Rapid Response has been required by and financed under federal workforce legislation since 1988 to ensure that every worker affected by a layoff is given the best opportunity to return to work as soon as possible, and that employers are able to access the skilled workers or other solutions they need. State workforce agencies are responsible for administering Rapid Response and State staff directly provides services, although funds may be provided to Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) to serve dislocated workers.
WIOA Final Rules, Part 682, Subpart C - Rapid response activities
Agreement between the State of Illinois and the Secretary of Labor to Carry Out the Provisions of Subchapters A, B, and C of Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as Amended by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015
USDOL Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 32-11, Rapid Response Self-Assessment Tool (March 1, 2012)
USDOL Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 31-11, The Rapid Response Framework (March 1, 2012)
USDOL Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 19-16, Guidance on Services provided through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service (ES), as amended by title III of WIOA, and for Implementation of the WIOA Final Rules (March 01, 2017)