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 COVERED

  • 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

FORMAT

  • 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

AUDIENCES

  • 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.

USES

  • 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, adult education programs, 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

DEVELOPMENT

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

IN THE NEWS

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, USATODAY.com, Yahoo! News, and others.

TESTIMONIALS

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

Seen on USATODAY.com

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

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Career Action Blog

You can view a recorded U.S. Department of Labor webinar on “Unemployment Compensation for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” The webinar discusses recently provided guidance (UIPL 10-20) for states regarding unemployment compensation (UC) flexibilities related to Coronavirus 2019.

The webinar moderator was Michelle Beebe, Division Chief, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The presenter was Gay Gilbert, Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Find the webinar, along with an executive summary and transcript, here.

 

 

A joint UIPL/TEGL released by the U.S. Department of Labor gives details on initial Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs). Below is a brief version of some of the information from the USDOL in the letter. See the full USDOL letter here.

Initial RESEA--The term “initial RESEA” refers to the first meeting between a RESEA service provider and a UC claimant who reported to the meeting in response to an official notification of selection and required participation in RESEA services. For reporting and planning purposes, the initial RESEA session is “completed” when the following components have been provided:

 

  1. A UC eligibility review that is conducted on a one-on-one basis, which must include review of work search activities, and referral to adjudication if an issue or potential issue(s) is identified.
  2. Customized labor market and career information based on an assessment of the claimant’s needs.
  3. Enrollment in the Wagner-Peyser Act-funded Employment Service program.
  4. Support, to the extent needed, for the claimant in the development of an individual reemployment plan tailored to the claimant’s needs.
  5. Information and referral to additional reemployment services and other American Job Center services, resources, and training, as appropriate.

 

The above list identifies the minimum requirements for an initial RESEA, and states may include additional activities or services as part of their service delivery designs. Importantly, completion of the initial RESEA does not necessarily terminate a claimant’s enrollment in RESEA, given that it does not include many of the reemployment services that may support the claimant’s return to work. States have flexibility in their service-delivery design to include subsequent RESEA sessions and referral to additional reemployment services.

 

Need a useful, proven tool for job hunters in your RESEA program. Learn about LEAP and YES by Career Action Resources, LLC.

 

 

Maximum Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Grant Awards by State

From U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

State                               FY 2019 Funding Limit                   FY 2020 Funding Limit

ALABAMA                      $994,163                                           $1,192,995

ALASKA                            $346,369                                           $415,643

ARIZONA                          $885,821                                           $1,062,986

ARKANSAS                        $542,018                                           $650,421

CALIFORNIA                        $15,467,355                                     $18,560,826

COLORADO                        $496,100                                           $595,320

CONNECTICUT                  $1,856,915                                       $2,228,298

DELAWARE                       $724,438                                           $796,881

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA      $771,319                                           $848,451

FLORIDA                            $6,928,506                                       $7,621,357

GEORGIA                          $1,019,150                                       $1,222,980

HAWAII                              $1,245,906                                       $1,370,497

IDAHO                                $875,294                                           $962,823

ILLINOIS                                $1,665,945                                          $1,999,134

INDIANA                            $5,425,160                                       $5,967,676

IOWA                                $1,895,736                                       $2,274,884

KANSAS                             $896,970                                           $1,076,364

KENTUCKY                         $1,102,519                                       $1,323,023

LOUISIANA                        $2,057,299                                       $2,263,029

MAINE                            $868,626                                             $955,489

MARYLAND                     $1,478,014                                       $1,773,617

MASSACHUSETTS              $7,259,554                                       $7,985,509

MICHIGAN                        $2,634,528                                          $3,161,433

MINNESOTA                     $1,810,521                                       $2,172,626

MISSISSIPPI                         $1,200,680                                          $1,320,748

MISSOURI                         $945,060                                           $1,134,072

MONTANA                    $796,868                                             $876,554

NEBRASKA                       $616,516                                           $678,168

NEVADA                         $2,584,481                                       $2,842,929

NEW HAMPSHIRE              $1,616,108                                       $1,777,718

NEW JERSEY                     $2,355,706                                       $2,826,848

NEW MEXICO                    $721,970                                           $844,874

NEW YORK                       $24,032,798                                     $26,436,077

NORTH CAROLINA             $5,386,081                                       $5,924,689

NORTH DAKOTA                $592,813                                           $652,094

OHIO                               $4,015,514                                       $4,818,617

OKLAHOMA                       $1,159,258                                       $1,275,183

OREGON                           $5,741,685                                       $6,315,854

PENNSYLVANIA                  $1,840,561                                       $2,208,674

PUERTO RICO                    $397,284                                           $476,741

RHODE ISLAND                  $1,373,776                                       $1,511,154

SOUTH CAROLINA              $1,556,260                                       $1,867,511

SOUTH DAKOTA                 $432,943                                           $476,237

TENNESSEE                       $3,258,519                                       $3,584,371

TEXAS                              $9,348,178                                       $11,217,813

UTAH                               $2,152,773                                       $2,368,050

VERMONT                         $864,079                                           $950,487

VIRGIN ISLANDS                $419,985                                           $461,984

VIRGINIA                          $2,024,343                                       $2,226,777

WASHINGTON                   $11,439,335                                     $12,583,269

WEST VIRGINIA                 $407,096                                           $488,516

WISCONSIN                      $3,609,976                                       $3,970,974

WYOMING                       $495,112                                           $644,623