Rapid Response Services

If you are facing laying off or downsizing your workforce, changing its skill mix or anticipating a business closure, Rapid Response services can help you meet your business requirements while recognizing the needs of your employees and community.  Dedicated experts mobilize immediately on behalf of businesses to help the employer navigate through government regulations, take advantage of workforce resources, and coordinate employee expectations.  Rapid Response activities include an initial meeting with the employer and follow-up orientations for the workers affected by a potential layoff situation.  The purpose of this meeting and the orientations are to share information about available employment transition services for workers that have lost their jobs as a result of a layoff or facility closure.

In the last year, PIC has assisted no less than eight major local employers with downsizing or relocating their businesses, providing services not only to the employers but also to over 1,000 workers affected by the layoffs.  PIC has been able to enroll Oakland residents impacted by layoffs in employment training and placement services and successfully placed more than 30 laid off workers in new jobs with little or no break in employment.  PIC helped dozens more laid off workers enter into vocational retraining, including ESL training.  PIC was able to provide services in layoff aversion in several different languages (including Spanish and Chinese) which proved invaluable in 5 of the major closings during the past year.

The Rapid Response Transition Team can help your employees with job search assistance. They can also provide the help that you need to manage the workforce reduction and transition of your employees and ensure stability in the community in a positive and productive way.

Team members include:

  • Rapid Response Coordinator
  • Employment Development Department – State of California Unemployment Insurance
  • EASTBAY Works One-Stop Business and Career Center Partners
  • U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration – COBRA and pension benefits
  • City of Oakland and Economic Development Partnerships
  • Service Providers such as Financial Advisors, Debt Counselors and Stress Counselors
  • Business Representatives
  • Local Officials


For more information contact:
Cheryl Maier
Manager, Business Services/Rapid Response
510.675.7914 ▪ cherylm@oaklandpic.org 268 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610