Contact: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
DWD has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:
U.S. Silica – Approximately 30 employees affected due to temporary layoff at the company’s Sparta location located at 2500 Iband Avenue, Sparta, WI 45656 starting on July 15, 2015. Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board will coordinate providing Rapid Response services to the affected workers.
Workforce Development Dislocated Worker Services Summary
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides assistance to workers, companies, and communities affected by mass layoffs or business closings.
Under state law, employers employing 50 or more individuals in the state may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing. Once the state becomes aware of any event affecting 50 or more workers, the Dislocated Worker Program’s Rapid Response Team reach out and offer assistance to the affected workers and employer.
DWD Rapid Response staff will:
*Verify the event;
*Schedule an initial planning meeting with the company, union representatives and local service providers; schedule an orientation for affected workers;
*Conduct an employee survey to determine services needed (usually done during orientation);
*Assist in applying for additional funds to provide increased services to the workers;
*Coordinate services among employment and training agencies.
Affected workers have access to numerous services to help them become re-employed. Basic services, most of which are available to anyone at no charge through the state’s Job Centers, include:
*Job search and career planning assistance, resume assistance, job training and access to job search databases.
More intensive and retraining services can become available for some workers under one or more DWD Workforce development programs. These intensive services can include:
Eligibility determination for programs, skills assessment, job search and placement assistance, career planning assistance, short term prevocational training and occupational training.
DWD will also look at each dislocation to determine if the workers have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade or competition. If that is the case, workers may be eligible for additional assistance for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Services available under TAA include training, income support while in training, job search allowance and relocation allowance.
Wisconsin spends nearly $40 million annually serving approximately 20,000 dislocated workers in various programs. Wisconsin consistently ranks highly among states in receipt of discretionary federal funding for dislocated workers.