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COVID-19 Pandemic News & Resources: Issue #4

TO: VACP/VACLEA Members

Welcome to the fourth installment of news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic! This email is quite lengthy, but we encourage you to at least scan all the way through to see what is included. 

In case you did not receive any of the first 3 emails, they can be found here:
UPDATE #1 | UPDATE #2 | UPDATE #3

REMINDER: Free COVID-19 Resources from VACP Partners

First Responders Children's Foundation, iHeartMedia & Fox Partner on the "IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA"

Concert airs Sunday, March 29 at 9PM ET on FOX

First Responders Children's Foundation (www.1strcf.org) provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances.  First Responders Children's Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large. 

The First Responders Children's Foundation has been selected as a charity partner of "FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA," a music event presented by iHeartMedia and FOX which will pay tribute to front line first responders of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We ask that this Sunday night you consider watching this family friendly event. Just as many of our teams are going that extra mile "serving those who serve'", many of the frontline public safety and healthcare providers are experiencing tremendous impacts from Covid-19 exposure.

The concert will air on Sunday, March 29th from 9-10 PM ET / 6-7 PM PT on FOX -- and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide as well as via the iHeartRadio app. It will be hosted by Elton John, featuring performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more. In addition to featuring unforgettable performances, the hour-long concert will recognize the front-line health professionals, first responders, and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm's way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. For more information, visit news.iheart.com/featured/living-room-concert

Contributions to the First Responders Children's Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund can be made by visiting www.1strcf.org/donate/ , and messages of thanks can be shared on social media using hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong and tagging First Responders Children's Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Q&A: How Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Affect Your Organization? 

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires most employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave to employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA actually consists of two separate acts that provide paid leave to employees. The first act, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provides paid short-term leave of up to 80 hours for reasons related to COVID-19. The second, the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), amends the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and provides longer term leave of up to 12 weeks, 10 of which are paid. However, as discussed below, EFMLEA leave is only provided in certain limited circumstances. The FFCRA becomes effective on April 1, 2020 and terminates on December 31, 2020.

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A Video Message From IACP President Chief Steve Casstevens


IACP President Casstevens has released a video message of support to the IACP membership as law enforcement continues to work in their communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
Please watch the video below and to access IACP's COVID-19 resource page and the response discussion group please visit the IACP website.
IACP President Steven Casstevens Message to the Membership

CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General Herring Urges Virginians to Be Wary of Scams Related to the Federal Stimulus Package

Scammers purporting to be with the federal government are asking for personal information, including bank account information, under the guise of direct depositing one-time stimulus payments

RICHMOND (March 27, 2020) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today issued a consumer alert urging Virginians to be wary of scammers trying to get personal information as part of a new federal stimulus payment scam. There are reports of scammers using the news that, as part of the federal stimulus package, the government will be sending one-time payments to millions of Virginians and Americans as an opportunity to try and steal personal information.

Attorney General Herring is reminding all Virginians that if they receive an email, text or phone call about these stimulus checks from someone purporting to be with the government to not give them personal information. These phishing scams will likely ask for things like bank account information under the guise of direct depositing money from the stimulus package into your bank account. Also, remember that the government will not ask you to pay any money up front to get a stimulus check. So if someone asks you to pay something, it’s a scam.

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COVID-19 Webinar & LE Resources from Attorney Eric Daigle

Webinar Recording: Practical Operational Standards During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Your time is important so this webinar recording is a quick hit to address policies and procedures related to operations, employment issues and tactical response in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch Webinar
Daigle Law Group COVID-19 Downloadable Resources: For additional COVID-19 resources from Daigle Law Group, please click here.
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