Lawyers in the Library
Have a question about an employment problem? Need help with a landlord/tenant matter? Check out the Lawyers in the Library program at the Alameda Free Library.
This countywide service is staffed by volunteer attorneys and hosted by local libraries. Volunteers provide free brief individual consultations and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues.
The Alameda Free Library will coordinate 15 minute appointments by phone on the second Tuesday of each month between 5:00pm-7:00pm. To register, please fill out the online appointment form on the Lawyers in the Library webpage and library staff will be in touch to schedule your appointment. Print forms are available at the Main Library during Library Takeout hours, Monday 2:00pm-7:00pm and Tuesday-Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm.
Please click here for more information and to sign up.
Unemployment Benefits for Business Owners, Independent Contractors, and the Self-Employed
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides financial benefits to unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, or otherwise not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance. Please click here for more information.
- East Bay SCORE offers free business counseling services, including help to businesses applying, or considering applying, for federal or state economic assistance. Counseling is available in multiple languages. Temporarily, because of COVID-19, all counseling sessions are conducted by telephone, video or email, rather than face-to-face. East Bay SCORE is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and can be reached at 510-273-6611 or email@example.com. Please click here eastbay.score.org for more information or to request counseling through its website.
- The Alameda SBDC provides one-on-one counselling for small businesses, and a wealth of information about resources and programs. Please click here for more information.
Reduced Work Hours
Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs. The Work Sharing Program helps employers and employees:
- Minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs
- Keep trained employees and quickly prepare when business conditions improve
- Avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees
- Receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
- Keep their current job
- Avoid financial hardships
- Please click here for more information.
Potential Closure or Layoffs
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact Alameda’s One Stop Career Center 510-748-2208. Please click here for more information.
Tools for Remote Work
The Open for Business Hub provides a summary of tech business which are providing free tools to assist businesses with remote work. Please click here for more information.
Protect Your Workers
Please click here for the latest Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from COVID-19.
Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19
Please click here for the latest CDC guidance on how to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.