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Northern Region Rapid Response Program

What Is Rapid Response?

Rapid Response is a proactive program that provides the business community and their employees with customized on-site services during a reorganization, layoff, transition, downsizing or closure. The Rapid Response team will work with employers and any employee representative(s) to quickly maximize public and private resources, to minimize the disruptions on companies, affected workers and communities that are associated with job loss.

The following services are available at no cost to the employer in the event a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) is filed or a layoff or closure takes place.

WARN ACT Eligibility

Rapid Response teams provide information on federal requirements or laws for notification, including the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Businesses with 100 or more full-time workers that deem it necessary to do any of the following meet WARN Act requirements:

  • close a facility or discontinue an operating unit with 50 or more full-time workers
  • layoff 50-499 full-time workers (these workers must comprise at least 33% of the total workforce at single site of employment)
  • layoff 500 or more full-time workers at a single site of employment

Employer Benefits & Services

  • Quick response to transition planning
  • Pre-layoff services designed to help
  • Confidentiality concerning business
  • Alternatives to reduce/avoid future
  • Assistance maintaining worker morale
  • TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance)
  • Workers shorten transition time
  • Decisions
  • Layoffs

Employee Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Unemployment Insurance Assistance
  • Local Labor Market Information
  • Group Financial Management Seminars
  • Group Stress Management Seminars
  • Transition Resources
  • Health Benefits and Pensions
  • Education and Training Opportunities

Needs Assessment Survey

A Rapid Response Needs Assessment Survey is required to be filled out by all affected employees. The results of the survey are analyzed and used to provided services that are of value and importance to the group.


  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Workforce Development Boards
  • Virginia Workforce Centers

Service Area


  • Alexandria
  • Charlottesville
  • Fairfax
  • Falls Church
  • Harrisonburg
  • Manassas
  • Manassas Park
  • Staunton
  • Waynesboro
  • Winchester


  • Albemarle
  • Arlington
  • Augusta
  • Bath
  • Buena Vista
  • Clarke
  • Caroline
  • Culpeper
  • Fairfax
  • Fauquier
  • Fluvanna
  • Frederick
  • Greene
  • Highland
  • Hyland
  • Loudoun
  • Louisa
  • Lexington
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange
  • Page
  • Prince William
  • Rappahannock
  • Rockbridge
  • Rockingham
  • Shenandoah
  • Stafford
  • Warren