Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

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To help employers and our workforce in the City of El Segundo respond to the challenges due to COVID-19, we've outlined helpful information and resources regarding loan programs for impacted small businesses, unemployment benefits for workers, and more. 

CARES Act: What it Means for Businesses and Individuals

On Friday, March 27th, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The $2 trillion stimulus legislation aims to provide economic relief to small businesses, distressed industries, individuals and other groups following the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the American economy and communities.  

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What it means for small business owners:

One of the core measures of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This is a nearly $350 billion loan program meant to offer relief to small business owners, primarily to keep employees on payroll and cover other critical expenses. Importantly, a portion of these loans may be forgiven so long as businesses continue to pay payroll costs, rent and utility payments.

For assistance navigating loan eligibility and answers to frequently asked questions, companies are encouraged to visit the Small Business Administration website SBA.gov, which provides information on COVID-19 related programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief. 

Download The Emergency Loans Small Business Guide PDF

What it means for large corporations:

Part of the stimulus package authorizes roughly $500 billion in loans and other investment options for big corporations. The CARES Act extends funds to help airlines, aviation businesses and other infrastructure sectors. These loans are subject to multiple conditions, restrictions and do not include a mechanism for forgiveness.

What it means for workers and individuals:

The CARES Act provides moderate-to-low-income individuals a direct cash payment of $1,200 ($2,400 for joint taxpayers) and $500 for each dependent child.

Additionally, the stimulus legislation temporarily expands unemployment benefits to individuals not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits and who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19, such as self-employed workers, freelancers and independent contractors.

Resources for Businesses and Employers

Small Business Administration (SBA)
South Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program

Resources for Workers and Job Seekers

South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) Job Center
Disability Insurance
Paid Family Leave
Unemployment Insurance

Need Help Navigating All These Resources?

LA COUNTY HELP CENTER

The Los Angeles County has a dedicated call center for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency.

Contact the Business & Worker Disaster Help Center:

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Additional Helpful Resources

  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz): Coronavirus 2019 with State resources for employers and employees

Stay Informed

  • Text CV19ES to 888777 to receive COVID-19 official updates, a service by Alert South Bay
  • Watch the City of El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles daily morning briefing live on elsegundo.org, click "Watch Live" button on the homepage. Also streaming on the City of El Segundo's Facebook page and local channels 3 and 22.