For Businesses Forced to Lay Off Workers

If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to submit layoff notices online or call (619) 228-2982. We 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.


Webinar for Affected Workers

We are now offering webinars for affected workers every other Friday at 10 a.m. covering topics like:

  • How to file for unemployment insurance
  • How to get re-employed as soon as possible
  • Information on Covered California



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.

Additional COVID-19 Updates for Businesses

Signaled by the receipt of a WARN, the San Diego Workforce Partnership offers Layoff Transition services to employers who are experiencing mass layoffs or closures in San Diego County. Layoff Transition presentations give employers an opportunity to provide affected employees with vital resources that help them get reemployed as soon as possible and ease this difficult transition.

Presentations are provided at no cost and cover the following topics:

  • Assistance programs
  • Free career center services
  • How to apply for unemployment insurance
  • Information on Covered California

The Layoff Transition team will coordinate everything. All we need from you is a space to present (virtual is ok) and for you to let your employees know when and where.

We all appreciated the great information presented. Employees learned a lot of important information that will help them successfully transition to a new position. What a great resource and encouragement that has been provided to us. Everyone here really appreciates the detailed information, the personalized help with resumes, and the amount of time they devoted to us.

–Marie Dirks, Revlon

Our team consists of:

  • The Workforce Partnership’s Layoff Transition coordinator
  • Representatives from Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Services with the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • A representative from the San Diego Career Centers
  • A certified financial planner and certified Covered California agent

What do you get out of it?

Providing resources to help with the layoff transition has multiple benefits, including:

  • Higher worker morale and lower absenteeism during layoff event due to reduced stress
  • Lower unemployment insurance costs as workers are re-employed more quickly when services begin prior to layoff
  • Decreased likelihood of sabotage or work disruptions
  • Better public relations for your organization. We can work with the media to highlight services an employer is providing to its workers during a layoff period, if desired.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a Layoff Transition presentation, please contact the Business Services team at

Learn more about WARNs