The Vermont Department of Labor, Workforce Development Division, provides Rapid Response services to businesses in transition; downsizing, laying off workers, and/or closing a facility.
The Rapid Response Team responds to layoffs and plant/facility closures by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to affected companies and their workers, either on-site or off-site. The Team will provide information about unemployment insurance and reemployment services, and services available at the Resource Centers around the state. Pre-layoff services are designed to help the affected workers shorten their transition time, and assist in preparing the affected workers to find new employment.
In some circumstances, the Workforce Development Division is able to fund preliminary feasibility studies of the potential for employee ownership of a business as an alternative to closure. Please click on the link to the right for more information on the process for applying for funding.
The WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide a notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g. a labor union); to the State Dislocated Worker Unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government.
WARN Notices should be directed to:
Andrea M. Hussey
State Dislocated Worker Unit
5 Green Mountain Drive
P. O. Box 488
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 828-4177 Telephone
(802) 828-4374 Fax