ERIC Number: ED470368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-26
Reference Count: N/A
Assisting Laid-Off Workers in a Changing Economy. Issue Brief.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Employment and Social Services Policy Studies Div.
Faced with worker displacement stemming from a changing economy, states are acting to soften the economic impact of displacement on affected individuals and businesses. Key strategies and practices are as follows: (1) anticipating layoffs by analyzing economic and labor market trends (using data to anticipate layoffs; developing an early warning network to trigger services); (2) averting layoffs by mobilizing workforce and economic development resources (implementing business retention strategies; partnering with economic development agencies; promoting short-term compensation as an alternative to layoffs; increasing incumbent worker training); (3) helping dislocated workers find new jobs as quickly as possible through community partnerships and improved assessments (developing regional approaches to providing reemployment services; establishing broad-based partnerships to reemploy dislocated workers; developing new models to expedite reemployment); and (4) training laid-off workers for new jobs and careers by exploring flexible training strategies and drawing on various federal and state resources (designing flexible, demand-driven education and training programs; exploring e-learning options; implementing employer-focused, industry-based training; assembling training resources for multiple funding streams; providing tuition assistance to dislocated workers; using flexibility within unemployment insurance to provide training and offer extended income support). Forty-four selected state strategies for assisting dislocated workers and descriptions of nine tools for policymakers are appended. (Contains 10 endnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Role, Career Counseling, Coordination, Counseling Services, Dislocated Workers, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Employment Patterns, Employment Services, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Job Layoff, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Models, Needs Assessment, Outplacement Services (Employment), Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Regional Planning, Retraining, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance, Vocational Education, Web Based Instruction
For full text: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/ASSISTINGIB.pdf. For full text of appendixes: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/ASSISTINGAPPENDIXA.pdf. For full text: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/ASSISTINGAPPENDIXB.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Employment and Social Services Policy Studies Div.