some governments are not waiting for instructions from Brussels. Politico

Infrastructure / Education

California Halts Tenant Evictions Statewide, Court Governing Body Rules
Ten days after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a halt to evictions of tenants unable to pay rent because of the coronavirus, state judicial leaders went a step further Monday and barred courts from enforcing any eviction orders against renters. San Francisco Chronicle

Essential Workers Now Eligible for Subsidized Child Care in California
Gov. Newsom issued an executive order on April 4 that makes it easier for preschools, family child care homes, school districts, after-school programs and others to provide child care for these essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. EdSource

In His Own Words: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond on Making Distance Learning Work for All Students
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond talked with Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald for EdSource’s podcast “This Week in California Education” about how distance learning will work, including for students who are struggling or have fallen behind. EdSource

Financial Hits Pile Up for Colleges as Some Fight to Survive
Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions. The Associated Press

Opinion/Editorial

For Local Governments, to Tax or not to Tax, that Is the Question
Against the background of the economically devastating coronavirus plague (not in any way to minimize the ultimate tragedy now of lives lost), governments are trying figure out how to handle their lifeblood–taxation. Joel Fox in Fox and Hounds Daily

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