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2 Year Modification

Florida PYs 2018-2019 Published

Located in:

a. 2. B. Describe How the State Intends to Use Governor’s Set Aside Funding. Describe How the State Will Utilize Rapid Response Funds to Respond to Layoffs and Plant Closings and Coordinate Services to Quickly Aid Companies and Their Affected Workers. States Also Should Describe Any Layoff Aversion Strategies They Have Implemented to Address at Risk Companies and Workers

Current Narrative:

Governor’s Set Aside Funding

From these state-level funds, the CareerSource Florida Board allocates certain funds for administrative and program costs of DEO and CareerSource Florida. In accordance with Section 445.003(3) (a)2, Florida Statutes, $2 million in WIOA set-aside funds must be allocated for the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program, administered by the CareerSource Florida professional team. From the balance of state-level WIOA funds, this board determines any additional or specific allotments for purposes of state demonstration and pilot projects as well as other workforce development initiatives.

Rapid Response Funding to Respond to Layoffs

DEO Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT) serves as Florida’s state- level Dislocated Worker Unit. When employers submit layoff and business closing notices under the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act, DEO REACT staff make initial contact with the employer.

REACT staff request information such as the name and telephone number of the employer’s local contact person at each location, the type of business issuing the WARN, the reason for the layoff or business closing and the possible applicability of the Trade Act. REACT staff enter the WARN notice into the REACT database and distribute the WARN and the background information to the affected local workforce development boards.

Each LWDB has a Business Services unit that includes a Rapid Response Coordinator. Local board staff respond and provide rapid response services to employers submitting WARN notices and Trade Act Petitions. Local board staff are responsible for making initial contact with a company official to obtain information about the layoff. If workers are still attached to the employer, the Rapid Response Coordinator conducts Rapid Response Information Meetings to the workers providing information on various services offered in the CareerSource Florida One-Stop Career Center and through partner programs. Information provided includes Reemployment Assistance, Labor Market Information, training opportunities, seminars, workshops, job search assistance and other services.

When possible, onsite services are offered to employers requesting Rapid Response Assistance. Rapid response visits are usually made to employers laying off 50 or more workers. When a layoff is fewer than 50 workers, affected workers are directed to the nearest one-stop career center for re-employment services.