REACT Services

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and CareerSource Tampa Bay offer many services to help businesses and workers deal with the effects of layoffs and plant closures, including those that result from increased competition from imports, natural disasters, and other events.

 

One such service is a rapid response to unemployment.   In Florida, the program is called REACT and stands for Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team.   REACT is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. REACT teams will work with employers and any employee representative(s) to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss. REACT teams can provide customized services either virtually or on-site at an affected company, accommodate any work schedules, and assist companies and workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss.

 

REACT is carried out by CareerSource Tampa Bay in partnership with local American Job Center. Many services, are available through American Job Centers, from resume and interview workshops, career counseling, and job search to re-skilling, skills upgrading, and job training.

 

React Services:

-Rapid Response for laid-off workers who have been displaced.  Access a comprehensive range of direct services, benefits, training opportunities and income support.

-Rapid Response Services to Employers.  Avoid future layoffs, access incumbent worker training programs and skilled job seekers, and become familiar with employment rights and regulations such as the WARN Act, administered by the DOL.

 

Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT)

As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT) serves as Florida’s state-level rapid response dislocated worker unit responsible for carrying out statewide rapid response activities and overseeing rapid response activities carried out by the local workforce development boards.  One of the primary purposes of rapid response is to prevent or minimize the impacts of layoffs and dislocations on workers, businesses and communities.  Rapid response ensures immediate access to affected workers to help them quickly re-enter the workforce and plays an important role in providing customer-focused services to both dislocated workers and employers.

Rapid response services are provided when employers submit layoff and business closing notices under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and when there is an announcement or notification of a permanent closure (regardless of the number of affected employees), a mass layoff (affecting 50 or more workers), a mass job dislocation resulting from a natural or other disaster, or when a Trade Adjustment Assistance petition is filed.

Examples of rapid response services provided by the local workforce development boards and their local career center service providers include:

  • Information and support for affected workers for applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits
  • Information on the impacts of layoff on health coverage and other benefits
  • Information on and referral to career services, reemployment-focused workshops as well as job referrals and training opportunities
  • Referral to community agencies for supportive services
  • Arranging job fairs and other special employment events
  • Layoff aversion strategies and activities designed to prevent or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and CareerSource Tampa Bay offer many services to help businesses and workers deal with the effects of layoffs and plant closures, including those that result from increased competition from imports, natural disasters, and other events.

One such service is a rapid response to unemployment.   In Florida, the program is called REACT and stands for Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team.   REACT is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. REACT teams will work with employers and any employee representative(s) to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss. REACT teams can provide customized services either virtually or on-site at an affected company, accommodate any work schedules, and assist companies and workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss.

REACT is carried out by CareerSource Tampa Bay in partnership with local American Job Center. Many services, are available through American Job Centers, from resume and interview workshops, career counseling, and job search to re-skilling, skills upgrading, and job training.

REACT SERVICES:

-Rapid Response for laid-off workers who have been displaced.  Access a comprehensive range of direct services, benefits, training opportunities and income support.

-Rapid Response Services to Employers.  Avoid future layoffs, access incumbent worker training programs and skilled job seekers, and become familiar with employment rights and regulations such as the WARN Act, administered by the DOL.

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