Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), Second Edition

Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner LEAP, Second EditionLaid-off workers deal with uncertainty, stress, and immobilization: “What do I do next? How will I pay my bills? Who will ever hire me?” It’s difficult for you and your staff to help the unemployed sort through their worries, let alone guide them in reemployment planning.

Identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment in research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the best-selling LEAP is the only tool that helps dislocated workers and UI claimants organize the 8 most important issues faced during a layoff. In 3 easy steps, workers rank complex job and life problems and get reemployment action steps that address their needs and barriers. 

LEAP, now available in its Second Edition, is used in Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which is the most effective REA of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor. 


LEAP’s BENEFITSResponding to 8 Scales on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 1

  • Combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel foldout format
  • Is helping thousands of dislocated workers to cope with job loss, to assess their needs, and to create a personalized reemployment plan
  • Offers short-term and long-term job-search and reemployment planning suggestions
  • Guides the unemployed in overcoming their barriers to rapid reemployment
  • Is completely self-guiding for job seekers, making LEAP very useful in agencies and centers limited on time, budget, and staff
  • Helps you match employment services to each person’s needs and give useful career and job search guidance on the spot

SCALES / TOPICS COVEREDLearning About Your Scores on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 2

  • Addresses 8 key concerns after job loss: finances, emotions and attitude, health and social support, use of time, education and training, next career, job search, and use of services/resources
  • Helps the unemployed to prioritize the 8 concerns and to gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next.


  • Concise 6-panel foldout design with 3 clear steps
  • Completely self-guiding for job seekers and the unemployed
  • Color-coded for easy use and self-scoring
  • Comes shrink-wrapped flat in convenient packs of 50


  • Ideal for all workers at all levels
  • Written at an 8th-grade reading level

HOW LEAP WORKSCreating a Reemployment Plan with LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 3

  • Takes about half-hour to complete
  • Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement and circle the response that best describes their level of concern about it. LEAP has 64 brief statements requiring a response.
  • Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily add their totals and learn in which areas they need help and guidance.
  • Step 3—Create: Individuals review and checkmark the most helpful reemployment guidance. They also write down the action steps they will take in each area.


  • Easy to administer—just provide pens or pencils
  • Use in group settings, use one-on-one, or distribute for self-completion
  • Ideal for Employment Services, American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Eligibility and Assessments (REA), Rapid Response, TAA, job clubs, layoff transition and job search workshops, alumni career services, job counseling and coaching, library workshops for unemployed patrons, and as take-home handouts
  • Free LEAP Administrator’s Guide available in PDF upon LEAP purchase; helps administrators get the most out of using LEAP with dislocated workers


  • Created with input from workforce development/career professionals and dislocated workers
  • Research based
  • Created and printed in the USA by Career Action Resources


LEAP has been featured in an IMPAQ International Study for the U.S. Department of Labor, National Career Development Association’s Career Convergence, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ newsletter,, Yahoo! News, and others.


Career professionals and dislocated workers recommend LEAP because it provides needed guidance to laid-off workers. Read LEAP testimonials.

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Your project could include research on LEAP or YES reliability, validity, and other psychometric characteristics and studies that document their usefulness to dislocated workers, the unemployed, job seekers, or other populations. Settings could include workforce development, employment programs, career counseling, and schools of all kinds.

Please contact us in writing with a description of your proposed project or research, contact information, title, and school or organization name. We have worked with the nation’s most respected career experts and would love to hear from you.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will not meet it Jan. 18, 2015, deadline for issuing proposed regulations for the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). On Jan. 5, the DOL issued a notice (reprinted below) stating it expects to announce the regulations in Spring 2015 instead. In support of the law's implementation, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will be providing technical assistance in the spring, DOL Delays WIOA Rules [Career Action Blog]according to the notice. WIOA will still be implemented on July 1, 2015.

Below is the full text of the DOL's Jan. 5 notice:

When will the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking be

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014, provides many
opportunities to advance a customer-centered workforce investment system driven by the needs of job
seekers and employers, to support strong regional economies, and to provide individuals with pathways
to the middle class and beyond.

WIOA establishes an aggressive timeframe for the Departments of Labor and Education to publish a set
of regulations for implementation. The departments continue to work diligently together to develop these
regulations, informed in part by outreach to outside stakeholders, as appropriate. While we continue to
work toward completion of this important and complex proposal, the publication of the proposed
regulations is currently anticipated to occur in Spring 2015, rather than Jan. 18, 2015, as stipulated in

In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA. One of these will be a joint NPRM involving jointly
administered activities including unified and combined state plans, performance, and aspects of the one-stop system. Another NPRM will implement the remaining provisions of Title I and Title III that are
administered by the Department of Labor. Three additional NPRMs involve Department of Education
programs, including one implementing Title II Adult Education and Literacy, and two implementing the TitleIV Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of WIOA. These five NPRMs will be published in the
Federal Register and posted on, where public comments can be submitted following publication. The Departments of Labor and Education will analyze these public comments and anticipate issuing Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016.

Because many provisions of WIOA go into effect July 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s Employment
and Training Administration (ETA) also will issue operating guidance in Spring 2015 to support
implementation. In addition, ETA intends to issue targeted guidance documents in the Spring,
accompanied by technical assistance activities. Once issued, the guidance can be accessed at

To achieve successful implementation and the full vision of WIOA, ETA will continue to consult with the
workforce system and strongly advises states and local areas to begin planning and taking action to
prepare to implement WIOA immediately. There are legislative and technical assistance tools currently
available at that can support initial WIOA transitional activities. 

NOTE: This post is provided for your information by Career Action Resources, LLC, creators of the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).

Why do workforce development professionals exist? It’s easy to give a long answer. But in just six sentences, the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) sums up the purpose of our nation’s workforce investment system.

6 Sentences in WIOA Explain Workforce Development's Purpose

First, read the purpose of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which was superseded by WIOA:

"To provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce investment systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.”

Now, read the purpose of WIOA. It’s longer than WIA’s purpose, but WIOA’s purpose is just six sentences:

“(1) To increase, for individuals in the United States, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training, and support services they need to succeed in the labor market.
“(2) To support the alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems in support of a comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality workforce development system in the United States.
“(3) To improve the quality and labor market relevance of workforce investment, education, and economic development efforts to provide America’s workers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure and advance in employment with family-sustaining wages and to provide America’s employers with the skilled workers the employers need to succeed in a global economy.
“(4) To promote improvement in the structure of and delivery of services through the United States workforce development system to better address the employment and skill needs of workers, jobseekers, and employers.
“(5) To increase the prosperity of workers and employers in the United States, the economic growth of communities, regions, and states, and the global competitiveness of the United States.
“(6) For purposes of subtitle A and B of title I, to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce development systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.”

Notice the new points in WIOA’s purpose that stress the importance of education, training, credentials, and skills; of helping people with barriers to employment; of meeting the needs of employers; of increasing the success and economic self-sufficiency of workers; and of aligning workforce development with education and economic development. That’s quite a challenge, but it’s also inspiring, explain the editors at Career Action Resources, LLC. Achieving WIOA’s purpose will take time, energy, focus, dedication, and of course, funding. As workforce development professionals, we are all part of making WIOA happen as it takes effect this year. So keep the purpose of WIOA handy and refer to it often. When you’re having a bad day, consider one small way you are working to make WIOA a reality. And if you ever wonder what your purpose is, the six sentences of WIOA’s purpose tell it all.