Assistance for Employers

If you are a business owner or Human Resources representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to email the County’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) Business Services Strategist, Alma Janabajab at WDB will get back to you within one business day to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more.

WDB can offer your affected workers a webinar full of information and resources on how to file for unemployment insurance, how to get re-employed as soon as possible, and options regarding retirement assets and health insurance.

On March 4, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-31-20 to ease the regulatory burden on employers who had to close before being able to provide employees advanced notice related to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN).

Labor Code sections pertaining mass layoff, relocation and termination, which normally requires a 60 day notice, have been temporarily suspended due to this emergency and now only require as much notice as is practicable is provided, and when the notice is given, a brief statement regarding the basis for reducing the notification period is included.

Work Share Program

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program through the EDD. 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.

Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply. As of May 12, 2020 a new online Work Sharing Plan Application system is available for employers to submit an online Work Sharing (WS) Unemployment Insurance Plan Application, DE 8686 application.  Submitting a WS application online is faster and more convenient way to submit the DE 8686.

Extension Filing Payroll Tax

Employers statewide directly affected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  For more information about how to request an extension and other employer assistance available, visit Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers.  You can also learn about assistance available through the Internal Revenue Service’s Help During Disasters web page.

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526