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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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