April 23, 2020
Governor Newsom Taps California Business, Labor, Health Care and Community Leaders for New Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
Governor appoints business and civic leader Tom Steyer Chief Advisor to the Governor on Business and Jobs Recovery
Task Force will be co-chaired by Governor’s Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary and Steyer
Brings together Californians from across diverse range of the state’s economy to develop recommendations for a plan that works for all Californians, with a focus on the regions and communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, ILWU President Willie Adams, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation Antonia Hernandez, former head of the Small Business Administration Aida Álvarez and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be part of the Task Force stepping up to help California pave the way toward a fast, safe recovery of jobs
All of California’s former governors and California’s legislative leaders across both political parties join the task force

SACRAMENTO – Bringing together leaders across California’s diverse, innovative economic and social sectors to chart a path forward on recovery in the wake of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the formation of a state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. The Task Force will be co-chaired by Governor Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary and philanthropist, environmentalist and businessman Tom Steyer, who was also appointed Chief Advisor to the Governor on Business and Jobs Recovery. He will receive no compensation for his service.

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Companies help laid-off employees in variety of ways

Though much of the industry is suffering from layoffs, companies are trying to provide financial and emotional support as well as food to employees in need. Here’s what two management companies and one California hotel are doing.

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—With furloughs and layoffs rippling through the industry because of the loss of business from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, hotel companies and properties are looking to offer support to employees and former staff in several ways.

Randy Hassen, president of McKibbon Hospitality, said the hotel industry was hit quickly and drastically, and his company looked for the best way it could to help its employees with the essentials.

Before the pandemic, the company had about 2,400 associates. At the time of the interview on 26 March, he said that number will likely slim down to roughly 500. He said about 10% of the company’s hotels have suspended active, day-to-day operations. However, the doors are not locked, the lights are not off and people are still answering phones, he said.

On 3 April, McKibbon Hospitality’s 90-day associate assistance fund took effect in the company’s payroll system. The fund, which will provide $200 every two weeks, is to help all its temporarily laid-off employees purchase groceries and supplies, such as medication.
“We didn’t want to do a one-time payment because we felt like this was going to last a little bit longer,” he said. “As we look at the number of associates affected, we said ‘What are we able to do and how long can we do it?’ We felt that 90 days would help get them through this.”

In terms of layoffs, he said the key was to react quickly.


We are all keenly awaiting a sense of normalcy to return to the travel world after the coronavirus and the ensuring lockdown have subsided. But be honest, there is no going back. The behavioral changes that have resulted from this pandemic are now habits that will change what guests want from their travel experiences.

Namely, let’s talk about the last effects of social distancing and self-isolation. People all over are becoming accustomed to working from home, cooking for themselves more than they used to, eating out far less and shopping online in lieu of going to the mall. Concurrently is the lingering fear factor from COVID-19 whereby people will be afraid of crowded or highly trafficked spaces in addition to needing some form of hand sanitization nearby at all times.

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Fill out business impacts survey: To ensure our industry has a voice in the recovery conversations at the state level, it’s important to quantify the impacts on travel businesses and their employees. Please spend 10 minutes filling out this survey.

Focus on social media: Keep your business and destination visible on social media. Visit California has developed tools to help, such as the #CATakeoutTuesday campaign. It’s customizable for your own destination — check out the toolkit here .

OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.
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