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.
Program Year 19-20
Affected workers served
Program Year 19-20
Rapid Response Events
Program Year 19-20
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
"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?
What resources are distributed at a Rapid Response Orientation?
How does a Rapid Response Orientation benefit an employer?
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?
How does an employer file a WARN?
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)