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A layoff is difficult for everyone. The Rapid Response program provides a variety of free services to employers and their employees when it becomes necessary to downsize.

Rapid Response

Rapid Response activities are designed to respond quickly to employer, employee and community needs when a layoff and/or plant closure appears imminent. We have teams of seasoned professionals across the state that are prepared to assist your employees during these transitions. The best scenario – We can provide Rapid Response workshops for your employees before they leave your employment.

Services are tailored to employers, and can be available onsite. Workshops cover the following topics:

  • Tips for finding their next job
  • Programs and Resources available at their local Oklahoma Works Center
  • Community resources available to get them through the transition
  • Unemployment Insurance – How it works and how to file

Every participant receives a copy of Oklahoma’s Rapid Response Handbook – Tools & Resources for Transitioning to Your Next Job. The handbook – which is available in both English and Spanish – includes useful information and resources to help employees move forward.

Confidentiality – We understand that there is often a need to keep things confidential leading up to a layoff or closing. You can be assured that we can and WILL honor that need.

Layoff Aversion

We have services available to help you avoid layoffs and build the skilled workforce you need. Oklahoma Works’ layoff aversion services include:

  • Incumbent Worker Training: Access resources to help you re-skill or up-skill your existing workforce.
  • Work-Based Learning: Develop customized training to build the specialized talent your business needs to succeed.
  • Federal and State Tax Incentives: Connect to workforce incentives that allow your business to create the skilled workers you need while reducing your tax burden.
  • Sector Partnerships:
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