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Rapid Response and Layoff Aversion

Rapid Response (RR) services are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Dislocated Worker Program of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. 

RR provides workforce solutions throughout all phases of the business cycle.  The program is designed to be proactive and flexible by providing layoff aversion services to employers; funding special projects or initiatives; and by helping workers' transition to re-employment.

Events such as mass layoffs or closures are usually communicated through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.  WARN provides protection to workers and communities by requiring employers provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.  Current year’s notices can be found here

When filing a WARN in Ohio, employers are encouraged to provide job titles and job descriptions to help the RR team the find employers in the area who are seeking similar positions and skills.   

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Basic Program Eligibility for Rapid Response
• Employers with a potential of layoff or closure
• Impacted workers who have received notice of potential layoff or closure
• Impacted workers from layoff or closure

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 3

                                                                                                                                   Last Update 07/08/2014