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May 6, 2020

Bringing Them Back: Questions for HR from Returning Workers

SHRM As employees begin to return to their workplaces after weeks under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, they will have questions. After all, the world changed suddenly because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic and so have employees' expectations and fears. Be prepared by considering these six things employment attorneys and human resource experts say workers will want to know right from the start.
April 20, 2020

Washington Update From NPR

Dear Colleagues: Your response to the COVID-19 crisis is deeply inspiring. Across formats, across the country, you have created remarkable and innovative ways to sustain communities and keep audiences informed and connected.
April 16, 2020

Distribution Plan for the FY 2020 Stabilization Funds

The CPB Board of Directors has unanimously approved a distribution plan for the $75 million of emergency stabilization funds for public media included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
April 7, 2020

CPB CARES Act Advisory Group

As you know, Congress has appropriated $75 million in emergency funds to CPB for the public media system. Specifically, Congress directed that the funds be used to maintain programming and services and to preserve the ability of small and rural public media stations to continue to provide essential information, educational content and services to the American people.
April 6, 2020

Letter From Pat Harrison, President and CEO, CPB

 Read the full letter.
April 5, 2020

New CDC Guidance for Employers Reflects Evolving Knowledge of Coronavirus

By SHRM Open the windows. Leave contaminated areas vacant for 24 hours if you can. Wear disposable gloves and gowns. And, of course, wash your hands often.These are among the updated guidelines posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for cleaning and disinfecting a workplace after an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. Among the new tips: If a contaminated area has been closed for seven days or more, there's no need for a special cleaning.
April 3, 2020

How the COVID-19 Crisis Points to a New Path Forward for Public Media

By Current A few years ago, the award-winning producer Jay Allison wrote a provocation referring to public media as “a precious local and national system, founded on a beautiful idea, and we should protect it. … If it fails, it will never be built again.” That has stuck in my mind ever since and come back with a haunted urgency over the past several weeks.As COVID-19 has swept across America and around the world, the response from thepublic media system has been nothing short of heroic.
March 31, 2020

In Volunteerism Amid Pandemic, Necessity Mothers Invention

By Nonprofit Quarterly As states and cities across the country have begun to institute shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders in an effort to flatten the curve, those nonprofits that heavily rely on volunteers to fulfill their mission and objectives have felt a great impact. While some organizations have been able to transition to virtual activities, many nonprofits, particularly those that rely on direct service, such as hospitals, food banks, and social services agencies, are left to grapple with the effects of a reduced volunteer force. 
March 25, 2020

Confused About the Coronavirus Paid-Leave Mandate? DOL Issued Some Guidance

By SHRM The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its first official guidance for employers and workers about the paid-leave provisions in the coronavirus relief bill that was signed into law on March 18. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act's (FFCRA's) emergency paid-leave provisions apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees, but there are exceptions available for small businesses and companies that employ health care workers.
March 20, 2020

PBS’s Response to COVID-19

By PBS Like many of you, we at PBS have quickly adapted our policies and practices to manage a primarily remote workforce. Our transition to telework status for nonessential employees (which we have extended until April 10) has gone relatively smoothly, and I am confident that we are well-positioned to maintain continuity of operations.PBS is focused on three priorities during this crisis:Keeping our technical infrastructure soundDelivering relevant and robust programmingWorking in partnership with stations to help parents and educators fill educational gaps while schools are closed