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COVID-19 Employer and Employee Resources

The following webpage contains local, state, and federal information for employers and employees affected by COVID-19. Scroll down to find prevention measures for your business, resources if you are open, information on the CARES act, business loans, no-cost advising and resources, and assistance for affected employees.


Information and Resources for Businesses

COVID-19 Business Resources Page
For the most-active locally sourced information for Employers, Employees and the Self-Employed, visit the Economic Development Collaborative's (EDC) COVID-19 Business Resources page. The Guide found on the page includes relevant information and is updated frequently.

COVID-19 For California Businesses and Employers

California is providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

Small business interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales.
Federal small business stimulus programs:
90-day extension on all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes
California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (via IBank) $50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act 
The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship created this guide that provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

Governor's Business Assistance Information
The Governor's webpage on Business Assistance is constantly being updated with vital information for businesses. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 BUSINESS GUIDE 
The SBA has released a comprehensive guide to help businesses plan and respond to the current COVID-19 threat. Visit the SBA website for more information on various programs made available by the CARES Act.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance

The CARES Act, provides additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application. Fact Sheet - Economic Injury Disaster Loans - (En Espanol)  

Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) 
EDC provides no-cost advising to businesses. If you are experiencing business hardships due to COVID-19, see their business assistance guide and schedule an advising session.

EDC is offering microloans to give a cashflow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales, supply chain disruption or other challenges. To connect with someone to discuss this loan, please sign up for an appointment here.

EDC is launching weekly webinars for business affected by COVID-19. These will take place every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30. Registration is required in advance - www.edcollaborative.com/covid19

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) Quick Response Loan 
WEV’S Quick Response Loan is designed to provide financial support to businesses experiencing economic hardship.

Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
View the EDD's website for all information relating to employment. Employers may request a 60-day extension from the EDD to file state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a brand new program. The EDD is working quickly with state partners to set up this new program to serve unemployed Californians who don’t usually qualify for regular state UI benefits, including the self-employed. See more info here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

What can I do if my business has slowed due to COVID-19?
If COVID-19 has impacted your business or services, you can avoid potential layoffs by participating in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program. This program allows you to retain your workers by reducing their hours and wages no more than 60 percent and partially offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. 

What if I have to let go of some of my workers temporarily until business improves?
Your workers can file for unemployment benefits as long as they are unemployed and otherwise eligible. Workers who expect to return to work for you within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week as long as they are able and available to return to work during their unemployment and meet all other eligibility criteria. The EDD will explain the requirements to your workers when they apply for benefits.

What can I do if I have to shut down my business permanently?
If you are facing potential layoffs or plant closures, you can get help through the Rapid Response program. For more information, refer to Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF). You can also contact your local America’s Job Center of California for more information about available Rapid Response services.

What if I can’t file or pay my payroll taxes on time because of COVID-19?
With the Governor’s emergency declaration, if your business is directly affected by COVID-19, you can request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. The written request for extension, noting the impact of COVID-19, must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For the address to send the request, along with other information, please see the State of Emergency or Disaster Fact Sheet (DE 231SED) (PDF).
 


Prevention

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The CDC interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Resources
OSHA has compiled information, with special consideration for workers and employees in healthcare, laboratories, and travel. Visit Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus to learn more about workplace requirements.

Social Distancing

Please consider ways to increase social distancing between customers. Examples include: Reducing building occupancy to ensure customers have enough space to roam and maintain a six foot distance from other customers, and creating areas for lines to form with tape on floors to signify and ensure a six foot distance between customers and staff. **Scroll down for Social Distancing Signage.**


Open for Business

Essential Critical Infrastructure Business List
Please be advised that only the businesses acting in accordance with the Governor's and County orders should be open for business during this time. Please read both the Essential Critical Infrastructure Business List and Dr. Levin's most recent update found here to determine if you should be operating during this time.

Camarillo Open for Business List
If you are an essential business that is currently open, register for our COVID-19 Open for Business List. If you are interested in listing your business, please sign up here. 

Signage


Social Distancing Signage for Businesses
Best Social Distancing = Stay at Home
We've created the following signage to help businesses inform their customers of social distancing procedures. Please feel free to print and post at your business.

Banners for Restaurants
The City Council decided to allow restaurants to hang banners without a banner permit, as long as the banner conveys to the public that it is open during the public health emergency, and as long as the restaurant or business is not abusing the privilege. The discretion about whether or not the banner is an abuse of privilege is left to the Community Development Department's Code Compliance Division.

Window Signage
We've made signage that you may tape in your window to let people know you are still open.
Open for Business
Open for Take OutOpen for Delivery, and Drive Thru Open. Please note, window signage does not require a permit and you are allowed by Camarillo Municipal Code to fill up to 25% of the total window area with signage, so please feel free to make your own window signage and let people know you are open.

Window Sign Each window sign must be at least 8½-inches-by-11-inches and no more than 25 percent of the total window area on each frontage of a business may be utilized for the display of window signs.




Reduced Income Information

Get Financial Help
The Governor's webpage on financial help describes various mortgage relief plans as well as other helpful financial information. 

No landlord shall evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. This order shall be in force and effect until May 31, 2020, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20, which was then superceded by N-37-20.

Utility Payment Penalties and Shutoffs

The City will waive utility payment penalties for non-payment and will not shutoff water or stop refuse service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Late penalties assessed before the City’s emergency declaration will be tolled, not waived.

SoCalGas
SoCalGas is helping customers by suspending service disconnections due to non-payment. If your household income has recently changed, you may now qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with CARE. Apply online today!

Southern California Edison (SCE)
SCE is helping customers  by suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for business and residential customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. SCE has an Economic Development Rate which may apply to businesses that are risk of closing during this time. Please contact Jey Lacey, Economic Development Consultant for additional information via e-mail at jey.lacey@sce.com or by phone at (559) 625-7175.

Food Pantries
In response to COVID-19 Food Share has released a schedule of pop-up food pantries.

Any child 18 and under can receive free meals
PVSD drive-up meal service will be available beginning Monday, March 30 at the Pleasant Valley School of Engineering & Arts located at: 700 Temple Avenue in Camarillo. Any child 18 and under can receive free meals (breakfast and lunch) Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm. Walk-up service is still available at Las Posas and Rancho Rosal schools between 11am-1pm Monday-Friday, also. For questions, please call: 805-445-8679.


Employee Resources and Services

Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
Workers experiencing reduced hours, those who are sick or quarantined, and those who are providing care for family members may be eligible to file a claim. Below are employment scenarios with corresponding links to file claims. Please read the FAQ page from the EDD for clarification. 

Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim. Unemployment Insurance provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced.

Sick or Quarantined Workers
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance claim. Disablity Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

Caregiving
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave claim. Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments.

School Closures
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim for EDD consideration.


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