In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is instituting proactive measures to protect the health and safety of its employees, job seekers, and the businesses it serves.
This resource guide provides links to critical resources and services available to businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WDB is working closely with our business and economic development partners to gauge specific needs within our county, and will update this information as it becomes available.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing payroll assistance for employers who are experiencing hardship because of COVID-19. With this, employers may request a 60 day extension to file their payroll reports and taxes. For more information call EDD at 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free).
Employee Retention: The Federal bill includes $50 billion for tax credits for firms that retain workers on their payroll and cover 50 percent of worker’s pay. Firms will also be able to defer payment of Social Security payroll taxes, which are 6.2 percent of the first $137,700 in wages for each of their employees.
Tax Assistance: If you are experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file your state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. For questions, call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886. More information on Tax Assistance is available here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also provided information regarding the health and safety of all workers during this pandemic.
Workplace Health and Safety – For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.
California Department of Industrial Relations – has published a Cal/OSHA guide on requirements to protect workers from COVID-19.
OnwardCa.org – Platform connecting COVID-19 displaced workers with over 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries.
Labor Market Information for Employers – The EDD Labor Market Information Division collects, analyzes, and produces labor market data of interest to employers and the business community. You will find links to wage statistics, benefits information, and data for your business plans, local labor market profiles, and more.
Labor and Workforce Development Agency – Provides resources for employers and workers including workers’ compensation and paid sick leave.
Reduced Work Hours – If you are experiencing a slowdown in your businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy, you can 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.
Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits.
California WARN – Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-31-20 (PDF), which temporarily suspends the 60-day notice requirement in the California WARN Act for those employers that give written notice to employees and satisfy other conditions. The suspension was intended to permit employers to act quickly to mitigate or prevent the spread of coronavirus. For more information, visit the COVID-19: WARN FAQs.
Potential Closure or Layoffs – If you are planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus, you can get help through the Rapid Response program. 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
COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
State of California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
The State of California is asking businesses and individuals who have resources available- to contribute, either for donation or purchase, to support California’s response to COVID-19.
For more information visit https://contributions.covid19.ca.gov/.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Offering Low-interest Federal Disaster Loans
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, on March 13, 2020.
- Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
- Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com more information on SBA disaster assistance.
- Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
- Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Executive Order Further Enhancing State and Local Government’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Governor’s order:
- Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19. Learn more on this here.
- Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings;
- The full executive order can be found here.
Other Services Available
Free Human Resources Hotline:
Call for free consultation: 1 (877) 282-3762.
Business: The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board’s Business Services team is available to assist your company.
If you are experiencing or considering downsizing, our Rapid Response program can provide an on-site assessment of your employment needs, while also providing and training and coordination of state and economic assistance.
Through our Layoff Aversion program, we can help you develop strategies to operate more efficiently while improving productivity and reducing costs.
To learn more about WDB’s Business Services team, click here.
Job Seekers: WDB operates three America’s Job Centers of California – all of which are providing support by phone during the crisis. Services include help in finding a job, skills assessment, identifying career paths, updating resumes, preparing for job interviews and finding training programs.
East Valley AJCC: (909) 382-0440
West Valley AJCC: (909) 941-6500
High Desert AJCC: (760) 552-6550
Job seekers also can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs – Provides general guidance as to what programs are available and what situations may be applicable to your circumstances. We encourage you to apply for the program you believe best fits your needs and the EDD will determine your eligibility for benefits.