Layoff Aversion & Assistance

If you are an employer facing layoffs or closing a facility, the WorkSmart Network, in collaboration with our funding partner, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), are both available to offer valuable services and information to you and your affected employees.


Layoff Aversion & Assistance Services

Rapid Response Program

If you are facing a layoff, Rapid Response, a federal program available to qualifying organizations, can help you manage the process effectively. Rapid Response has two key functions:

  • Provide employers with access to a skilled labor pool in their area
  • Provide immediate assistance to companies facing layoffs

The WorkSmart Network, in conjunction with the WDBSCW and its business service team, can help you consider the transition of your workforce to other companies to save your company money on unemployment benefits. Our experienced workforce professionals can also offer your company coaching through the layoff process, which is particularly valuable for companies that have never been through one before. The team can also prepare and schedule Rapid Response sessions to orient your displaced workers to the workforce services and community resources available to help them get back into the workforce.

Resources Through Rapid Response

Your Rapid Response transition team will meet with you; work one-on-one with displaced workers to discuss unemployment insurance benefits, job placement services and training options; and help you coordinate with other services in your area. While many resources are available online, resources are also available at your local American Job Center. We can also provide information and resources onsite via Rapid Response presentations upon request. Topics may include:

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Dislocated worker programs
  • Job Center resources
  • Healthcare resources available during unemployment transition
  • Retirement options
  • Topic-specific workshops (resume writing, interviewing, online job search, household budgeting, career planning, coping with job loss, etc.)
  • Labor market information
  • Onsite WIOA Dislocated Worker program registration sessions
  • One-on-one assistance and scheduled visits to the affected worksites
  • Targeted job fairs for affected workers
  • Transition centers and onsite assistance for affected workers