Rapid Response quickly coordinates services to layoffs and plant closings, and provides immediate aid to companies and the affected workers.
Following notification and confirmation of a layoff, the State Rapid Response Coordinator arranges an on-site meeting with the company, union officials (if applicable) and service providers in the region. Employee Information meetings are conducted to provide information about services available at IowaWORKS Centers which include:
- assistance finding new employment
- resume workshops
- career counseling
- training in a new career
- assistance filing unemployment insurance (UI) benefits
Other state agencies or community-based organizations are invited to participate in the meeting. These services are fully funded by the Department of Labor through the State of Iowa under the Dislocated Worker Program.
A petition may need to be filed for UI benefits under Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for job losses attributed to foreign competition.