WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual

"Unlikely to Return to a Previous Industry or Occupation" Guidance

Effective date: October 1, 2017

The WIOA Final Rule allows the State to define the term "unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation."

DWD-DET considers someone likely to return to a previous industry or occupation if s/he has a specific recall date from the employer of the qualifying dislocation that is within 12 weeks of termination or layoff.

If someone from an individual or small group layoff has a specific recall date, s/he should not be served as a dislocated worker during the period leading up that date.

Otherwise, determination of likelihood to return is a matter of judgment, based on relevant circumstances.1 The list below identifies some factors local WDBs and service providers may consider when deciding if an individual is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation.