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 Workforce Development Department received a grant from the State of California to provide supportive services assistance to individuals impacted by COVID-19. These supportive services may include, but are not limited to, equipment necessary to telework (e.g. computer, internet, etc.), housing assistance, utility assistance, childcare assistance, and transportation assistance.
Call your local AJCC for more information.
Individual Relief: Persons earning less than $75,000 in adjusted gross income will receive a stipend of $1,200. Households with two workers will receive $2,400. The stipend rises by $500 with each child. The subsidy phases out at higher incomes and no subsidy would go to individuals earning more than $99,000.
Much of the subsidy will be used to finance food and shelter expenses that have been distressed by the loss of a paycheck or business revenues.
Small Business Relief: Small businesses in San Bernardino County can apply for assistance under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). The $2.2 trillion emergency relief package contains a variety of measures designed to assist small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paycheck Protection Program – The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis. PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020. More information on the Paycheck Protection Program is available here.
Emergency Economic Injury Grants – These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. More information on the Emergency Economic Injury Grant program is available here.
Small Business Debt Relief Program – This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law. More information on the Small Business Debt Relief Program is available here.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. Provides up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic. More information on PUA is available here.
Resource Partners – If you, like many small business owners, need a business counselor to help guide you through this uncertain time, you can turn to your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Women’s Business Center (WBC), or SCORE mentorship chapter. These resource partners, and the associations that represent them, will receive additional funds to expand their reach and better support small business owners with counseling and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. There will soon be a joint platform that consolidates information and resources related to COVID-19 in order to provide consistent, timely information to small businesses. More information on the resource partners program is available here.
A complete rundown of the benefits and support available under the CARES Act is available online.
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.
Some unemployed workers will be getting a raise. Under the package, all unemployed workers across the U.S. are will be eligible to receive $600 per week in federal aid. They will also receive unemployment benefits from their state-level unemployment insurance departments.
In California, state-level benefits cover half of the salary of anyone earning up to $46,800 on an annualized basis. Workers earning more than $46,800 receive the maximum of $450 per week.
With state and federal aid combined, many California workers will begin earning more than when they still had a job.
For example, a full-time worker earning the minimum wage would have earned approximately $25,000 this year. Under the new bailout package they will receive $600/week from the federal government and $230 from California, leading to annualized earnings of $43,160.
The $600/week federal benefits are effective through July, so for the next few months, laid off workers in California that were making less than $54,600 will earn more from their unemployment benefits than they would have if they had kept their job, not counting things like employer-sponsored health insurance and retirement contributions.
Also in the bill: Gig workers like Uber drivers will be eligible for unemployment benefits for the first time.
Employers may also apply for the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program implemented from the EDD. This will aid those whose hours and wages have been reduced receive unemployment insurance benefits, keep their current jobs, and reduce their risk for financial strain. This will help employers in the long run as they will not have to layoff trained and valuable employees.
COVID-19 Worker Resources – Learn about the next steps for your unemployment insurance claim.
COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Claims – This page provides additional details for those who have already filed a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit payments because they have lost jobs or had their hours reduced due to the impacts of the Coronavirus.
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/.
COVID-19 HR Webinars
During the month of April, WDB is partnering with the California Employers Association to host webinars for businesses on topics related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus Update: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid FMLA. April 3, 10-11 a.m. To participate, please go to: https://covid19paidsickleavewebinar.eventbrite.com
Layoffs, Furloughs and More. April 10, 10 a.m.-noon. To participate, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hr-webinar-layoffs-furloughs-and-more
Remote Workers during Pandemic Crisis. April 17, 10 a.m.-noon. To participate, please go to: https://workingremotelywebinar.eventbrite.com
Leadership during a Crisis. April 24, 10 a.m.-noon. To participate, please go to: https://hrleadershiptools.eventbrite.com
Crucial Conversations in the Workplace. May 1, 10 a.m.-noon. To participate, please go to: https://hrcruicalconvos.eventbrite.com
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.