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.

While all locations are currently closed to walk-in traffic, phone and virtual appointments are available. Contact us today for more information!

  • SALINAS AJCC 344 Salinas Street, Suite #203, Salinas, CA  93901 – Phone # (831) 796-33335
  • MBEST Center AJCC – 3180 Imjin Rd., #157, Marina CA 93933 – Phone # (831) 899-8110 (Adult, Dislocated, and Youth Services)
  • Monterey Adult School AJCC – 1295 La Salle Ave, Portable #14, Seaside, CA 93955 – Phone # (831) 708-6484 (Adult, Dislocated, and Youth Services)
  • Greenfield AJCC / City of Greenfield/Civic Center – 599 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA 93927 – Phone # (831) 315-8605

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!

List of types of businesses that are and are not open due to COVID-19
Small Business Financial Support

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. We know you’re facing multiple challenges right now, and every dollar counts. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.

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:

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.

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

Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance and Resources
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.


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.


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CA Stage 2 Lower Risk Workplaces:

  • Retail, curbside and delivery only
  • Related logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Essential businesses

Contact Us!

(844) 932-4249

Job Seekers:
(866) 666-9332

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