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Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force

Business Retention & Workforce Transition

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Arkansas' Business Retention & Workforce Transition Team within the Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force assists workers who lose their jobs because of business closures or workforce reductions due to the economic climate or because of natural or man-made disasters. The Business Retention & Workforce Transition Team helps employees during business closures or workforce reductions by providing information about retraining, job opportunities, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other local, state and federal services.

The Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force engages the resources of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, area Health Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the Workforce Investment Areas (WIA) and other agencies as appropriate to meet the needs of dislocated workers and employers.


Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) protects workers, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 50 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass workforce reductions. This does not include employees who have worked less than six months in the last 12 months and those who work an average of less than 20 hours a week.

Employees entitled to notice under WARN include managers and supervisors, as well as hourly and salaried workers. Advance notice gives workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other jobs, and, if necessary, to enter skill training or retraining that will allow these workers to compete successfully in the job market.

Regular federal, state, and local government entities that provide public services are not covered by WARN.

WARN requires that notices should be addressed to the Director of Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. For more information and instructions on how to file a WARN with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services please visit: http://www.dws.arkansas.gov/Employers/WARN.htm

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If you have information about a company needing assistance or contemplating business closure or workforce reductions, please contact:

Regina Moss
Program Operations Manager
Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force

Business Retention & Workforce Transition
Email: Regina.Moss@arkansas.gov
TEL: 501-683-1412
FAX: 501-682-4263

Immediately upon receiving notice of a closure or workforce reduction, the Task Force contacts company officials. Whenever possible, a community meeting is scheduled with elected officials and business leaders to create action plans to assist both the community and dislocated workers.

Business Retention & Workforce Transition may conduct a Worker Assistance Workshop, attended by representatives of local and state agencies and affected workers to review available resources. Services and needs discussed at the workshop may include retraining and educational opportunities, unemployment insurance, social service programs, credit counseling, insurance options and resources to find a new job.

If applicable, Business Retention & Workforce Transition will provide information on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and associated benefits.

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Mobile Workforce Centers

The Business Retention & Workforce Transition Team operates five Mobile Workforce Centers. Each Mobile Workforce Center has full internet connectivity and is equipped with computers, printers, copiers and fax machines. All of the Mobile Workforce Centers computers include Jobs Application With Speech (JAWS) software and most are handicapped accessible.

Mobile Workforce Centers may be transported to supplement local resources as needed. Workers may be provided assistance on drafting resumes and letters of application, effective interviewing skills, productive job search techniques and Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) assessments.

The units can be requested by completing and submitting the online form by clicking here.

An offline form submission is available: Adobe PDF Icon Mobile Workforce Centers Application Form.

 

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About the Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force

 The Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force unites the expertise of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the Arkansas American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force was established in 1983 to help Arkansas meet changing workforce needs and compete more effectively in a global economy. The Task Force is charged with addressing the needs and concerns of communities and individuals affected by worker dislocation.

The Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force identifies most permanent closings and substantial workforce reductions in advance. Whenever possible, the Task Force begins immediately to work with the company, the community, and the affected individuals to lessen the impact of dislocation.

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Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force | Business Retention & Workforce Transition
www.DislocatedWorker.Arkansas.Gov | Inquiries: Dislocated.Worker@Arkansas.Gov
P.O. Box 2981 Little Rock, AR 72203


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