Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

By May 1

U.S. Department of Labor

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.”

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COVID-19 Daily Updates for Small Businesses

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Small Business Majority

“As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.”

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Chinese-Americans, Facing Abuse, Unite to Aid Hospitals in Coronavirus Battle

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The New York Times, 4/5/20

“Although many have weathered racist remarks and some physical attacks over the virus, Chinese-Americans are tapping their deep social networks to procure medical supplies.”

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The financial risk to U.S. business owners posed by COVID-19 outbreak varies by demographic group

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PEW Research Center, 4/23/20

“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak has put the jobs of many American workers in jeopardy, but it has also put in doubt the economic fortunes of many of the business owners who employ them.”

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Co-Chair Nanci Nishimura and her partner help property owners by waiving rent for 65 retail tenants in Half Moon Bay

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The Daily Journal, 3/31/20

Joe Cotchett and Nanci Nishimura of Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy, LLP prominent lawyers and Half Moon Bay property owners are waiving two months rent for their tenants. Their generosity will help the local businesses during their long road to recovery. “We think it’s the right thing to do to give back to this community,” Cotchett said. During this crisis landlords have the ability to have a positive impact when tenants need it the most. “The crisis is devastating small stores up and down the coast and along our Main Street. They’re all getting hammered and landlords have to step up to the plate and share the loss.” Cotchett and Nishimura’s magnanimous actions remind us that solidarity and mutual support is the only way to get through this difficult time. This is just the beginning. They anticipate extending the rent waiver if the shelter in place order continues. Cotchett and Nishimura are also helping residential renters, and have been providing legal assistance to some of their tenants.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Expect Presidential Election Will Be Disrupted by COVID-19

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Pew Research Center, 4/28/20

“Over the past two months, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact on nearly all aspects of life in the United States. And now, most Americans expect it will disrupt the presidential election in November.”

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How San Francisco’s Chinatown Got Ahead of the Coronavirus

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The New York Times, 4/17/20

“Despite being a densely populated neighborhood full of vulnerable people, Chinatown was well prepared.”

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