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MassHire Rapid Response

Rapid Response is a no-cost early intervention service provided to businesses and employees experiencing layoffs.

Rapid Response Services for Businesses

In today's competitive economy, businesses evolve to retain a skilled workforce crucial for innovation and success. When facing downturns or growth challenges, they can turn to the MassHire Rapid Response Team. This proactive, flexible strategy helps companies access resources for sustained success and aids in managing layoffs or closures by facilitating re-employment.

​Rapid Response can also provide information concerning any state or federal requirements or laws for notification, including the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.​

Rapid Response Services for Workers

MassHire has supported numerous workers facing layoffs through no fault of their own. Our team provides comprehensive assistance throughout the job search journey, including:

  • Guidance in setting up a free MassHire JobQuest account, enabling you to explore job opportunities statewide or within your region, develop personalized career plans, and register for career fairs; and
  • Workshops on crafting effective resumes and cover letters, mastering job search techniques, and preparing for interviews.Top of Form

If you've been affected by a mass layoff or closure, click the button below. 

Disaster Assistance

Rapid Response services can help you after disasters, including large-scale emergencies that affect multiple businesses, smaller emergencies that affect a single business, and natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods. Services include managing layoffs and finding ways to prevent them. We also coordinate our services with local government leaders and other partners such as the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

WorkShare Program

The WorkShare Program is an alternative to layoffs, where businesses can divide available work between affected employees instead of laying off workers. It allows employees to receive a part of their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours.

Trade-Related Layoffs and Plant Closings

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is a federal program established under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The TAA Program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of competition from imports.

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