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Accessing skilled job seekers

AlaskaJobs is a comprehensive employment system that gives employers access to dynamic recruiting tools to conduct targeted searches for workers based on skills, education and experience listed on resumes. It allows employers to post job orders for potential candidates, and set up a Virtual Recruiter search agent to automatically find candidates within the system that match the job skills of the job order.

AlaskaJobs also allows employers to research labor market information on salaries and economic data, and to communicate with job seekers, case managers, training providers, and others within the system email and message center.

Aside from AlaskaJobs, the Alaska Job Centers’ One-Stop Job Center system is also an excellent source of skilled workers in your community. Developing relationships with your Rapid Response team can benefit you as an employer during hiring phases, as the team will have up-to-date information on skilled workers looking for employment in your area.

Rights and responsibilities under employment laws and regulations

Elaws Advisors help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the employment laws and regulations, such as the WARN Act, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Each Advisor imitates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. The Advisors ask questions and provide answers based on your responses.

Government reporting requirements

Under certain conditions, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires employers to give their workers 60 days’ notice before a plant closing or mass layoff. All employers are encouraged to provide notice to the State Dislocated Worker Unit as quickly as possible. Some states also have plant closure laws, and those state laws may impose additional requirements. If you are an employer facing the prospect of a layoff, contact your State Dislocated Worker Unit immediately to find out more information on notice requirements in your area.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides assistance and information on planning, financing, launching and managing your small business, and helping your business grow.

Alaska Small Business Development Center

The Alaska Small Business Development Center fosters, promotes and assists the growth and development of small businesses in Alaska through a multi-faceted business assistance program that has seven offices throughout the state covering urban and rural areas.

Layoff aversion

The Layoff Aversion Guidebook that is put out by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Alaska DOLWD programs and services

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Trade Adjustment Assistance

With many American jobs being lost due to foreign trade and the phenomenon commonly known as "off shoring," the federal government provides additional services to workers whose jobs are lost due to foreign trade or shifts in production out of the United States.

While not all job loss due to foreign competition meets the requirements of the Trade Act, the Rapid Response team will work with your company to provide information on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the benefits the workers can receive if your company is certified as trade-affected. Your company, the Rapid Response team, or workers themselves can file a trade petition with the U.S. Department of Labor.