Rapid Response


Responding to Layoffs and Closures

If you are an employer or worker in Santa Barbara County facing a layoff or closure, please contact your Rapid Response Coordinator, Alma Janabajab at a.janabajab@sbcsocialserv.org.


What is Rapid Response?

Rapid Response is a cooperative effort between the Local Workforce Development Area Rapid Response Coordinator, America's Job Center of California (AJCC), and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to assist employers and workers during a mass layoff or plant closing. Rapid Response teams disseminate information on the adult and dislocated worker programs available under Title I of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), the America's Job Center of California (AJCC), and Unemployment Insurance programs. The primary purpose of Rapid Response is to enable affected workers to return to work as quickly as possible following a layoff or to prevent layoffs altogether.



Providing Rapid Response services to your workers during layoffs or plant closings results in multiple benefits to employers, such as:

  • Higher productivity and worker morale and lower absenteeism during layoff event due to reduced stress
  • Lower unemployment insurance costs as workers are re-employed more quickly when services are begun prior to layoff
  • Better public relations for an employer. Rapid Response can work with the media to highlight services an employer is providing to its workers during a layoff period


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).


The primary purpose of Rapid Response is to enable affected workers to return to work as quickly as possible following a layoff, or to prevent layoffs altogether.  The Rapid Response team is lead by the Rapid Response Coordinator and our partners:

·        Employment Development Department

·        America's Job Center of California Partners

·        Department of Social Services

·        Department of Rehabilitation

·        Business Representatives


WARN Provisions

The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) provisions provide protection to employees, their families and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives 60 days notice in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. An overview of the general parameters of the law is available however employers should carefully review the California WARN provisions and the Federal WARN law for a full understanding of the notification requirements to employers.