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?
You can use paid sick leave if your job has it.
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
You may also file a Worker’s Compensation Claim if you were exposed to coronavirus at work.
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?
You can file an Unemployment Insurance claim.
Other options may be available. See Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19.
Questions and Answers for Employers
How do I maintain a safe workplace?
Encourage sick employees to stay home.
Establish routine cleaning throughout the workplace.
Reduce travel. If possible, encourage video conferencing and limit larger gatherings.
What precautions should healthcare workers and organizations take?
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?
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
EDD News Release 3.26.20
Unprecedented demand for unemployment benefits triggered by COVID-19. New claim totals and guidance for workers and employers.
Free Virtual Urgent Care Mark Twain Medical Center 3.20.20
Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Center today announced the launch of a free virtual urgent care service, Virtual Care Anywhere, for anyone in our community experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of the new coronavirus. Virtual urgent care visits are being encouraged as an initial care option for anyone who would like to discuss symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 with a health care professional.
CA Health Corps
Health professionals, California needs you!
Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
EDD is providing services to individuals & employers affected by the Coronavirus in California. If you can’t work, are being required to work less, or your child’s school shuts down due to COVID-19, visit the above link for more info.
GO-Biz Small Business FAQ
GO-Biz has shared an FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under the COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses. For more information on EDD resources, please visit the EDD COVID-19 page.
CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
Virus Workforce Resources
List of resources to help job seekers cope with the Coronavirus situation.
County Specific Resources & Press Releases
Call Center Joint Press Release 3.26.20
Calaveras County and the City of Angels Camp in cooperation with the Office of Emergency Services and Public Health have opened a “Community Service Call Center”.
COVID19 Business update 03.19.20
Guidance for certain Calaveras County business sectors.
SBA Funds 03.17.20
Loan funds available for small businesses and non-profits in Calaveras County.
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.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet Poster
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