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Lorman Education Services laying off 42 employees in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - An employer in Eau Claire is cutting dozens of jobs. Late Tuesday afternoon, WQOW News 18 learned that Lorman Education Services plans to lay off 42 workers at its location on Alpine Road.

Lorman is known for offering education seminars for professionals. The COO of Lorman says the layoffs come as the company is seeing a drop in attendance, and will now reduce the number of programs offered. The layoffs will take effect October 6.

In 2009, WQOW News 18 reported that Lorman laid off over 60 workers, and 50 the year before that. After this most recent round of job cuts, 25 people will be employed by the company.

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Eau Claire (News Release) -
The Department of Workforce Development has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:

Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire – approximately 42 employees will be laid off on or around October 6, 2014. Click here to read the notice sent to the affected employees.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides assistance to workers, companies, and communities affected by mass layoffs or business closings.

Under state law, employers employing 50 or more individuals in the state may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing. Once the state becomes aware of any event affecting 50 or more workers, the Dislocated Worker Program's Rapid Response Team reach out and offer assistance to the affected workers and employer.

DWD Rapid Response staff will:

Verify the event; Schedule an initial planning meeting with the company, union representatives and local service providers; schedule an orientation for affected workers; Conduct an employee survey to determine services needed (usually done during orientation); Assist in applying for additional funds to provide increased services to the workers; Coordinate services among employment and training agencies. Affected workers have access to numerous services to help them become re-employed. Basic services, most of which are available to anyone at no charge through the state's Job Centers, include:

Job search and career planning assistance, resume assistance, job training and access to job search databases. More intensive and retraining services can become available for some workers under one or more DWD Workforce development programs. These intensive services can include:

Eligibility determination for programs, skills assessment, job search and placement assistance, career planning assistance, short term prevocational training and occupational training. DWD will also look at each dislocation to determine if the workers have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade or competition. If that is the case, workers may be eligible for additional assistance for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Services available under TAA include training, income support while in training, job search allowance and relocation allowance.

**In 2009, WQOW News 18 reported that Lorman Education Services laid off 61 employees in Eau Claire.  It was reported then that the company would still have 50 workers employed in Eau Claire.

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