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Supporting local businesses with resources and tools is our priority. Our Business Services team makes it easy for you to gain access to these tools that support a strong workforce. Our goal is to connect businesses with qualified, motivated candidates through a comprehensive range of solutions, offered at no cost to employers.


Resources & Services

COVID-19 Resources

Although many businesses are having a hard time staying open during this health crisis, many others are short-staffed and are having difficulty finding talent quickly. If you are hiring, we can add your name to our list of employers with open jobs that are being filled with job seekers looking for employment. To add your name to our list, please contact our team.

If Covid-19 has affected your workforce, our partners at the Employment Development Department have some options to help. If you need to retain employees to temporarily or permanently reduce the workforce, options are available and we are here to help you understand and apply for them!

Click here to learn more about EDD’s worksharing program.

Click here to download the Program Overview PowerPoint. 

Click here for frequently asked questions about the Worksharing Program.

Click here for information about Paid Family Medical Leave.

Click here for information that you can provide to your employees affected by COVID-19.

Under the new federal CARES Act, unemployment benefits are available to self-employed and independent contractors who have lost work because of the COVID-19 health crisis. This includes freelancers, independent contractors, and other self-employed.

Please visit EDD’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page for more information. 

  • The Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress in March 2020. This relief package offers fast and direct economic assistance for small businesses. Click here to learn more.

Are you changing your business model in response to the current health crisis? We have solutions that can help you from managing your teams remotely to learning how to put your products online:

  • Recruit, hire, and manage remotely – with remote work on the rise, learn how to hire, onboard, and lead dispersed teams successfully.  Click here to learn more.

Is your business facing the possibility of laying off employees or even closing? Our AJCC centers can get your business back on track. Specialized Business Service Representatives can work with you and your employees to minimize loss. Please contact us for more information or click here for more information on our Rapid Response Program.

Employer Resources

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Hiring Benefits

Bringing on new employees, can be expensive. Our team is here to streamline the process. Click on a benefit below to learn more about it.

The OJT program allows you to hire an eligible employee and be reimbursed for a portion of the employee’s wages during a mutually agreed upon training period. We can help you recruit for the position or work with an eligible individual you have already identified. The important part is to speak with us before the new employee is actually hired. Contact us to learn more!

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program can provide a federal tax credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hire individuals who are members of specific target groups. Click here to obtain more information on the WOTC program. A description of the eligible target groups may be accessed by clicking here for FAQs, and choosing “What are the target groups?” question.

You may also contact us for more information and assistance filling out the application.

The Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Fidelity Bonding Program provides bonding services to help alleviate employers’ concerns in hiring ex-offenders and at-risk job applicants. Click here to review EDD’s Fidelity Bonding Program Fact Sheet.

This program is offered at no cost to employers through job centers like AFWD throughout California.

A fidelity bond secured through this program remains in effect for six months from the date it was issued and at the completion of the initial six-month period, if no claims were made against the policy, the employer may purchase continuing coverage at normal commercial rates.

For additional information and assistance with this program, please contact us.

Labor Market Information

We work with labor market information that is updated and maintained on the NoRTEC website. This information compiles data from various sources including EDD, census, EMSI, and directly from industry. If you need specialized data for specific occupations or industries, we can do that too!  For additional information and/or assistance, please contact us.

Tableau Data

View county-specific data and key indicators for the region.

Regional labor market

View occupational outlooks for the region.

State labor market

View statewide labor market Information.

Layoff response services

Our layoff response services are designed to assist your business and employee(s) in the event of a closure, layoff, or reduction in workforce. We may also be able to help you develop a plan that might even minimize or avoid the need to layoff your workforce. If a layoff is needed, we can help ease the transition between jobs for your employees.  We offer:

  • One-site layoff orientation and workshops. We can come to your business and provide the affected employees with critical information about medical insurance, unemployment information and available training opportunities.
  • We can work one-on-one with the employees with a personalized approach to finding other employment.
  • We can even put together a targeted hiring event consistent with the needs of the employees.

For additional information, please refer to EDD’s Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet, or contact us for further assistance.  

Ready to post a job?

By posting here, employers will reach candidates through a diverse outreach process that includes advertising in NorthstateJobs, CalJobs, AFWD Career Centers and our weekly Hot Jobs. Business Service Representatives can also refer candidates from our extensive applicant pool.

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Lassen County Workforce Survey

If you are a business in Lassen County, we kindly request your participation in this survey by following the provided link. Your valuable input will greatly assist us in addressing the needs of our community.