The Rapid Response team at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development provides valuable services for businesses that are downsizing and closing. The goal is to avert layoffs and minimize the impact by matching appropriate services to the businesses and affected workers.
We are pleased to report that every year since 2009, fewer companies have needed the Rapid Response team’s help. In FY2009, 400 companies downsized or laid off workers compared with nearly half that number -221 companies in FY2014.
Rapid Response also saw the number of workers laid off in Massachusetts drop from 31,904 in FY2009 to 10,816 layoffs in FY2014. This positive trend reflects a steadily improving economy in Massachusetts where the jobless rate fell to 5.5% in June and we are seeing the highest level of employment in 25 years. Businesses and job seekers should feel encouraged by the improving opportunities in Massachusetts.
Assistance for Businesses and Job Seekers All Year Round
If you are a business owner or executive, check out Mass BizWorks, a program that connects businesses to state and federal resources like tax incentives, training grants, recruitment services, layoff aversion support and more. Learn more or contact a representative at Mass BizWorks to set up an informational session.
If you are a job seeker, please be aware that 33 One-Stop Career Centers located in communities across the state can help you find a job. Last year, 100,000 job seekers who visited a One-Stop Career Center found employment. You can access a variety of services ranging from job search assistance, career counseling, resume-writing workshops, training opportunities and more. Learn more about how One-Stop Career Centers can connect you with jobs.
Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal posted on Feb 18
Removing snow from rooftops on municipal and state properties must be done safely to protect workers from injury. After excessive snowfalls like we have seen, the weight of the snow could impact the structural integrity of roofs and can be a cause for concern. Workers …Continue Reading Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal
Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures posted on Feb 4
With indoor heating systems working on overdrive this time of year, the Department of Labor Standards often fields calls about employer obligations for workplace heat in stores, offices, and other indoor businesses. Private sector employers in Massachusetts are obligated by federal law (OSHA) to provide …Continue Reading Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures
The Green Book Goes Digital ‒ Department of Labor Relations Posts First Searchable Database on MA Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws posted on Feb 2
The Department of Labor Relations (DLR) has created a searchable electronic Green Book, giving readers free and easy access to Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws with inter-active links to cited law, regulations and cases.