Dislocated Worker Program
Have you recently been terminated or laid off from your employer? The Dislocated Worker program can offer assistance to get you back into the workforce with the necessary skills to be successful in your future endeavor of employment.
The WIOA Dislocated Worker program offers employment and training services for eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own or who have received an official layoff notice.
The WIOA Dislocated Worker program offers employment and training services for eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own or who have received an official layoff notice. WIOA expands the definition of dislocated worker to include the spouse of an active military member who lost employment as a result of a permanent change in duty location or is unemployed or underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
To be eligible to receive WIOA services as an adult in the adult and dislocated worker programs, an individual must:
Be 18 years of age or older
Be registered for Selective Service or have valid exemption
Be able to work in the United States
Provide a valid Social Security Number
Must meet criteria of one of the following categories below.
A dislocated worker is an individual who meets one of the following criteria listed below.
Category A- Individual Lay-off. The applicant must meet all three of the numbered conditions OR the Special Veteran's Criterion:
1. Has been terminated or laid off or has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment
2. Meets one of the following conditions concerning unemployment compensation
Is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation
Has been employed long enough to demonstrate attachment to the workforce (that is, has received wages in at least one (1) quarter in the last year immediately prior to eligibility determination, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer not covered under a state unemployment compensation law
3. Is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation, as defined by local policy
Special Veteran's Criterion: A separating service member qualifies as a dislocated worker under Category A if the separation is anything other than dishonorable, whether or not he or she receives or is eligible for Unemployment Compensation.
Category B- Business closure or substantial layoff. The applicant must meet one of the following conditions:
1. Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility, or enterprise
2. Is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days
Category C- Self-employed individuals. An individual who was previously self-employed, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disasters qualifies as a dislocated worker, as defined by the local area.
Category D - Displaced homemaker. To qualify as a displaced homemaker, an individual must meet all three of the numbered conditions:
1. Has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home
2. Meets one of the conditions of losing the income of another family member:
Has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income (see definition of family above)
Is the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty, and the family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment, a call or order to active duty, a permanent change of state, or the service-connected death or disability of the member
3. Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment
Category E - Spouse of an active-duty member of the Armed Forces who meets of one of the following conditions:
1. Has lost employment as a direct result of a relocation due to a permanent change in the duty station of such member
2. Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
WIOA is designed to increase participant access to training services. Training services are provided to equip individuals to enter the workforce and retain employment. Examples of training services include:
Occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment;
On-the-job training (OJT), including registered apprenticeship;
Incumbent worker training in accordance with WIOA §134(d)(4);
Workplace training and cooperative education programs;
Private sector training programs;
Skills upgrading and retraining;
Job readiness training provided in combination with other training described above;
Adult education and literacy activities, including activities of English language acquisition and integrated education and training programs, in combination with training; and
Customized training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training.