COVID-19 Update to Contra Costa County Businesses, Employers, and Workers
The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) would like to share the following resource to assist employers, businesses, and employees affected by COVID-19:
- The State Labor and Workforce Development Agency has a host of resources on their website to assist employers and workers regarding reducing hours, the workshare program, protecting workers, and more.
- COVID-19 Webinars are offered by the California Employers’ Association.
- Links to multiple state resources on GO-Biz (Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development) COVID 19 web page.
- The Small Business Association (SBA) is providing up to $2M in Disaster Assistance Loans. See the Small Business Development Center Contra Costa for information on applying for the loans.
- The County Conservation and Development Department has updates regarding building and planning permits.
Please contact WDBCCC’s Rapid Response Coordinator, Charles Brown III (email@example.com) if your company is facing a closure or layoff.
Employers/Businesses that are faced with the following employee concerns can find more information at the Employment Development Department (EDD)
- Sick or Quarantined Workers: Sick or quarantined workers may be eligible to file for State Disability Insurance, with benefits ranging from 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and from $50-$1,300 a week. Find more information at EDD’s website.
- Caregivers: Workers caring for an ill or quarantined family member may be able to file for up to six weeks of Paid Family Leave. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. Find more information at EDD’s website.
- Reduced Hours or Layoffs: Workers whose hours have been reduced or who have been laid off due to COVID-19 may be able to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or apply for the UI Work Sharing Program (an alternative to layoff). UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Find more information at EDD’s website.
- Business Layoffs/Closure: Please contact WDBCCC’s Rapid Response Coordinator, Charles Brown III (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your company is facing a closure or layoff. Rapid Response teams will connect with you by phone to discuss your needs and provide services to assist impacted workers. Employers of all sizes considering layoffs are encouraged to contact Charles Brown III as collecting data on the economic impact of the pandemic is important to inform future relief programs. For more general information, please review our Services Offered and Layoff and Outplacement.