Best Practices / Reemployment Results

  • Career Action Resources’ Material: Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Is ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

 

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA to assess their needs and to create job search and reemployment plans.

In research for the U.S. Department of Labor, our material is identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment.

Specifically, the study explains how LEAP is used to assess unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program. LEAP is the only self-assessment described by researchers in the report!

Learn more about the study below.

Good-bye, UI

IMPAQ International researched the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. Note: The initiative is now called the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program; its name was changed with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Among the best practices for reemployment, the study recommends “rigorous assessment forms to identify barriers to employment....Perhaps the most innovative self-assessment form is the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), which is used in Nevada.”

The research found Nevada has the most effective REA program of the states studied. The study explains LEAP is useful to claimants participating in REAs by helping them identify their needs. The report also states LEAP is useful to REA staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed services.

Excerpt from Report for U.S. Department of Labor on LEAP

The IMPAQ International study states the following:

LEAP “assesses individuals in 8 areas: finances; emotional issues; social, family, and health issues; use of time; next career; more education and training; job search; and use of services and resources. Claimants are asked 10 questions in each of these sections gauging their concerns on a variety of topics. Answers range from 1 to 4 for each question, with 1 denoting a minor concern and 4 denoting a major concern. 

“Claimants total their scores on each section and then look to the back of the LEAP form for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns in each of the 8 LEAP areas. Use of the LEAP form differs by local office, with some requiring claimants to fill it out during or before the REA interview and others providing it at the end of the interview for claimants to use at home. 

“At the Reno JobConnect, for example, the REA interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP form before the REA interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services. 

“The LEAP form has been noted by REA staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much needed services.”

Complete Study Describing LEAP at U.S. Department of Labor Website

The complete IMPAQ report is available for download at the U.S. Department of Labor's WorkforceGPS site.

Follow-Up Study

A follow-up IMPAQ study for the U.S. Department of Labor found Nevada’s REA participants had 3.13 fewer weeks on UI compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per REA participant. This amount exceeded REA costs by more than 4 times. 

LEAP and YES Testimonials on Effectiveness and Results

The organizations using LEAP and YES continue to give positive feedback on their effectiveness with job hunters and the unemployed. 

One program administrator said, “We love LEAP. It helps the unemployed think of the many issues they are facing and verbalize what they are worried about. We wouldn’t get to some issues without LEAP because people are overwhelmed by stress. LEAP gives them a tool for moving forward. LEAP also helps our staff. LEAP also works with newly laid off people, because they are not thinking clearly.”

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).


Career Action Blog

We say these things everyday: “The unemployment rate is low.” “People are finding jobs faster.” “Employers can’t find enough workers.”
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Division of New Media, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, has made it easier to understand the key data behind these trends through videos.

The official BLS YouTube channel features short videos on important employment and labor market information, which is used for planning, guidance, and decision-making.
 

Here are the BLS videos we find most interesting at explaining complex facts in a clear, uncomplicated way:

  • Understanding BLS Unemployment Statistics (length 1:24 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Employment Projections (length 3:17 minutes)
  • A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States (length 3:30 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Projections of Occupational Separations (length 2:53 minutes) 

Learn more here

 

 

 

States have new flexibility in administering the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program, according to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The following elements are the new core components of a RESEA that must be included in the initial session with an unemployment compensation claimant:

  • UI eligibility assessment, including a review of work search activities and an adjudication referral if an issue or potential issue is identified
  • Labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s needs
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser Act-funded Employment Services
  • Support to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan
  • Information and access to American Job Center (AJC) services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support the claimant’s return to work

As in the past, initial and any subsequent RESEAs must be provided one-on-one and in-person. Here is a comparison of key changes. This comparison has been shortened for space.

 

FY 2017 Requirements

FY 2018 Requirements

Summary of Changes

UI eligibility assessment and referral to adjudication if an issue is identified

UI eligibility assessment, including review of work search activities and referral to adjudication if needed

Clarifies that review of claimant’s work search is part of eligibility assessment

Requirement for claimant to report to AJC

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require participants to report to AJC or alternative location, such as libraries or schools. RESEA services must continue to be provided in-person.

Orientation to AJC services

No similar requirement

States have discretion to continue orientation services as allowable activity.

Registration with state’s job bank

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require registration with job bank as allowable activity.

Development or revision of individual reemployment plan that includes work search, accessing services through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or training

Providing support to claimant to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan

States have discretion to use alternative approaches to support individual reemployment plans. These approaches must be tailored to claimant’s needs and require some one-on-one interaction.

Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
--Coordination with other workforce activities, including WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
--Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations 
--Career readiness activities, including assistance with resumes

Providing access to AJC services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support claimant’s return to work

Career services is an allowable RESEA activity that may be charged against RESEA grant. However, states are no longer required to provide these services during RESEA session(s).

 

Read the entire Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 8-18 here, including information on funds still available for FY 2018.

Looking for a proven and fast way to help claimants create tailored individual reemployment plans, plus give consistent structure to your one-on-one RESEA meetings? Request complimentary review samples of the best-practice, self-guiding employment tools, published by Career Action Resources.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, American Job Centers are working to adapt to changing needs and challenges. In addition, as required by WIOA, American Job Centers must move toward enhanced integration, customer-centered service delivery, and dynamic partnerships.

But as automation, technology, the gig economy, and other trends affect the future of work, as well as our service delivery, how will we serve job seekers and businesses in the future? How will we keep essential human connections, do effective outreach, and give customized personal service?

Workforce representatives from eight states have collaborated and envisioned possible service delivery solutions for tomorrow's American Job Centers.


work.pngTo gain insight into these issues, you can watch a Webinar featuring these workforce representatives and learn about their recommendations for the future of American Job Centers. You can also read the Webinar transcript. 

Want to give your job seekers customized reemployment and job-seeking guidance now? Request complimentary review samples of  Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).