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Rapid Response and Layoff Aversion
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Rapid Response (RR) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Dislocated Worker Program of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  RR services partner state and local resources to help employers and workers deal with the effects of layoffs and closures, including but not limited to, increased competition from imports as well as natural disasters.  The goal is to minimize disruptions associated with job loss and to get workers back to work as quickly as possible.  RR is also designed to be proactive in nature by helping employers meet existing and future talent needs, including training to existing workers which may avert a layoff or closure.

Basic program eligibility is geared towards:

• Employers with a potential of layoff or closure
• Impacted workers who have received notice of potential layoff or closure
• Impacted workers from a layoff or closure

Events such as mass layoffs and closures are usually communicated through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.  WARN provides protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. To help determine if your company should file a WARN, please refer to DOL's Employer's Guide to Advance Notice of Closings and Layoffs.  Affected Worker's with similar questions, please refer to DOL's Worker's Guide to Advance Notice of Closings and Layoffs.  

For an overview of WARN and a listing of current year's notices in Ohio, visit our WARN home page.  

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Ohio employers reporting a WARN, please send WARN notifications to:
          

Office of Workforce Development
Rapid Response Section
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1618

OR

Office of Workforce Development
Rapid Response Section
4020 East Fifth Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219


Telephone: 1-888-296-7541, option 3
Email: rapdresp@jfs.ohio.gov

Help for both workers and employers is available at OhioMeansJobs Centers. For additional information, visit us at http://www.ohiored.gov/index.stm.

Last Updated: 12/01/2017