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.

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