Rapid Response Lay-Off Aversion Information

Economic and Workforce Development Department
Education & Personal Development
Employment Preparation
Hiring and Employment Services
City Service: Rapid Response Layoff InformationProvider: Economic and Workforce Development DepartmentService Description:Rapid response strategies are triggered when local elected officials receive a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) from an employer advising them of impending layoffs in their jurisdiction. A team of rapid response specialists is then dispatched to make contact with the employer and worker representatives to assess the scope, size and duration of the layoff. Thereafter, a plan is developed for delivery of the following services to the impacted workers:Unemployment Insurance BenefitsCareer CounselingResume Preparation and Interviewing Skills WorkshopsJob Search & Job Placement AssistanceInformation on the local labor marketInformation about education & training opportunitiesInformation on health benefits and pensionsReferrals to computers, telephones, and fax machines for job searchesFinancial Planning & Stress Management WorkshopsInformation on special services for dislocated veterans and adults with disabilitiesRapid Response strategies are conducted in partnership with economic development and business associations, and include the following:Establishing early warning systems, and formal and informal channels of communication to foretell worker layoffs in advance of the issuance of WARNSIdentifying struggling businesses and connecting them to the resources they need to survive, thrive, and preserve jobsConnecting businesses to the workforce development systems customized training offerings so as to combat layoffs of low-skilled workersCollecting labor market information to identify industry trends that may be predictors of worker layoffsMapping the skill sets of workers in declining industries and identifying potential job opportunities for them in flourishing industries that require the same skill setsArranging financial restructurings, buyouts, and ownership transfers of distressed businesses as an alternative to closures and worker layoffsThe Rapid Response team conducts on-site meetings to introduce the employer & workers to representatives that can help them make this transition a positive one.
Economic and Workforce Development Department
1200 W 7th St
Fl 6
Los Angeles, CA 90017
TEL: (213) 744-7205
Contact Name: Maricela Hernandez
Contact Email: maricela.hernandez@lacity.org
Monday - Friday, 08:00a.m. - 05:00a.m.

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