Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development
Rapid Response and Layoff Aversion
When businesses in Ohio are facing the possibility of layoffs or closings, the state offers a variety of services to help businesses avert or manage layoffs and help affected workers minimize the time to new employment.
 
When layoffs are unavoidable, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Rapid Response Unit provides vital help to both the employer and the affected workers and their communities.
 
As soon as the department receives a WARN notice, a federally mandated requirement for employers laying off more than 50 individuals, the Rapid Response Unit can assess what services the workers need and then provide those services, either on-site or nearby.
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Local Rapid Response staff are ready to assist businesses in identifying ways to keep moving forward. This could include assistance with training, finances, and other strategies as well. 
 
Rapid Response staff are also ready help workers with skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling, short and long-term occupational skills training, and job seeking and placement assistance.

Help for both workers and employers is available at the state's OhioMeansJobs Centers.

 

Contact us for additional information about Rapid Response, and the services available to employers and affected workers. If you are an employer reporting a WARN, please send WARN notifications to the address below

 

Office of Workforce Development
Rapid Response Section
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1618
Phone: 1-888-296-7541, Option # 8

Email:  rapdresp@jfs.ohio.gov
                                                                                                                                   Last Update 12/16/2013