Workforce  Resources in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 epidemic has reached new heights and is challenging the way we deliver services at our workforce centers.  Let us assure you that we will make every effort to serve all of our customers without any disruptions.  Our primary concern is always for the safety and well-being of our customers and staff.  We ask that if you have been infected by the COVID-19 virus or have come in contact with someone who has, we ask that you reach out to your nearest Workforce center by phone or through our chat-box on our website www.wfsmrg.org rather than coming into the center.  Please see below for additional resources.  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.   

 

Rick Zamarripa

Executive Director

Workforce Solutions MRG

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EMPLOYER PARTNERS

If you are a business facing a layoff or closure, we can offer proactive, business-focused intervention and layoff aversion support at no cost*.

To be contacted by our staff at our local offices for assistance. Below are resources available and questions answered:

  • The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business. Click here to learn more.

  • TWC has created a FAQ for Coronavirus Information & Resources regarding Texas Employers

  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act Update Click here to learn more

  • Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers Click here to learn more

FAQ on SBA’s Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Loans

Is your small business struggling due to the recent coronavirus epidemic?

  • Your business may be eligible for a new Paycheck Protection Loan.

  • This 4% interest rate loan is 100% guaranteed by the SBA.

  • Physician practices are eligible, no matter how they are structured.

Who is eligible? 

  • Businesses and 501(c)(3)s with less than 500 employees.

Where can you get this loan? 

What can you use the loan amount for? 

  • Payroll costs - Group health care benefits

  • Employee salaries - Interest on ay mortgage obligation

  • Rent

  • Utilities

  • And any other debt obligations occurred before Feb. 15, 2020.

How much can you borrow? 

  • The maximum amount is the lesser of $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll based on last year’s payroll.

How long will it take to receive the money? 

  • The SBA has authorized lenders to process, close, and service loans without SBA approval, giving you the means to invest in your business immediately.

What if you can’t pay it back? 

  • First, all payment on principle, interest, and fees will be automatically deferred for six months.

  • Second, for businesses that retain their staff up until June 30, 2020, this loan will be forgiven.

Can the entire loan be forgiven? 

  • No, only the portion of the loan used to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities can be forgiven.

  • In addition, only 8 weeks can be forgiven.

What does this bill do to provide relief for rural communities and farmers?

  • The bill includes a number of small business provisions designed to help farmers stay in business and take care of their employees during this difficult time. These include provisions that allow farmers to work with their trusted farm credit institutions for the purposes of securing payroll tax loans, along with 1-year deferrals, 100% guarantees, and low rates.

  • The bill provides $14 billion for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), the funding mechanism for all major USDA programs. It also appropriates an additional $9.5 billion to specifically respond to losses due to COVID-19. 

  • Additional funding is provided for USDA agencies that are on the front lines of responding to COVID-19, including the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). 

  • The bill also includes $100 million to provide financing for rural broadband through the ReConnect program, and $25 million for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program to provide grants for equipment and connectivity improvements. 

Employee retention credit – how will this work? 

  • The Employee Retention Credit provides a refundable payroll tax credit equal to 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages per employee (including health benefits) paid by certain employers during the coronavirus crisis. 

  • The credit is available to employers:

    • whose operations were fully or partially shut down by government order limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings due to coronavirus, or

    • whose quarterly receipts are less than 50% for the same quarter in the prior year.

  • Wages paid to employees during which they are furloughed or otherwise not working (due to reduced hours) as a result of their employer’s closure or economic hardship are eligible for the credit. 

  • However, for employers with 100 or fewer employees, all employee wages qualify for the credit, regardless of whether they are furloughed or face reduced hours.

  • To prevent double dipping, employers that receive Small Business interruption loans are not eligible for the credit. Additionally, wages that qualify for the required paid leave credit are not eligible for the credit. 

  • The credit is for wages paid by eligible employers from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

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LOCAL WORKFORCE OFFICES

FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CONTACT US

Have a question?  Looking to hire? Want to become a Child Care Provider?  Email or call us!

Email: info@wfsmrg.org

Phone: 830-591-0141

Information Officer: Ernest Flores

Serving the Middle Rio Grande Region of Edwards, Dimmit, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde & Zavala.

Workforce Middle Rio is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.   Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Relay TX: 711 or 1-800-735-2988 (Voice) or 1-­800-­735-­2989 (TDD)