State & Federal Resources for Employees & Employers:

 California Employment Development Department

  • UI Work Sharing Program – Staff Reduction Alternatives
    Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program through the EDD. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits.

Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

  • Unemployment Insurance - Reduced Work Hours
    Individuals who have had their hours reduced or have lost their job through no fault of their own may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more by visiting the EDD website.

Note: Governor’s Emergency Proclamations waive the non-payable one-week waiting period for regular UI benefit payments to eligible individuals affected by current disasters. This means individuals can be paid benefits for the first week they are unemployed due to the disaster.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 -$1,300 a week.

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.

Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.

California Franchise Tax Board

  • Delayed Filing – State Taxes
    Individual filers have a 60-day extension and can pay their taxes by June 15. The State Franchise Tax Board will also waive interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Taxpayers claiming the special relief should write COVID-19 in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB of the special extension period.

Internal Revenue Service

  • Delayed Filing – Federal Taxes 
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Internal Revenue Service will give filers 90 days to pay income taxes due on up to $1 million in tax owed. During that three-month deferral period, taxpayers won’t be subject to interest and penalties.

California Department of Community Services and Development

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – Financial/Energy Assistance
    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance to eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs.

Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of California, Article XX, Section 22, and in furtherance of Governor Newsom’s emergency declarations and orders regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions. Click here for more information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development COVID-19 Business Resources 

The California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has released information on their website for employees and employers impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.

Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) Guidance for Employers and Workers

The LWDA has a guidance to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of information on the LWDA website to help determine what is best for the businesses, their employees, and their family.

California Employment Development Department (EDD) COVID-19 Online Resources

The State of California EDD provides a variety of support services affected by COVID-19 in California.  The EDD website offers many services online for businesses and employees.

SBA COVID-19 Business Guide

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a comprehensive guide to help businesses plan and respond to the current COVID-19 threat. Visit the SBA website for more information.

CDC COVID-19 Business Guide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created an interim guide based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For access to the full guide and more information, please visit the CDC website.