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MEMO:  AP 06-06
 

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

DATE:  April 11, 2006 

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients; Job Center Directors 

FROM: Carl Buzzelli, WIA Program Manager 

SUBJECT: Recertification of Dislocated Workers 

America's Workforce Network

Background:  In previous workforce development legislation, there was a provision for recertification of dislocated workers if the worker had not had a service in the previous 45 days.  In the 1999 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) legislation there is no reference to the need to recertify dislocated workers after the initial dislocated worker certification. 

Present Situation:  The CTDOL staff is responsible for the certification of dislocated workers.  The need for recertification rarely happens in most of the local investment areas.  If the local One-Stop Operator staff thinks recertification may be needed, they frequently consult with DOL staff.  If it is agreed that it is necessary to recertify the dislocated worker, the DOL staff will do that.  In general, workers should not be certified until they are able to easily move through the system.  Then there will not be a need for recertification.

Policy:  The following are guidelines for the local Workforce Investment Boards, the One-Stop Operators and the DOL staff on how to address dislocated worker recertification if and when it is needed. 

As a general guideline, the CTDOL recommends that the certification be reviewed at least every three months, but no longer than every six months.  In some circumstances it may be appropriate to recertify the dislocated worker.  Examples are: 

  1. That the person has not been in a registered service for more than three months;

  2. Person was certified and then did not return again for services for three months or more; and

  3. Anytime there is a significant change in someone’s employment situation.

In those situations, it would be appropriate for staff to interview the person regarding their present status.  As needed, additional documentation may be gathered at that time. There may be times when the worker is no longer eligible for certification.

As always, it is important to keep the process of recertification as simple and seamless as possible for the customers, and to move them through the process as quickly as possible.

In situations where there is nothing written in federal legislation or regulations about a topic, it is usually up to the Workforce Investment Board, with their partners, to develop a local policy.  In this situation, the policy would address if, when, and how someone would be recertified as a dislocated worker.

It is recommended that the Workforce Investment Boards and their partners involved with certification look at their internal system and develop a local policy on recertification of dislocated workers.  Boards may use the CTDOL policy.

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