Sonoma County Employers

COVID-19 Update

Sonoma County Job Link is closed. 

If your employment has been interrupted due to COVID-19 (fewer or no work hours, if you have been laid off, if you have been disabled as a result of), you can apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits. 

There is no waiting period to apply. The Governor’s executive order waives the one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance.

You can file a claim for Unemployment Insurance online, by phone or by mail.  Click on this link for instructions on how to apply:
https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm.

Click on this link to file an Unemployment Insurance claim:
https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online_File_A_Claim.htm

Here is a video tutorial as well on how to apply for UI online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny-eRM4igd0

It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can also file a claim by phone:

English: 1-800-300-5616
Spanish: 1-800-326-8937

For more information about Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19, visit these links.

The Job Link Business Services hotline number is 707-565-8079 or joblinkbusinessgroup@schsd.org.  This hotline and email are staffed.  Be aware that due to call volume you may need to leave a message.  All calls Monday – Friday will be returned within 24 hours.

Employers can also contact the Economic Development Board for information: http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Business-Assistance-Coronavirus/.

If you are a business or employee the following are links to information and resources that can assist you in finding the help that you need and how to apply for Unemployment Benefits: 

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

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you are unsure of whether you should go to work or not, please contact your employer directly. 

No Cost Business Services!

Job Link works with local businesses to address the workforce needs of Sonoma County. We offer a variety of programs and services to assist your business in training and updating the skills of your staff – at no cost.

Recruit Your Workforce Here!

Job Link can help you find quality candidates when you are looking to grow or expand your business. We can connect you with qualified candidates, as well as coordinate recruiting events.

On The Job Training

Job Link’s On The Job Training (OJT) program helps businesses train individuals while they learn the skills necessary to be productive and perform satisfactorily.

Layoff Prevention And Support Services

If your business is considering laying off employees or closing business operations within California, we can assist ensure a smooth transition for your business and your staff, as well as explore how the layoff or closure can be averted. In the unfortunate event of having to close and lay off staff, we can help your employees with outplacement services and retraining opportunities.

Job Link offers FREE SERVICES for Employers.

  • Job Postings ~ We advertise in-person and online to several marketing and outreach channels. Listing your job on CalJobs is our fastest recruitment solution for businesses that wish to get their opportunities out to the public as soon as possible.
  • Job Fairs ~ Job Link hosts hiring events to help market your business.

Job Link wants to build a relationship with you and your business, by working together to keep our local workforce strong. We offer a variety of free services to assist employers in finding and retaining the best talent possible.

Call our Business Services Hotline at (707) 565-8079 or email us for more information.

Additional Services:

Learn more about:

Research & Reports: Job search, career exploration and labor market research tools, including profiles on top occupations in the region and current workforce demands driving the local job market.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): A Federal tax credit available to employers who hire Veterans and individuals from eligible target groups with significant barriers to employment.  Each year, employers claim over $1 billion in tax credits under the WOTC program.

Call our Business Services Hotline at (707) 565-8079 or email us for more information.