Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our communities, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) has closed all career centers within our nine-county region to public access.
What this means:
- All WSRCA Career Centers throughout region are closed until further notice.
- Career center staff will work on-site with exceptions as identified by each partner agency.
- We will conduct modified business operations, maximizing virtual and telephone services to communicate with customers.
- Career & Employer workshops will move to a virtual environment.
- There will be very limited exceptions to allow for individual appointments.
- Stringent hygiene and sanitizing practices will continue as well social distancing between staff.
While we are temporarily closing our doors to public access, our talented teams will continue to ensure that our customers find world-class workforce solutions through our available services.
As Rural Capital Area Employers are contacting us with immediate job openings throughout our region, we are posting them by county, to our Jobs Now! tool, to connect job seekers to opportunities.
If you are an employer who would like to have your openings added to this resource, please email our Business Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For open positions in Travis County, please visit our partners at Workforce Solutions Capital Area.
Please visit our Job Seekers Resources Page: click here..
Concerns about COVID-19 are impacting our local economy.
For our business community, WSRCA can assist with customized proactive outplacement services or layoff aversion strategies at no cost. Rapid Response provides early business-focused intervention assistance designed to transition affected workers to their next employment. Our services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees.
Please email email@example.com, for more information on Rapid Response services for employers.
- Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) COVID-19 Resources for Employers: click here.
- TWC Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers: click here.
- TWC Claimants Guide to Filing for UI Benefits (In English/Spanish): click here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.
- SBA COVID-19 Guidance & Disaster Loan Assistance: click here.
- SBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Relating to COVID-19 for Texas Businesses: click here.
- SBA The Three Step Process for Disaster Loans: click here.
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the president signed on March 27, are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. A guide has been created to provide information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the SBA to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. Click to view the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.
The CARES Act tasks the SBA with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country. Click here to view the CARES Act Flow Chart.
U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Emergency Loan Small Business Guide & Checklist: Click here.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
Under this program:
- Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
- Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
- If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.
Click here to learn more.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Wages, Hours and Leave
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Access that guide: click here.
For Families in Child Care:
Many families and child care programs that participate in our child care services have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking the following steps to mitigate the impact:
- Effective March 1, 2020, children may accrue absences without impacting ongoing eligibility for services or provider reimbursements. Providers will continue to be paid, if children are absent, or if the provider is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Texas Workforce Commission is monitoring the situation and will make a future determination on when this policy will conclude.
- WSRCA is authorized to make supplemental payments to child care providers to cover lost parent share of cost payments. More information on how supplemental payments will be calculated is forthcoming.
If you have questions, please contact our WSRCA Child Care Services team toll free 1-877-223-0404, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For further information about coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus website.
- Government Response to coronavirus (COVID-19): click here.
- IFundWomen offers funding options for women entrepreneurs: click here.
- Child Care Services information: click here.
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: click here.
- 5 Ways to Retain Your Customers During the Coronavirus Outbreak: click here.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus: click here.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: click here.
- Shared Work: click here.
- Upload your open positions to WorkInTexas.com: click here.