The Dislocated Worker program is designed to help workers get back to work as quickly as possible and overcome barriers to employment. When individuals become dislocated workers as a result of job loss, mass layoffs, global trade dynamics, or transitions in economic sectors, the Dislocated Worker program provides services to assist them in re-entering the workforce. Services for dislocated workers are integrated and provided through a national network of American Job Centers (AJCs). The AJCs provide significant resources to states to implement workforce education, training, and employment programs and help displaced workers. Some services have eligibility requirements; be sure to check with your local American Job Center for details or visit www.tnvirtualajc.com.
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is here to help you when you are laid off from your job or if you are an employer we can assist you with transitioning your employees. We serve both workers and employers. See the services below.
The rapid response team works with employees in mass to inform them of services the state offers. Those services include Unemployment Insurance, job search and placement assistance, labor market and in-demand occupation information, testing and assessment; resumé preparation and interviewing skills workshops, and classroom and occupational skills training if deemed necessary.
Counseling is also available to help Dislocated Workers with a variety of issues, including job search assistance and job referral information, and coping with the stress of having lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Employers Responsibility when planning a layoff or closure
Under Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), Tennessee employers are required to send a written notice to the Dislocated Worker Unit 60 days in advance of a plant closure or mass layoff. Tennessee Code annotated (TCA 50-1-601) requires such notice when 50 or more workers are affected, versus the 100 required by federal guidelines.
The Dislocated Worker Unit generates the required WARN Notification Letters which are distributed to the highest elected local official, the Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (LWDA) Executive Director, the Governor’s designated cabinet members, certain federally elected representatives and others in need of this information. Area Dislocated Worker coordinators are notified of impending layoffs or closures. The coordinators then contact the company and other members of the Rapid Response team within 48 hours to set up an initial meeting.
The Rapid Response team is made up of specialists who include Tennessee Career Center System representatives, the Area Dislocated Worker Coordinator, TN AFL-CIO (when applicable) and an Adult Education representative. The AFL-CIO is a member of the team if the affected workers are represented by organized labor. Other member agencies are included as required. The Tennessee Career Center System is the basic delivery vehicle for the state’s Dislocated Worker Services.
Dislocated Worker Unit
220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-0658
Phone: 1 (800) 255-5872