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Employment and Taxes

All businesses should encourage employees to stay home if sick and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools or Commercial Establishments Safe (pdf).

California is working to support people financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more in this chart of benefits available for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has removed waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and published resources for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has also extended the state tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 for all California taxpayers.


Questions and Answers for Workers

What can I do if I can’t work because I’m sick or quarantined because of COVID-19?

What kind of sick leave is available to me?

Sick leave varies by employee. For details see Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.

What if my employer does not have paid sick leave?

For those not able to secure paid leave, state (California Family Rights Act) and federal laws (Family and Medical Leave Act) may qualify you for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.

Do I need a note or certificate from a medical provider to file for unemployment?

No, a medical certificate is not required. Here is more information on who is eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI).

What if I can’t work because I’m taking care of someone who’s sick or quarantined? 

What can I do if my work hours are reduced because of COVID-19? 

You can file an Unemployment Insurance claim.

What can I do if I miss work because of school closures? 

Questions and Answers for Employers

How do I maintain a safe workplace?

What precautions should healthcare workers and organizations take?

See Cal/OSHA interim Guidance for Protecting Healthcare Workers.

How can I avoid laying off employees if my business is impacted by COVID-19?

Apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program.

As a small business owner, what programs are available to help me survive financially?

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small business suffering from the financial effects of COVID-19.


Questions and Answers About Taxes

Is the deadline for filing California tax returns extended? 

Yes. All California taxpayers (individuals and businesses) can file and pay by July 15, 2020. 

See information from the CA Franchise Tax Board for more information.

What about federal taxes? Has that deadline changed?

The federal deadline for paying taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020

See information on the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for more information.

What about county property taxes? Has that deadline changed?

Not yet. Check with your county for updates.

Are there any tax deductions for people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak?

No. Check with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, and your local government for updates.


Governor’s Stay At Home Order

  • Full Executive Order
    The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.


  • Up-to-date COVID-19 Info: https://covid19.ca.gov/


Statewide Press Releases


Statewide Resources


County Specific Resources & Press Releases

Tuolumne County:

Calaveras County:

Amador County:

Mariposa County


About COVID-19

Reducing social contact can help slow the spread of this coronavirus and keep our communities healthy. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance. Learn more.

Know the symptoms and risks:

If you have any symptoms or are at risk, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • feeling like you have a fever

  • a new cough

  • shortness of breath

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about COVID-19 symptoms.

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 if:

  • you have traveled to an affected country within the last 14 days

  • you have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19

Some people are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, including:

  • people over 65 years old

  • people with compromised immune systems

  • people with serious chronic medical conditions

If you or someone you’re close to is at higher risk, avoid going out and have supplies available to minimize the need for errands.

Stay in contact over the phone or online with loved ones and caregivers. Review additional guidance for high risk individuals (pdf).

Avoid gatherings and events:

Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance. Learn more.

Get testing and treatment:

Many people are able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

If you have coronavirus symptoms and think you need testing, contact your healthcare provider. Local health departments and healthcare providers determine who needs testing and hospitalization on a case-by-case basis.

Seek treatment by calling your doctor for a phone evaluation if:

  • you have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)

  • you feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting worse rapidly

  • you are unable to care for symptoms at home

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

California is expanding coronavirus testing capacity daily.

During this interim period while testing is expanding, testing is being prioritized for people who:

  • have coronavirus symptoms AND

  • have one of these risk factors:

    • have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, OR

    • are healthcare providers or work with vulnerable populations (such as a long term care facility), OR

    • traveled to an affected country in the past 14 days, OR

    • are over 60 years old, have a compromised immune system, or have serious chronic medical conditions.


To learn more about testing and treatment, see California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.

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