Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Business Owners and Parents
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Pacific Payroll Group is dedicated to helping Solopreneurs, Independent Contractors, and Small and Medium Sized Businesses get through this challenge. California is fully reopening on June 15!
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 helping clients and businesses understand the constant changes as this pandemic unfolds. We are answering questions on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which included the Paycheck Protection Program and the Families First Coronavirus Reponse Act (FFCRA), and the recent 1.9 trillion Covid Relief bill (The American Rescue Plan) which included another round of stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and additional relief for small business owners.
We’re providing the payroll documentation employers need in order to receive loan forgiveness. We are keeping employers updated of new 2021 employment law changes. We are committed to supporting you so your business can thrive.
We have a dedicated section on our website related to the Paycheck Protection Program, additional funding, and loan forgiveness for those who already received a loan. Or you can visit the SBA website for more information.
If you have questions on any of the topics below, we list the links that have your answers.
Questions and Claim Forms
- Filing an Unemployment Claim
- Filing a Paid Family Leave Claim
- Filing a Disability Insurance (DI) Claim
- Work Sharing Program for Employers
- Small Business Disaster Loans
- Paycheck Protection Program – (Sample) Application
- Paycheck Protection Program – Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips for handling in-person meetings – from CDC
As legislative guidelines come from Congress and affect employers, 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.
See how many cases there are in your city:
Breaking News Headlines
Fed’s Powell sees US boom ahead, with COVID still a risk (USA Today, April 12, 2021)
Vaccine Passports Could Unlock World Travel and Cries of Discrimination (NY Times, April 9, 2021)
California aims to fully reopen the economy June 15 (LA Times, April 7, 2021)
Biden to move up deadline to make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 (USA Today, April 6, 2021)
California To Allow Large Indoor Events, But With Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test (Cap Radio, April 5, 2021)
Fully vaccinated people may travel, CDC says (Washington Post, April 2, 2021)
COVID Data Tracker: Maps, charts, and data (provided by the CDC, updated daily)
Breaking News for Employers
10 Things to Know about Second Draw PPP Loans as Updated for the Economic Aid Act and the ARP Act (JD Supra, April 8, 2021)
Helpful during reopening. Preparing California Workers to Return to the Worksite. (SHRM, April 9, 2021)
California Moves Toward Reopening, But Employers Will Still Have COVID-19 Obligations (National Law Review, April 9, 2021)
Retroactive Payments: California Enacts Expanded COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave (JD Supra, April 5, 2021)
2021 California COVID Guide: What To Do If Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 (JD Supra, Feb. 19, 2021)
Cal/OSHA Updated FAQs on the Emergency Temporary Standards (California Employment Law Report, Jan. 16, 2021)
California Labor & Employment Law Update – New Laws to Take Effect in 2021 (JD Supra, Jan. 8, 2021)
Major Changes For California Employers in 2021 (JD Supra, Dec. 26, 2020)
Hiring Practices Audit for 2021 (Zaller Law Group, Dec. 12, 2020)
COVID-19 Requirements for All Workplaces (JD Supra, Nov. 24, 2020)
Five New Laws With The Most Impact On California Employers (CA Employment Law Report, Oct. 3, 2020)
Returning to Work After Testing Positive for COVID-19 (National Law Review, August 29, 2020)
Employers grappling with COVID-19’s impact may soon be forced to make a tough decision: Should they require workers to get a coronavirus vaccine? (USA Today, August 27, 2020)
Very helpful COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses (Small Business Administration, August 1, 2020)
Before Reopening Make Sure Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program Is Updated for COVID-19 (CA Employment Law, May 12, 2020)
(New) Mandatory Employment Poster (Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster, March 31, 2020)
Please view our Labor Posters page with any questions.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
“…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.”
SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021.
The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their employees.
Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool. (SBA, Feb. 22, 2021)
SBA announces steps to improve PPP review process (Journal of Accountancy, Jan. 27, 2021)
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S (revised Jan. 19, 2021)
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 (whether you’re a client or not).
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 – [email protected]
“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 Parenting and the Coronavirus (New York Times)
Hundreds of Free Animated Lessons (from TED-Ed)
With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons (USA Today)
Guided Mindfulness for Children (Annaka Harris)
Activities for Kids at Home After Coronavirus School Closure (via Time magazine)
Let’s Talk: Your Health (Mental Health for Young People)
The Future Looks Bright
Yes, there is a new normal. We will remember this together, forever.
In the long run, we will bounce back from this stronger than ever. America will recover.
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. The reopening has begun. If you have questions on how to reopen while following the new guidelines, let us know.
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.
We are here to assist you during this time. As always, we appreciate your business and loyalty, and look forward to continuing to serve your payroll needs.
Stay healthy. Remain optimistic. If we can help you promote your business or a volunteering effort you want to share, please message us here.