Frequently Asked Questions

Don't know much about workforce agencies? Don't worry we've got you covered. Here's the most common questions we get asked.

A. Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are part of the public workforce system under the U.S. Department of Labor. The system is a network of federal, state, and local offices that function to support economic expansion and develop the talent of our nation’s workforce. The public workforce system works in partnership with employers, educators, and community leaders to foster economic development and high-growth opportunities in regional economies in order to meet the challenge of the 21st century global economy. This system exists to help businesses find qualified workers to meet their present and future workforce needs.

A: Annually, the U.S. Department of Labor allocates funding to each state. Based on a formula, each state then allocates their funding to local WDB’s. Local WDB’s have opportunities to apply for additional grants on top of their state allocation.

A: WDBs were created to help employers like you. The WDBs’ role is to develop regional strategic plans and set funding priorities for their area business community to develop and foster initiatives to help address labor shortage issues. Many WDBs facilitate partnerships between local businesses with similar training needs. WDBs also rely on labor market information to develop sector strategies that focus resources on a particular high growth industry for their area, often involving skills training for local businesses.

A: Contact your local WDB and start a conversation about how your company can help develop a program focused on training and hiring employees. Find your WDB here.

A: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) protects employees, their families, and communities by requiring that employers give a 60-day notice to the affected employees and both state and local representatives prior to a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families time to transition and adjust to the prospective loss of employment, time to seek alternative jobs and, if necessary, time to obtain skills training or retraining to successfully compete in the job market. For more information, contact your local Workforce Development Board, or find more information here.

A: When notifying employees prior to a plant closing or mass layoff, any reasonable method of delivery that ensures receipt of notice at least 60 days before is acceptable (e.g., first class mail, personal delivery with optional signed receipt, etc.). Insertion of notice into pay envelopes is another viable option; however, a ticketed or preprinted notice regularly included in each employee’s paycheck or pay envelope does not meet the requirements. Your Local Workforce Development Board will assist you in contacting the chief elected officials in those communities affected by the planned layoff or closure. Visit the Local Area listing for more information. To file a WARN notice, email With the email, provide the following:

The notification (as an attachment or within the body of the email) and contact information in the event that more

information is needed. Attachments should be compatible with Microsoft Office or Adobe Reader software. Employers may request acknowledgment of the receipt of their notification by adding the request to the email. Please include the name of the employer in the subject of the email.

A: Your local Workforce Development Board has a Rapid Response Team to assist employers and workers during a mass layoff or plant closing. This team is a cooperative effort between the Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department. This team disseminates information about the adult and dislocated worker services available under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and through the AJCC, and Unemployment Insurance programs. If the dislocation is the result of foreign competition or foreign relocation, the dislocated worker may be eligible for assistance, income support, job search assistance/relocation, and/or training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program.

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