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

  • US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    Guidance for businesses and employers, government contracting, and local assistance information is available from the US Small Business Administration.
  • 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

  • CDPH Guidelines for Food and Beverage Guidelines
    Guidance outlines steps restaurants, bars, wineries, food trucks, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets should take to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • James Beard Foundation Relief Fund for Food and Beverage Industry
    To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.

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.

Stay At Home Order