Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California announced on August 28, 2020 a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county is now assigned to a color tier based on its rate of new cases and positive tests to determine which sectors can operate. See short video recap.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Health Equity MetricSeptember 30, 2020

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.

Coronavirus News from CalChamber

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

(July 13, 2020) In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways employers can ensure employees comply with state guidelines on masks and social distancing, and continue fostering a healthy workplace.
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Federal CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program
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 October 7, 2020
PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications: Revised and EZ Versions Released by SBA and Treasury U.S. Small Business Administration – June 17, 2020
OverviewLender InfoLender ApplicationBorrower InfoLoan Application U.S. Treasury Department
Small Business FAQs: Paycheck Protection Program U.S. Senate Small Business Committee

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Program
SBA Reopens Application Portal U.S. Small Business Administration – June 15, 2020
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

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

General Help
More Employers’ COVID-19-Related FAQs HRCalifornia Extra – August 13, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions HRCalifornia Extra – April 9, 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
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Interim Guidance, Videos, Symptoms What’s New, What You Should KnowSituation Updates
Information For Communities, work and schools, Healthcare workers and laboratories, Health departments, Businesses and workplaces
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)
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration
Disaster Loans for California Small 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 September 8, 2020

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

State Resources

One-Stop COVID-19 Website
Blueprint for a Safer Economy August 28, 2020
Industry Guidance on Reopening
K–12 Schools and Higher Education
Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening Updated September 25, 2020

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Governor Unveils Blueprint for a Safer EconomyAugust 28, 2020
Executive Orders in Response to COVID-19

California Department of Public Health
California Health Equity MetricSeptember 30, 2020
CDPH News Releases/Daily COVID-19 Updates
Guidance for Schools and School-Based ProgramsUpdated August 3, 2020
Californians Must Wear Face Coverings in Most Settings Outside Home June 18, 2020
Checklist for Dealing with COVID-19 Outbreak in Workplace June 16, 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 July 24, 2020

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

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.

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) 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
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