Published Mar 20, 2020 by Taylor Landin
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Partnership will provide a daily update on public policies and other newsworthy items from local, state and national levels of government.
All levels of government continue to focus on strategies to contain and respond to COVID-19. At the federal level, legislation addressing COVID-19 continues to move forward. President Trump signed the “Phase 2 Stimulus Package,” (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) Wednesday night which provides free testing, expanded funding for food security programs and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer. The phase three legislative package was released in the Senate. At the state level, Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars and restaurants to provide only take-out, delivery or drive-through service. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Schools must close but may continue distance learning. These rules will be in effect through April 3rd. State Health Commissioner John Hellerstedt issued a formal public health disaster declaration for the entire state of Texas. At the local level, the first private, free COVID-19 drive-through testing center opened in the Houston area.
President Trump's Press Conference
Two Congressmen test positive for COVID-19
Phase 2 Stimulus Package
Phase 3 Stimulus Package
Other Points of Interest
The Partnership's COVID-19 Business Forum continues with a discussion around the Families First Coronavirus Response Act On April 2, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect, changing the legal requirements related to employee benefits and leaves of absence. As employers work to respond to the ever-changing work environment caused by COVID-19, they are faced with new questions each day. This webinar will focus on how to effectively implement FFCRA and will provide guidance on potential scenarios employers might face. Confirmed speakers include:Â Bonnie Monych, CPC, CM, Performance Specialist Houston Region, Insperity Jeff Sorrells, PHR, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Insperity Michael Gutierrez, Human Resources Consultant Manager, Workforce SolutionsÂ A moderated conversation will follow the discussion. Please pre-submit questions to email@example.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The Greater Houston Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact through teleconferences with local experts. The Partnership will continue to provide updates and resources to our members throughout this ongoing situation. A reminder to bookmark our COVID-19 Resources page which is being updated daily.Â
Save the date for the Greater Houston Partnership's annual State of the Senate luncheon featuring U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who will address issues important to the greater Houston region and our nation. Â Â Senator Cornyn, a San Antonio native, has served as the senior United States Senator for Texas since 2002. Cornyn currently serves on the Senate's Judiciary, Finance, and Intelligence Committees. Senator Cornyn was previously the Republican Senate Majority Whip for the 114th and 115th Congresses.
Take the next step in your member experience by getting an in-depth look at the many ways to engage with the Greater Houston Partnership at Membership 101 on Thursday, May 14.Â Membership 101 is perfect for new members as well as those who simply want a refresher of our program offerings.Â This is also a great opportunity to network and make new connections with fellow Partnership members. At Membership 101, you will: See new offerings for 2020 Build your company engagement plan Discover the best Partnership Programs, Events and Resources that fit your business needs Learn how to engage your employees with the Partnership