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Workforce Development


Dislocated Worker Services



The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is here to help you when you are laid off from your job or if you are an employer we can assist you with transitioning your employees.  We serve both workers and employers.  See the services below.


Rapid Response

The rapid response team works with employees in mass to inform them of services the state offers.  Those services include Unemployment Insurance, job search and placement assistance, labor market and in-demand occupation information, testing and assessment; resumé preparation and interviewing skills workshops, and classroom and occupational skills training if deemed necessary.

Counseling is also available to help Dislocated Workers with a variety of issues, including job search assistance and job referral information, and coping with the stress of having lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Rapid Response Presentation - (English) (Spanish)
Unemployment Insurance
Tennessee Career Centers
Adult Education
Trade Adjustment Assistance



Employers Responsibility when planning a layoff or closure

Under Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), Tennessee employers are required to send a written notice to the Dislocated Worker Unit 60 days in advance of a plant closure or mass layoff. Tennessee Code annotated (TCA 50-1-601) requires such notice when 50 or more workers are affected, versus the 100 required by federal guidelines.

The Dislocated Worker Unit generates the required WARN Notification Letters which are distributed to the highest elected local official, the Local Workforce Investment Act (LWIA) Executive Director, the Governor's designated cabinet members, certain federally elected representatives and others in need of this information. Area Dislocated Worker coordinators are notified of impending layoffs or closures. The coordinators then contact the company and other members of the Rapid Response team within 48 hours to set up an initial meeting.

The Rapid Response team is made up of specialists who include Tennessee Career Center System representatives, the Area Dislocated Worker Coordinator, TN AFL-CIO (when applicable) and an Adult Education representative. The AFL-CIO is a member of the team if the affected workers are represented by organized labor. Other member agencies are included as required. The Tennessee Career Center System is the basic delivery vehicle for the state's Dislocated Worker Services.

WARN Act Technical Assistance Guide

WARN Notices

Rapid Response Presentation - (English) (Spanish)

Dislocated Worker Brochure - (English) (Spanish)

Helpful Links


Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Ryan Allen, Director
Dislocated Worker Unit

220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-0658
Phone: (615) 532-5945
Fax: (615) 741-3003
Toll Free: 1-800-255-5872