Dislocated Worker/Rapid Response
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1. What is a Dislocated Worker?
Dislocated workers are individuals who have been or will be
laid off as a result of a plant closure or substantial layoff. Dislocated
workers also include laid-off workers who are unlikely to return to their
previous industry or occupation, displaced homemakers, and self-employed
individuals who are unemployed because of general economic conditions or a
2. How do I get classified as a Dislocated Worker?
To be classified as a Dislocated Worker, you must go through a
certification process. You can become certified as eligible at any
3. What services are available to eligible
Dislocated Worker services include
career transition services: no-cost services for job seekers
include Certified Professional Resume Writers; career
development specialists for job search and career assistance;
CT JobCentral, an electronic listing of more than 1 million jobs;
computers for job seeking and researching the labor market; an
electronic talent bank for posting resumes; computers, phones
and fax machines; and a wide variety of career workshops;
possible funds for training (based on need), and consideration
of special circumstances when applying for federal student
financial aid for yourself, your spouse, and/or dependents.
4. How much do these services cost?
All Dislocated Worker services are free of
5. Is every Dislocated Worker entitled to
The Dislocated Worker program is not an
entitlement program. Funding for training is based on individual
need and funds availability. Training must be short-term, lead
to an occupation in demand, and be approved by the Department of
Labor prior to enrollment.
6. If I am enrolled in an approved Dislocated
Worker training program, must I still be available for work,
efforts to find work, and have to accept referrals to
work in order to continue to collect Unemployment Compensation?
If you are enrolled in a training program
that has been pre-approved by the Department of Labor, you can
continue to collect Unemployment Compensation (up to the full 26
weeks only) and be exempt from the work search requirements
while you are in training.
7. If I pay for a training program up-front, can
I get reimbursed through this program?
No. When a training plan has been approved,
the Dislocated Worker program operator writes a grant with the
training facility for the cost of tuition and related fees.
Since funds go directly to the school, and not the Dislocated
Worker, no reimbursement can be made.
8. Do I have to wait until I have worked my last day to start using
Dislocated Worker services?
Once you have been given an individual layoff
notice and have been certified as a Dislocated Worker, you are
eligible for services. If you have not been given an individual
layoff notice, but you are employed at a facility for which your
employer has made a public announcement of a planned closure and
you are not likely to remain employed with your employer, or
retire, you are eligible for certain Dislocated Worker services.
9. Are there any residency or income
requirements tied to this program?
10. How can the Rapid Response Team help my company?
If your company is experiencing financial
difficulties, the Rapid Response Team, headed by the Rapid
Response Unit of the Department of Labor, can assist in
exploring alternatives to layoffs. If layoffs cannot be averted,
the team can provide your company with the opportunity to help
workers make a more-effective transition to new employment by
conducting prior-to-layoff on-site Early Intervention sessions.
These sessions are designed to inform workers of the wealth of
free services that are available to assist them in getting
re-employed as quickly as possible. In addition, team members
may be available to provide a series of on-site mini-workshops
which introduce workers to the basics of conducting a successful
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