In its fact sheet, Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting, FEMA provides guidance on acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the current national shortage.

According to the guidance, if after minimizing the need for PPE through preservation strategies described in the fact sheet, PPE is still required by essential critical infrastructure workers to perform their duties, organizations should:

Cory Lunde

The Calif. Department of Industry Relations (DIR) has released a useful side by side comparison of the various state and federal COVID-19 paid leave rules, including CA Paid Family Leave, CA Paid Sick Leave, CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers, FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and FFCRA Emergency Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Covered in the comparison are the following topics:

Jason Resnick

Today, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that will give two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or medical directive.

The Executive Order applies to workers in the food sector, including farmworkers, agricultural workers, those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and delivery drivers. 

Full-time Food Sector Workers will be eligible for 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave if they are unable to work due to any of the following reasons:

In response to Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent Executive Order allowing for the reopening of state-subsidized before and after school child care facilities for essential workers, the Calif. Department of Education (CDE) issued a Management Bulletin prioritizing children of workers in the food and agriculture industry.

Farm workers and others in agriculture will now have priority in arranging for child care during work hours.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Growers raised the issue of child care for essential workers to the Newsom Administration.

Cory Lunde

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