Workforce Issues

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. On this page, we are compiling relevant tips and resources such as unemployment, paid family leave, paid sick leave, healthcare and more.

Unemployment
Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor

Unemployment Benefits

Individuals may visit the portal to claim weekly unemployment benefits, file appeals, file unemployment insurance claims and get unemployment assistance. 

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Illinois

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Colorado

State of Colorado, Department of Labor and Employment

Assistance Programs for Unemployment

Assistance programs include rent assistance, food assistance, emergency eviction assistance, medical assistance and free and reduced legal services.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Colorado

State of Colorado, Department of Labor and Employment

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. These bi-weekly benefit payments help job seekers focus on their path to reemployment and help lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy.

Audience: Employees

Employee relations, Paid sick days, Staying safe
National

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

New Tax Credits

This law provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19. 

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Non-profits

Human resources, Unemployment
California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington

BitWise Industries

Onward US

A national portal that will match open jobs to laid-off workers in seven states based on their specific skills through a questionnaire.

Audience: Employees

Paid sick days
Colorado

State of Colorado, Department of Labor and Employment

Guidance on paid sick leave

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has crafted emergency rules regarding paid sick leave. Under the emergency rules, employers in specific industries are required to provide up to four days of paid sick leave. This rule only requires pay up to the four day waiting period for virus testing, and does not require employers to replace wages in the event of a positive test.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Non-profits

Unemployment
California

California Employment Development Department - EDD

Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC)

For self-employed/freelancers - to be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job.

Audience: Self-employed

Unemployment
California

California Employment Development Department - EDD

Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program

Employers eligible to cover part of their employees wages if employees see a reduction in hours of at least 10% and no more than 60%. Other guidelines exist for eligibility.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Paid sick days
California

California Employment Development Department - EDD

State Disability Insurance

Employees eligble if they no longer can work because they are themselves suffering from COVID-19. Provides 60-70% of wages.

Audience: Employees

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