There are a wide variety of resources from different federal, state and private agencies for businesses and employees during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. Below are some of the many resources available to employers and workers:
Frequently Asked Questions
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. For more information about COVID-19 specific resources, please visit their webpage or:
- Utilize their online resources.
- Learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim.
- As a part of the CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, etc.
The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has compiled resources for workers affected by COVID-19 to centralize information on paid sick leave, paid family leave, unemployment and more. See the chart to the right to find out what resources are available to workers. For more information, visit their webpage.
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has gathered federal, state, and local resources that provide guidance as well as examples of what communities are doing to help their local businesses. For more information, visit their webpage.
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Additionally, on March 20, the IRS, along with the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. For more information, visit their webpage.
Small Business Relief
The Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer multilingual information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate. These resources will support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping. Businesses can call the Economic & Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 during hours of operation, Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. For more information, please click here.
The Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides various resources for businesses to stay successful despite concerns over COVID-19. They also offer online business consulting, provided at no cost. For more information, please visit their website.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For more information, please visit their webpage.
The California Association for Micro Enterprise Opporutnity (CAMEO) has compiled a list of resources for small- and micro- businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information, visit their webpage.
On March 16, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration for California, which makes loans available to applicable small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. These loans may be used for select activities, with interest rates of 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere (businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible) and 2.75% for non-profits. For more information, please visit their webpage.