Relief for Small Businesses

Resources to Help Businesses Maintain Their Operations
 
  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions https://business.ca.gov/advantages/small-business-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/how-we-can-help/ 
  • Small businesses looking for advice about business operations during the COVID-19 emergency can rely on the 70 business assistance centers operating throughout California.  These business assistance centers offer free one-on-one business counseling, including the discussion of options for accessing capital:  https://static.business.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-TA-Providers-Guide.pdf
  • At California's Small Business Finance Center, small businesses can access a range of financial products, including loan guarantees and direct loans:  https://www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business-finance-center/
  • California maintains two credit enhancement programs to help small business obtain loans from traditional and nontraditional lenders, including the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program and a Small Business Loss Reserve Program.
  • Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.  Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • GO-Biz main COVID-19 resource webpage with links to the IBank, Small Business Advocate, State Treasurer, Labor and Workforce Agency, Franchise Tax Board, and Department of Tax and Fee Management:  https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
 
Employer Guidance from California Labor Agency
 
 
Employer Guidance from the Federal Government
 
Resources Available to Employees
 
 
Reduced Work Hours
 
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. 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 UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
 
Potential Closure or Layoffs
 
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM
 
Tax Assistance
 
Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502