Resources for Businesses and Employees Affected by the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 

Many resources are being developed to help business owners and workers with the economic impacts of the current COVID 19 situation. Please consider this list a work in progress that will be updated as new information arrives.

If you have a question about if your business is an "essential service," or other specific questions related to the Health Order dated March 16, 2020, see Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Spanish FAQs (PDF) or contact our Call Center 1-844-729-8410, 8 AM to 5 PM, in English or Spanish.

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For Employees

Unemployment Relief for Reduced Work Hours or Layoffs visit State of California Labor & Workforce Development Agency 

Paid Sick Leave and other Labor Law Questions please visit State of California Department of Industrial Relations

For Business Owners 

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program provides up to $2 million in Federal loan assistance.

Avoiding Layoffs through a Work Sharing Program administered byState of California Employment Development Department

Rapid Response (Imminent Layoff Response) please email Charles Brown III at the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County

Building and Planning: Call 925-674-7200 to find out if Contra Costa County’s Department of Conservation and Development is accepting permit applications for your category of project. The Department has limited services available with special procedures in place to comply with the Health Order dated March 16, 2020. State of California Franchise Tax Board: Businesses (and individuals) can extend tax filing and payments to June 15.

State of California Franchise Tax Board and U.S. Internal Revenue Service: Businesses (and individuals) can extend 2019 tax filing and payments to July 15, 2020.

State of California Payroll Tax Assistance: 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. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886 
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565 
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502 

Other State of California Business Taxes: Taxpayers can apply online for payment extensions

State of California COVID-19 information regarding Employment and Taxes

Last updated: March 23, 2020