Conducting In-Person RESEAs Under WIOA? 

Address UI Claimants’ Specific Needs with LEAP

It’s a proven fact: unemployment insurance (UI) claimants are finding jobs faster under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Unemployment Insurance Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program. This initiative provides in-person assessments of UI claimants, as explained in this article

One effective approach--integrating RESEAs with reemployment or career services--is modeled on the method used in Nevada, which has proven to be successful by USDOL studies. Nevada uses Career Action Resources’ material in its reemployment program, deemed by USDOL reports as the best in the nation.

RESEA Focuses on Meeting UI Claimant Needs

The RESEA initiative focuses on providing career services that directly relate to the specific needs of participating claimants.

Claimants have a variety of needs based on their specific circumstances, and appropriate reemployment services can be provided for successful employment outcomes, including referrals to education and training, to further reemployment goals.

Because the same reemployment service types are not appropriate for all claimants, the individual needs of each claimant should be determined, and the appropriate services provided.

How LEAP Helps Your Staff Better Serve UI Claimants

So how can workforce development agencies and staff serve UI claimants effectively, consistently, uniquely, and in person? How can you help customers develop a reemployment plan that addresses the claimant’s specific needs?

USDOL Research on REA / RESEAs Describes LEAP for UI Claimants

Consider using the same tool as Nevada does: Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP). After all, as described earlier, Nevada has the most successful reemployment program of the states studied.

“LEAP has been noted by staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much-needed services,” states the USDOL study. The report calls LEAP an “innovative” self-assessment and gives an example from the JobConnect office in Reno, Nevada: “The interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP before the interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services.”

The report continues, “LEAP, developed by Career Action Resources, LLC, is handed out by every local office providing RESEAs in both Arizona and Nevada. It assesses individuals in eight areas: finances, emotions and attitudes, health and social support, use of time, next career, education and training, job search, and use of services and resources.” The study concludes that such self-assessment is a “best practice” for workforce reemployment programs.

LEAP, therefore, is a proven tool to help your agency and staff meet the requirements of the RESEA program while assisting UI claimants. LEAP will help your UI claimants assess their concerns and obtain guidance tailored to their needs on job searching, training, skills, and much more--all in a quick, easy-to-use format. LEAP also results in a personalized reemployment action plan and helps staff refer job seekers to their most-needed services and resources.

Since its publication, LEAP has focused on the importance of tailoring reemployment plans and services to each job seeker’s needs. The one-size-fits-all information that UI claimants and dislocated workers usually receive will not suit their needs completely and may not address their unique issues and barriers. Career Action Resources is gratified that the USDOL has decided to make the LEAP’s approach of determining UI claimants' needs for targeted and tailored career services and reemployment planning part of the RESEA program.

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance to help states guard against fraud and abuse in their unemployment insurance systems as they implement pandemic assistance programs.

According to a news release issued with Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 23-20, states must protect the integrity of programs by maintaining certification processes to verify the continuing eligibility of claimants and more.

States are required to implement the same integrity activities used for the regular unemployment compensation program for the CARES Act programs, such as verifying identity and checking databases designed to prevent improper payments.

Learn more here.

Career Action Resources is here to help. We specialize in best-practice assessments and action planners used by workforce, employment, and career services to guide job seekers and the unemployed in getting hired.

With 20 years of experience in workforce development publishing, our seasoned career resources staff created Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).

LEAP and YES are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA assess their needs and create job search and reemployment plans. In a study for the U.S. Department of Labor, LEAP is the only assessment identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment.

For professionals in the public workforce system, LEAP and YES can help you deliver customer-focused and tailored career services under WIOA. Our tools guide both staff and participants in workshops, career coaching, Rapid Response, RESEAs, UI Intake, Individual Employment Plans (IEP), Individual Reemployment Plans (IRP), orientation meetings, TAA meetings, job clubs, job search and employment barriers assessment, and much more.

Learn more at www.careeractionresources.com.

 

Your doors will reopen at some point to unemployed Americans. Now is the time to plan ahead to help these job seekers when you meet with them and resume workshops, counseling, and more.

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) are quick, consistent ways to give job hunters a vast amount of useful guidance in an easy-to-use format. Both are best-practice tools that direct the unemployed in job search and reemployment planning in a way that fits their individual needs.

Workforce and career professionals can take a closer look at LEAP and YES by requesting your complimentary review samples today.