CalChamber | By Jennifer Barrera Job killing legislation that will threaten small employers with costly litigation, increased financial burdens, and new or extended leaves of absence is advancing in the Assembly. One bill, AB 2999 (Low; D-Campbell), imposes a significant new burden on employers of every size by mandating that they provide employees up to 10 days of bereavement leave and opens up new avenues for litigation against California employers by establishing a new private right of action (in
CalChamber | By: Jennifer Barrera Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and a historic economic shock, the Legislature is considering legislation to increase the cost on employers of maintaining workers on the payroll. That is why these bills have been tagged as Job Killers. AB 3216 (Kalra) proposes to expand several existing leaves, including leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), pregnancy disability leave, and sick leave, and create paid emergency leave. AB 2999 (Low) proposes
Employers, including tax-exempt organizations, are eligible for an Employee Retention Credit as part of legislation passed by congress. The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. Also, if the
By TARYN LUNASTAFF WRITER, Los Angeles Times MAY 26, 2020 12:29 PM SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom issued welcome news Tuesday for some shaggy Californians and struggling stylists: Counties can begin reopening hair salons and barbershops. The move to resume salon services, under a county-by-county approach, marks the transition in many parts of the state to Stage 3 of Newsom’s reopening plan. Meanwhile, confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and appear on track to nearly double in May. Despite
On May 20, 2020 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it would convene a two-day technical conference to allow the public to provide information on energy issues that the country faces as it recovers from the COVID-19 emergency. The Commission seeks information on 1) the energy industry’s ongoing and potential future operational and planning challenges due to COVID-19; (2) the potential impacts of changes in electric demand on operations, planning, and infrastructure development;
Santa Ana, Calif. (May 23, 2020) – Today the State of California has approved the County of Orange’s plan to accelerate local businesses into Stage Two. The County was able to successfully demonstrate that Orange County meets the State’s required metrics as outlined in the California Resiliency Roadmap. “The County of Orange has met the State’s latest metrics to remove its restrictions on the re-opening of more businesses,” said OC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second
SANTA ANA, Calif. (May 22, 2020) – In partnership with 3D Event Designer, the County of Orange is launching the Back2Business Initiative program to help local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 safely reopen by meeting local, state and federal social distancing guidelines. The Back2Business Initiative will provide up to 1,000 Orange County small businesses with access to free floor plan software to quickly create, configure, or update their space(s). This software allows businesses, such as
(Santa Ana, CA) – The County Health Officer today issued a new Health Officer’s Order and additional strong recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County as more businesses move toward re-opening. “The Order includes necessary preventative measures to control and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and help preserve the capacity in our local health care system, which was one of the metrics the California Department of Public Health took into account before approving our
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new guide to help businesses navigate loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program: Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness. This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process. Here are some of the important questions this guide addresses: How much will be forgiven? What happens to loan amounts that are NOT forgiven? What are the
As California moves into stage 2 of our Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Below is statewide guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules. Learn more and find industry guidance for counties that have received state approval to move faster into stage 2 on the County Variance page. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon
May 21 2020 - Benefits, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Bianca Saad The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance, Notice 2020-29, providing increased flexibility for individuals participating in section 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) to make mid-year changes. Typically, participants are rarely permitted to make mid-year changes, but the guidance provides certain flexibility, including election changes and an
By CalChamber - May 22, 2020 In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and workers’ compensation attorney Tiffany Boyland of Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP discuss Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order that created a rebuttable presumption for workers claiming to have contracted COVID-19 in the workplace and seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Watch VideoWhat Is Workers’ Compensation? Workers’ compensation is a no-fault
Appointments are available for free COVID-19 PCR diagnostic testing at OptumServe (state) sites in Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano for symptomatic and asymptomatic health care workers, first responders, social service workers and other essential employees who don't have access to testing through their health care provider or employer. To make an appointment, visit lhi.care or call 1 (888) 634-1123. To learn more about COVID-19 and testing, visit ochealthinfo.com/covidtest.
On May 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom, in partnership with the California Department of Public Health and CalOSHA, released guidelines for the anticipated re-opening of dine-in restaurants and retail spaces such as shopping malls and in-line tenant spaces. The guidance also contained a proposed checklist for dine-in restaurants that includes specific requirements for a written worksite plan, employee training, screening measures, cleaning protocols, and physical distancing guidelines. On May 18, 2020,
Applications for the Layoff Aversion Support Program are now open. The OCWDB Layoff Aversion Support Program was launched to financially help local small businesses mitigate layoffs and adhere to "social distancing" provisions. Eligible businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grant funds. Applications close on May 28, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. or until 170 applications are received, whichever comes first. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.oconestop.com/covid-19-layoff-aversion-program of call
In partnership with the Orange County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB), the County of Orange will be launching the OCWDB COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Support Program. OCWDB received $700,000 in Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds from the California Employment Development Division (EDD) to support local small businesses impacted by COVID-19. “This program allows the County to offer another vital opportunity to local small businesses struggling to continue their operations,” said Chairwoman
CalChamber | By: Jessica Mulholland On Tuesday, May 12, Governor Gavin Newsom released guidelines that will take California further into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan — including guidance for restaurants to allow dine-in eating. “The statewide order affords the opportunity for local government to come into conformance with those guidelines, but one can choose to be a little bit more prescriptive and restrictive. Not everyone is compelled into this phase,” Newsom said during his press briefing.
CalChamber | By Leah Silverthorn A collection of industry and environmental organizations are urging federal and California agencies to extend or postpone public comment deadlines on a variety of complex environmental regulations. Over 100 environmental groups and even the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) called on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend public comment deadlines on pending regulations, arguing that it is inappropriate for an agency to rush
With unprecedented need for critical services and essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, employees of Edison International, Southern California Edison and Edison Energy mobilized to donate $259,000 for nonprofits supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. With the company match, the employee fundraiser brought in $414,000. The fundraiser provided a $58,000 donation to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization based in Santa Barbara that serves the world's most vulnerable and at-risk
The City wants to ensure that we are providing the latest news regarding re-opening our businesses. Attached are three informational documents for you and your business that may be useful. Letter from the OC Health Care Agency on re-opening businesses. The letter provides links to re-opening guidelines and how to prepare you location.The City Council adopted a restaurant/retail outdoor dining/display process on public and private property for the next few months to assist your businesses. The
In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Stater Bros. Charities is partnering with Chobani to provide a joint contribution of $75,000 to Operation Homefront in support of military and veteran families in areas served by Stater Bros. Markets. “For us, it’s simply unacceptable that a single veteran or military family struggles to put food on their table. Those who serve our country deserve better than that. We’ve been honored to support the incredible work of Operation Homefront for years, and this new
By CalChamberIn this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and Labor Law Adviser Ellen Savage discuss the most common coronavirus-related questions employers and human resources professionals have been asking the CalChamber’s Labor Law Helpline as they prepare to reopen their workplaces.Click here to listen to the podcast.
By James W. Ward The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page clarifying certain aspects of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which extends workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside their homes. The order created a rebuttable presumption that workers meeting certain criteria who contract COVID-19 did so during employment, meaning the law automatically presumes workers’ compensation covers their
American First Credit Union, would like to extend this opportunity to all North Orange County Chamber of Commerce members provided the applicant either already has or is willing to open up an American First Credit Union business checking or business savings account prior to the PPP loan closing if/when they become approved for a PPP loan (and provided the SBA continues to have funds available). AFCU is accepting Payment Protection Program (PPP) Loan applications for all of its existing AFCU business
Working from home has its perks. Less commuting leads to more family time and cleaner air, among them. And there are more people than ever working from home now because of the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s Stay-at-Home order. However, with the perks come some potential safety risks, including electrical hazards. From overloaded outlets to overused extension cords, the risks can be significant in home offices or for those working anywhere within the home. “No matter where you work, it’s always most
Southern California Edison customers experiencing financial difficulty because of the COVID-19 crisis- Opens in new window can expect to receive a credit on their electric bills a few months early, according to a new California Public Utilities Commission decision- Opens in new window. SCE wants customers to know it’s here for them with programs and services that can help during this difficult period. Because of the pandemic, the October climate dividend credit of about $37 per residential customer will
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications,
By Susanne T. Stirling - May 15, 2020 The world has quickly changed over the last few months and during these strange and uncertain times, the importance of international trade has been on display across the world. Supply chains have been put to the test and global connectivity has proven vital in quickly securing much-needed supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. The World Trade Organization (WTO) stated in an April 2020 report that it expects world trade to fall drastically by
On Friday, May 15th, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. They can be found by clicking here. All small businesses, SBA Resource Partners, lenders, economic development professionals, non-profits, and the wider community that helps small businesses are strongly encouraged to thoroughly read the application and instructions to
Counties may have no greater than 5% increase in average hospitalizations weekly, among other criteria By FIONA KELLIHER | email@example.com and MAGGIE ANGST | firstname.lastname@example.org | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: May 18, 2020 at 1:42 p.m. | UPDATED: May 18, 2020 at 1:58 p.m. Most California counties will have the opportunity to reopen a slew of new businesses like in-store retail and hairdressers within the next few weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. The latest loosening
Requirements and Best Practices for Reopening Your Business Safely and Within Current Guidelines ReOpen OC Safely was developed in collaboration with Orange County Business Council, North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Anaheim as a resource to prepare to safely reopen for business as the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The State of California has issued “stay at home”
Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald has announced the formation of The California Mayor Coalition (CMC). The California Mayors Coalition is an informal organization of California Mayors speaking with one voice on the critical economic and local issues outlined below in our COVID-19 Action Plan. Navigating these turbulent waters during this unprecedented time in history takes collaboration and by working together we can meet this moment and help our communities thrive. The California Mayors Coalition has
COVID-19 has impacted every business differently. Every business will face tremendous challenges as our nation begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps your business will need to take to reopen as restrictions are lifted across the country and your business prepares for the "new normal." The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has prepared a guide including best practices and safety guidelines to assist you in preparing to open when allowed to do so. Read
ReOpen OC Safely was developed in collaboration with Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Anaheim as a resource to prepare to safely reopen for business as the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The State of California has issued “stay at home” emergency orders, but is slowly reopening business segments, subject to restrictions, with modified operations, click here to learn
By IAN WHEELER | email@example.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 14, 2020 at 4:14 p.m. | UPDATED: May 14, 2020 at 4:17 p.m.A team of 75 health detectives make calls to people who've been near people who tested positive. In this pandemic, it's a potentially heavy lift. Once somebody in Orange County tests positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, two things happen. First, depending on how the person feels, he or she is told to seek medical help or go into self-quarantine at home. Second,
JANE CALLEN | MAY 14, 2020 The first results from the new U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey released today show a large negative effect from COVID-19 for the majority (51.4%) of respondents and an expectation that it will take more than six months for their businesses to return to normal. The survey, conducted by email, is intended to provide crucial weekly data on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the nation’s businesses. Results are displayed as data visualizations. The survey
Holiday Inn Buena Park, in conjunction with the California Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) has successfully completed the "Clean + Safe" certification program. This certification establishes a level of cleanliness to alleviate guest concerns when starting to travel again. The program establishes cleanliness guidelines as well as a certification process where certified businesses can display a badge to confirm they are clean, safe and ready for guests.Click here to see the certification.
Building on the company's more than $50 million commitment for COVID-19 relief, PepsiCo Foodservice is announcing four new programs aimed at supporting restaurants and their workers who have been hard hit by the crisis. Currently, 8 million restaurant workers are unemployed due to COVID-19. Three percent of restaurants in the U.S. – approximately 30,000 – have already permanently closed, and countless others are struggling to keep their doors open*. Read MoreHelping Customers Get Back to Business PepsiCo
“This approach to virtual planning is necessary for many reasons. First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID-19 – current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This planning approach is necessary because a course that might begin in a face-to-face modality would likely have to be switched to a virtual format during the term if a serious second wave of the pandemic occurs, as
Across America, business leaders are restarting our nation’s economic engines and employees are returning to work. However, this process is taking place gradually and non-uniformly across the country depending on regional differences in the prevalence of COVID-19. In some states, for example, masks are required; in others, they’re suggested. In some states, mask requirements apply only to employees, while in others, customers must wear them, too. In some states, employers are required to screen employees
A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic. In the early months of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted wide-sweeping shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders across the United States. Now, as parts of the country look to start relaxing these strict measures, small business owners need to think about what's next and how they will adapt and move forward safely and sustainably. COVID-19 has impacted every
VCC: The Gary Center is keeping its doors open and continuing to provide care to patients for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19. To help people stay at home while still providing access to care, VCC: The Gary Center has introduced “Telehealth,” a service that keeps patients and clinicians connected virtually. A Telehealth visit takes the place of the standard in-clinic visit, and is completed over the phone and/or with the help of zoom. Though not all ailments will be eligible for this type of
Cal State Fullerton is offering ten courses to the public, free of charge. This is a good resource for those who are looking to switch careers, organize their personal finances or enhance their business strategy. This offer is valid until June 30, 2020. Click here to register and view the available courses.
By Sunny Lee - May 8, 2020 Our offices are closed due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order. We hired an employee who will be working at home remotely until we are able to open the office back up again. How do we physically examine documents to complete the Form I-9? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided much-needed guidance on the issue of employees hired and working remotely in a March 20, 2020 announcement related to COVID-19 and the national emergency.Deferral of
OC Register - By BRADY MACDONALD | firstname.lastname@example.org |PUBLISHED: May 8, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. | UPDATED: May 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Knott’s Berry Farm has been forced to postpone a planned 100th anniversary celebration until next year amid its continuing coronavirus closure but the planned Knott’s Bear-y Tales dark ride will debut when the Buena Park theme park reopens. The Knott’s 100th Anniversary event planned for this summer will be postponed until 2021. Hosting a special event designed to draw big
The U.S. Small Business Administration today published Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program regulations that will provide a free, online certification and eligibility application process for women-owned small businesses and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. The timeline for implementation of changes to SBA’s WOSB program has been delayed to accommodate those affected by the current pandemic. Starting July 15, 2020, SBA will begin to implement changes consistent
May 11, 2020 Preston Young A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Major League Baseball was preparing for opening day, school children shuttled off to classrooms each morning, and Corona was best enjoyed ice cold. We’ll call this world March 5, 2020. It goes without saying, May 2020 is a much different world. If ever there was a human experiment testing the rapidity of change, we’re living through it. As our new world continues turning, the Governor’s office is releasing executive orders at a
On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. Local programs are getting set up
By CalChamber - May 8, 2020 Lower-risk workplaces and businesses such as clothing stores, florists and manufacturers may reopen today with adaptations as California enters the first phase of Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap to reopen the state’s economy. In this initial phase, the following businesses may open with modifications:Curbside retail, including but not limited to: Bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique
Some ‘Lower-Risk’ Businesses OK to ReopenBy CalChamber - May 8, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom this week released guidelines under which a limited number of “lower-risk” industries can prepare to reopen. Emphasizing that data shows that Californians’ adherence to stay-at-home orders since the middle of March has stabilized the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units, the Governor said the state can start moving to the next stage of gradually reopening. Last week, following
Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order. We are now moving into Stage 2, where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely. When modifications are advanced and the state’s six indicators show we’ve made enough progress, we
Los Angeles Times By JOHN MYERS SACRAMENTO BUREAU CHIEF MAY 8, 2020, 12:32 PM Citing public health concerns over millions of Californians showing up at voting locations this fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered ballots to be mailed to the state’s 20.6 million voters for the November election while imposing strict new rules for anyone who participates in person. The decision, Newsom said, reflects the assessment from health officials that the COVID-19 pandemic will not have subsided enough to
Guidance will help drive reopening for some sectors – including retail, manufacturing and logistics – with modifications, beginning Friday, May 8 Regional variance allows for counties to move further into Stage 2 when they attest to meeting certain criteria SACRAMENTO – Following up on the state’s announcement that it will begin modifying the stay at home order on Friday, May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom today released updated industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin
May 7, 2020 James Ward Workers' Compensation Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20 extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s stay-at-home order. The order is retroactive to March 19, 2020, and extends through July 5, 2020. As California’s gradual reopening begins to enter Phase 2, the executive order extends workers’ compensation benefits by creating a “rebuttable presumption” that
AS SOCIAL DISTANCING CONTINUES, SMALL BUSINESSES CHANGE OPERATIONS U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey on the impact of the coronavirus shows the vast majority (85%) of small businesses are still concerned about the pandemic’s impact. Concern is highest in the retail (90%), services (88%), and manufacturing (87%) sectors. Those in the retail and service sectors are more likely to be very concerned about the pandemic (60% and 62%, respectively). At this time of continued concern, the survey shows a growing
From collaboration tools to payroll and benefits platforms, there are several services available for free now to businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These tools can help you reach new customers, manage your payroll and work together remotely — all for free. COVID-19 has thrown lots of business owners into crisis mode as storefronts close and sales nosedive. Fortunately, there are tons of big enterprises offering help to smaller merchants and entrepreneurs by discounting or offering their tools for
Legislation endorsed by CA-39 Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chambers of Commerce, and more Fullerton, CA - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Chris Pappas (D-PA-01), and Greg Steube (R-FL-17) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure local chambers of commerce and other nonprofits who support small businesses can receive the federal assistance they need to weather this economic downturn while they continue working to help America’s Main Street
These are unprecedented times and SoCalGas wants you to know that they are committed to providing safe and reliable natural gas service to customers especially during the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. 33-20 to ‘stay at home’. While families stay home to slow the spread of coronavirus, you can rest assured that the natural gas your community counts on will continue to be there for you. See some examples of efforts to continue reliable natural gas services during the crisis, help families and small
By CalChamber - May 6, 2020 In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw offer tips and insights on how employers can prepare to bring teleworkers back into the office once COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are lifted.Set Expectations for Returning to Work Some employees who are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic may assume that since they have been performing their duties from home to the
High school seniors interested in attending Fullerton College this summer or fall will have an opportunity to learn more about the college’s resources, outreach services and tuition-free Promise Program during one of four Family Night Webinars scheduled in May. The webinars are offered on Zoom in both English and Spanish formats and are intended to inform high school seniors and their parents about the expanded two-year free Promise Program. The webinars will also cover eligibility requirements and
Currently enrolled students may be eligible to receive a $500 federal grant and are encouraged to submit a form to check their eligibility with the Fullerton College Financial Aid Office. Fullerton College received $4.85 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), made possible by the CARES Act. These funds must be awarded directly to currently enrolled students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and are eligible to receive federal financial aid. Students who submit
Fullerton College purchased 1,700 laptops to help students complete their remote learning while social distancing requirements continue through the spring semester. Laptops will be distributed to students on a first-come basis. Students may request a laptop by filling out a brief form which they can access at the following link: Request Technology Support.Read more.
Class of 2020 graduates are invited to sign up to receive a special, one-time “Buzzy Bundle for the Class of 2020” care package which will include a cap, a gown, a 2020 tassel, a commemorative Commencement 2020 pin, and more FC surprises for graduates. While this care package will never take the place of the Commencement ceremony the college would have had on May 23 please know that we celebrate your success as you embark on a new journey! As soon as it is deemed safe to be back on campus resuming normal
More than 400 students participated in the Hungry Hornet Drive-Thru and walk-up service during the first week. The free meal distribution will occur each Friday for the remainder of the semester. Students are encouraged to submit an interest form on a weekly basis on the Basic Needs Website. The weekly submission form will open at 8 a.m. on Mondays and will close at noon on Thursdays. The college is partnering with Sodexo, its food service provider, to distribute pre-packed bags of groceries starting
The CSUF SBDC is teaming up with LISC LA and Wells Fargo for their LISC OC Small Business Relief Program to offer grants to micro-businesses in Orange County.Thanks to support from Wells Fargo, LISC LA is providing 15 $5,000 grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.The CSUF SBDC be hosting a webinar on May 7th, 10-10:30a to provide businesses with more information on the grant application and eligibility requirements.Click Here to sign up for the webinar:
Lives vs. Livelihoods Is A Debate With Few Easy AnswersBy JONATHAN LANSNER | email@example.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 5, 2020 at 5:50 p.m. | UPDATED: May 5, 2020 at 5:50 p.m. California’s economy doesn’t need a quick reopening. It needs a deliberate, healthy and successful one. It’s easy to understand why many folks are anxious to get back on the road to whatever the new normal will bring the business climate. At least 1 in 5 California workers lost their jobs due to business
As challenges continue, 47% of small businesses say PPP funding is critical As small businesses remain closed due to social distancing requirements, many are finding unique ways to transform their business operations, according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll. Last month, 12% of small businesses reported transitioning some or all of their employees to teleworking, while 10% had begun transitioning the retail aspect of their business to be more
Orange County Conservative Corps was called to support the Second Harvest Food Bank Weekly Drive-Thru Food Bank and the City of Anaheim at their weekly food distribution event at the Honda Center. More than 6,000 families received critically needed food and supplies. Click here to view the video.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impacts, The Toll Roads have made temporary adjustments to business processes to accommodate drivers and FasTrak® accountholders. “These are unprecedented times and The Toll Roads are adjusting and adapting daily to meet the needs of our drivers,” said Samuel Johnson, Interim CEO of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the two joint powers authorities responsible for operations of The Toll Roads. “We’ve taken steps to help our customers through
Let It Brie showed their support to the frontline workers at St. Jude Medical Center by donating 200 cheese boards.
A Message from Fullerton's City Manager That’s the question that everyone is asking - from parents of school age children, small business owners, and frankly everyone who is trying their best to follow health guidance as well as make a living. The Governor recently released his California Pandemic Roadmap - a strategy to emerge from the Stay at Home order through Stages. Currently we are in Stage 1, with Stage 4 being a complete end to the Stay at Home order. Currently, cities across the County are
Benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available to Employees Who Have Symptoms or are Ill with the Coronavirus May 4, 2020 Jennifer Barrera General As a part of his roadmap to reopening the economy, California Governor Newsom recently raised the issue of a wage replacement mandate on businesses for employees who are sick with Covid-19 symptoms, to encourage them not to come to work. As we have previously stated, the private sector cannot be the safety net for this crisis, that is
WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other
Today, CPGI Real Estate Services donated over 200 fresh cold pressed juice bottles and ginger shots (approximately $1,500 in value) to St. Jude Medical Center to support the frontline healthcare workers. CPGI purchased these juice bottles from a Fullerton business known as R3fresh Superfoods Cafe located at 135 E. Commonwealth Ave in the heart of Downtown Fullerton. CPGI Real Estate Services is located at 135 N. Harbor Blvd. Suite 101, Fullerton, CA 92832.
The Fullerton Museum Center Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Need with kids art kits, online museum resources, and community outreach, and Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity The Fullerton Museum Center is responding to meet the needs of the arts community by providing free, online museum programming, community outreach and hands on art kits for children. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented
Governor's Resilience Roadmap to Guide Fullerton in Planning Future Re-Opening of Non-Essential Businesses and Public Services On Tuesday, April 28th the Board of Supervisors issued guidelines for non-essential businesses to follow when they are allowed to open back up to the public. However, non-essential businesses CANNOT open at this time because the State Stay at Home order is still in effect. The Board of Supervisors does not have the authority to open up non-essential businesses and only offered that
By CalChamber - May 1, 2020In Episode 67 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss key points, misconceptions and liabilities employers need to be aware of concerning the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and California’s equivalent, Cal-WARN.Key Points for Employers The WARN Act and the Cal-WARN Act are laws for when employers need to do a mass layoff or a closure of a
WHEN CAN WE GO BACK TO WORK? CA RESILIENCE ROADMAP presented by Gov. Newsom plots a four-stage reopening. According to the Roadmap, the state is currently at stage one; but, we are weeks, not months, from entering into stage two, which could see some retail, restaurants opening under certain conditions. View the full update here.
Controller Betty T. Yee's California Fiscal Focus Newsletter - May 2020A Call for Bold, Strategic Public Investment To combat the devastating impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), governments have been rightly focused on solving the health crisis and saving lives. However, the lasting issue of saving livelihoods also must be addressed. Shuttering large parts of our economy has resulted in rapid and growing income loss to millions of Californians. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare that our old
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invites small business and workers to participate in the DOL’s “Opening America’s Workplaces Again National Online Dialogue.” Through this dialogue, the public can play a key role in helping to reopen America’s workplaces safely. The public – including employers, workers, local authorities and advocacy groups – is invited to share ideas on six topics:Reopening businesses;Commuting safely;Working safely;Accommodating members of vulnerable populations;Supporting America’s
As millions have shifted to working and learning remotely, Charter’s products and services have proven critical to the country’s continued operation, including nearly all businesses, education, news and entertainment, healthcare, and governments. Its employees have stepped in and stepped up, ensuring customers stay connected when it matters most. They are the greatest resource, and to reinforce Charter's commitment to them in this uncertain time, on April 19th it was announced that for at least the next 60
A coalition of 30 organizations led by the U.S. Chamber, the American Hospital Association, and America’s Health Insurance Plans sent a letter asking Congress to protect Americans’ health coverage. “As Americans continue to be impacted by the severity of the COVID-19 crisis, the possibility of losing their health coverage should not have to be a concern,” said Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer. “There are many items that we’d like to see Congress focus on in
By ANITA CHABRIA, JOE MOZINGO, RONG-GONG LIN II, ANDREW J. CAMPAAPRIL 30, 2020 5 AM; UPDATED 6:41 AM SACRAMENTO — Despite the enthusiasm of people desperate to get back to work, California officials still have a lot to do before they can meet the technological benchmarks that Gov. Gavin Newsom set to reopen the economy and lift restrictions on daily life. Much of the four-stage plan Newsom released this week relies on vast changes in the state’s ability to both test and track new cases of
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss key points, misconceptions and liabilities employers need to be aware of concerning the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and California’s equivalent, Cal-WARN.'Click here to read more and listen to the podcast.
Los Angeles Times | By Melissa Gomez Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday released a four-stage plan for reopening parts of the California economy after weeks of stay-at-home home rules that have been credited with slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The phases are designed to slowly reopen the state while preventing new outbreaks that could lead to another shutdown. There are no timetables attached; rather, officials will use benchmarks around testing, hospitalizations and other factors. Under the plan,
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations. The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to send reminder notice postcards to an estimated 69 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. About 53.4% of households across the country have already responded. Those households that have not yet responded to the census will receive an in person visit by a census taker to collect their information later this summer. The U.S. Census Bureau is
The City of Fullerton is actively preparing for the eventual re-opening of its businesses and public services and will be following the Governor’s recently announced Resilience Roadmap Stages that emphasizes safety and preparedness as we collaboratively work towards the end of the State’s Stay-at-Home order. The City is finalizing re-opening plans for City services, to include limited public access to City Hall and the Fullerton Public Library, all of which will be based on ensuring social distancing and
The County of Orange (County) Community Services Community Investment Division has partnered with Google Fiber and Orange County United Way to provide loaner laptops and hotspots in an effort to increase access to workforce development programs and services offered through the Irvine One-Stop Center during this critical period. “With over 2.8 million California residents filing for unemployment over the last month, the need to provide additional support to workers impacted by COVID-19 is vital,” said
By Shoeb Mohammed - April 30, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our economy, business owners are trying their best to ensure that employees returning to the workplace are safe to resume their duties, particularly when those duties involve interactions with other people. For this reason, many businesses are implementing safety procedures that often include temperature checks for employees resuming their work. One issue that may not be top of mind for an employer with regard to temperature
Coronavirus pandemic reinforces importance of resilient local food sources By SUSAN GILL VARDON | firstname.lastname@example.org | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: April 30, 2020 at 11:13 a.m. | UPDATED: April 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Plans were finally coming together for the campus garden John Bock envisions at Cal State Fullerton. A site was found between the Humanities Building and Gordon Hall, money was donated for tools, benches and seeds, and discussions were under way about having produce grown in the
Community leaders discussed next steps for businesses at the Town Hall: Back 2 Business, hosted by City of Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald opened the town hall by recapping Governor Gavin Newsom’s stages of reopening. The city is currently at Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness as it continues to make the essential workforce environment as safe as possible. Last week, the Fullerton City Council voted to require employees and patrons of certain essential businesses to wear face coverings. The
When economic conditions are changing rapidly, data collected in the course of administering government programs can provide valuable information about recent developments. Administrative data show severe disruptions in the period since a declaration of a national emergency was issued because of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last five weeks, applications related to business formation have plummeted, while initial unemployment claims have soared. Read “Early Data Show Severe Disruptions” to learn
Assured Audiovisual has face shields available for purchase. The mission is to help battle the COVID-19 crisis by protecting those on the front lines with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These light-weight, adjustable, breathable shields can be used by anyone needing PPE. More than 70,000 Face Shields have been built and are being distributed to medical facilities & first line responders all over Orange County and LA County. $3.95 = 1 Face Shield Purchase Assembled Face Shields from
At the April 28th Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Don Wagner brought forth best practices for businesses and the public to follow. The guidelines unanimously approved by the board will act as a model for Orange County to transition back to a normal state of activity. All recommendations follow the Orange County Health Care Agency and do not supersede any conflicting or more restrictive orders issued by local governments, the State of California, or
SiFi Networks has been delivering 200 free tacos every Thursday alongside Fullerton School District board members. One thousand tacos have been donated to Commonwealth, Woodcrest, Maple, Orangethorpe and Richman. Two hundred more tacos will be donated to Pacific.
You are essential to your families and your communities. Your people and your business are essential to the supply chain. And Doosan Material Handling Solutions (DMHS) stands with you as a True Partner, ready to keep your team safe and operations running. To ensure the well-being of all, DMHS lobbies are closed to the public, but we are operating Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm for service and parts. We are offering additional services to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) while