ERIC Number: ED339831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assisting Dislocated Workers: Alternatives to Layoffs, and the Role of the Employment Service under the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA). Special Report Number 30.
National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
This report addresses two concerns of Congress: ways to reduce layoffs and the effectiveness of programs to assist dislocated workers. Section I discusses the reasons for layoffs, economic conditions of the 1980s that led to layoffs, and public policy responses to worker dislocation. Section II describes alternatives to layoffs: short-time compensation programs; state-financed, workplace-based retraining programs; and flexible pay arrangements. Section III describes three federal programs to assist dislocated workers that existed before the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA): the Employment Service, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and programs under Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act. Section IV describes EDWAA, the way EDWAA changed Title III program administration and operation, the ways in which the Trade Act was amended in 1988, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988. Section V discusses how EDWAA is operating. Particular focus is on the role of the Employment Service in providing services to dislocated workers under EDWAA. Section VI on lessons learned from the 1980s reviews the effects of various factors on dislocated workers' re-employment, such as: unemployment rate, advance notification, rapid intervention by the ES and dislocated worker programs, and types of services offered by dislocated worker programs. Appendixes include 31 endnotes, a list of officials contacted, a glossary, and a 74-item bibliography. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.