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Rapid Response Services for Employers

Preparing to Downsize?

Company closures impact workers, employers, and the local community. Become familiar with state and federal requirements and available resources that will assist your company during the transition.  

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What is the WARN Act?

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires companies to provide workers with sufficient time to prepare for the transition between the jobs they currently hold and new jobs. The WARN Act helps to ensure that companies give advance notice of company or plant closures and mass layoffs.

The Illinois WARN Act requires employers to give 60 days notice to employees and their unions, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training and the Illinois Department of Labor, of a plant closing or mass layoff.

BizDrop Illinois WARN Act External link opens in a new window- Applies to employers with 75 or more full-time workers. Definition of “Mass Layoff” triggering notice requirements:

  • 25 or more full-time employees are laid off if they constitute one-third or more of the full-time employees at the site, or
  • 250 or more full-time employees

BizDrop Federal WARN Act External link opens in a new window- Applies to employers with 100 or more full-time workers. Definition of “Mass Layoff” triggering notice requirements:

  • 50 or more full-time employees are laid off if they constitute one-third or more of the full-time employees at the site, or
  • 500 or more full-time employees

Filing a WARN Notice:

As an employer, understanding your obligations under WARN is important.Your filing of an official WARN notice is typically the impetus for starting the Rapid Response process to assist the employees who might be affected.

Use the WARN Notice Checklist (PDF Link opens in a new window)  to create your notice to employees, the dislocated worker unit, union representative, and the local chief elected official.

You can submit the WARN Notice several ways:

By mail to:
Becky Harmon, Assistant Deputy Director
Office of Employment and Training
ATTENTION: John Ray
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
500 East Monroe, 9th Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1643

By email to: Ray.John@illinois.gov

Or FAX to: 217-557-5506

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What is Rapid Response?

Rapid Response is a federal service strategy, carried out by the States and local workforce development agencies, which coordinates services with an employer and employee representative(s) to maximize efforts and avert a planned layoff and/ or minimize disruption for individuals and communities in dislocation events.

Rapid Response Services are available to Employers. The State Dislocated Worker Unit coordinates with the employer to provide on-site information to workers and employers about employment and retraining services designed to help participants find new jobs.

These services include:
  • Labor market information (occupational information and economic trends)
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • On-the-job training
  • Classroom training
  • Customized training 
  • Online Training – Steps to Success
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Referral to basic and remedial education
  • Support Programs and Facilities
  • Career Transition Services
  • Local Out Service Groups

Finding a Local Rapid Response Specialist:

Illinois' Regional Workforce Development staff are assigned to a specific Economic Development Region. These regions are based on economic and labor market factors that make them logical areas for economic development and workforce planning. Illinois has five Economic Development Regions.

Within each region are Local Workforce Investment Areas. LWIA's are geographic service-delivery areas. Use the Find a Location Near You Link opens in a new window to identify your local workforce center.

For every notification of dislocation, the Regional Workforce Development Division will work with staff of the LWIA, local IDES staff, staff from the AFL-CIO/ Member Assistance Program, representatives from the company dislocating employees and union officials, if applicable.

Illinois workNet has a customizable brochure Link opens in a new windowfor Rapid Response and Mass Layoff Assistance. This brochure can be customized with your company  contact information, logo, and local LWIA information.

 

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