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Layoff and Closures

If your company is considering a reduction in its labor force, we can help by easing employees' anxietiy and ensure a smooth transition for your company. The Workforce Development Board’s Rapid Response team can work with you to provide services for recently laid off employees; our team facilitates on-site events to provide information on career transition options, skill development, and retraining programs. Our services are provided at no cost.

Rapid Response

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County provides customized, confidential and convenient outplacement services to businesses in transition through its Rapid Response Team.

These no-cost services are provided to affected employees through the EASTBAY Works/America's Job Center of California (AJCC) partners. Through on-site presentations, information is provided to employees about re-employment and transition services available at the AJCC career centers, and from other agencies and organizations in the community.

As a team member, a representative from the Employment Development Department (EDD) provides information on unemployment insurance benefits and other available services through EDD.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN)

California Assembly Bill 2957 requires specific businesses that are downsizing or closing to give affected employees and other state and local representatives 60 days notice. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) informs the community of the pending transition. 

Included in this section is information on Contra Costa County layoffs as well as WARN information for transitioning businesses. WARNs do not necessarily reflect actual layoffs due to changing circumstances after the notice was filed.

Employer Location Industry Affected Workers WARN


Date: Mar 19, 2012
Union: No
Bay Area Manufacturing 82 Yes


Date: Feb 6, 2012
Union: No
Walnut Creek Finance & Insurance 155 Yes


Date: Jan 9, 2012
Union: No
N. California (Antioch, Concord, San Ramon) Utilities 245 Yes