• Corona Virus Resources for Employers
     
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is raising concerns among individuals
    and for our economy and especially for our local businesses.
    This page provides links to 
    CalChamberfederalstate and local resources.
     



  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act


    (Summary courtesy of Employersgroup.com).

    Wednesday evening the president signed into law H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act," which has far-reaching implications for employers nationwide. Key provisions of the Act that will have the greatest impact on employers will be in effect within 15 days (no later than April 2nd) and will remain in place through December 31st, 2020. Employers will particularly need to become familiar with the new requirements for Paid Sick Leave and expanded FMLA provisions. Be aware that the paid sick leave requirements are in addition to those already in effect at the state or local level and the new FMLA provisions apply to almost all employers (not just those with 50 or more employees within 75 miles).

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    STATE OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

     

    The Employment Development Department of California provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California.

    Sick or Quarantined:

    If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

    Caregiving:

    If you’re 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.

    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 benefits by filing an Unemployment Insurance claim


    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

    Self Employed:

    If you are self employed you can apply for insurance program benefits. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

    Employer Reduction in Business: 

    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.

    Potential Closures or Layoffs:

    Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program.

     



  • PROGRAMS AVAILABLE BY GLOBAL COMPANIES

     

    Facebook Small Business Grants Program

    https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

    Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries

     

    Zoom Basic Plan — Host up to 100 participants in a meeting and hold unlimited one-on-one meetings with the video-conference provider’s complimentary plan. This does provide a 40-minute limit on group meetings, though you’re not limited to the number of meetings.

    Microsoft Teams freemium — Enjoy unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. You also get real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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    OTHER RESOURCES:

     

    Employment Resources

    Health Resources

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    IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief

     

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     Special Loan & Grant Programs:

     

    ·       The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    ·       California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) is offering a Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) to help you with your working capital needs.

    ·       Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Not only can this grant help you with your monthly business expenses, but also help you attract more customers with ad credits.

     



  • Price Gouging / Consumer Fraud

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, nor is there a medicine that treats or cures coronavirus. California’s consumer protection laws — including the Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act — prohibit false, deceptive, or misleading advertising, including any advertising that explicitly claims or implies that a product treats the coronavirus.

    Price gauging is also illegal in California during the declared state of emergency under Penal Code Section 396. California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution

    To report price gouging or consumer fraud, you can:

    Submit a complaint online at oag.ca.gov/report