Business Resources

Notice: Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemics, Sonoma County Job Link, America’s Job Centers of California is currently closed to all in-person services until further notice. Our Employment & Training staff, State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), and partner agencies are committed to providing services via phone, e-mail, and online. Please refer back to this site for any updates we may have.

Layoff Alternatives

There are alternatives to layoffs that can help employers keep their employees when there is a lack of work or during a financial hardship. 

Click here to learn more about Layoff Alternatives

Work Sharing Program

Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.

Click here for Work Sharing Program Application (PDF)

Click here for Work Sharing Employer Requirements and Criteria


If you are self-employed, you may have benefits available from EDD employment insurance programs that you or your employer may have paid into over the past 5 to 18 months. You may have contributions from a prior job, or you could have been misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee.

Visit Coronavirus 2019 FAQs and Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

Self-Employed—Eligibility for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage

Any self-employed individual, independent contractor, or general partner who meets the requirements may apply for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC).

Click here for more information on Disability Insurance Elective Coverage

For information on any of the business services specifically provided by Job Link, please contact us at (707) 565-8079 or by email.

Resources for Impacted Employers & Businesses

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Click here to learn about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Local employers can also contact the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County for information.

Click here to visit EDB’s covid-19 business assistance website

If you are a business or employeethe following are links to information and resources that can assist you in finding the help that you need: 

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Job Link Business Team & Rapid Response Services

Rapid Response is a service to help support businesses and their employees who are being laid off. Have questions about Rapid Response? Contact Lupe Castaneda at or (707)565-5627

Job Link Business Services hotline and email:

(707)565-8079 or email us at

All calls Monday – Friday will be returned within 24 hours.

Be aware that due to call volume you may need to leave a message.

Local and Regional Resources