Layoff Transition Services

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The State Rapid Response Team serves companies facing corporate restructuring and downsizing.  The Rapid Response Team is a cooperative effort between the local Workforce Center, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Unemployment Insurance Program

The services available are designed to benefit employers and employees through the provision of information about the Dislocated Worker Program and other useful information and assistance with employment related needs. The Federal web site is at:

Employer Services Include:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • On-site Layoff Transition Workshops.
  • Information on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act summarized below.
  • Information on establishing an on-site career (outplacement) center to assist affected employees with their future employment needs.
  • Information provided to employees, which should help to minimize the emotional effects of a layoff and therefore improve morale and production.
  • Information on services available to employees, which can help reduce employee attrition prior to the defined layoff date.
  • Information about the Trade Adjustment Asssistance/North American Free Trade Agreement(TAA/NAFTA) Programs - is your layoff due to foreign import competition or relocation of production off shore?  If so your employees may be eligible for additional retraining benefits.
  • Information about unemployment insurance benefits.


Applicant Services Include:

The provision of Layoff Transition Workshops at a time and location designated by the employer. Generally workshops are held at the worksite during normal working hours, as soon as possible after employees are notified of the pending layoff. Workshops can include information on these subjects:

  • How to access and be prepared to use the Colorado Workforce Centers available to provide free outplacement and job search assistance.
  • Financial management
  • Stress management
  • Community support agencies
  • Labor market information and labor market research resources available
  • Resume Writing
  • Use of the Internet for job search
  • Identification and use of transferable skills
  • Identification of possible job retraining resources available to those in need
    of updating skills
  • Job Search hotlines
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • The Dislocated Worker Program

The provision of other services might be possible upon employer request and workshop content can be adjusted per employer request based on their employee needs.

Contact Us

Program representatives can answer program questions or arrange for provision of the above services.

Chris Carman

Karen Hoopes

Questions About Unemployment Insurance or Need to File?
Please call:

(303) 318-9000 or
1-800-388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area)

Hearing impaired (TTD):

(303)318-9016 or
1-800-894-7730 (outside Denver-metro area)

Out of State

The Rapid Response Program and Dislocated Worker Program are national programs.  Anyone wishing to learn how to contact the Rapid Response Team in another state or about Dislocated Worker Program service providers in another state can call 1-877-US-2JOBS.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification

This guide is intended only to present a brief overview describing the principal provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, Public law 100-379 (29 U.S.C. 2101, et seq.). It is not an official statement of interpretation of  the WARN Act or of the regulations adopted by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • The regulations appear at 20 CFR Part 639
  • A guide to Advance Notice of Closings and Layoffs
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) was enacted on August 4, 1988 and became effective on February 4, 1989

 General Provisions