Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Business Owners
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Pacific Payroll Group is dedicated to helping Solopreneurs, Independent Contractors, and Small and Medium Sized Businesses get through this challenge in the coming weeks and months.
You can put a link to this page on your website to help your employees access all the claim forms and news in one location.
The government is fully committed to supporting small business owners with loans and paid leave support as they navigate this temporary, economic strain.
We’re inspired by our local communities and so many others working to support their families and loved ones.
We share both your concerns and your optimism. Our hearts go out to anyone affected by COVID-19.
If you have questions on any of the topics below, we list the websites that have your answers.
Questions and Claim Forms
If you still have questions, please contact us – we’re here to help.
- Filing an Unemployment Claim
- Filing a Paid Family Leave Claim
- Filing a Disability Insurance (DI) Claim
- Work Sharing Program for Employers
- Small Business Loans
- Payroll Protection Program Application
As legislative guidelines come from Congress and affect employers or payroll tax cuts, we will continue updating our clients and this page.
Having a payroll service with flexibility, means we can move quickly to implement changes coming from Washington.
We do not anticipate any service disruptions as we continue to work with our partners to ensure timely payroll and resources for all business owners.
HELP IS ON THE WAY
- Tax Deadline delayed
- Mortgage, student loans, and credit card payments can be delayed
- Checks coming to citizens
- Enhanced unemployment
- Payroll tax holiday
- Small business loans
IRS speeds up coronavirus check printing, delivery ahead of schedule.
FOX Business has learned that the Internal Revenue Service has sped up its process. (Fox Business, April 8, 2020)
Treasury preparing to seek more than $200 billion to replenish small business coronavirus program. Development comes amid surging demand for small business loans under coronavirus rescue bill. (Washington Post, April 7, 2020)
Americans warned of ‘Pearl Harbor moment’ as Trump tells parts of the nation to brace for ‘peak’ (Washington Post, April 6, 2020)
President Trump signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history (NY Times, March 28, 2020)
Small business relief in coronavirus stimulus bill could keep half of Americans at work (Fox Business, March 27, 2020)
Small business owners will be eligible for loans to get them through this period – and if they re-hire their workers, will NOT have to pay it back. Get details here and of course, be sure to verify and understand all terms of the loan or grant.
Los Angeles City Council Approves Additional Paid Sick Leave (CA Employment Law Report, March 27, 2020)
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
IMPORTANT NOTE: “SBA Has a NEW Online Application to Apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance.
You need to REAPPLY for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance if you applied BEFORE March 30th, or mailed, faxed, uploaded, or emailed your EIDL application.”
(New) Mandatory Employment Poster (Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster, March 31, 2020)
Please view our Labor Posters page with any questions.
How to Lead Successful Teams when Everyone is Remote (LinkedIn Learning, March 30, 2020)
NOTE: Pacific Payroll Group is considered an essential service and helping to “move currency and payments” during this temporary shelter in place order. We are operating as usual and supporting small business owners throughout this journey.
Hopefully you won’t need this, but if you do have to layoff workers, JD Supra has an excellent update, Notice Requirements When Furloughing Or Laying Off Workers In The Pandemic.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act – “The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.”
Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
This will apply to most small business owners. This will help keep employers going throughout the quarantine period.
“The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses.
It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months.
Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.
The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. Visit SBA.gov/Coronavirus for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.”
Centers for Disease Control:
Rapid Response Services for Businesses Affected By Layoffs or Closures:
Employment Development Department in California:
If you’re Self-Employed or an Independent Contractor:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Labor & Workforce Development Agency: Includes resources on workers’ compensation and paid sick leave
SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization:
If you want the website for your state’s employment department, or don’t find answers to your questions above, please message us.
Staying Proactive – Do The Five
Helpful precautions from the World Health Organization – For Your Employees – “DO THE FIVE”
- HANDS Wash them often
- ELBOW Cough into it
- FACE Don’t touch it
- FEET Stay more than 3 feet apart
- FEEL sick? Stay home
Support for Parents
Sticking to a routine, getting a good night’s sleep, and spending time outside (if permitted) will all help. Avoiding too much news (except for this page) will also help.
A lot of our friends are having their kids spend 5 minutes a day on a “Gratitude Journal” which has helped them focus on all the wonderful things in their lives. Positive mental well-being helps with overall health.
YouTube Dedicated Resource – Learn@Home
“Designed to offer something for families with children of different ages & areas of interest, there are even virtual field trips and curated playlists and channels that’ll keep your kids entertained and learning—both with you and on their own.”
What to Know About Coronavirus
Hundreds of Free Animated Lessons from TED-Ed
No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
5 cheap, creative ways to entertain young kids at home, from an educator and mom of 3
Guided Mindfulness for Children
What Are the Rules for Play Dates During the Coronavirus Crisis?
Activities for Kids at Home After Coronavirus School Closure
The Future Looks Bright
We will bounce back from this stronger than ever. And in the meantime, we have more time with our families.
We’re slowing down the hectic pace of life.
America will recover. There will be some bumps and bruises along the way.
And any loss of life is tragic – our hearts go out to any families affected.
In the meantime, we are holding a future vision of a rapid recovery that we will inevitably enjoy as we get through the worst of it.
Let’s connect on Facebook and grow our community. You’ll receive time-sensitive small business owner updates throughout this time of uncertainty.
We will all handle the things in our control – and hopefully not spend time worrying about anything out of our control.
Pacific Payroll Group is dedicated to your success – and responding to any questions you have as an employer or employee or entrepreneur.
As you might expect, the current volatility has increased the number of calls we’re receiving, so we are grateful for your understanding and patience.
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to assist you during this time. As always, we appreciate your business and loyalty, and look forward to continuing to serve your payroll needs.
We’ll get through this together. Stay healthy. Remain optimistic. If we can help you promote your business or a volunteering effort you want to share, please message us here.