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

2020: The year began with historically low unemployment. After the pandemic hit, life changed dramatically for everyone, including the public workforce system and the people we serve. Now it's time to look ahead.

According to WorkforceGPS, a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, "the way we provide services and assistance may look very different from now on....The keys to success will be flexibility and forward thinking in the way we serve our customers." 

WorkforceGPS is giving workforce professionals technical assistance and resources to connect individuals to available jobs and training.  As a starting place, they have organized Pathway to Recovery resources into the following categories: Job Seeker and Business Customer Service Delivery, Labor Market Information, Partnerships & Planning, and System Infrastructure & Capacity. Of special interest: a
 Quick Start Action Planner, which aids workforce system stakeholders in preparing for economic recovery.

Are you helping dislocated workers and the unemployed find work? Learn about best-practice tools that guide the unemployed in job search and reemployment planning. Workforce and career professionals can request complimentary review samples.

According to the Brookings Institution, the pandemic is amplifying concerns about technology’s impact on employment. Simply stated, the coronavirus-related recession is likely to escalate labor-replacing automation. Read the entire Brookings article here.

Are you helping dislocated workers find work? Learn about best-practice tools that direct the unemployed in job search and reemployment planning in a way that fits their individual needs.

Workforce and career professionals can take a closer look at Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) by requesting complimentary review samples.
 

Give dislocated workers and the unemployed two proven tools for independent job search and reemployment planning.

no staff involvement plan

Both tools feature a color-coded, easy-to-read, 6-panel foldout design with clear steps. They are completely 

  • self-guiding
  • self-scoring
  • self-interpreting

After completing the LEAP or YES, individuals can use their results to navigate their transition and plan their job hunt.

Importantly, no staff involvement is required for your job seekers to use the best-practice LEAP and YES.

LEAP and YES arrive shrink-wrapped in packs of 50 each. Simply include LEAP or YES in your next mailing to the Unemployment Insurance claimants and job hunters you serve remotely.

Complimentary LEAP and YES Administrator’s Guides help you run workshops and one-and-one sessions via video conferencing if desired.

Workforce and career professionals can take a closer look at LEAP and YES by requesting your complimentary review samples today.