The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce received a $500,000 grant from the state to assist small businesses impacted by the Paid Family Leave program.
The grant money from the California Employment Training Panel is available to small businesses with one to 100 employees with at least one employee utilizing the family leave program to offset the increased costs associated with the employee being out on leave.
The state’s Paid Family Leave program allows California workers to take eight weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Businesses impacted by the program will have increased costs such as training and upskilling existing staff as well as new staff to cover the duties of the employee on leave, and marketing, recruitment, and other reasonably foreseeable training costs, according to the chamber.
Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, the chief executive of the chamber, said that it has been focused on assisting small business during the recovery period from Covid-19.
“We are so pleased to play a part in getting funds directly into the hands of businesses,” Vanyek said in a statement. “We hope this grant helps give businesses the boost they need for economic growth.”
For more information, eligibility details, and to apply, visit CaliforniaPFL.com or call the chamber at (818) 989-0300.