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Small Business Employers Qualify for Paid Leave Grant and Credit

Sep 30, 2021 12:00AM ● By City of Dixon

Businesses must have less than 10 employees

DIXON, CA (MPG) - These two programs offer support to Dixon businesses who are employers that have had to provide paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19:

The Paid Family Leave Small Business (PFLSB) Grant

The Paid Family Leave (PFL) Program allows California workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

As of July 2020, Paid Family Leave has been expanded for eligible employees from 6 to 8 weeks; Employees are now eligible for 12 weeks of non-paid, protected leave who work for all businesses, regardless of business size; The Paid Family Leave Small Business (PFLSB) Grant will provide to CA small businesses $500 for each employee who is utilizing the PFL Program to help offset the costs involved with training other employees to cover the duties of this individual on leave.

Must have less than 10 employees; Up to a total of $4,500 per small business; Available through December 2022.

To apply, please visit

The COVID-19 Paid Leave Tax Credit

Federal law allows small employers to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19.

Including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations; The tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave from April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.

Employers report total paid sick and family leave wages for each quarter on their federal employment tax return, usually Form 941.

Additional information is available at