On Monday, April 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host the next call in a series of weekly private sector calls for updates on the COVID-19 response. These calls take place every Monday at 1:00 p.m. PT and are hosted by Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC’s Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases.

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Businesses with up to 10,000 employees or less than $2.5 billion in 2019 annual revenues may be eligible for new or expanded financing under the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program.

Small to mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis may be eligible for 4-year loans; principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year.

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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.

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California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. Cal/OSHA has now released guidance for agricultural employers on how to update their IIPPs to include preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance does not introduce any new legal obligations, but because COVID-19 is widespread in the community, most California workplaces must consider the disease a workplace hazard.

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