Although there is no universal definition for the term “dislocated worker” (a/k/a “displaced worker”), it generally applies to any individual who meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Has been laid off or terminated – or received a notice of lay off or termination – and is unlikely to return to her/his prior industry of occupation;
- Has been laid off or terminated – or received a notice of lay off or termination – as the result of a permanent closure or substantial reduction of a plant or facility;
- Was self-employed but is now unemployed as the result of a natural disaster;
- Was self-employed but is now unemployed as a result of a disaster at the place of employment or the general economic conditions in which (s)he resides (Note: This specifically
includes farmers, fishermen, ranchers); or
- Is a displaced homemaker.
The federal Dislocated Workers Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a variety of benefits for “dislocated workers”. These include, but are not limited to, the following”
- Information regarding the worker’s eligibility for unemployment compensation;
- Continuation of health insurance;
- Job skills upgrading and training; and
- Job searching.
Many dislocated workers find it difficult to navigate through all the requirements – and all the nuances – of the Federal Dislocated Workers Program and its state counterparts. That’s why they turn to Job4Americans’ Career Counselors to help determine what, if any, benefits they may receive from the program – and how those benefits can be part of a broader plan to start a new career.