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Businesses – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated June 11, 2020.

General COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Loans and Other Financial Assistance

Forms and Technical Assistance

What Businesses Can Do to Help

General COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Small Business Resource – Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

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.

Coronavirus-2019

COVID-19 Updates for Businesses- San Diego Workforce Partnership

This link from the San Diego Workforce Partnership provides information to business that have been forced to lay off workers, access to capital, consulting services, avoiding layoff information, protecting workers from COVID-19, and disaster preparedness.

https://workforce.org/covid-19-bus/

Small Business COVID-19 Resources – San Diego North Economic Development Council

https://www.smorgborg.com/22c071a5-ecac-4c05-bcb7-e7a59bd7e8dd/articles/covid-19-resources-for-north-county-small-businesses-3272020

Better Business Bureau

The BBB released an article on customer relations, employee relations, and business relations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/21714-business-tips-how-to-navigate-the-coronavirus-crisis

San Diego Employers Association

This organization has COVID-19 helpful links for employers that are regularly updated, including Coronavirus Frequently Asked HR Questions.

San Diego Employers Association

US Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division)

Information for employers from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on sick leave, family leave, wage and hour issues, and more.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

National Conference of State Legislatures

General information from NCSL on the impact of COVID-19 on employment and labor, including licensing, sick leave, unemployment insurance and teleworking.

https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/covid-19-impact-on-employment-and-labor.aspx

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – OSHA

This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

 https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

San Diego County Safe Reopening Plan

The following document contains San Diego County’s reopening plan. “This plan does not need to be submitted at this time. This plan is to be used to prepare when businesses open per the Governor’s Order.

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/covid19/Community_Sector_Support/BusinessesandEmployers/SafeReopeningPlanTemplate.pdf

California’s Coronavirus Response Resilience Roadmap

We are now in early Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing and essential businesses can open. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.

https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

 California Lawyers Association Videos

 For employer concerns see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ydFVm44oSs&feature=emb_title

For employee health and safety see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Umu1cvBFHk&feature=emb_title

For employee leave laws see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPM4c3kvvo&feature=emb_title

For employee benefits see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMglRy0G-sc&feature=emb_title

For notifying your employees about HR6201 rights see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRfckM4O9ak&feature=emb_title

For tax implications and eligibility under the CARES Act see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw6JgI0on14&feature=emb_title

For essential insolvency questions and concerns for business owners see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dSrvpCWHQ&feature=emb_title

Small Business Resources

This website covers information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans; EDD for business owners; EDD for business employees; Business Interruption Insurance; the finance center; taxpayers relief; Families First COVID-19 Response Act; Technology products/ Teleworking tips; force majeure clause

 https://torres.house.gov/sites/torres.house.gov/files/documents/COVID%2019%20Small%20Business%20Resource%20Guide.pdf

 Small Business Resource List – California State Treasurer

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma’s Small Business Resource List

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1tYNAyRgzUfsAlLl7RJC0Ez_ClyyLXSsNWfB-1UPetQY/htmlview?usp=sharing

  

Loans and Other Financial Assistance

CARES Act:

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other things, this Act provides funding for forgivable bridge loans, grants and technical assistance for businesses; establishes limits on the amount of paid leave that employers must provide; and postpones payment of payroll taxes. The link below provides a summary and full text of the Act:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548

Resources for Funding and Growing Businesses (City of San Diego)

“The City of San Diego offers business incentives that are aligned with City Council Policy 900-12 (see the second link), giving companies an edge in the marketplace and helping them expand and prosper.”

https://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/industry 

https://docs.sandiego.gov/councilpolicies/cpd_900-12.pdf

City of San Diego Business Relief and Support

The City of San Diego has released an application for economic assistance for San Diego Businesses affected by COVID-19.

 https://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/resources/relief

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Per their website “Small business owners in the [State of California] are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus.

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Small Business Finance Center

Per their website “The SBFC helps businesses create and retain jobs, and encourages investment in low- to moderate-income communities. The SBFC has a Jump Start Loan Program, a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, and a Farm Loan Program”.

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

SDG&E Helping Small Businesses

Per their website “SDG&E will also waive late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus. The company does not charge residential customers a late payment fee”.

http://www.sdgenews.com/article/sdge-suspends-service-disconnections-nonpayment-part-its-coronavirus-response

San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program

The San Diego Foundation, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and other partners have formed a public-private partnership to create the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP), an initiative to provide low-interest and no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

 https://www.countynewscenter.com/loan-program-to-help-small-businesses-in-unincorporated-area/

To Apply See: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7UOFecKNP-6XpJN79EQL1dDGo_2xUCiAdfYtIo1l3VOSN3A/viewform

 

Forms and Technical Assistance

SDVLP – COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Brief Legal Advice Clinic:
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program has launched a clinic to provide free legal help to eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Volunteer attorneys will provide remote consultations on legal issues arising out of the pandemic, including questions relating to employment law, tax law, commercial leases, insurance, contracts, bankruptcy/restructuring, applications for financial assistance, reopening procedures and more.

Microbusiness and Nonprofit Support

 

Online Tools for Small Businesses

 The San Diego Regional EDC is offering online tools for small businesses having trouble dealing with COVID-19. Contact them now to get started.

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Small Business Crisis Communication Help

This organization is offering free crisis communication help to small business and non-profits. Fill out their questionnaire to get started.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkwzv-q4kpbtr9E5av5W98U5FXaKmg8Mfj20spL1v1e4cU0Q/viewform

Sample Language and Templates for Employers – Coronavirus in the Workplace

 The law firm Fisher Phillips has created some sample language and templates for employers dealing with issues related to Coronavirus in the workplace that they are making available for free on their website (including COVID-19 Talking Points for Managers, Model Announcement to Employees about Positive Test, Authorization to Disclose COVID-19 Diagnosis, and What You Should Know About Coronavirus and Your Employment)

https://www.fisherphillips.com/data-bank-templates-forms?fbclid=IwAR1BAFOXfmwf4JoXU6ceGycoySz0Tq3jpYOVnCJrL4_sYHJKkYjz_DaG6Mc

 

 Public Relations Pros Offer Guidance to Small Businesses Impacted by Virus

 A group of a 13 public relations professionals who operate solo consultancies across the country have joined together to offer a free communications strategy session to any small business impacted by the coronavirus economic shutdown.

 

What Businesses Can Do to Help

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

This is a place business can donate funds. “The San Diego Foundation, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences”.

San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund