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California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

Employer policies and resources

Employers can use the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, which provides guidance for employers to help them plan and prepare for reopening their business and to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. The guidance and links in each section are provided to give employers the tools they need to open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.  

As workplaces reopen, employees will need both childcare support and workplace flexibility. It’s also important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. See more information on:

Financial assistance

Federal programs

Additional funds are now available for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders. You must apply directly through a lender. Find a PPP lender to contact right away. See details at SBA.gov.

The U.S. SBA is accepting new applications to EIDL from all eligible businesses. Visit U.S. SBA’s Disaster Loan Applications website for more information. The U.S. SBA will continue to process EIDL Loan applications already submitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Small businesses may get reimbursed for paid leave costs related to COVID-19. This funding is available for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Employers can receive a credit for wages paid for such leave between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Visit Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for more information. Also check frequently asked questions about tax credit reimbursement for paid leave.

Financial and technical assistance for small businesses 

Labor and workforce support for businesses

Industry guidance for reopening

As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, follow the industry-specific guidance that applies to protect your workers and customers.

Questions and Answers

Tax Relief for Small Businesses

Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program

U.S. Small Business Administration Stimulus Programs

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