Employment and Labor Resources
Information relating to CA paid sick leave requirements, unemployment insurance, disability, and CA Paid Family Leave and the new Federal emergency paid sick leave and expanded Family Medical Leave Act benefits.
California Resources & Employee Benefits
Family First COVID-19 Response Act (FFCRA)
Effective April 2, 2020, the FFCRA provides for two forms of paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak: an emergency expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and a new federal paid sick leave law.
COVID-19: Ag Employer Crisis Management Briefing prepared by The Saqui Law Group
Ag Industry Resources
CA Civil Rights Laws & COVID-19
The CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. DFEH has provided guidance to address what employers can and cannot legally do with regard to employee rights and COVID-19. The guidance addresses questions such as: “May an employer send employees home if they show signs of COVID-19?” and “May an employer take employees’ temperatures?”.
Ventura County Ag Commissioner “Essential Worker” Cards
Health & Safety Resources
Ensuring worker safety and health is of the utmost importance. The following links include state and federal guidelines to protect workers from COVID-19 in the workplace. Specific resources for agricultural employers include posters and other materials that can be shared with employees.
Ag Industry Resources
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
CARES Act: COVID-19 Stimulus Package (III)
For those in small businesses under 500 employees, we urge you to look at the SBA loans included in the new CARES Act. If you use these loans to keep your employees paid through this period, the loans can become grants that do not have to be repaid!
The Paycheck Protection Program, authorized by the CARES Act, authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.
The application is available NOW. If you think you may qualify, we encourage you to submit your application NOW.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQ Sheet
WARN Act: Business Closures and Layoffs
The State and Federal WARN Acts require a business to give notice to workers before mass layoffs. California businesses subject to the WARN Act that have been affected by COVID-19 no longer have to give 60 days-notice to workers before mass layoffs. Instead, businesses are required to give as much notice as practicable plus a statement explaining the basis for lessening the notification period.
FAQs Related to COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit & Vegetable Industry
Covid Local Orders