There are times when you may need to reduce the size of your workforce. How can you accomplish this in a way that minimizes the impact on the employees affected by the reduction? The Marin Employment Connection (MEC) provides information and services to help you prepare for workforce downsizing, as well as delivering information and services to laid-off employees.
Consultations for Small Businesses Considering Downsizing
The MEC partners with the Marin County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide consulting and support to struggling businesses in Marin County. The goal is to increase profitability, prevent layoffs and help small businesses become more financially stable. There are no-cost, confidential, one-on-one counseling available. Contact SBDC at 415-755-1100 or go to www.rencentermarin.org/sbdc.
Information & Presentations to Laid-off Employees
The MEC is available to make presentations to the affected employees of any business that is downsizing, regardless of the size of the layoff, either at your location or at our offices. We can also provide materials for employers to share with employees. These materials explain the unemployment insurance program and introduce employees to job search and other services available through the MEC and our Career Resource Center. Contact MEC Manager, Patricia Borrego at (415) 473-3334 or PBorrego@marincounty.org.
Information for Employers
If you are considering downsizing your workforce, contact the MEC before you take action. We can provide you with up-to-date information about labor law and the unemployment insurance program so that you are fully informed about your obligations as an employer. A representative is available to answer questions on employment topics, give assistance in obtaining state forms and publications, and make referrals to appropriate government agencies. Call the MEC Business Services at (415) 473-3309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Laid-off Professional and Technical Employees
Marin Professionals is a self-help organization sponsored by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Marin Professionals assist Marin County seekers of professional, managerial and technical jobs with developing skills and networking. The group provides workshops, support, and facilities to aid in the search for a new position. For more information, contact (415) 507-2140, web site www.marinprofessionals.org, email at email@example.com.