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    May 15, 2020
     
    Re-Opening Guidelines, New Rules, and Discussion Forums
     
    Dear Mountain View,
     
    The landscape keeps changing, and more information is being provided regarding new requirements that must be in place in order to re-open and simple guides to help you get there. A number of important changes to City ordinances are also being considered to help businesses recover. Be sure your voice is heard and join the online forums and roundtables coming up.
     
    Re-Opening Guides and Considerations
     
    The State of California provides an easy to follow, slide show-like sumary of the current guidelines in their "Pandemic Roadmap". In it you will find a list of key indicators needed to modify the shelter in place order. Also provided are definitions of the four different phases of reopening (Santa Clara is currently moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2) as well as the actions needed to get there. Click here
     
    Employment lawyers Fisher Phillips provide this detailed guide to compliance measures workplaces must take before reopening. Included are what you need to address in a site-specific protection plan, control measures and screening that must be in place, how to address cleaning and disinfecting, and other important preparations that need to be made in order to resume business. Click here.
    Panel with Local Financial Institutions - RECAP
     
    For those of you who missed it on Weds, the monthly Business Issues and Public Policy forum (BIPP) featured a panel discussion with several local financial institutionsYou can watch a video of the Panel here.
     
    Some key learnings:
    • Make a business plan for the current situation, as well as for the future
    • Go to your banker before there's an issue
    • Build a relationship with your banker; keep your banker informed
    • Find out who has the ability to grant approvals
    • Put PPP (and other granted funds) into a separate account for clearer tracking and reporting
    • The Chamber may be able to help with introductions
    • Additional resources: SBA Website, NorCal Guarantee
     
    You can also reach out to our panelists directly:
    Kiseri Tinsew, Bank of America
    Jonathan Navarro, Meriwest Credit Union
    Vanessa Brosas, Star One Credit Union
    Hector Gandhi, Boston Private Bank & Trust
    "Meet the Mayor" Virtual Roundtable
    May 20th at 2 PM
     
    The Downtown Business Association will host their annual "Meet the Mayor" event, with Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, in a virtual round table. This is a great opportunity for all downtown business owners and managers to connect with our Mayor on the topics that most impact our businesses and Downtown. Agenda and link coming soon.
    "Back to Business" Series:
    Opening Castro to Pedestrians
     
    May 21st at 2 PM
     
    Join the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mountain View, local businesses and the community to discuss opening a portion of Castro Street to pedestrians in order to help local businesses while following social distancing guidelines.
     
    Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom meeting link. For any additional questions, email info@chambermv.org.
     
    Key Points of Governor's Budget Proposal
     
    On Thursday, Governor Newsom presented a revised budget proposal for California with the following specific cuts identified:
    • Cutting pay for state workers: A 10% pay cut for state employees, including Newsom and his staff. These cuts will be negotiated with public employee unions, and union leaders have said they have alternatives to propose. However, the governor said cuts could be imposed if the state cannot reach an agreement.
    • Cancel program expansions: $6.1 billion in expanded programs and one-time spending increases would be canceled, including plans to extend Medi-Cal health care coverage to undocumented immigrants over age 65.
    • Redirected pension payments: The state would redirect $2.3 billion intended to help pay down the unfunded pension debt in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System to pay pension contributions owed by school districts and community colleges.
    • Limit tax credits: Corporate tax credits would be temporarily limited to an annual maximum of $5 million per company.
    Update to Workers’ Compensation Standards
     
    From TriNet: On May 7, Governor Newsom made changes to the California workers’ compensation standards with an Executive Order. The order provides that “covered workers” who contract COVID-19 are presumed to have a workplace injury covered by the workers’ compensation system. To see who is a “covered worker” and learn more about this Executive Order, read this article.
     
    California Clarifies Uses for Paid Sick Leave
     
    From TriNet: Effective immediately, the California Labor Commissioner has clarified that employees may apply their California paid sick leave (PSL) to time off for reasons covered under California Labor Code section 230.8, which provides employees time off from work for child-related activities. Click here for more information.
     
    TriNet also provides a useful checklist for returning to the workplace.
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