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Louisiana Workforce Commission offers help to laid-off WAITR workers

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 18:05:40-04

Last week when we learned of a mass layoff of WAITR employees in Lafayette and Lake Charles, we reached out to the Louisiana Workforce Commission to see what assistance might be available for those workers.

Today, LWC responded.

"The LWC’s Rapid Response unit is available to provide re-employment services to the impacted WAITR workers," said Michael Key of the LWC. "Our staff is working to identify all affected by this layoff to schedule an orientation to help with reemployment needs and guide them through the unemployment process."

Some people might be eligible for training funds or other benefits through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Key said.

For a full listing of all LWC-offered Rapid Response services, click here: http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/WFD_rapidresponse.asp[laworks.net].

Additionally, the LWC currently has American Job Centers (AJCs) immediately accessible in the Lafayette and greater Acadiana region. AJCs assist anyone in need with job-search assistance, local employer-based job fairs, résumé assistance and other job-seeker services. For an updated list of the LWC’s AJC network, please visit http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/B&CSC_Contacts.pdf [laworks.net].

According to Key, "workers impacted by this mass layoff" can directly contact Paula DeValcourt at 337.948.1330 x5103 orpdevalcourt@la.lwc.gov or Andre France at 225.342.2918 or afrance@lwc.la.gov