Western Growers Assurance Trust, in partnership with Pinnacle Health Management, is excited to announce a new resource, HEIDI, a text-based artificial intelligence chatbot to help your employees navigate through these difficult times. HEIDI provides on-demand expertise to help your employees manage stress levels, maintain mental balance, and be resilient.

Chardae Heim

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

The CA Labor Commissioner has issued a CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers poster which must be displayed where workers can easily read it. Executive Order N-51-20 requires employers with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave to food sector workers for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The Executive Order is intended to cover employers that are exempted from the federal Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (i.e, employers with fewer than 500 employees).

Jason Resnick

USDA has posted a set of FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a guaranteed loan program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The purpose of the program is to support small businesses and help support their payroll during the coronavirus situation.

The PPP provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Cory Lunde

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