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

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

  • ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

  • Helps You Serve UI Claimants and Dislocated Workers Under WIOA Through Individualized Career Services and Eligibility Assessments

  • Also Used in Rapid Response

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 unique 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. Note: The REA 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).


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 UI claimants and dislocated workers cope with job loss, assess their needs, and create a personalized reemployment plan tailored to their unique situation and goals
  • 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 career services to each person’s needs and barriers, plus give useful career planning 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 each individual prioritize the 8 concerns and gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next, given the person's unique needs and goals


  • 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 personalized 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, career services, Individual Employment Plans (IEPs), American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs), 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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The following information appears on a fact sheet released by the U.S. Department of Labor on the WIOA Final Regulations. The fact sheet overviews how the WIOA Final Rules will reform more than a dozen programs that receive $10 billion in funding annually and that serve 20 million Americans every year.

WIOA Final Regulations Fact Sheet [Career Action Blog]

The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128), signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, created a new vision for how America prepares an educated and skilled workforce that expands opportunity for workers and employers. WIOA represents the most significant reform to our public workforce development system in nearly 20 years. The same day the President signed WIOA into law, the Vice President released his Job-Driven Training report, recommending improvements to our federal training programs, including stronger employer engagement, the use of work-based learning approaches like apprenticeship, accountability for employment outcomes, and regional partnerships. The Administration laid out a vision for our job training system that—as he explained—“trains our workers first based on what employers are telling us they’re hiring for and helps business design the training programs so that we’re creating a pipeline into jobs that are actually out there.” Many of these recommendations complement the new law.

The 21st century public workforce development system created through WIOA builds closer ties between business leaders, state and local Workforce Development Boards, labor unions, community colleges, non-profit organizations, youth-serving organizations, and state and local officials to deliver a more job-driven approach to training and skills development. The system will deliver integrated, job-driven services to job seekers, including youth and those with barriers to employment, as well as to workers and employers. It supports the development of strong regional economies and enhances performance accountability to better inform consumers and investors about programs and services that work.

The WIOA Final Rules include reforms that will affect more than a dozen programs receiving approximately $10 billion in annual funding, and programs that serve approximately 20 million Americans each year, by

  • Ensuring Accountability for Employment Results. All programs will now report employment and earning outcomes, which is new for some programs, and all core programs will report on outcomes using the same definitions so that their results can more easily be compared.
  • Improving Transparency for Job Seekers to Help Them Make Better Choices. Customers will also have information to better inform their choices when selecting training programs. American workers looking to invest time and money in training can go online and see which programs have the best chance at giving them a leg up.
  • Strengthening Employer Engagement and Service to Businesses. We are implementing a new accountability indicator to gauge how effectively businesses are served by the workforce system. The law also will increase opportunities for work-based learning, including on-the-job training and Registered Apprenticeships, for all Americans, particularly those with barriers to employment.
  • Enhancing Coordination and Collaboration Across Programs. We are implementing provisions of the law that require unified state planning across programs and co-location of more programs in American Job Centers. These reforms will result in streamlined access to customer-focused services and improved communication across the workforce system.

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (Departments) made available to the public a set of final regulations implementing WIOA. In developing these final regulations the Departments consulted with stakeholders, published proposed rules, and reviewed thousands of pages of public comments received in response to those proposed rules. The final regulations encourage customer-centered, job-driven strategies, such as career pathways, business engagement systems, sector strategies, and work-based learning; and they emphasize a commitment to high-quality services for all populations, including individuals with barriers to employment. These regulations provide the foundation upon which services to individuals and businesses can be strengthened and improved over time and include

I. Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions: This Joint Final Rule, issued by the Departments of Education and Labor, implements jointly administered activities authorized by Title I of WIOA. This Joint Final Rule provides guidance for state and local workforce development systems on the requirements governing the development and submission of Unified and Combined State Plans, the performance accountability system, and the joint one-stop system, particularly with respect to partner program responsibilities, programmatic and physical accessibility for all customers, memoranda of understanding, infrastructure funding, and one-stop certification. This Joint WIOA Final Rule reflects changes made as a result of public comments received on the joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was published on April 16, 2015, at 80FR 20574.

II. Department of Labor Only: This Department of Labor Final Rule implements Titles I and III of WIOA. The Department prepared this Final Rule to implement those provisions of WIOA that affect the core programs under Title I; the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service and Monitor Advocate system as amended by WIOA Title III; and the Job Corps and national programs authorized under Title I which will be administered by the Department. This Final Rule reflects changes made as a result of public comments received to the NPRM that was published on April 16, 2015, at 80 FR 20690.

III. Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of WIOA): This Department of Education Final Rule implements changes to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) resulting from the enactment of WIOA. This Final Rule clarifies new provisions in the law and updates the regulations that establish criteria for determining the suitability of tests used for measuring state performance on the measurable skill gains indicator under WIOA. Finally, the rule removes specific parts of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations that are no longer in effect. This Final Rule reflects changes made as a result of public comments received on the NPRM that was published on April 16, 2015, at 80FR 20968.

IV. State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage: This Department of Education Final Rule amends the regulations governing the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program in order to implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of WIOA. This Final Rule also updates, clarifies, and improves the current regulations. The Department of Education also produced new regulations regarding limitations on the use of subminimum wages added by new Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act, which are under the purview of the Department of Education. This Final Rule reflects changes made as a result of public comments received on the NPRM that was published on April 16, 2015, at 80 FR 21059.

V. WIOA, Miscellaneous Program Changes: This Department of Education Final Rule amends the regulations governing a number of other programs administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration to implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act made by WIOA. This Rule also implements those changes to the Rehabilitation Act made by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, enacted on August 7, 1998, which had not previously been implemented in regulations, and it otherwise updates, clarifies, and improves the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s current regulations. This Final Rule reflects changes made as a result of public comments received on the NPRM that was published on April 16, 2015, at 80FR 20988.

The Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services continue to work together to support the public workforce development system to implement WIOA with program and performance data guidance, and training and technical assistance on shared strategies and technical requirements for creating a customer-centered workforce system. 

See the complete "WIOA Fact Sheet: Quick Overview of All Final Rules,"  other WIOA fact sheets, and links to the final WIOA rules.

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NNearly two years after President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have released the highly anticipated final rules to implement it.

WIOA Final Rules [Career Action Blog]

The following information is derived from the USDOL news release announcing the new WIOA regulations. The news release has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

WIOA is designed to improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high‑quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. WIOA represents a transformation of the workforce system to deliver integrated, job-driven services to job seekers, workers, and employers. It supports the development of strong regional economies and improves performance accountability.

The rules reflect input from stakeholders including employers and community leaders and details what the goals of a modern, agile, effective workforce should be, and how partners can work to achieve those goals. These rules aim to spur growth in local and regional economies; streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies; and strengthen collaboration between the federal government, employers, states, and municipalities. The WIOA Final Rules include reforms that affect more than a dozen programs receiving $10 billion in annual training and education funding and programs that serve approximately 20 million Americans each year. 

“Together with our partners and stakeholders, we’re carrying out the vision of revitalizing and transforming the public workforce system to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today, we have a stronger foundation to connect Americans of all walks of life to in-demand careers and ensure that businesses have access to the skilled talent that will help grow their business and the U.S. economy.”

“These new rules are an important step forward to improve and streamline the current workforce system and a real opportunity to meet the growing needs of workers and job seekers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “I am especially pleased that these rules strengthen education and workforce partnerships to reinforce the importance of postsecondary education and training in promoting better jobs for students, as well as removing barriers to employment. I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of the nation’s job seekers and employers, representing a critical refresh of systems to support communities and encourage development.”

In 1933, the Wagner-Peyser Act established the U.S. public workforce development system. A federal, state, and local partnership, the system provides support for the ever-evolving needs of the nation and prepares our workforce for success. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 was a major modernization of this system--authorizing public investments in training and workforce development that suited the demands of the time. After 2003, when funding under WIA expired, funding for the core programs of the workforce system continued until the enactment of WIOA.

The new regulations strengthen accountability and transparency; increase access to work-based learning tools, such as apprenticeships; improve relationships with employers, including through sector partnerships; and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. They also improve access to education and workforce services for individuals with significant barriers to employment--individuals with disabilities, certain veterans, disconnected youth, and other populations--to help them find good work.

The final regulations include a joint rule, issued by the departments of Labor and Education--in collaboration with the departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development--implementing jointly administered state planning, performance accountability, and one-stop delivery system requirements; a Department of Labor rule implementing activities under Titles I (WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Job Corps, and WIOA National Programs) and III (which amends the Wagner-Peyser Act); and three Department of Education rules implementing the requirements of Titles II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act) and IV (which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). The five rules generated more than 2,800 public comments.

The final WIOA regulations, along with accompanying resources, are available here.

#WIOA #wkdev


The following information came from a news release by the U.S. Department of Labor and has been shortened and edited slightly.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the launch of, a mobile-friendly web application that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs.

Developed with input from young adults and program providers, includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, tips, and best practices. The app also connects young people to in-person career services and resources to overcome the challenges of addiction; homelessness; criminal conviction; or a lack of financial, family, or community support.

GetMyFuture App Helps Young People Enter Job Market [Career Action Blog]

“As part of the Obama administration’s sustained efforts to break down barriers and expand opportunities for young people, places job resources and workforce services at their fingertips,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu.

“These tools allow young people to harness the power of technology to access information to jumpstart their careers and improve their lives,” Wu added.

The GetMyFuture app enhances the existing CareerOneStop site, which receives more than two million visits each month, by increasing accessibility to disconnected young people and providing new customized content for those seeking career services.

Read the complete U.S. Department of Labor news release.