Resources for Employers

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Reduced Work Hours or Potential Layoffs

  • California EDD’s 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. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Potential Closure

  • Midtown Association: Building and Storefront Security Tips
    Note: Please scroll down to section Sacramento Police Department: Building and Storefront Security Tips
  • California EDD Rapid Response Services for Businesses
    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 explore other alternatives from California EDD to laying off employees.
  • Storefront Safety
    If you close and/or vacate your business for an extended period of time, follow these important steps for crime prevention.

    • To avoid attracting negative activity at your business, if you choose to post an exterior sign to notify customers you are closed, please add this important language: This space is monitored by the [insert local police department or sheriff].
    • Tape an interior-facing phone contact list at all entry and exits into your business to provide quick contacts for first responders. This should not be visible from the exterior.
    • Notify your alarm company of the extended absence and ensure they have accurate contact information for your business. If you receive an alarm call, do not cancel it.
    • Notify your local PBID, Merchant Association or similar to share an email and phone contact that should be utilized in case of emergencies.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Sacramento County Response Guidelines for COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic Employee
    Updated as of August 12, 2020.
  • Metro Chamber Virtual Discussion on Restaurant Health and Safety
    On July 7th, the Metro Chamber and Chef Mulvaney hosted a virtual conversation for our restaurants with County Health Director Dr. Peter Beilenson and Senator Pan. This online gathering provided an opportunity for our restaurant community to ask direct questions on their concerns related to the Governor’s recent health directives, steps to take if an employee tests positive or COVID-19 and how to best create a safe and healthy environment for customers, employees and business owners.
  • California Restaurant Association
    Resources specific to the restaurant industry for owners and employees.
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control
    ABC is providing regulatory relief to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result. Information includes updates to deliveries to customers, off-sale transactions, retail-to-retail transactions and so much more.
  • Restaurant Industry Employee Relief & Resources
  • CropMobster Exchange
    CropMobster is an exchange platform for trading food and local resources to build thriving, resilient communities. It is a great resource for restaurants, farmers, suppliers and related vendors with equipment, labor needs, excess product and additional resources for members of our Farm-to-Fork Community.

Pick Up/Delivery & Gift Card Services


  • Communications Assistance
    For our business members who need help pivoting their marketing and communications as a result of COVID-19 to meet the changing needs of customers, employees, and stakeholders, the Metro Chamber is now offering rapid response consulting services.