Labor and Economic Opportunity
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) holds States responsible for the provision of Rapid Response (RR) services. The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) maintains responsibility for ensuring compliance with federal and state requirements, implementation of program initiatives, and providing support, guidance, technical assistance and financial resources to the local service delivery areas. The WDA WIOA Section is the State's designated recipient of WARNs to fulfill its statutory requirements. However, it is the expectation that the WDA and Michigan Works Agencies (MWAs), along with other key partners, will act in coordination during all layoffs in a particular region regardless of the size of the event.
Rapid Response is a primary gateway to the workforce system for both dislocated workers and employers and is a component of a demand driven system. The central purpose of Rapid Response is to help laid-off workers quickly transition to new employment. Rapid Response acts as both a provider of direct reemployment services and as a facilitator of additional services and resources.
Rapid Response must take an ongoing, comprehensive approach to planning, identifying, and responding to layoffs, and preventing or minimizing their impacts whenever possible. To ensure high quality and maximum effectiveness, successful Rapid Response strategies include:
Plant closings and mass layoffs can occur for a variety of reasons in periods of both economic expansion and decline. These reasons may include financial difficulty, mergers and acquisitions, loss of market share, consolidations, foreign competition, product or service obsolescence, shift in parent company focus, or other factors. Opportunities may exist to save jobs and avoid resulting hardships imposed on individuals and communities when a plant or business closes.
Providing Rapid Response services to your workers during layoffs or plant closings will result in multiple benefits to you as an employer and will help assure:
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development
201 N. Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Phone: 517-335-5858 Fax: 517-373-7794