Employment Resources



Is your business healthy and safe?

For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus website.

Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.


Have hours been reduced?

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program.

This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits, and how to apply.


Is there potential for closure or layoffs?

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program.

Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.


Do you need tax assistance?

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information.

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center: Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886 or Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565.


Additional State and Regional Resources for Employers




U.S. Department of Labor announced new guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

FOR CALIFORNIAwww.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm


Are you sick or quarantined?

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 (DI) claim.


Have your hours been reduced?

Unemployment Insurance

Layoff Transition Support Webinars

San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative (SDWAI) Support

Part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, SDWAI provides flexible resources to low-wage workers impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. Employees can apply for assistance with utilities and/or rent or mortgage payments. For more information.


Are you self-employed?

Individuals who are covered by the Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) program may be eligible for Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits. Visit EDD - Self-Employed to learn more. To see if you qualify to elect DIEC, read the Information Sheet: Elective Coverage for Employers and Self-Employed Individuals (DE 231EC) prior to filling out the application.



Financial Assistance

  • Federal Disaster Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. For more Information about SBA disaster assistance programs, and to apply directly online, go to: www.sba.gov/disaster. Or, contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY) Or by email at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov .
  • Paycheck Protection Program: To incentivize employers to maintain payroll during the crisis, the Small Business Association is providing 100 percent federally-backed loans for certain payroll expenses through June 30, with up to eight weeks of forgiveness for small businesses, certain nonprofits and self-employed individuals. The loans are forgivable if employers retain employees at comparable salary levels prior to the crisis. For more information.


Resource Links


Question and Answer

How can small businesses learn more from their network of support centers?

California’s network of small business support centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources.

Is there any relief for small business owners who pay rent for their space but have had to close due to the coronavirus?

Governor Newsom’s executive order suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19. As a resident or business owner, a financial institution holding your home or commercial mortgage is requested to implement an immediate moratorium on a foreclosure involving you, when the foreclosure or foreclosure-related eviction arises from economic hardship caused by COVID-19 conditions.