WARN Notices

The California WARN (Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification) Act requires covered employers to provide advance notice to employees affected by plant closings and mass layoffs.

How to File a WARN Notice

To file a WARN notice, notify affected employees as well as the entities listed below. E-mail is the preferred means of notification; if sending via e-mail, then there is no need to also provide notification via mail or fax. When sending via e-mail, one notice can be sent to all of the required entities listed below in a single message.
  1. California Employment Development Department (EDD) eddwarnnotice@edd.ca.gov
  2. Local Workforce Development Board
    If the closure or layoff will occur within San Mateo County or the Santa Clara County cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale, provide notice to NOVAworks: business@novaworks.org (Click for a list of workforce boards in other areas.)
  3. Chief County Elected Official
    For businesses in Santa Clara County: Mike Wasserman, President, Board of Supervisors, District1@bos.sccgov.org
    For businesses in San Mateo County: Don Horsley, President, Board of Supervisors, dhorsley@smcgov.org
  4. Chief Local Elected Official
    Send the notice via e-mail to the mayor in the city in which the layoff will occur.
  5. Local Labor Union Officials (if applicable)
The NOVAworks Job Center works closely with local businesses to ensure that our programs provide opportunities that build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address the workforce needs of Silicon Valley.

For information on NOVAworks' services to business, click the purple sub-headings below to expand the content.

Staffing & Recruitment

When you need to grow your business, NOVAworks can help find quality candidates for your job openings. We can work to meet your staffing needs, directly or through our quality connections with relevant community organizations.
  • Looking for Experienced Candidates?

    Many NOVAworks job seekers are experienced in such fields as engineering, programming, project management, business administration, sales, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and other technical and business operations professions.

    To let our talented pool of job seekers know about your openings, we invite you to post your jobs on NOVAworks' no-cost job board.

    Job Board  

    NOVAworks also currently administers a program that funds tech-related internships. If you have technical opportunities but are not ready to hire, NOVAworks can help. Click to download the program flyer (PDF).


    Is your company recruiting skilled talent for a variety of job openings? Both the Sunnyvale and San Mateo job centers may be able to arrange on-site recruitment sessions through which you can meet with a number of vetted candidates. Contact NOVAworks' Business Services team for details.


  • Looking for Entry Level Candidates?

    Do you have entry-level positions or positions for which a youth might be appropriate? If so, we invite you to contact the NOVAworks Youth Office, which specializes in serving young workers, ages 16 to 24.

    Youth Office  

NOVAworks' Online Job Board

NOVAworks hosts an online job board serving businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We invite you to add your job listings through the employer portal below.
  • Post your job openings on NOVAworks' online job board

Layoff & Outplacement

Running a business comes with considerable challenges. If you are considering laying off employees, closing a division, or shutting down business operations within California, we can help you ensure a smooth transition for your company and your employees, while ensuring compliance with legal requirements. NOVA will save you time and help you to understand all the options available to you. We can also help you provide your employees with outplacement service and retraining opportunities.
  • Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Requirements

    The California Labor Code requires that employers give a 60-day notice to the affected employees and to both state and local representatives prior to a plant closing or mass layoff.

    WARN Info  

    If the closure or layoff will occur within San Mateo County or the Santa Clara County cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale, you must provide notice to NOVAworks, which is the local workforce development board for this region. Notification can be sent to NOVAworks' Business Services Team via the button below.

    Notify NOVAworks  

Employee Training

When you need to upgrade your employees’ skills and provide them with professional development, NOVAworks can help you assess your training needs and connect with resources that suit your business.
  • Employment Training Panel

    Programs such as California's Employment Training Panel can assist in funding specialized training for qualified workers through its program to provide funding to eligible companies to offset the cost of retraining your incumbent workers.

    E T P  

  • Communication Training

    NOVAworks' Communication Essentials class features practical techniques, interactive exercises, and immediately useful tools that focus on communication, facilitation, and collaboration. This class will improve your employees' confidence and increase their effectiveness at the worksite. Contact NOVAworks' Business Services team to coordinate this onsite training.

    Communication Essentials  

On-the-Job Training

Finding and hiring good employees with the right skill sets can be challenging. In many cases, candidates may have the right combination of enthusiasm and ability but lack specific skills you need for your business to thrive.
  • OJT Details

    NOVA’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) program helps your business invest in great candidate and transform them into productive and profitable employees. OJT is training conducted by an employer for an individual while he or she works and learns the skills necessary for productive and satisfactory job performance.

    With NOVAworks assistance, you may be eligible for wage reimbursement of up to 50% for the time it takes your new employee to learn the skills necessary for the job.

    O J T  Request  

Resources for Businesses

Links to COVID-related information and resources for businesses

U.S. Department of Treasury
Paycheck Protection Program
SAMCEDA (San Mateo County)
Assistance & Guidance for Businesses and Workers Affected by COVID-19
City of San José (Santa Clara County)
COVID-19 Guidance for Employers, Workers and Businesses