Resources and Information

American Indian Rapid Response Project
Resources and Information



WARN Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification ACT
In 1989, the federal government enacted the WARN Act, requiring affected employers to notify employees of impending layoffs and plant closures in advance. WARN protects employees by notifying them in advance of the impending layoffs so that:

  • Workers have time to make necessary adjustments and begin looking for new jobs.
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services enacted in 1998 can be made available to employers and their employees.
  • Rapid Response Transition Project can work with the employer to try and avert the plant closure or downsizing.

The WARN Act requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to give notice if they are about to:

  • Close a facility or discontinue an operating unit that has 50 or more workers.
  • Lay off 50 to 499 workers, when layoff constitutes 33% or more of the active work force at a single site.
  • Lay off 500 or more workers at any single site.

In addition, these employers are required to give 60 days advance notice of any layoff. Failure to give such notice can result in an employer liability to pay laid-off employees the 60 days worth of back pay and benefits they would have been entitled to receive had notice been given.

On January 1, 2003, California specific Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) requirements (Assembly Bill 2957, Chapter 4, Part 4, Sections 1400-1408, California Labor Code) became law. These Labor Code provisions expand upon requirements in the federal WARN legislation that was effective February 4, 1989.

WARN provides protection to employees, their families, and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skills training or retraining that will allow these employees to successfully compete in the job market.

Information on how to file a WARN Notice can be found here: eddwarn.htm


Rapid Response Orientations and Workshops
Through workshops and group meetings on-site of business, employees have access to resources below and learn how to access One-Stop Business and Career Center resources and services.

  • Core or self-directed One-Stop Resource Center Services
  • Unemployment benefits, How and when to file a claim and
  • Employment Development Department Services
  • Readjustment Services
  • Intensive Services or Training Strategies
  • Retraining Opportunities
  • Supportive Services

Rapid Response Outplacement Workshops

Work shops such as Résumé and Interviewing, Job Search, Health and Pension Benefits are provided by skilled professionals who assist laid-off workers to adjust to their new situation, and develop a plan of action to find a new job.

  • Career Transition
    • Adjusting to being unemployed and looking for work
    • Evaluating your skills and abilities
    • How to access One-Stop Career Center Services
  • Job Search
    • How to begin your job search
    • Where to search for work
    • California Employment Development Department services
    • CalJOBs
  • Résumé Writing
    • Basic résumé formats
    • What to include in your résumé
    • How to present yourself in the best light
  • Interviewing Skills
    • Preparing for an interview
    • Guidelines for a successful interview
    • Interviewing do's and don'ts
  • Support Services
    • Stress Management
    • Community Resources
    • Transportation and childcare
  • Financial Planning


Career Centers and Career Center Services

Find a One Stop Career Center!

  • Self-Directed Job Search
  • Career Counseling
  • Assessment of Skills and Aptitudes
  • Job Search Techniques
  • California Employment Development Department Services
    • Employment Services
    • Job Listing Database - CalJOBs
    • Services to Veterans and those with Special Needs
    • Labor Market Information
    • Referrals to Unemployment and Disability Insurance
  • Résumé Writing
  • One Stop Career Center Job Search Resources
    • Job listings, Career resource libraries
    • Telephones
    • Internet access, Copiers
    • FAX machine
  • Training
    • Basic, remedial and high-tech skills
    • Demand occupation skills with good employment opportunities
    • In the classroom or on-the-job
    • Individual or in groups
    • Classroom and/or self-paced computer programs
    • Specialized and individualized training programs
    • Customized training programs, in partnership with employers
    • Information on Entrepreneur Training
  • Supportive Services (based on eligibility)
    • Career transition counseling
    • Transportation assistance to classroom training
    • Child care assistance while enrolled in classroom training
    • Safety equipment, clothing, special tools
    • Transition and Stress Management (based on eligibility)


Labor Market Information
Labor market information can be used to identify what jobs are in demand and what they pay. If you have questions like these, the Employment Development Department website can help you make smart decisions for your future.
For wages, job descriptions, training, licensing, industry and occupational projections.
Explore current wages, trends and find information on what occupations are hot in your area and across the nation.


Training Institutions and Vendors
The State of California has a statewide list of qualified training providers offering a wide range of educational programs, including classroom correspondence, Internet , broadcast, and apprenticeship programs. The list provides profiles of eligible training providers receiving Work force Investment Act education and training funds throughout the State. Job Seekers can explore training opportunities and:

  • A list of all public and private education and training institutions
  • All training providers are approved by the State and are eligible to receive Workforce Investment Act education and training funds
  • A listing of all programs and courses on the State eligible training providers’ list
  • Information on training sites searchable by city, county or statewide
  • Occupational titles may be entered to search for programs
  • A list of all formal apprenticeship programs in California approved by the State to receive Workforce Investment Act education and training funds
    Go to the Eligible Training Providers List at:


WIA Title 1 Requirements
One Stop Business and Career Center services are open to everyone. Job seekers must attend a One Stop orientation, enroll and input resume on CalJOBs, receive staff assisted job search, job referrals and job development assistance before an initial screening for Workforce Investment Act training services.

To qualify for Workforce Investment Act Education and Training Services you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Visit your local One Stop Business and Career Center system, comply with One Stop requirements and complete an initial screening for eligibility
  • Meet eligibility under the “Intensive”or assisted training services program

Other Criteria:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States, or be legally authorized to work and provide documentation of your status
  • If you are a male, citizen or non-citizen, born after December 31, 1959, you must be in compliance with selective service registration requirements and may need to provide documentation of your status
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the five targeted populations:
    1. Laid-off due to a plant closure
    2. Other laid-off worker
    3. Previously Self-Employed
    4. Displaced Homemaker
    5. Low Income
    6. Show documentation to verify your eligibility for one of these five categories
  • You must have a social security number and may be required to show your social security card


Trade Adjustment Assistance
Trade Act programs are available to assist individuals who have become unemployed as a result of increased imports (Trade Adjustment Assistance), imports specifically from Canada and / or Mexico, or a shift in production to Canada and/or Mexico (North American Free Trade Agreement-Transitional Adjustment Assistance). The goal is to help such laid-off workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible.

Only under qualifying requirements can the North America Trade Act-Trade Adjustment Assistance provisions benefit laid off workers:

  • A petition for adjustment assistance may be filed by any group of three or more workers of a firm or subdivision of a firm, their union or a duly authorized representative of the firm , who believe that increased import com petition has contributed significantly to the workers unemployment.
  • Workers may qualify for retraining and extended unemployment insurance and other employment and training services 


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