Business Solutions: Downsizing

Downsizing Strategies — Rapid Response Services

One of the most valuable services for companies offered by NOVA is layoff assistance, which is provided by NOVA Workforce Development to employers within San Mateo County. Downsizing staff is never an easy business decision, but NOVA can help ease the transition for affected employees by visiting the company and providing information about career center services. Especially during tough economic times when businesses have no choice but to reduce staff, this type of assistance can help make layoffs as smooth as possible for all parties.

NOVA can provide a confidential consultation with your HR department during the initial planning stages to help with your preparations. NOVA collaborates with EDD and can assist with questions relative to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and unemployment insurance benefits.

Filing a WARN Notice

During a layoff, you may be legally required to file a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice, giving your employees 60 days notice. Both the federal government and the State of California have requirements indicating when this notice is necessary. Click here for information on California's WARN requirements. If you are required to file and the layoff location is in NOVA's service area (all of San Mateo County, as well as the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale), notice must be given to all of the following:

Career Transition Services and Retraining

NOVA can work with you to provide outplacement services for the employees who are being laid off. NOVA can facilitate on-site presentations to your employees to learn about services for which they are eligible, which may include skills training through programs such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Trade Adjustment Assistance. EDD staff co-present to provide an overview of unemployment insurance benefits and TAA. Your employees will learn about local career centers, job search assistance, training resources, and the variety of services available to them at no cost during their career transition.

A NOVA Employer Services representative can provide a confidential consultation to answer your questions. Contact us at 408-730-7232 or

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