COVID-19 – Guidance For Employers and Workers



A variety of support services for employers or workers/employees affected by COVID-19. Many of the programs and services must be initiated via the website provided.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA – Employment Development Department (EDD)


  1. Reduced Work Hours- Employers experiencing a slowdown in their business or services as a result of COVID-19 impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program.  This program allows an employer to seek an alternative to layoffs- retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
  2. Potential Closure or Layoffs- Employers planning a closure as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program.  Rapid Response will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing lob losses. For more information refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF).
  3. 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 must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  For questions, employers can visit the EDD website, or 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


  1. Sick or Quarantined- File a claim if you are unable to work or have been exposed to COVID-19. File a Disability Insurance (DI) claim;
  2. -  If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim;
  3. School Closures- If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. File an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim and an EDD representative will decide if you are eligible;
  4. Reduced Work Hours- If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim;
  5. Self Employed – The available benefits are insurance programs.  To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months.  It is possible that contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor.  Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.
  6. Sick Leave- FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA- Franchise Tax Board

State Postpones Tax Deadline for California Taxpayers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to July 15, 2020, for ALL tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020. Refer to the Franchise Tax Board website for more information.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA IBank- California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

  1. The SBFC helps businesses create and retain jobs, and encourages investment in low-to-moderate income communities.The SBFC has a JumpStart Loan Program, a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, and a Farm Loan Program.Visit the for additional information about each of the listed programs available.


Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  1. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Visit the SBA website to learn more, or call 1(800) 659-2955; or TTY 1(800)877-8339.


EXIM is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the U.S. that may have been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

  1. EXIM is offering including: Working Capital Guarantee Program; Multi-Buyer and Single Buyer Short Term Insurance Program; Medium-Term Single Buyer Insurance Policies Issued to Exporters; Waivers; deadline extensions; and streamlined processing. Visit the EXIM website or contact Mario Ramirez at (202) 565-3785 or email at