April 3, 2020

VICA remains up and running and will continue to fight for the Valley and the business community as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue
"America will rise to meet this challenge or any other. Our health care workers already are. In this bill we give them the tools to do the job . And we give families the financial support they need to get by, until this time of trial and tribulation is over."

- Representative Adam Schiff on the CARES Act.
Media Mentions

L.A. City Council Wants to Run Businesses During Economic Crisis

With Rent Due Soon, Small Businesses Have Tough Choices Ahead
March 27

L.A. Council OKs More Paid Sick Leave at Large Companies, for Workers Affected by the Coronavirus
Los Angeles Daily News
March 27

Planning, Preparing for COVID-19
March 30

Will L.A. Try to Run Your Business?
SFVBJ
March 30

L.A. City Council Approves Extra Sick Time for Coronavirus
  SFVBJ
March 30

Business Survival Tips
ABC7
April 2

Members 
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VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 

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American Beverage Association
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The Week Ahead

VICA University - Employers Concern During COVID-19 Crisis
with Sue Bendavid
Tuesday, April 7
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Webex Video Conference
Click here to RSVP

VICA After Dark
Thursday, April 9
4 to 6 p.m.
Webex Video Conference
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Save the Date

Land Use Committee
Sponsored by The Garland
Tuesday, April 14
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Webex Video Conference
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, April 15
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Webex Video Conference
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VICA University - Employer Protection Amid COVID-19 Crisis
with Gaspar Insurance
Thursday, April 16
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Webex Video Conference
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VICA After Dark
Thursday, April 23
4 to 6 p.m.
Webex Video Conference
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Newsmaker Connections with Councilmember David Ryu
Friday, April 24
10 to 11:30 p.m.
Webex Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

Education
California K-12 public schools are expected to stay closed for the remainder of the academic year in keeping with state and local 'stay at home' measures currently in place. Governor Newsom is partnering with businesses to provide free Wi-Fi to 100,000 households to aid students in remote learning. 

Education
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of California will waive SAT/ACT requirements for students applying for fall 2021 admission.  

Unemployment
Last week, California saw more than 878,000 new unemployment claims, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. At the national level, a record setting total of 6.6 million filed for unemployment benefits within the span of a week.

Environment
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation moved forward with a new rule which rolls back gas mileage and emissions requirements set in 2012. 

Single-use Bags
California grocery stores are now asking customers not to bring in their reusable shopping bags, letting their employees only handle single-use paper or heavy plastic bags as a precaution to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Split Roll
Proponents of the VICA-opposed split roll measure have gathered the required amount of signatures to replace the measure with a revised version on the November 2020 ballot.

Taxes
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is floating the idea of lifting caps placed on state and local tax deductions in 2017 as a way of providing more economic relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 Policies Going After Businesses
State
The State of California is currently looking at labor proposals that could harm businesses at a time of extreme economic uncertainty. These proposals include:
  • Recognizing union representatives as essential workers,
  • Force business owners to meet and confer with unions despite social distancing,
  • 14 days of sick paid leave without the need of a doctor's note,
  • Expanding statewide moratorium on evictions to include foreclosures and utility shutoffs for at least 60 days,
  • Continue job-based coverage benefits for laid-off employees,
  • Presumption of contracting COVID-19 during employment for workers' compensation.
Let the Legislature know how these measures would negatively impact businesses and employees across California!

Click here for more info on the labor proposals. 

State Legislative Recap
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order which gives a 90-day extension to file and pay state and local taxes. This extension is for all businesses filing a return that is less than $1 million in taxes. The order also gives a 60-day extension for filing a claim for refund.

The Governor also announced $50 million in loan guarantees to provide relief to small businesses who may not be eligible for the loan programs established by the CARES Act (more on this below). Small businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales are allowed to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000. For more information on state relief programs for businesses and employers click here.

County
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have introduced a motion to respond to the ongoing pandemic. The motions includes a provision requiring employers to guarantee 10 days of supplemental paid sick leave to employees for COVID-19 related reasons. The motion would also establish a "right of recall" for recently laid off workers, giving them priority in rehiring and worker retention policies. Businesses would also be required to implement workplace health and safety measures for essential workers, including paid time for hand-washing and protective gear

Contact the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and voice your concerns with this motion!

City Legislative Recap
On March 30, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an  Executive Order which halts all new rent increases on units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). 

Last week, t he Los Angeles City Council approved several ordinances in response to COVID-19, including an ordinance requiring businesses with 500 or more employees to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to employees. While VICA commends the City Council for amending the motion to not include small businesses, several concerns remain with the ordinance as written. 


VICA has sent a letter to Mayor Garcetti requesting necessary changes to the paid sick leave ordinance. The recommended changes include:
  • Remove or adjust the exemption on collective bargaining agreements to prevent forcing new agreements;
  • Including an exemption for essential services consistent with state and local orders; and
  • Allow an employer to offset the 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave with the amount of paid sick leave the employer already provides to its employees in accordance with their existing paid sick leave policy.
Call 213-978-1028 and email Mayor Garcetti's office to let them know this ordinance needs further deliberation by the City Council!
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VICA Supports Postponement  of Property Tax Payment Deadline
VICA joined CalTax in a letter requesting Governor Newsom to postpone the deadline for the payment of locally assessed property taxes. Californians will be required to pay the second installment of these property taxes on April 10, with a 10 percent penalty if they fail to pay. However, counties have limited options in waiving penalties for non-payment. Additionally, the administrative costs of applying for these waivers would prove to be onerous for taxpayers, especially during our current economic crisis. That is why VICA believes it would be the best course of action to relieve taxpayers by extending the deadline to July 15.


TUESDAY, APRIL 7
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Via Webex Video Conference

 
Sue Bendavid
Lewitt Hackman

Join VICA for a special webinar with VICA's  Labor & Employment Co-Chair Sue Bendavid as she covers  employer concerns  during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Webex information will be e-mailed to all those that are registered.


Support Increased Access to Care Through Telehealth
VICA supports Assembly Bill 2007 (Salas), which would allow the establishment of a patient relationship with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC) at any time, including during an initial visit that includes telehealth in real time or through store-and-forward. A number of health centers across the nation have either begun using telehealth, are in the process of implementing a telehealth program, or are actively exploring its feasibility. Telehealth programs are especially critical in rural areas, where many residents can face long distances between home and health provider, particularly specialized providers. 

AB 2007 would improve access to care by clarifying that, in addition to providing services via telehealth, community health centers would be allowed to establish a patient through real time or store-and-forward telehealth services. This simple clarification will increase access to vital and cost-effective health care services for thousands of patients in disadvantaged communities across California. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9
4 to 6 p.m.
Via Webex Video Conference


Virtually meet other prominent business leaders from the community. 

The Webex information will be e-mailed to all those that are registered.


What the CARES Act Means for Your Business


On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic relief bill, passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Trump. The package includes provisions designed to provide aid to businesses who are struggling due to the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. The CARES Act created two Small Business Interruption Loan Programs - The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides low-interest disaster loans of up to $2 million for small businesses. Small businesses are defined as businesses with 500 employees or less, or businesses that are considered small under Small Business Administration (SBA) Size Standards. These loans have a maximum 30-year repayment term. Click here to see if your business is eligible to apply for an EIDL.

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to help small businesses keep employees on their payrolls. The Paycheck Protection Program allows SBA-approved lenders to provide forgivable loans of up to $10 million for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations affected by the pandemic. These loans are guaranteed 100 percent by the SBA. Approved lenders can begin processing applications today, and the program will be available until June 30, 2020. Click here to see if your business is eligible, find approved lenders, and apply for a loan.

The CARES Act also includes the following provisions:
  • Creates the Employer Retention Tax Credit that is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible business which has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (this credit is not available to businesses who have received a Small Business Interruption Loan);
  • Carrybacks for net operating loss that can offset income for the tax years 2018 to 2020;
  • Deferment of payment for the employer portion of payroll taxes until the end of 2020, with the payment of the first half of the deferred amount due on December 31, 2021, and the second half on December 31, 2022;
  • Allows taxpayers who are subject to interest limitation rules to deduct business interest expense for up to 50 percent of adjusted taxable income (ATI) for the 2018 and 2019 tax years (this provision does not include partnerships, which are still limited to 30 percent of ATI); 
  • Provides advance refunding of credits to offset the amount an employer has paid to employees in emergency sick paid leave, family and medical leave as required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Committee Meetings
Not-For-Profit Committee (4/2)
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
  • Jan Masaoka (California Association of Nonprofits) presented on the impact of Not-For-Profit organizations on the California economy.
  • Eric Swenson, Managing Director of RSJ/Swenson, discussed how organizations can navigate the COVID-19 crisis from a leadership and HR perspective.
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