Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development
Rapid Response and Layoff Aversion

Rapid Response (RR) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Dislocated Worker Program of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  RR is dedicated to averting layoffs and reemployment after layoffs occur.  We serve two customers: employers and their workforce.  We achieve our goals by offering layoff aversion and early intervention services to employers who are facing downsizing or layoff, as well as reemployment solutions to employers and their workforce who have been impacted by permanent layoff or closure.  Some of our services may include reemployment sessions, introduction to OhioMeansJobs Centers, customized workshops, training, up-skilling, retooling, certifications or skill matching.    

Proactive and Reactive Rapid Response   

Mass Layoff and Closure assistance is reactive in nature and can help minimize disruptions associated with job loss and get workers back to work as quickly as possible. 

Layoff Aversion assistance is proactive in nature and can help employers by training or up-skilling their current workforce which may avert a layoff or closure.


We can help you avoid future layoffs, access training programs for your employees, find skilled potential employees, and learn more about employment rights and regulations.  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.  See links below for addition resources:

When is a WARN required? (flowchart)
Process steps of a layoff   

Current WARN information can be found at our WARN home page

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. Click the below links for additional information.

   Frequently Asked Questions (Fact Sheet)
   Participating Employee Information Sheet
   Guide for Participating Employers and Employees  

Jobseeker/Dislocated Worker/Impacted Individual

We are here to help you find solutions to the temporary challenges you may face until you are reemployed.  There are many types of services you may be eligible for including reemployment and training assistance.  Please go to OhioMeansJobs.com for more options or visit your nearest OhioMeansJobs center.

Additional Resources

For Rapid Response services, please contact the Workforce Specialist for your county.

USDOL Compliance Assistance Materials has links to an Employer's Guide, Worker's Guide (in English and Spanish), e-laws Advisor and WARN Fact Sheet.

Forms used by our RR workforce professionals  

Last updated: 09/20/2022