COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on small businesses, impeding economic viability across sectors. We are seeing that businesses owned by women and people of color – who were already facing unequal access to credit and other historic barriers to institutional services and support – were especially hit hard.
The Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Public Counsel have teamed up to provide assistance and relief for these business owners. Through this partnership, we are here to easily connect L.A. County’s small business owners with legal experts who can provide them with help ranging from basic legal information and guides regarding the legal issues impacting them to representation by an attorney to help address their immediate and long-term legal issues.
Through the LA County’s Small Business Legal Aid program, the Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Public Counsel have teamed up to provide assistance and relief to small business owners affected by COVID-19. Learn more about our organizations by accessing the link below.
We provide education and direct representation on a number of legal issues such as: drafting and reviewing contracts, business structure and entity formation; drafting and reviewing commercial leases; employment law advice covering issues such as hiring and termination, wage and hour rules, employee safety, paid leave, and benefits; application of COVID regulations to business operations; accessing COVID relief including loans and aid; other transactional matters like intellectual property; insurance coverage; and bankruptcy.