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Dislocated Workers' Programs
WIA Dislocated Worker: 512-936-0369
Rapid Response |
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the nation's premier employment and training program. The program is federally funded
and is available at no additional expense to employers and workers. In Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission administers this
program. Services are provided through Workforce Solutions offices overseen by Local Workforce
WIA offers unique programs for persons who have lost their jobs in mass layoffs or plant closings, or who have been laid off
and are unlikely to return to their jobs. The regular Dislocated Worker program under WIA offers employment and training
programs for eligible workers who are unemployed due to no fault of their own or have received official notice of a layoff.
This program allows for individualized re-employment services.
Rapid Response is a program which provides short-term, early intervention and immediate
assistance with layoffs and/or plant closures affecting a significant number of workers.
For more information visit the US DOL Employment
and Training Administration site and for assistance with long-term in depth
services contact your Local Workforce Development
Board web site.
Related Dislocated Worker Information:
The Dislocated Worker Services Department (DWSD) receives notices of plant closures
and mass layoffs, including those covered under the Worker
Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). When the DWSD or the
Local Workforce Development Board obtains
information about a major layoff, immediate on-site services are provided to
assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response provides early intervention
assistance designed to transition workers to their next employment as soon as
Rapid Response was originally designed to offer services:
- When layoffs involved fifty (50) or more workers, or
- When plant closings or mass layoffs affected fewer than fifty (50) employees, but occurred in a business or industry
which forms the economic base of a small community (population 50,000 or less).
Now it is up to each Local Workforce Development
Board to make Rapid Response services available as often as possible to
any employer requesting Rapid Response services. In the case of a relatively
small lay off which affects only a few workers, it may not be necessary to conduct
a grand scale Rapid Response activity. For example, It would not be feasible
to conduct Rapid Response services for a small group when they can just as easily
receive the required services by visiting their Workforce Solutions offices.
Rapid Response Services must be made available to affected
workers if a Trade Petition
has been filed.
Core Services Available
Rapid Response provides the following services in an abbreviated format:
- WorkInTexas.com will serve
as a focal point for many of the workshops and it will be required to register
in WorkInTexas.com before
receiving Unemployment Benefits.
- Job Search Assistance may include accessing community resources, job application and resume preparation, assessing accomplishments and skills, resume development lab, interviewing skills, effective interviewing techniques, practice interviewing lab and coping with job loss.
- Labor Market Information will be furnished to all registrants to include a target and demand occupations list along with information on other occupational resources. Job Postings will also be made available through multimedia and technology ( WorkInTexas.com ).
- Group Stress Management Seminars shall be made available on a regular and/or as needed basis. The focus of these seminars will be to develop strategies for managing the stress associated with job loss, its impact on the family unit and on maintaining community relationships
- Group Financial Management Seminars primarily focus on assisting affected workers in developing financial planning skills in order to maintain household and consumer finances. A specific focus will be on negotiating manageable payment schedules with mortgage, finance and various lending institutions.
Service Delivery Structure
Texas is divided into 28 Workforce Development Areas. Rapid Response is administered
at the State level, but operated at the local level. Persons seeking services
should contact their Workforce Solutions office.
Rapid Response services offered to any company and its employees are tailored,
based on the needs of the affected employees.
The Texas Workforce Commission Dislocated Worker Services Department (DWSD) receives notices of plant closures and mass
layoffs, including those covered under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). The WARN Act
offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of
covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs.
Notices of Plant Closures and Mass Layoffs Filed with TWC since 2003
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
U.S. Department of Labor Employers Guide to WARN Act (PDF)
U.S. Department of Labor Workers Guide to WARN Act (PDF)
WARN Act Text