Workforce Investment Board’s program aids employers and employees in crisis

San Bernardino, CA (November 30, 2011) –The Business Resource Team immediately reached out to Team One Employment Specialists, LLC offering help through their Rapid Response program after receiving the WARN notice that 480 employees at a local manufacturing plant were to be laid off.

Responding quickly to the impending layoff crisis, the Business Resource Team worked with Team One and manufacturer representatives to schedule and conduct orientation meetings for all affected workers. They encouraged employees to enroll at the local Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) for free workshops on job searching, résumé writing and interview skills as well as how they could qualify for no-cost job training programs and job placement support. The Business Resource Team also assists employees with understanding unemployment plans, rolling over 401K plans and Cobra benefits.

“Employers want to do all they can to assist their employees during this difficult time,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department of San Bernardino County. “The Rapid Response Program helps employers stay compliant with the laws as well as provide timely and valuable resources to support employees who are being laid off.”

At the end of the Rapid Response Program, the manufacturer relocated to its new plant and retained 300 employees. Team One found new assignments for ten employees. One hundred seventy workers are still looking for work, and the Business Resource Team is actively working with Team One to match them with job opportunities.

“I was surprised to discover how efficient, effective and most of all responsive the Business Resource Team was during this transition period,” said Frank Moran, President of Team One. “It could never have gone as well as it did without them.”

“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board has been a lifeline to employers and laid-off workers by providing no-cost services that effectively help employers in times of crisis and put people back to work,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “In 2010, our County’s Business Resource Team conducted 163 Rapid Response visits to companies and assisted 7,785 workers.”

The Business Resource Team also supports local employers with business consulting services, employee recruitment and hiring assistance and On-the-Job Training programs to keep residents employed. The Rapid Response program and others like it are federally-funded and free to employers who participate. To contact the Business Resource Team, please visit

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino CountyThe Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three  America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit Also follow us on: Facebook Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube


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