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Workforce Reductions & Employee Separations

The decision to lay off employees, close a business or even just individual separations can be a difficult situation in the workplace. We encourage you to contact a local Rapid Response Program Coordinator before a layoff or separations occur no matter your business size.

What is the Rapid Response Program?

Through the U.S. Department of Labor, Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) offer services to help during a layoff, natural disaster, mergers, and permanent closures. Referred to as Rapid Response, this no-cost program provides your company with employee relations support and guiding affected workers.


The service is delivered via coordinated local Rapid Response teams coming together quickly to deliver customized and confidential services. They can confidentially review your situation and help plan a customized presentation to fit your needs either in-person at your location or virtually, along with the ability to offer translation services in languages other than English. Customized presentations can outline publicly available job seekers services, training opportunities, healthcare options and unemployment insurance benefits. This helps soon-to-be displaced workers connect with available resources early on, so they can get re-employed as quickly as possible. Additionally, we could arrange an onsite “reemployment” hiring event just for your employees with support from other local employers that are hiring.


Lastly, way before any layoffs take place there are public workforce retention programs to support companies with upskilling current staff, to prevent and/or minimize future job loss. Please see the retention section below and reach out to a coordinator for more information.

Benefits to Your Business:

  • Assist your HR staff and company     leaders with planning and support
  • Arrange for translation services for any non-English speakers
  • Proactive employee relations by acting as calming median during a lay off situation
  • Lower unemployment insurance costs as workers can be re-employed more quickly
  • Present a positive company image within the community
  • Media and rumor management to ensure confidentiality

Benefits to Employees:

  • Career counseling and job search assistance
  • Resume preparation and interviewing skills workshops
  • Information about education and training opportunities
  • Unemployment insurance guidance
  • Information about health benefits and community resources
  • Local labor market information

Find Support in Your Area:

Locate a local contact by county who can discuss your needs and/or provide additional resources by clicking the button below.

Retention: Upskilling & Layoff Aversion Programs

Upskilling facilitates continuous learning by providing training programs and development opportunities that expand an employee's abilities and minimize skill gaps.

Layoff aversion business-friendly programs to help you during economic challenges, natural disasters, pandemics, and other factors.

  • SharedWork provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours.

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