New! LEAP Reemployment Tool Published in Second Edition

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second Edition As you know, helping laid-off individuals is a challenge. Each laid-off worker has different worries. Many find it difficult to create an action plan for reemployment.

Across the nation, American Job Centers, reemployment programs, and career services have turned to a concise tool, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), to help dislocated workers organize and move forward on their key concerns. LEAP combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel format. LEAP answers the key question of “What do I do now?” by helping laid-off workers gain clarity on their top issues and develop personalized action steps.

New Second Edition Recently Published

LEAP has just been released in a completely updated new Second Edition, announced its publisher, Career Action Resources, LLC. The Second Edition reflects input from customers, an increased focus on social media and technology in the job hunt, implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace, and much more. LEAP Administrator’s Guide has been completely revised for the Second Edition.

Second Edition Changes and Highlights

Highlights of LEAP, Second Edition, improvements and changes include the following:

  • Gives information on the Health Insurance Marketplace for people who have lost their employer health coverage
  • Makes additional references to skills, especially transferable skills
  • Includes a reminder to UI claimants to report a return to work, which is required by law so unemployment benefits can cease
  • Provides references to social media for job hunting
  • Lists 2-1-1 and free online career tools from the U.S. Department of Labor as additional resources
  • Streamlines content and includes other changes to make LEAP easier and faster to complete

LEAP is used in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program, according to a study for the U.S. Department of Labor. It is considered an “innovative” best practice for reemployment programs, states the same study.

Help your dislocated workers take a LEAP to reemployment. Learn more about LEAP.

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

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


Career Action Blog

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).

Serving job seekers is your focus. Your processes and your resources need to meet their needs under WIOA. It’s also helpful when your resources make you more effective and efficient, so you can optimize job seeker interactions and put them on the fast track to employment or reemployment. 

That’s where Your Employment Search (YES) by Career Action Resources, LLC, can help. YES is an easy-to-use, self-guiding tool that guides job seekers in creating a personalized, individualized employment plan in just three steps.

Taking Your Employment Search (YES).png

YES helps workforce development and career professionals in many ways. Here are YES’s main benefits to you:

  • Takes a customer-centered approach under WIOA by creating results that are tailored to each individual 
  • Provides time-strapped staff with a quick way to impart active job search methods to many individuals
  • Gives structure and consistency to job search coaching and employment/reemployment programs 
  • Is self-completed and self-scored by individuals, so you do not need to tally results
  • Is easy to administer, with no special training required for you
  • Provides a discussion starter for meetings, counseling, and workshops
  • Useful in many settings and situations, such as employment services, job search workshops and classes, American Job Center orientations, Rapid Response meetings, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) programs, job clubs, and adult education
  • Can be used by job seekers at all education and job levels; YES is written at an eighth-grade reading level, and all items are gender-neutral
  • Useful for job seekers of all ages and stages, including dislocated workers, unemployment insurance claimants, people returning to work, youth, people transitioning to the workforce, military veterans, and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Research-based and developed with the input of job hunters and workforce development and career professionals 

YES was created, designed, and printed in the USA by the experienced workforce resource developers at Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more about YES.

If you are a workforce development professional who works with job hunters, request a complimentary review sample of YES today.