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
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
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
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.
That the person has not been in a registered service
for more than three months;
Person was certified and then did not return again for
services for three months or more; and
Anytime there is a
significant change in someone’s employment situation.
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
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.
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.
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.