The most recent information available can be found at the top of each section. Updates are listed in the order they were released.
The following are resources for small business owners impacted COVID-19. WCD will continue to provide our membership information to support you and your employees as it becomes available.
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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the county Workforce Development Board announced the opening of a call center Thursday serving local businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The WDB COVID-19 call center operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the Workforce Development Board, which is part of the county's Employment and Human Services Department. The call center offers resources to businesses, such as how to handle layoffs and insurance needs, and how to access federal loans and payroll subsidies. Small business owners can contact the call center at 833-320-1919. #BounceBackContraCosta
Employer: Reduced Work Hours
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the 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.
Employers: Potential Closure or Layoffs
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 contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.
James Beard Foundation started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.
Guy Fieri Restaurant Relief Grants
Google Small Business Advertising Grants
Worker: Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.