In accordance with Sections Part 652 et al. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Federal Regulations; Final Rules, Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) provide effective and customer focused Rapid Response services. It is a general policy that Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) of the LWIAs are designated as the responsible entity to oversee the service providers of these activities. In 1989, in response to the passage of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Title III Economic Dislocated Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA), WDBs in the greater Los Angeles County area established Rapid Response Teams. The purpose of the teams is to provide:
Immediate assistance to employers, when layoffs or downsizing is anticipated to ease the transition of its workforce.
LWIA staff to coordinate with partner workforce development agencies providing Rapid Response services to businesses and its employees.
Layoff aversion efforts or “Business Assistance” as well as the transition of affected employees to new gainful employment opportunities through the network of WorkSource Centers county-wide.
Information to affected employees that will allow them to identify the need for further services available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Response to employer notifications within 24 hours upon receipt of a WARN notice or requests by City/County officials, affected employees or their union, media reports of downsizing, and reports from One-Stop Career Centers or other agencies in the community.
Planning meetings between Rapid Response staff, employer/management and union representatives (if applicable).
Orientations, to employees slated to be laid-off, that provide information on accessing the WIA LWIA System, Unemployment Insurance Benefits through the Employment Development Department (EDD), and training services available through WIA, as well as the location Centers throughout Southern California.
Regional approach to providing services no matter where you reside or work.
In conjunction with Small Business Development Corporation, co-sponsor workshops for the business community on a number of topics critical to all businesses. Topics include: Employer Taxes, CalJobs for Employers, Workman’s Compensation and Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses.