Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Review Guidance

Review guidance on strategies and protocols for reopening issued by federal, state and some local entities. Local authorities may have stricter guidelines than the state.

Governor Rescinds Stay-at-Home Order and Blueprint for a Safer Economy

News ReleaseJune 11, 2021
Executive OrderJune 11, 2021

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Fact Sheet from Governor’s OfficeJune 11, 2021
State Public Health Officer Order Taking Effect June 15June 11, 2021

Criteria for fully reopening economy on June 15. Q&A. Vaccinations and Mega Events – California Department of Public Health May 21, 2021

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program  Program Closed

New funding rounds for California Small Business grant program: Grants of $5,000–$25,000. See timelines and more at
Application Tips from State Partner (Lendistry)

Coronavirus News from CalChamber

From HRWatchdog

From Capitol Insider

From Alert

More Coronavirus/COVID-19 News: Advocacy | HRWatchdog | Podcasts | Capitol Insider  | HRCalifornia Extra | Alert

American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)March 11, 2021
ARPA Brings More Financial ReliefCalChamber HRWatchdog
Employer Tax Credits for Paid Sick/Family Leave, Employee Vaccinations/Recovery, April 1–September 30, 2021 – Internal Revenue Service Fact Sheet Updated April 21, 2021
Paid Leave Credit SnapshotU.S. Department of the Treasury Updated April 21, 2021
Applications Open for Restaurant Revitalization FundU.S. Small Business Administration Updated May 4, 2021
Emergency Aid for Restaurants, Bars and More

Federal CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program
How to Calculate Maximum Loan Amounts/Needed DocumentationU.S. Small Business Administration – Updated March 12, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness U.S. Small Business Administration – Updated October 13, 2020
FAQs on PPP Program Loans U.S. Treasury Department – Updated April 6, 2021
FAQs for PPP Borrowers and Lenders U.S. Small Business Administration – April 6, 2021
Overview (Revised and EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications)Lender InfoLender ApplicationBorrower InfoBorrower Application U.S. Treasury Department

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Program
Loan Information, FAQs, Application U.S. Small Business Administration
Guide to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Loan Checklist U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Employee Retention Tax Credit
Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
– Expired December 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Q&A on What’s Next

Emergency Sick Leave/Emergency Family Leave
FFCRA Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Department of Labor
FFCRA Poster U.S. Department of Labor
Fact Sheet: FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Requirements U.S. Department of Labor
Final Regulations

Required Documentation
IRS Guidance (see Question 44)
FFCRA Regulations Revised HRWatchdog – September 16, 2020
Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping HRWatchdog – April 3, 2020

Required Workplace Notification Poster
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) English or Spanish

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated PeopleUpdated July 16, 2021
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Interim Guidance, Videos, Symptoms What’s New, What You Should KnowSituation Updates
Workplaces and BusinessesUpdated June 22, 2021
Communication Resources – CDC offers free resources, including videos, fact sheets, and posters. Page includes links to current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution.

U.S. Department of Labor
Coronavirus Resources
Common Issues

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Protecting Workers Guidance
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration
COVID-19 Relief Options for Businesses

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
What You Should Know About COVID-19, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws – Technical Q&A Updated June 28, 2021

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Interactive Map of COVID-19 Clinical Trials across the Country

State Resources

One-Stop COVID-19 Website
Sign Up for COVID-19 Exposure Notifications
Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Industry Guidance on Reopening
Safe Schools for All Hub
K-12 and Higher Education
Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening Updated September 25, 2020
COVID-19 Employer Portal – Guidelines to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Work

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Next Step in COVID-19 Recovery, Moving Beyond the BlueprintApril 6, 2021
Governor Unveils Blueprint for a Safer EconomyAugust 28, 2020
Executive Orders in Response to COVID-19

California Department of Public Health
Interim Guidance for Ventilation/Air Quality in Indoor EnvironmentsFebruary 26, 2021
Face Covering GuidanceJune 15, 2021
Updated Testing GuidanceJune 16, 2021
California Health Equity MetricMarch 4, 2021
CDPH News Releases/Daily COVID-19 Updates
School Guidance ChecklistFebruary 22, 2021
Guidance for Schools and School-Based ProgramsAugust 3, 2020
Checklist for Dealing with COVID-19 Outbreak in Workplace Revised September 18, 2020

California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Information about filing for paid family leave, state disability insurance or unemployment insurance.

California Labor Commissioner’s Office
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
FAQs on Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers (500+ employees) and Workplace Poster
Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
DFEH Employment Information on COVID-19Updated March 4, 2021

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdated June 18, 2021
FAQs on Revisions to Emergency Temporary StandardsUpdated June 18, 2021
See Fact Sheets on COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards
What Employers Need to Know about June 11 Recommended RevisionsPosted June 16, 2021
Model Written COVID-19 Prevention ProgramJune 29, 2021
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

California Commission on Disability Access
Open-Air Dining and Curbside Pickup Disability Access Considerations

Required Workplace Notification Poster
California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers

Local Resources

San Francisco Paid Sick Leave and the Coronavirus
The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has issued guidance regarding use of San Francisco paid sick leave for situations involving the Coronavirus outbreak. OLSE’s webpage offers links to other guidance and resources.

San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement COVID-Related Employment Protections Ordinance
Effective March 7, 2021, the COVID-Related Employment Protections Ordinance prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of COVID-19 status.

County Pages
Local Health and Stay-at-Home Order Pages

Required Workplace Notification Posters
(Los Angeles) City of Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19
(Oakland) Emergency Paid Sick Leave for Oakland Employees During The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Ordinance
(San Francisco) COVID-Related Employment Protections Ordinance Poster
(San Francisco) City & County of San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave
(San Jose) San Jose’s COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinance


Required Workplace Notification Posters
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) English or Spanish
2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave English or SpanishEffective March 29, 2021
California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers – Updated September 9, 2020
California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Non Food Sector Workers
City of Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19
City & County of San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave

Workplace Safety Posters and Floor Decals
Face Mask Posters
Social Distancing Posters
Social Distancing Floor Decals