Legal Resources

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What we know about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. The Napa Valley Grapegrowers is monitoring the situation and how it affects our members, agriculture, and the community.

Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)

The FFCRA was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. This new law goes into effect on April 1, 2020, and it will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

While the full legislative package includes many provisions, including free coronavirus testing, food assistance, and medical services budget increases, only four aspects of the law apply chiefly to businesses. These include requiring some employers to provide paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave along with tax credits for the paid leave, and expansion of unemployment insurance. 


The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

  • SBA – here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.
  • Department of Treasury –  here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.


WARN and Cal-WARN requires employers to give 60-day advance notice to employees and government officials of certain closures and layoffs. If employers fail to do so, they could be required to pay affected employees up to 60 days of back pay and civil penalties for failing to give adequate notice.