Employer Resources

COVID-19 Update to Alameda County Businesses and Employers

The Alameda County Workforce Development Board (ACWDB) is here to help point employers in the right direction in mitigating impacts to local businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Information for job seekers is also available to assist those impacted by reduced hours and layoffs: 

ACWDB Resources 

  • We're here to partner with you to develop layoff aversion strategies so you keep your workforce in tact. If layoffs are inevitable, please learn about new guidance regarding the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) process at: https://tinyurl.com/v5hxy44. Please note that the Local Elected Official for Alameda County is Richard Valle, President of the County of Alameda Board of Supervisors; and the Mayor of the city where your site/establishment is located. Address for Supervisor Valle is 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612. If needed, please visit the League of California Cities to find your mayor. 

  • Businesses can also contact ACWDB’s Rapid Response Coordinator, Javier Contreras (Javier.Contreras@acgov.org or 510-259-3831) for further assistance or if a WARN is inevitable. Our Rapid Response team will meet with you (telephonically) to discuss your needs and provide services to assist impacted workers. Employers of all sizes considering layoffs are encouraged to contact Javier as collecting data on the economic impact of the pandemic is important to inform future relief programs.

  • If you are looking to hire candidates in a specific skill set to fill new or critical positions, please contact Samantha Miller (samiller@acgov.org or 510-259-3832) for information on our Customized Training program. We help support training programs that can grow your workforce. We can also support the upskilling of your current workforce to advance workers in their careers, or if they need to pivot to new duties due to COVID-19 impacts, through our Incumbent Worker Training program. 

  • We have partnered with MANEX Consulting to offer free business assessments for small to mid-size manfacturing companies in Alameda County impacted by COVID-19. Applications are still being accepted!
  • Our COVID-19 toolkit was designed with the business community and job seekers in mind. Follow us on social media for bite-sized information to helpful resources.
Federal and State Resources 

  • Businesses, learn about changes to employment laws passed by Congress amid the COVID-19 pandemic in this recorded webinar, hosted by the Employer Development Department’s Employer Advisory Council at: https://tinyurl.com/stjgvu5. Also, learn about FMLA changes and other HR issues in this power point presentation

  • Sick or Quarantined Workers: Sick or quarantined workers may be eligible to file for State Disability Insurance, with benefits ranging from 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and from $50-$1,300 a week. 

  • Caregivers: Workers caring for an ill or quarantined family member may be able to file for up to six weeks of Paid Family Leave. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. 

  • Reduced Hours or Layoffs: Workers whose hours have been reduced or who have been laid off due to COVID-19 may be able to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or apply for the UI Work Sharing Program (an alternative to layoff). UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. 

Regional and Local Resources 

  • Contact the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) for information on applying for Small Business Association (SBA) loans. The ACSBDC is 100% remote, available by email, through website updates, and at (510) 516-4118 (messages picked up throughout the day). One-on-one advising is also available. 

  • The Northern California SBDC has activated a small business hotline and rapid response website. Business owners also can call 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232) to reach the hotline for SBDC support and business financial urgent care. There are two-email addresses that are being served by the hotline as well:

                            Email loans@asksbdc.com for assistance with available loans.
                            Email espanol@asksbdc.com para asistencia en español.

  • The City of Hayward is providing $5,000 grants to small businesses and independently-owned restaurants in Hayward to provide COVID-19 relief! Learn how to apply at: https://tinyurl.com/qo62ohr

  • Microlender Kiva is expanding eligibility for U.S. entrepreneurs. They have increased maximum loan amounts from $10,000 to $15,000 and new borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.

COVID Recovery

Local guidance and technical assistance for businesses for safe reopening:

COVID-19 Workplace -

Resources for laid-off workers:

We may also be able to help you avert the layoffs altogher so please contact us. If layoff is not avoidable laid off workers searching for full-time or interim work, please connect the job seeker to one of our service providers located throughout Alameda County:

          Eden Area Comprehensive America’s Job Center of California
          (510) 672-4150 or (925) 914-7675

          Tri-Cities Career Center
          (510) 742-2323

          North Cities Career Center
          (510) 748-2208

          Tri-Valley Career Center
           (925) 560-9431

For more information about employer and business services, please contact Samantha Miller at samiller@acgov.org or Javier Contreras at Javier.Contreras@acgov.org.