Because layoffs are often part of weathering a lackluster economy and aren't necessarily permanent, employers who manage their workforce reductions well can expect to improve their organization's image, productivity, profits, and staff morale. Here are some tips to consider if your company finds itself facing potential layoffs:
A layoff is difficult for everyone. This program provides a variety of services to employers and their employees when it becomes necessary to downsize.
These services focus on ensuring that affected employees are aware of Unemployment Insurance, childcare assistance, health insurance, and help that is available through the State Employment Service at their local Workforce Oklahoma Centers. In the case of a major decline in company staffing, job fairs are provided to these companies and their workers.
Rapid Response activities are provided as a part of a comprehensive Workforce Investment System designed to respond quickly to employer, employee and community needs when a mass layoff and/or plant closure appears imminent. The objective of Rapid Response is to help workers transition from notification of layoff to re-employment as soon as possible.
Services—most of which are offered without cost to the employers—include helping companies set up outplacement services for dislocated workers, handle media relations and manage the internal rumor mill, meet governmental reporting requirements, understand their rights and responsibilities under employment laws and regulations, and plan for and avoid future layoffs.
Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) Act -- Helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor issued a series of guides to provide employers and workers with an overview of their rights and responsibilities under the provision of the WARN Act.
In Oklahoma to send WARN notices or make inquiries to:
Attn: Vikki Dearing
State Rapid Response Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Workforce Services Division
900 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Unemployment Insurance -- The Oklahoma Employment Security Act provides that under certain conditions unemployed people can receive money from an unemployment compensation fund contributed to by employers subject to the Act. Detailed FAQs on who must pay the Unemployment Benefit Compensation Tax, what constitutes a valid claim, and how to protest a claim.