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. 



Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00am MST

BSU Center for Professional Development invites you to attend a FREE Webinar "Your Brain, Stress, and COVID-19," this 
Wednesday, April 8th, at 11:00 am MT.  Register at

Wednesday, April 8th, 9:30 PT and Thursday, April 9th, 1:00 PT

Join Gallagher's Virtual Town Hall for employers to ask specific questions around COVID-19 Compliance, Leave and Retirement Plans.  You can submit questions in advance when you registering or via chat during the event.  Our expert panel will address the most frequently asked questions live and will follow up with answers to any questions not covered. REGISTER HERE


Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Advisor, will provide an in-depth discussion on the CARES Act, specifically the Paycheck Protection Program, the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.  Additionally, it will cover the paid sick and FMLA provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Bradley has spent the last two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions. We’re very much looking forward to his insights on the above legislation and COVID-19’s impact to American commerce. REGISTER HERE

 SHRM’s COVID-19 Update -- Thursday, April 9 at 11am and 5pm EST

SHRM is continuously working to provide our members and the entire business community with the latest tools, resources and information to navigate COVID-19 in their workplaces. Make sure to register for the webcast “SHRM/CDC Update on COVID-19: Understanding What Has Happened and What Is Ahead” on April 9 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

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.


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:

MARCH EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON:  The in-person Executive Luncheon originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, is cancelled.  The presentation will be recorded and provided to those who registered to attend.  Please watch for additional information regarding this option.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The HRATV Annual Conference will be rescheduled for the 3rd quarter this year. We are currently working to secure a new date and will communicate the details as they are available. Sponsorships and registrations will be transferred to the new date. UPDATE: We have rescheduled for September 4th and registration is available online. Those already registered (attendees and sponsors) will automatically be registered for the September date.

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 March Book Club meeting is being postponed.  We are looking into options to meet online and will communicate details as they become available.

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

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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