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Winter 2018
HappeningsHappenings at the Association of Iowa Workforce Partners
  • Register today for the 2018 AIWP Annual Conference April 18-20, 2018! Join 150 peers from across the Iowa workforce system at this premier learning event! Register online today and get your hotel room soon before the block is sold out.
  • The Association of Iowa Workforce Partners held its annual Legislative Reception the morning of January 24 at the Iowa State Capitol. Legislators from across the state met with AIWP members and colleagues about the importance of workforce services at the local level. Below are several pictures from the event.

ResourcesResources Worthy of Your Attention
  • The Council of State Government (CSG) Justice Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, launched the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, which helps support juvenile and adult criminal record clearance around the country. To obtain additional information, visit:
  • WorkforceGPS maintains an online resource directory catalogued under a variety of categories from basic skills/literacy to Unemployment Insurance. Find the Resource Library online at
  • The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration regularly comes out with advisories regarding components of WIOA that you may want to track. Find all advisories from the ETA here:
CaseStudiesCase Studies in Collaboration
Tracie is a spouse of a veteran who lost her employment with Quackerdale as a Youth Counselor when the location in Manning closed. Tracie came to the Carroll IowaWORKS office looking for help. She learned about the Title 1 program and learned about the high employment demand for people trained in the health fields. Tracie was referred to a Title 1 Career Planner and enrolled in the Dislocated Worker Program. Tracie chose to attend nursing training at Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll. However, personal circumstances did not allow Tracie to continue.  
Time for plan B! The Integrated team of Career Planners at the IowaWORKS Center helped Tracie actively look for work. She was referred to workshops that helped her throughout her job searching process. Tracie attended a Reverse Job Fair for Veterans and their spouses sponsored by IowaWORKS in November 2017 and received many potential leads. Tracie was thrilled when her second interview with the Manning Regional Hospital resulted in an offer for a full time position as an Admissions Clerk.
TranslatingWIOATranslating WIOA
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) places an increased focus on serving individuals with disabilities and ensuring these individuals have the same access to workforce services as any other job seeker. In particular, eligibility determination for the WIOA Title IB Youth program services includes a section specifically outlining individuals with disabilities. WIOA also integrates protections outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into workforce services and includes individuals with disabilities as Priority Populations under WIOA.

Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants over eight separate rounds. Each DEI round is designed to improve educational opportunities, access to training, and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities that have barriers to employment. Iowa has participated in DEI Round 3 and DEI Round 6 of funding.

DEI assists state agencies and local workforce boards to accomplish the high quality integrated workforce service envisioned by WIOA for people with disabilities. Generally, each DEI project is asked to:
  1. Increase access to and the participation of individuals with disabilities in WIOA-funded employment and training services.
  2. Improve training and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  3. Increase the number of workforce entities functioning as Employment Networks (EN).
DEI also asks:
  1. Develop strategies that support seamless customer-focused American Job Centers (AJCs).
  2. Improve employer relationships within the workforce system and help employers overcome barriers to hiring, recruiting, and training individuals with disabilities.
  3. Improve the service delivery to individuals with disabilities in the AJC system.
For more information:

DearBobDear Bob
Dear Bob,
We are working with businesses and affected workers from small business who do not qualify under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN.) What are your recommendations?

 Without a Paddle

Dear Without a Paddle,
The WARN Act protects employees, families, and communities from massive layoffs and business closures by requiring state and federal level notification. Uniquely, the State of Iowa also has a layoff notification requirement for businesses operating within its boundaries. The WARN Act requires businesses to notify workforce agencies if they are laying off 50 or more individuals at one time. The state of Iowa requires businesses to notify Iowa Workforce Development if they are laying off 25 or more individuals at one time. 
As for recommendations, I would provide workforce services to these small layoffs in the same manner as larger layoffs. I would recommend you notify Iowa Workforce Development's Rapid Response Coordinator, regardless of layoff size. The Rapid Response Coordinator will provide guidance. Additionally, workforce agencies and/or partners can provide rapid response-like services to affected workers that do not qualify under WARN or state of Iowa requirements. During these rapid response-like activities, workers should be presented with similar information as a rapid response event. It is also recommended that local leadership track these small layoffs for RWDB, CEO, stakeholder, and community notification. 
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