COVID-19 Update to Alameda County Businesses and Employers
The Alameda County Workforce Development Board (ACWDB) is here to help point employers in the right direction in mitigating impacts to local businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Information for job seekers is also available to assist those impacted by reduced hours and layoffs:
- We have partnered with MANEX Consulting to offer business assessments for small to mid-size manfacturing companies in Alameda County impacted by COVID-19. Applications are still being accepted!
- East Bay Economic Development Alliance maintains a growing and expansive list of resources for Alameda County and Contra Costa businesses.
- GO-Biz has new a COVID-19 page to assist businesses in finding information and resources. Please visit their site to learn more: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
The City of Hayward is providing $5,000 grants to small businesses and independently-owned restaurants in Hayward to provide COVID-19 relief! Learn how to apply at: https://tinyurl.com/qo62ohr
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 at: https://www.employers.org/events/webinars/
- The Small Business Association (SBA) is providing up to $2M in Disaster Assistance Loans. Contact the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) for information on applying for the loans. Assistance with completing a small business loan application is available. The ACSBDC is 100% remote, available by email, through website updates, and at (510) 516-4118 (messages picked up throughout the day). One-on-one advising is also available.
- Microlender Kiva is expanding eligibility for U.S. entrepreneurs. They have increased maximum loan amounts from $10,000 to $15,000 and new borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
- Association of Manufacturers Bay Area has a list of resources to assist manufacturing companies. Learn more at: https://ambayarea.com/covid19update/
- California non-profits can find a wealth of COVID-19 resources at: https://calnonprofits.org/publications/article-archive/683-a-few-resources-for-nonprofits
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.
The ACWDB is under the shelter in place order in Alameda County in alignment with the Alameda County Public Health guidance. Therefore, staff will not carry-out in-person services. Please contact us to see what virtual services are available in lieu of in-person activities.
- Business Layoffs/Closure: Please contact ACWDB’s Rapid Response Coordinator, Javier Contreras (Javier.Contreras@acgov.org or 510-259-3831) if your company is facing a closure or layoff Rapid Response teams will meet with you (telephonically) to discuss your needs and provide services to assist impacted workers. Employers of all sizes considering layoffs are encouraged to contact Javier as collecting data on the economic impact of the pandemic is important to inform future relief programs.
- For workers facing layoffs, or looking for full-time or interim work, employers can connect them to one of our service providers located throughout Alameda County:
North Cities Career Center
Other Business ResourcesThere are several resources available for employers in California. Learn more about ways to connect!
State and Local Resources
- East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EBEDA)
- California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
- Employment Training Panel (ETP)
- California Small Business Development Center - Alameda County
- Employment Development Department
- California Competes
- California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)
Employer Resources for Hiring and Recruiting