Dislocated Worker Programs
Downsizing and need help finding jobs for your displaced employees?
Let the Western Arkansas Planning & Development District help affected employees find a suitable new job through:
- Pre-layoff services
- FREE Job training programs
- Community resources
- Outplacement services
- Company-specific services
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
Generally, an employer with 100 employees or more should be aware that they may be required by law to file a WARN Notice.
However, it is incumbent upon the company and its legal advisors to determine if this step is necessary, and neither the GDWTF nor a local government entity can provide this legal advice to them.
Company leaders may find more information on determining if a WARN Notice is required at: https://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-warn.htp.
Other Dislocated Worker Resources
Several other federally funded programs may serve as resources to address the needs of the company and its dislocated workers in the event of a lay-off or company closing situation.
Trade Affected Assistance (TAA) Reform Act of 2002,
which becomes available to workers dislocated by increased imports or shifts to production outside the U.S.
A Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG)
might also take effect when mass layoffs, company closings, natural disasters, and other emergency situations require a rapid response. (Examples of this have included the closing of the Southwest * Airlines Call Center and the Levi Strauss plant, the Katrina disaster, and the ice storms during 2008-2009.)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Dislocated Worker funding stream allows dislocated workers to receive priority of service without the income or other eligibility requirements of normal WIOA participants.