RAPID RESPONSE

The Tulare County Rapid Response team is able to provide customized, confidential, and convenient on-site services for businesses in transition.  Our team of dedicated experts from across the county mobilize immediately on your behalf, helping you navigate government regulations, take advantage of workforce resources, and manage employee expectations.

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Business served

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Affected workers served

Program Year 19-20

 

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Rapid Response Events 

Program Year 19-20

Layoff Assistance

If have recently been laid off, furloughed or had your hours reduced, join us for this informative webinar, and learn how to access unemployment benefits, and other local assistance.

Every Tuesday at 1:00 pm

Si recientemente ha sido despedido, suspendido o ha reducido sus horas, únase a nosotros para este seminario web informativo y aprenda cómo acceder a los beneficios de desempleo y otra asistencia local.

Todos los miércoles a las: 10:00 am

SUCCESS

STORIES

John from Tulare says "It was tough to have to deal with a situation like this but I appreciated the help in finding resources towards a successfull rehire".

"I was lost. Going to the Rapid Response calmed my nerves … Everyone was very helpful and it made me feel confident when it came time to go to an interview that I had been called for. I was then employed and am still working. I really am very very grateful!" (A. Onsurez)
“ After being laid off, the Rapid Response meeting connected me to my new job where I am making even more money than I was before.” (Anonymous)
“After hearing about services available through [the Rapid Response team], I went to the Employment Connection and learned about a job fair for everyone that was laid off.  At the job fair, I met a lot of people and was offered a job.  Now I’m making more money than I was before, and I’m thankful for the staff that helped me at the Employment Connection.”(A. Ferreira)

Frequently asked questions

What is Rapid Response?


Rapid Response is a series of customized, confidential, and convenient services for businesses during downsizing and restructuring. It is a cooperative effort between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the Employment Connection, and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to enable affected workers to return to work as quickly as possible following a layoff, by connecting them to training and employment opportunities.




What is a Rapid Response Orientation?


Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, employers in Tulare County must inform the WIB of layoffs and plant closures. Once the WIB receives a layoff notice from an employer, the Rapid Response team meets with the company and schedules a Rapid Response Orientation for the company’s affected workers. At the Orientation, the Rapid Response team presents information about resources available to help laid off workers. Resources may include information about Unemployment Insurance, training and employment opportunities at the Employment Connection, temporary rental and mortgage assistance, health care insurance, and more. During a Rapid Response Orientation, affected workers get the opportunity to learn about all of these resources from a team made up of dedicated experts. These presentations are typically held at the employer locations, but can be done at a nearby facility.




What resources are distributed at a Rapid Response Orientation?


Resources may include information about Unemployment Insurance, services and resources at the Employment Connection, health care insurance and more. Please click here to access these resources




How does a Rapid Response Orientation benefit an employer?


Providing Rapid Response services to your workers during layoffs or plant closures results in multiple benefits to employers, including:

  • Higher productivity and worker morale, and lower absenteeism during layoff event due to reduced stress
  • Lower unemployment insurance costs as workers are re-employed more quickly when services begin prior to layoff
  • Decreased likelihood of sabotage or work disruptions
  • Better public relations for an employer. Rapid Response can work with the media to highlight services an employer is providing to its workers during a layoff period




What is a WARN?


A California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) is a layoff notice from an employer. A WARN provides protection to employees, their families and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families time to transition and adjust to the prospective loss of employment, time to seek alternative jobs and, if necessary, time to obtain skills training to successfully compete in the job market. Please click here for an overview of the general parameters of the law .




When does an employer need to file a WARN?


In California, employers must file a WARN if they are a “covered establishment” that employs 75 or more employees (part-time or full-time) during any 30-day period. Any plant closure or layoff that affects 50 or more workers within a 30-day period must be reported, regardless of the size of the company as a whole. Notification of layoffs and plant closures must occur at least 60 days in advance, or be subject to fines and worker compensation. Please click here for an overview of the general parameters of the law.




How does an employer file a WARN?


An employer must first notify employees of the upcoming layoff. Then, the employer must submit a WARN to the local Workforce Development Board (Tulare County Workforce Investment Board), local elected officials (chief elected officials of the city and county governments in which the employer is located) and EDD. For a list of WARN recipients in Tulare County, click here. All notices must be submitted in writing to the EDD and the chief elected official of the local government, and must include the following:

  • Name and address of the employment site where the plant closing or mass layoff will occur.
  • Name and phone number of a company official to contact for further information.
  • Statement as to whether the planned action is expected to be permanent or temporary and, if the entire plant is to be closed.
  • Expected date of the first separation, and the anticipated schedule for subsequent separations.
  • Job titles of positions to be affected, and the number of employees to be laid off in each job classification.
  • For multiple lay-off locations, provide a breakdown of the number of affected employees and their job titles by each lay-off location.
  • Indication as to whether or not bumping rights exist.
  • Name of each union representing affected employees. (if applicable)
  • Name and address of the chief elected officer of each union. (if applicable)
Click here to view a sample WARN notice.




How do employers get started?


For more information on Rapid Response, contact John Gonzalez at jgonzalez@tularewib.org Click here to access the resources that are provided to affected workers during a Rapid Response Orientation.