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 in the coming 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 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 everything else passed by Congress.
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.
The latest (Dec. 2020) COVID relief bill approved additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans up to the $284.5 billion. You can speak with your local lender to apply. Or visit the SBA website for more information.
We share both your concerns and your optimism about the shutdowns and the reopening(s).
If you have questions on any of the topics below, we list the websites 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 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.
See how many cases there are in your city:
Breaking News Headlines
Worried about your financial security? Here’s how to cope with a job loss spurred by COVID-19 (USA Today, Jan. 27, 2021)
COVID Data Tracker: Maps, charts, and data (provided by the CDC, updated daily)
Debating stimulus checks. (NY Times, Jan. 25, 2021)
Map of COVID-19 case trends, reopening status and mobility (USA Today, Jan. 24, 2021)
Biden issuing pandemic plan that aims to expand access to testing and vaccines, reopen schools (Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2021)
Covid World Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak (NY Times, Jan. 19, 2021)
CDC Revised Guidance on Testing Employees For COVID-19 (California Employment Law Report, July 18, 2020)
Breaking News for Employers
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)
Covid relief bill adds PPP tax breaks the Treasury opposed (CNBC, Dec. 22, 2020)
Hiring Practices Audit for 2021 (Zaller Law Group, Dec. 12, 2020)
What California Employers Need To Know About Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (CA Employment Law Report, Dec. 5, 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)
Are waiver of liability forms for COVID-19 enforceable in California? (CA Employment Law Report, August 22, 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.
How to Lead Successful Teams when Everyone is Remote (LinkedIn Learning, March 30, 2020)
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.
Payroll 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.”
The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their employees.
SBA announces steps to improve PPP review process (Journal of Accountancy, Jan. 27, 2021)
Rules for rehiring employees for PPP loan forgiveness (Intuit, July 13, 2020)
The SBA issues the new rule updates related to the PPP on loan maturity, deferral of loan payments, and forgiveness provisions (Small Business Administration, June 15, 2020)
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 – 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 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.