COVID-19 News: March 25, 2020

  • The Senate is approving the largest relief package in American history – a $2 trillion package! The House is expected to approve tomorrow. This includes (but is not limited to):
    • Direct payments to taxpayers who are low income
    • The expansion of unemployment benefits
    • Emergency loans for small businesses who keep their employees
    • $100 billion for hospitals and health systems
  • Governor Newsom issued an executive order yesterday regarding State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in response to the crisis.
  • Mayor Breed announced yesterday that  temporary medical or health facilities deemed necessary by the Director of Health will not be subject to regulations related to planning, permitting, fees, public notice, or other restrictions. More information here.
  • The Labor and Workforce Development Agency made a super useful chart titled “Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19”. It’s easy to understand and a great resource to send to clients who want to alert their employees of the benefits available to them at this time. To see the chart, please click here and scroll to the bottom!
  • DIR published a FAQ on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office relevant to COVID-19: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
    • Jon advises that we should determine if this applies to public entities because it includes things like “The employer cannot require that the worker use paid sick leave; that is the worker’s choice. If the worker decides to use paid sick leave, the employer can require they take a minimum of two hours of paid sick leave. The determination of how much paid sick leave will be used is up to the employee.”

Not directly related to our work, but if you or any of your clients know any food insecure individuals, SFUSD is providing free meals to children aged 18 years or younger during school closure. No identification or proof of enrollment is needed and families do not need to enter the school to pick up the food. For more information: https://www.sfusd.edu/services/health-wellness/nutrition-school-meals

For more information about COVID-19’s impact on California’s political and administrative landscape, visit our coronavirus webpage.

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