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Get help for your business before a layoff

Find out what help is available to you and your employees if your business is facing layoffs or closing.

Employers in San Francisco County who are experiencing widespread layoffs or closures can use the Rapid Response services provided by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Rapid Response orientations give companies the chance to give affected workers important tools that can speed up their return to work and make this difficult transition easier.

OEWD partners with the CA Employment Development Department (EDD) and other agencies to inform your employees about services that can help them after a layoff. Orientations include the following resources:

  • Job search, training, and other career assistance programs
  • Information about local job centers
  • Help with applying for unemployment insurance
  • Health and retirement benefit resources

Schedule a rapid response orientation

Our team will meet with you to talk about your needs, help you avoid layoffs so you can keep valued employees, and offer immediate on-site services to help people who are losing their jobs. We also give your employees access to professional advice, outplacement services, and options for retraining.

The members of our Rapid Response Orientation team are:

  • The OEWD Rapid Response coordinator
  • Representatives from EDD's Workforce Services team
  • A representative from the San Francisco Job Centers 
  • A certified Covered California agent
  • US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration Benefits Advisor

Email or call 415-701-4848 to schedule an orientation.

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Comply with the WARN Act

The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires covered employers to give a 60-day notice to employees affected by plant closings and mass layoffs, as well as State and Local representatives.

Employers with 75 or more full-time or part-time employees are subject to the California WARN Act. Read more information about the General Provisions of the Federal and California WARN Laws on the EDD website.

Where to send your WARN in San Francisco:

WARN Act Coordinator
Statewide Services Unit
Workforce Services Division
Employment Development Department
722 Capitol Mall, MIC 69/Room 3099
Sacramento, CA 95814 

San Francisco City/County
Mr. Chad Houston, Director of Workforce Strategy, Workforce Development
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mayor London Breed
Office of the Mayor
City Hall, Room 200, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Get help

For questions or to schedule a Rapid Response orientation:



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Last updated October 27, 2023