Idaho's Stage of Reopening

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

John Ashby, HRATV Legislative Affairs Chair  

On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”). While the Act addresses the COVID-19 pandemic on a larger scale, this Alert summarizes the key provisions that directly impact employers. 


Joshua Evans gave a fantastic presentation about employee engagement at our February luncheon. He has generously shared his reminders on how to stay engaged and maintain a positive perspective in these challenging times. Watch his message.

  • Click HERE for information regarding Qualified Disaster Relief Payments and tax free reimbursements of certain qualifying expenses employees can incur due to the pandemic. Employers have a great deal of flexibility in designing and utilizing a Qualified Disaster Relief Payment program, and these programs can be useful tools for supporting employees during a time of crisis.

    Need assistance putting together an
     Emergency Plan? Click HERE for preventative steps and office closure support.

    Looking for ways to communicate to your employees someone within your organization has tested positive for COVID-19? Click HERE for sample email templates.

    Click HERE for sample language to notify an employee of their temporary layoff or furlough due to COVID-19.


I imagine for many of you the last few weeks of work have been consumed with planning and preparing your workplaces for the impacts of COVID19. I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the important role we as HR professionals have within our organizations to care for and protect our workplaces and people. While there is no playbook, we as an HR community can help our companies by staying engaged and informed. The HRATV Board is monitoring the situation closely and planning and preparing for what comes next. Our first priority is to keep our members safe and connected.  Specific details about upcoming events are listed below.

If you are looking for resources to help navigate COVID19, SHRM has some great resources and Idaho has a website designated specifically to offer up-to-date information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for its residents. 

Please reach out to me or any member on our board if we can answer any questions or have suggestions on how we can best support you. Again, thank you for your leadership during this time. It is more important than ever. 


Justy Thomas, SHRM-SCP, and the 2020 Board of Directors


The HRATV board has made the following decisions regarding our upcoming events:

2020 MONTHLY PROGRAMS:  The monthly Professional Development and Networking Programs scheduled for the remainder of 2020 will each be evaluated as dates draw near.  As we have done with many already, we will do our best to provide the presentations via webinar when it is not advisable to meet in person. 

ANNUAL CONFERENCEThe Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley (HRATV) regrets to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference, rescheduled for September 4th at the Boise Centre, has been cancelled.

In consideration of the pandemic and the current trends in the Treasure Valley, the Association cannot in good conscious move forward with the event. Please know, this decision was not made lightly. Those that have registered for the conference will have their registrations automatically transferred to the 2021 HRATV Conference scheduled for April 16th, 2021. Those that cannot commit to the 2021 conference should request a refund prior to August 1st by emailing

Words cannot express how disappointed we are that we are unable to come together this year. The Association’s focus will be to provide support to our HR community while continuing to offer virtual and digital content and resources. 

PRECONFERENCE EVENTThe pre-conference workshop "4 Practical Ways to Create a Successful Veteran Recruiting Program” will be moved to an online format.  Additional details are forthcoming.  UPDATE:  This event will be held later in the year.  Additional information will be sent via email.

BOOK CLUB: The HRATV Book Club will be meeting virtually.  Email us at if you are interested in joining.

MENTORING MEETINGS: Postponed until further notice.

CERTIFICATION STUDY GROUP: Postponed until further notice.

As recommendations regarding COVID-19 evolve we will update our communication. Please check the latest updates here on our website. This was not an easy decision to make. We feel it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our members and the community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at


HRATV Members Discussion Forum --Communicate with other HRATV Members here.

COVID Crisis Counseling Hotline

Online Resources

CDC Guidance I CDC Educational Materials I EEOC ADA Guidance OSHA Guidance I WHO Guidance I Layoffs, Furloughs, Reduction in Hours Global Confirmed Cases I SHRM

Carrier Guidance

Blue Cross of Idaho I PacificSource I Regence I Select Health  I  Retirement Plan Sponsor COVID-19 FAQs 

Healthcare Guidance

St. Alphonsus I Healthwise I Regence I Blue Cross of Idaho

Statutory and Paid Family Leave Plan Updates

Families First Response Act I Compliance FMLA I DOL FMLA FAQ I State Specific FMLA Laws I FFCRA Leave Decision Tree  I CARES Act I Small & Midsize Employer Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave 

Individual Medical Insurance

Major Medical Insurance I Your Health Idaho

Meal Assistance

Free Meals:  The Boys & Girls Club, Boise School District, and West Ada School District are providing Free Grab-And-Go meals for children in need while schools are closed.  See links below for details on times and locations and if you would like to donate so they can continue their operations

Boys & Girls Club Meal Details

Boys & Girls Club Donation

Boise School District Meal Details

Boise School District Donation

West Ada School District Meal Details

West Ada School District Donation


NOTE: These links are not endorsed by HRATV but merely a resource in these uncertain times.

Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley 
SHRM Chapter #0111

P.O. Box 1733
Boise, ID 83701

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