DISLOCATED WORKERS

In conjunction with the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, WorkLink Workforce Investment Board provides several services for dislocated workers or those workers who lose their jobs due to business closure or downsizing.

To qualify as a dislocated worker a person must be terminated or laid off through no fault of their own, have received notice of termination or layoff and be eligible for or has exhausted entitlements to unemployment insurance. Those ineligible for unemployment insurance can qualify for this program if they demonstrate workforce attachment. Notification of termination or layoff can come from a WARN notice or a general announcement, and those who are self-employed or homemakers can also qualify if they meet specific criteria.

Rapid Response – The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) is responsible for providing "Rapid Response" assistance to employers and employees impacted by any permanent layoff or closure action affecting 50 or more workers. When DEW or WorkLink Workforce Investment Board obtains information about a major layoff, immediate on-site services are provided to assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response provides early intervention assistance designed to transition dislocated workers to their next employment as soon as possible.
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Trade Adjustment Assistance - Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides reemployment services to workers who have been found to be adversely impacted by increased imports or by a shift of production to another country. For more information about this program, CLICK HERE.

Eligible participants may receive the following benefits under this program:

  1. Trade Adjustment Allowance - income support payments for those in training or on a waiver (can last up to 1 1/2 years in addition to Unemployment Insurance).

  2. Job Training - classroom training options available after a participant meets 6 criteria of qualification.

  3. Job Search Allowance - up to 90% of the cost to complete an out-of-area job search. The job search must be in an area further than 50 miles from the participant's home.

  4. Relocation Allowances - up to 90% of the relocation cost for a bona fide offer of employment outside of a 50 mile radius of his/her home.

  5. Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) - a federal tax credit that supplements 65% of the monthly premium for qualified health insurance and is available for eligible individuals and their families.

  6. Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) - a wage supplement program for older workers (50 years old or older) who find new full-time employment at lower wages within 6 months of their layoff date.

 

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