COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Monterey County Workforce Development Board is proactively following and monitoring any news regarding COVID-19. We will continue to assess the situation as more information becomes available. Below are the latest updates related to our agency’s response to COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Monterey County Workforce Development Board is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of both staff and customers.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday by appointment only. Appointments are available from 10 am-4 pm. Phone and virtual appointments are also available. Contact us today for more information!

MCWDB is postponing all public events, including job fairs, onsite recruitments, workshops, and community events, until further notice.

Information on COVID-19 is constantly changing. We will continue to update you with our current and proposed actions as we ensure the safest environment possible.

For more information call MCWDB Administrative Offices at (831) 796-6434 or (831) 796-3331.

In the spirit of supporting the fight against COVID-19 and in deference to the Monterey County Shelter in Place mandate; stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home!

Employee Resources

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.

Sick or Quarantined Workers

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

Employer Resources

Rapid Response (Layoff Assistance or Aversion)

Visit Our Rapid Response Page

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board Rapid Response Program assists employers and workers affected by anticipated or scheduled layoffs, business closures, and natural or other disasters. Services include on-site sessions where employees learn about unemployment benefits, job search techniques, training opportunities, and reemployment.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Information for Employers

The California WARN Act requires covered employers to provide advance notice to employees affected by plant closings and mass layoffs. Covered employers should continue to file a WARN even if you cannot meet the 60-day timeframe due to COVID-19. See the hyperlink below for more information.

Employers that need to file a WARN Notice should address the letter to the following individuals by name:

Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance and Resources
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Resources for Employers

The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available.


Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Visit Our Small Business Resources and Referrals Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Site

Here, you will find numerous resources from the SBA, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), State of California, and County of Monterey that will help you prepare for, cope with, recover from, and rebuild your business should your business when the need exists. We are here to help you as well.

County of Monterey, Office of Emergency Services

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources for Employers

Below are useful guides from CDC to help your business combat the spread of germs, address changing behavior, and plan for potential disruptions.


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