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Rapid Response

Program Overview

Rapid Response (RR) services are performed by states and local workforce development agencies in partnership with local American Job Centers. The RR team responds to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. The team will work with employers and employee representatives to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss. RR can provide customized services on-site at an affected company, accommodate work schedules and assist companies and workers through transitions associated with job loss.

Length of Program: Year Round


Program Details

The Rapid Response team responds to employer notices of pending layoffs and business closings within 48 hours of receipt of the impending closure or layoff to discuss the RR event. The delivery of services is timed to take place before the workers are dispersed so reemployment activities may begin prior to the issuance of separation notices.

The RR team is comprised of a Rapid Response Coordinator, an American Job Center representative, an Unemployment Insurance representative and a Trade Adjustment Assistance representative. 

Informational packets are prepared for the employer and workers to be affected by the impending layoff or closure.


How To Apply

Services to Dislocated Workers

Upon receipt of a WARN notice, the Department of Employment Services begins the process of providing Rapid Response Services for Dislocated Workers.

In August 1988, Congress passed WARN which requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide sixty (60) calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs. The advance notice gives workers and their families transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other employment and, if necessary, to enter skills training or retraining programs that will allow these workers to successfully compete in the job market.

WARN Notices

Eligibility Requirements

Rapid Response services are provided to employers in the District of Columbia with twenty five (25) or more employees.


For more information, call (202) 698-5700.