Businesses and Employers

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

More funding for federal programs

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration has resumed 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.

As of May 4, the U.S. SBA is only accepting new applications to EIDL and EIDL Advance from agricultural businesses. If you are an agricultural business, you are encouraged to apply. Visit U.S. SBA’s Disaster Loan Applications website for more information. The U.S. SBA will continue to process EIDL Loan and Advance applications already submitted from other business sectors 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.

See full list of available services for small businesses. Find more information on tax relief.

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. If your county has received state approval to move further into the reopening roadmap, you may find your industry guidance on the County Variance page.

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:

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