Completing Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second EditionLayoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) Testimonials

COMMENTS FROM WORKFORCE & CAREER PROFESSIONALS

“The long-term unemployed and newly approved UI claimants complete LEAP prior to meeting with staff. It is a good opportunity for the unemployed to reflect on their employability. The staff tells individuals they will be keeping LEAP, so they should please take their time to answer each question as it applies to them today. LEAP gives an overall picture of the claimant’s situation and readiness for employment.”  
    Deputy Administrator

 

"We use LEAP during orientations by having UI claimants complete Steps 1 and 2…then we sit down individually and discuss Step 3. Claimants are all very receptive to it! Plus, it gives us more topics to discuss to see how we can better help them. Thanks for such a useful tool!"
      RESEA Program Administrator

 

LEAP “looks at those being laid-off holistically and encourages them to look at all areas of their lives…It’s an assessment that laid-off workers can do themselves, and it puts things in perspective for them.”  
     Programs Manager

 

LEAP “is a good tool to help job seekers construct their own daily action plan toward reaching their goal. We use it for our dislocated worker clients.”   
    Program Assistant

 

“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.”


“Gives a lot of information to help clients think and plan. Suggestions on how to handle financial situations, deal with emotional issues, and start the job search are very useful.”

 

“Puts things in perspective and organizes the topics dislocated workers need to deal with.” 

 

LEAP "is simple to understand, gets good results, and organizes topics into manageable areas for discussion. We use LEAP with the long-term unemployed and with the welfare-to-work population."

 

“LEAP is simple yet effective. It helps clients gain clarity, and the suggestions lead to powerful action steps.”                     Career Coach

 

"We use LEAP with welfare-to-work and displaced workers. It is concise and relevant with good talking points for working with program participants. LEAP is affordable and standardized."

 

"We use LEAP with the ex-offender population. It is easy to read and explain to customers."

 

LEAP "helps folks target what their major concerns are. It is a good ice breaker for my workshop. I use LEAP with newly unemployed customers."

 

“I handed out LEAP at the beginning of the TAA orientation meeting. It provided information on specific factors dislocated workers may not be aware of.”
 

“LEAP career planner was very popular and well received in libraries that participated in a California statewide grant project targeting workforce development.”    
    Jacquie Thomas, California State Library
 

“Brings to light the issues confronting laid-off workers.”


"I haven’t seen anything as ‘deep’ as LEAP. It can be used multiple times—many job seekers are at different stages and have different concerns depending on the length of their layoff.”

 

LEAP helps us with clients “to assess unemployment insurance, verbalize unemployment concerns, and give tools to create an employment plan.”

 

COMMENTS FROM DISLOCATED WORKERS

"LEAP showed me “where my needs are and where to get help.”
       Van Wells, dislocated worker
 

“A useful tool for taking positive steps. It makes you realize that you are not alone.”
       John Graham, dislocated worker
 

“Anyone who has lost a job needs help in sorting out what to expect and what steps to take to feel secure until returning to the workforce. LEAP eases a great deal of frustration.”
       Virginia Wooden, dislocated worker
 

Helped me “learn about the need for training after a layoff.”
       Marvin Peterson, dislocated worker
 

“Very self-explanatory. Gave me suggestions to help with emotional issues and deal with stress.”
       Natalie Quakenbush, dislocated worker


Helped me realize “being afraid and confused are common. I know now I’m not alone. I would recommend LEAP to other laid-off workers for peace of mind.”
       Dan Copeland, dislocated worker
 

“Great tool to assess the anxieties I have been dealing with. It reinforced how important it is to stay on track. After standing in line at the unemployment office and asking for assistance, I realize LEAP is a very valuable resource.”
       Vicki DeLira, dislocated worker

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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