In order help businesses, non-profits and schools in understand the key government guidance and benefits associated with the COVID-19 response, we have created this page to serve as a reference for coronavirus information. The guidance and regulations in this area are changing rapidly as new information becomes available. Be sure to contact your attorney, CPA and financial advisors with questions about how this information specifically impacts your operations.
At Emerzian Shankar Legal Inc., serving our community is at the core of why we do what we do. To that end, we are providing free 30 minute consultations for any business, non-profit or school interested in learning more information regarding options and requirements for COVID-19 response. We are also offering greater flexibility in payment options, low rates for small and medium sized businesses, and pro bono services as our law firm capacity allows, especially for small businesses with less than 25 employees. If you need help with a business or employment law issue related to the impacts of COVID-19 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Fresno County Department of Public Health has issued recent guidance which, in part, requires employee screenings for essential employees continuing to work. You can read more about that requirement and obtain the screening form here: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=42696
FFCRA Emergency Paid Leave
Informational posters and other information describing the leave rights are available from the federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) here:
Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service and the DOL have issued new guidance on how emergency paid leave benefits will work. Importantly, the IRS has published guidance on documentation requirements in order to ensure eligibility for the payroll tax credits associated with paying for the leave. Additionally, the DOL has been clearer in the last week that folks who have no work due to the shelter-in-place and business closure requirements should apply for unemployment insurance. For more information on this topic, see attached and the links below:
Layoffs & Unemployment Insurance
The California WARN act requirements have been relaxed (but not eliminated) for employers with more than 75 employees engaging in a mass layoff of 50 or more employees. You can find more information about that here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/…/uploa…/2020/03/3.17.20-EO-motor.pdf.
For individuals seeking information regarding unemployment, you can find a short fact sheet regarding employee eligibility for unemployment insurance here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714b.pdf.
Additionally, for employers that have to reduce hours but are not fully laying people off, workers can still apply for unemployment insurance and some employers may find it helpful to participate in EDD’s workshare program which you can find more information about here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714bb.pdf.
Business Financial Assistance
Below are links to general information regarding financial assistance for your business or non-profit. We recommend you consult with your business teams, CPAs and financial consultants regarding financial assistance for your business. Importantly, for those of you who may be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program loan, do not wait. There is a cap on the money available, and there may not be funding left available for employers who apply late.