Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Rapid Response
What is Rapid Response?
Rapid Response is an activity that happens when a dislocation occurs. Rapid Response teams plan and deliver services to enable dislocated workers to transition to new employment as quickly as possible.
What is a dislocation?
A dislocation is a permanent closure, mass layoff, or natural or other disaster that results in a mass job loss to the involved employees through no fault of their own.
What is a dislocated worker?
A dislocated worker is someone who, through no fault of their own, has become unemployed due to a business closing or mass layoff.
What are the “services” provided by Rapid Response?
Services provided by Rapid Response include:
- Group meetings providing overview of available re-employment and transition services.
- Group workshops on resume writing, surviving a layoff, etc.
- Group unemployment claim-taking Sessions
How are dislocations discovered?
Dislocations information can be found through the following:
- Public Notice
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
- Newspaper or other media reports
- Notification by the Employer
- State Dislocated Workers’ Services Unit
- Local WorkForce Investment Board, and/or
- Local One-Stop WorkForce offices
What happens when there is a dislocation?
- State Dislocated Worker Services Unit (DWSU) must be notified, regardless of the size of the dislocation.
- DWSU notifies the West Virginia Industrial Development Office (WVDO).
- WVDO gives clearance for Rapid Response services to be provided.
- Meetings with the company and the appropriate WorkForce Investment Board (WIB) are arranged.
- Dislocated workers are informed of the programs and services available to them.
How can workers and employers get more information on Rapid Response?
- More information is available by emailing the Rapid Response Team or by calling toll free 1-877-967-5498