Monterey County Farm Bureau

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 - What You Need to Know


On December 16th, the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) issued guidance to all employers on COVID-19 vaccination programs and policies for their employees.  This guidance lists the obligations under civil rights laws if employers intend to issue policies requiring employees to be vaccinated.  Employers are advised to consider these types of policies carefully, under the guidance of a labor law attorney if possible, as additional guidance will be forthcoming as the vaccines are more widely distributed.  Employers may wish to consider policies that 'recommend' rather than 'mandate' vaccination as a viable policy alternative.

There are several EEO laws a play here in determining if vaccinations can be mandated for all employees.  EEOC guidance clearly states that employers that seek to adopt mandatory vaccination policies may be obligated to provide exemptions or accommodations to employees with religious objections to vaccines, employees that may be pregnant, and employees with disabilities.

Before developing and implementing a vaccination policy, employers should thoroughly review the EEOC guidance here.

Monterey County Farm Bureau notes that, in this unprecedented time as agricultural employers work to navigate the continually evolving changes relative to the coronavirus COVID-19, it is essential that everyone stays informed on government guidance, industry best practices and practical resources. Below is a compiled list of information resources that address the myriad of elements when understanding the COVID-19 impacts. We encourage everyone to access these sites daily to stay full informed.

NOTE: Monterey County is in the ORANGE tier of the CA Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Resources available on-line:

Monterey County offers resources to businesses, including graphics and informational content for both employers and employees here.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements
to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

California Response to COVID-19

California Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Call Center: (916) 558-1784

CalOSHA Workplace Guidance for COVID-19 Employers
Download guidance and recommendations here

Monterey County Public Health Department
Visit Website for Information on Stay-at-Home Order and Posting Requirements
Facial Coverings Order effective 4/30/2020 here with FAQs here

Hotlines to Local Hospitals for Personal Health Inquiries (7am - 11pm, daily)
Natividad Health Center: 831-755-0793
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital: 831-722-7365

Required Posting
The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) has released its employer workplace information poster on FFCRA leaves.  If you employ fewer than 500 employees and are covered by FFCRA leave requirements PRINT & POST ALONG WITH OTHER WORKPLACE POSTINGS.
You can read more here.  Download the ENGLISH language poster here.  Download the SPANISH language poster here.

FMLA Information for Paid Sick Leave
The Department has also released guidance for employers on implementation of expanded Family & Medical Leave Act leaves and new federal Paid Sick Leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Guidance includes a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and Questions & Answers.  Notably, DOL now takes the position that implementation begins April 1, 2020, not April 2 as previously widely reported.  You can read more here.

Relief Programs
SBA Disaster Load Assistance Program - webpage
SBA Loan Tutorial - webpage
Find an SBA Loan Lender - searchable webpage
USDA Resource Guide for Federal Relief Programs - webpage
USDA Rural Development Relief Information available here.
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Resources and Office Hours here.

California Farm Bureau Industry Resources available here.
California Farm Bureau Consumer Answers & Resources available here.