Law:Division 3. Employment Services Programs (California)

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Part 1. Employment And Employability Services

Chapter 1. General Provisions And Definitions

Article 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (uic:9000-9004) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9000-9004



9000. The Legislature hereby makes the following declaration of purpose and intent in enacting the Employment Development Act of 1973. It is the public policy of the State of California to provide for comprehensive statewide and local manpower planning, to improve the efficiency of, and the accountability for, delivery systems for manpower programs, to promptly place job-ready individuals in suitable jobs, to provide qualified job applicants to employers, to assist potentially employable individuals to become job ready, and to create employment opportunities.


9001. In enacting the Employment Development Act of 1973, the Legislature further finds and declares that it is essential to the health and welfare of the people of this state that action be taken by local, state and federal governments to effectively and economically utilize public funds for job training and placement services. To achieve this, it is necessary that: (a) Explicit priorities be established for the allocation of these funds to ensure that they are first used to assist those in greatest need for job training and placement services; (b) Definitive goals be established for the total system of job training and placement services to maximize the effectiveness of the system in assisting individuals to find and maintain gainful, competitive employment; (c) Efforts be made to enlist the full support of private industry in securing jobs for enrollees of training programs, and a closer, more integrated and coordinated effort be established with the federal government as well as state and local public and private agencies involved in performing job training and placement services; and (d) New approaches involving improved services and changes in traditional organization structures be used to assist persons in economically disadvantaged areas. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature to concentrate and account for the funds available for job training and placement services in one state agency whose functions shall be subject to periodic review by the Legislature and appropriate federal agencies, and to which is assigned the responsibility for the efficient administration of job training and placement services in this state and the allocation of these funds to the end that such funds will be more effectively utilized and will be directed primarily to those areas of the state with the largest concentrations of chronically unemployed persons. It is the further intent of the Legislature (a) to maintain policy control over all job training and placement programs administered by the department pursuant to this part to the maximum extent feasible, consistent with effective program operations, (b) to organize existing job training and placement programs now operating in the state into a coordinated system designed to remove employable persons from dependency on public assistance, and to enlist the full support of private industry in securing jobs, (c) to use funds for job training and placement services in a flexible manner to provide needed services for individuals through contractual arrangements with public and private agencies, (d) to provide a unified system for timely delivery of improved job training placement and related services to eligible persons including individual case responsibility, an outreach effort to seek out those persons who need but do not apply for services, followup to insure that the needs of eligible persons and their families are met, dissemination of information and knowledge to residents of the economically disadvantaged area about available services, and location of services in areas readily accessible to those who need them, and (e) to involve members of each community in identifying the needs to be met and relating them to the services available in order to reduce the isolation of the disadvantaged from their government and the community as a whole and to improve their confidence in government at all levels.

9002. Subject to the provisions of Sections 9600 and 9605, the Secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency shall coordinate all job training placement, and related programs, conducted by state agencies, with the federal government and ensure that there is no duplication of the programs among state agencies and that all agreements, contracts, plans, or programs conform to the provisions of this part. Any plan proposed to be submitted by any agency to the federal government in relation to a job training, placement, or related program, shall first be submitted to the Secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency for his or her review. The Health and Welfare Agency may require state departments to contract with it for services to carry out the provisions of this part.


9003. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this code, individuals with disabilities who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation shall not be barred as participants in manpower programs, including, but not limited to, retraining programs, work incentive programs, job training and placement programs, career opportunity development programs, and vocational educational programs, because of their mental or physical disability when certified by the Department of Rehabilitation as being potentially employable.


9004. Upon receipt of a formal ruling from the United States Secretary of Labor, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, or the head of any federal agency that any provision of Chapter 1206 of the Statutes of 1973 or Chapter 1212 of the Statutes of 1973 cannot be given effect without causing the state's plan to be out of conformity with federal requirements or would result in decertification of provisions of this code and notification of intention to withdraw federal funds from the state, that provision shall become inoperative to the extent that it is not in conformity with federal requirements.


Article 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (uic:9100-9115) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9100-9115



9100. Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions in this article govern the construction of this division.


9101. "Department" means the Employment Development Department, which may also be referred to as the Department of Employment Development.

9102. "Director" means the Director of Employment Development.


9105. "State agency" means those agencies enumerated in Section 11000 of the Government Code.


9107. "Job training and placement services" or "job training and placement programs" means any job training, placement, or related services administered or supervised by or provided under contract with the department, directly calculated to increase employability or improve the employment of the individual.


9108. "Unemployed person" means a person who lacks a bona fide employment, suffers economic deprivation because of lack of employment, and is employable or capable of being made employable through the services available under this part.


9109. "Underemployed person" means a person who has a bona fide employment but whose employment, be it full time, or part time, or intermittent, is insufficient to provide an income adequate to avoid economic deprivation.

9110. "Economic deprivation" means annual income insufficient to enable the family or individual to meet a table of income criteria adopted by the director, which takes appropriate factors into account, including, but not limited to, the level indicated by multiplying by 3 the cost of the Low Cost Food Plan of the United States Department of Agriculture for the Western Region of the United States.


9111. (a) "Economically disadvantaged area" means an area which meets all of the following requirements: (1) It is composed of contiguous census tracts within or partly within an urbanized area as defined by the most recent federal census for which statistics are available. (2) In the area 20 percent of the families report annual income less than four thousand dollars ($4,000) according to the most recent federal census for which statistics are available. (3) The area has a population of not less than 25,000. (b) "Economically disadvantaged area" also includes any portion of an area if: (1) Such portion is within or partly within an urbanized area but because of technical factors such portion cannot be isolated as a census tract or tracts or cannot be isolated as a "contiguous" census tract; and (2) The total area when such portion is included meets the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision (a) of this section. (c) The director shall periodically review the definition set forth in this section and Section 9110, and he shall recommend necessary changes to the Legislature and the Governor.


9112. "Eligible person" means an unemployed person or underemployed person who resides in an economically disadvantaged area or resides outside of an economically disadvantaged area but who resides in a county in which an economically disadvantaged area exists and qualifies under criteria established by the director.


9115. "Economically displaced persons" means those persons who have been subjected to an involuntary layoff or separation from their employment, and who have not quit voluntarily or been dismissed for disciplinary reasons.


Chapter 2. Employment Development Department

Article 1. Administration

Ca Codes (uic:9500-9502) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9500-9502



9500. The department shall administer all job training and placement programs and services for eligible persons as defined in this division, except as otherwise provided by federal statute or regulation.

9502. For purposes of administration, the director may establish such offices as are appropriate for the administration of this part. Offices administering programs under this part shall be established to the fullest extent possible in economically disadvantaged areas.


Article 2. Powers And Duties

Ca Codes (uic:9600-9619) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9600-9619



9600. (a) The department shall represent the state and local governments upon their request in dealing with the federal government regarding the kinds and quality of job training and placement, employability, and related programs contained in the statewide plan described in subdivision (b), which are administered by or in the State of California pursuant to this division. (b) The department shall develop a statewide plan and area plans to coordinate all programs it administers pursuant to this division and shall present such plans annually to the Legislature. Such plans shall include, but not be limited to, the review required in Section 9604.


9600.5. The director of the Employment Development Department shall report annually to the Governor, the Legislature, and the California Workforce Investment Board, no later than November 30, regarding the training expenditures made by local workforce investment boards in the prior fiscal year. The department shall specify what expenditures qualify as training expenditures, including, but not limited to, the price paid for classroom instruction or other training opportunities, contracted services for customized training and on-the-job training, development of training materials, and supportive services, including case management, that enable a participant to attend and complete training. The annual report shall specify the total amount of federal funding provided to the state and to each of the local workforce investment areas for the adult and dislocated persons programs and the amount within each program expended for training services.

9600.7. (a) The department shall have the authority to administer the requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 including, but not limited to, establishing accounting, monitoring, auditing, and reporting procedures and criteria in order to ensure state compliance with the objectives and requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act. (b) The department shall adopt, amend, or repeal any rules and regulations as necessary to implement Division 7 (commencing with Section 14000).


9601. The department may enter into any contractual agreements with public agencies, community action agencies, private organizations and individuals which are necessary to carry out the purposes of this part. Priority in contracts for services to carry out the provisions of this part shall be given to community action agencies, if the director determines that the agency can effectively provide such services.


9601.5. Each state or local government agency or community action agency, or any private organization contracting with a state or local government agency, that provides employment services, including, but not limited to, job training, retraining, or placement, shall verify an individual's legal status or authorization to work prior to providing services to that individual in accordance with procedures established under federal law. For purposes of this section, proof of legal status or authorization to work includes, but is not limited to, a social security card, immigration visa, birth certificate, passport, or other valid document providing evidence of legal residence or authorization to work in the United States. This section shall not apply to employment services offered by school districts under secondary school and adult education programs.


9601.7. (a) Each state or local government agency or community action agency, or any private organization contracting with a state or local government agency, that enters into an agreement with the department to provide employment services including, but not limited to, job training, retraining, or placement, shall post in a prominent location in the workplace, a notice stating that only citizens or those persons legally authorized to work in the United States will be permitted to use the agency's or organization's employment services that are funded by the federal or state government. (b) The notice shall read: NOTICE: Attention All Job Seekers The Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires that all employers verify the identity and employment authorization of all individuals hired after November 6, 1986. An employer is required to examine documents provided by the job seeker establishing identity and authorization for employment in the United States. In addition, it is a violation of both state and federal law to discriminate against job seekers on the basis of ancestry, race, or national origin. This agency provides employment services funded by the federal or state government that are available only to individuals who are United States citizens or who are legally authorized to work in the United States.


9602. (a) The director shall designate economically disadvantaged areas. These areas shall be priority areas for services provided under this part. To the fullest extent possible, offices shall be established within the boundaries of the disadvantaged areas designated by the director. (b) To the extent permitted by law, the department shall serve eligible persons in such a way as to prevent discrimination by serving persons whose minority group characteristics coincide to the fullest extent possible with the minority group characteristics of the unemployed and underemployed in the economically disadvantaged areas of their community. A minority shall be interpreted to include women to assure equality of opportunity in employment in accordance with Executive Order 11478 under the Federal Affirmative Action Program. (c) The department shall to the extent permitted by law provide services under this part in accordance with the following priorities: (1) Unemployed heads of households. (2) Underemployed heads of households. (3) Other unemployed and underemployed persons. (4) Veterans shall be accorded priority pursuant to federal law. (d) For purposes of this division, women as a class shall be deemed to constitute a minority group.

9602.5. The department shall establish, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department of Education, and the Chancellor's office of the California Community Colleges, a systemwide policy of actively promoting the training of women in nontraditional occupations. For purposes of this section, "nontraditional occupations" means any job classification in which not more than 25 percent of the employees are women, according to the statistics of the United States Department of Labor. This section is not intended, and shall not be construed, to require any local agency to make any expenditures to further the policy set forth in this section.

9604. (a) The department shall establish necessary data systems which shall provide administrative information on persons served including, but not limited to, the following information: (1) Pertinent data on the characteristics of persons served. (2) The services provided. (3) The results of services provided. (b) The department shall also compile annually a report for the state and its principal labor market areas. The report shall contain information on the characteristics of the unemployed and analyses of current trends and projections for population, labor force, employment, and unemployment and shall be provided on a regular basis to cooperative area manpower systems councils or successors.


9605. The department shall: (a) Conduct the state manpower program, with the exception of manpower programs conducted by units of local general purpose government. (b) Be the sole state agency to approve and coordinate publicly funded job training and placement programs, which it administers. The department shall approve programs only if consistent with the plans developed under Section 9600 and other provisions of this division. (c) Be responsible for developing program objectives for each category of the service program it administers, establishing cost-effective results measurement, and providing accountability for results as related to the objectives set. (d) Appoint an advisory committee of representatives of employers and employer organizations to enlist the advice and support of private industry in developing a statewide system for making jobs available to job trainees following successful completion of job training and placement programs. (e) Develop controls to insure that job training and placement programs, it administers meet existing labor market needs as viewed by employers. The department shall study training and personnel selection methods used successfully by private industry. (f) Encourage placement of eligible persons in public employment with the assistance of an advisory group representing state and local officials and representatives of economically disadvantaged areas appointed by the department. (g) Evaluate the need for specific new public employment opportunities. (h) Determine the kinds and quality of job training and placement programs, it administers necessary to provide placement in public employment for eligible persons and develop means to realign job tasks to develop greater employment opportunities for eligible persons. (i) Cooperate with the State Personnel Board and local personnel officials in developing and upgrading employment opportunities for and in eliminating unnecessary barriers to the placement of eligible persons in public employment. The State Personnel Board and other state and local agencies shall cooperate to the maximum extent feasible to achieve the purposes of this division.


9606. The state manpower program shall serve the needs of employers by providing them with referrals of qualified job applicants. In addition the manpower program shall assist those individuals who are ready for employment, those who are employable with some direct assistance, and those individuals who are potentially employable.


9607. In the administration of the state manpower program, the director shall establish community employment development centers. Within his administrative discretion, he shall determine the number, location and management structure for community employment development centers based on identified community needs. Each center shall be responsible for identifying and meeting manpower needs within the community and for maintaining current community labor market information. This labor market information shall be the basis for more realistic direction to manpower and vocational training efforts.

9608. The director shall, within each community employment development center, establish an intake system to appraise the individual needs of applicants. Each community employment development center shall provide the following services: (a) Job referral and labor market information services to applicants who are occupationally competitive and qualified by training or experience in the labor market. These applicants shall be encouraged to utilize self-help services. (b) Employment exploration and job development services to applicants who are employable but need some directed assistance in planning an effective job search or coping with minor barriers to employment. Employment exploration and job development services are designed as follows: (1) To prepare groups of applicants to use job referral and information services by instructing them in job finding techniques and how to initiate their own job search. (2) To assist applicants directly by developing job opportunities. (3) To provide, as necessary, usually on a one-time basis, the following services: (A) Contacting an employer to explain an applicant's qualifications or limitations, such as a disability not affecting ability to work, in relation to requirements for a particular job and arranging an interview. (B) A more thorough appraisal of the applicant's capabilities and desires in relation to the job market than is required of an applicant seeking only job referral and labor market information. (4) To arrange for short-term supplemental services. (c) Individual employability development and placement services to applicants who are potentially employable but are in need of more intensive services before becoming employable because they have vocational barriers due to disability, lack of skills, obsolescence of job skills, limited education, or poor work habits and attitudes. Intensive employability services shall be provided by case-responsible persons to applicants where case-responsible persons are assigned. (d) Through case managers or case-responsible persons, case services to applicants to the extent funds are available. Case services funds may be made available for services to the disadvantaged. "Case services" means an applicant's expenses necessary for or incident to training or employability development and includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) Medical and dental treatment necessary for employability. (2) Temporary child care. (3) Transportation costs. (4) Wearing apparel. (5) Books and supplies. (6) Tools and safety equipment. (7) Union fees. (8) Business license fees.


9609. The department shall administer manpower service funds and shall provide, in a balanced and flexible manner, needed services as provided in this part.

9610. The director may enter into contracts for public and private job training and placement programs as may be required, and shall maintain quarterly projections of manpower needs in the public and private sector in each area.

9612. The employees of the department shall be subject to the State Civil Service Act, except for exempt appointees. Members of the California Commission on Aging shall continue to be appointed by the Governor.

9613. (a) The director shall make every effort to secure to the fullest extent possible federal funds available for participation under this part and shall provide that effective and comprehensive placement and manpower information services are made available to eligible persons, both youth and adults, who are served by the department, using funds available to the department under Title III and Title IX of the Social Security Act, in accordance with a plan of service developed by the department and approved by the United States Department of Labor as required by federal law and regulations. (b) Under a plan of service developed by the department, funds under Title III and Title IX used for the administration of employment service offices and funds under the Manpower Development and Training Act shall be used to administer programs designed to find employment for economically displaced personnel toward the end of meeting the following goals: (1) Developing a broad inventory of skills of displaced workers. (2) Establishing labor market information systems necessary to identify the need for skills in waste disposal, power, water reclamation, sea water conversion, communications, biomedical techniques, air pollution control, and transportation systems.


9615. Eligible persons who are registrants pursuant to Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 11320) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall receive priority for services. The department shall use up to 50 percent of the funds available to it pursuant to Section 7(b) of the federal Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 49f) to provide for job services required pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 11320.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.


9616. (a) The department, in coordination with the United States Department of Defense and the various branches of the military of the United States, shall determine which military occupational specialties have civilian counterpart jobs that require licensure by state or local agencies. (b) The department shall further determine, to the degree possible, if any procedural, financial, technological, educational, or bureaucratic barriers exist that impede military personnel reentering the civilian workforce from acquiring these licenses. (c) The department shall implement this section only to the extent federal funds are available for the costs of implementation.


9616.1. (a) The department shall convene groups that represent local department field offices, county welfare departments, local workforce investment areas, and community colleges for the purpose of developing a local plan on how these entities will regularly coordinate employer outreach activities and the solicitation of entry-level and other job listings, in order to reduce duplication of effort and to enhance the overall job development activities. Each local plan shall be signed by the local entities convened pursuant to this subdivision and submitted to the department. (b) The entities involved in formulating each local plan and the department shall review each plan on at least an annual basis.


9617. (a) To the extent that funds are provided in the Budget Act of 2000 for the purposes of providing competitive grants to faith-based organizations that are not owned or operated as pervasively sectarian organizations, those organizations receiving funding shall demonstrate that they are able to meet the following six criteria in the provision of services: (1) Establishing linkages with local workforce development service delivery systems. (2) Leveraging resources through collaboration and partnerships. (3) Establishing intermediate and long-term outcome goals, with measurable indicators. (4) Collecting and maintaining data that can be used for management decisionmaking. (5) Using data to assess progress and evaluate effectiveness. (6) Sharing information with stakeholders. (b) The department shall provide technical assistance to organizations as needed to enable them to meet the six criteria specified in paragraphs (1) to (6), inclusive, of subdivision (a). (c) The department shall collect and analyze the following information as it relates to the organizations funded under this section: (1) The number of participants who experienced job placements, wage gains, increased job retention, increased educational achievement, and reduced use of public assistance programs. (2) The cost per participant. (3) Organizations' effectiveness in serving populations with barriers to employment who are missed by traditional service providers. (4) The department's success in transitioning the organizations to longer-term funding sources. (d) The department shall provide an interim report with regard to the competitive grants provided under this section to the Legislature on or before May 15, 2001, and shall provide a final report to the Legislature on or before September 1, 2001.

9618. (a) The department shall administer a solar training program. The department shall coordinate with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the State Contractors' License Board to ensure solar energy product and service providers in California possess and maintain the necessary skills, training, and certification. (b) Elements of the training program shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following: (1) The science of photovoltaics and small scale solar thermal technologies. (2) The design of solar systems. (3) The installation of solar systems. (4) Permitting of solar systems. (5) Safety. (6) System and component certification. (7) State and federal incentive programs.


9619. (a) (1) To the extent that funds are appropriated for this purpose in the annual Budget Act, the department may award grants to regional collaboratives for the creation of regional nursing simulation laboratories that will allow additional nursing students to have access to clinical educational facilities. No single grant made under this section may exceed two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000). (2) During the 2005-06 fiscal year, all grants made under this section shall be made for the creation of regional nursing simulation laboratories that serve rural areas. (b) The department shall administer grants made under this section, and shall establish procedures and criteria for the awarding of those grants.


Article 3. San Diego Multiuse Biotechnology Training Center

Ca Codes (uic:9700-9702) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9700-9702



9700. For purposes of this article, "center" means the San Diego Multiuse Biotechnology Training Center.


9701. (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following: (1) Biotechnology represents one of the most promising, innovation-based growth industries of this era. California is the nation's leading state in biotechnology innovation and production. (2) The San Diego region, as the world's third largest biotechnology industry cluster, is host to world-class generators of science and technology in biotechnology and the related life sciences. (3) Despite the specialized nature of emerging biotechnology firms, their recent growth has been extensive, and with that growth has come an ever-increasing demand for trained biotechnology workers at all levels. The industry's workforce has grown at an annual rate of about 15 percent over the past five years, and California's biotechnology workforce could easily grow to over 250,000 by the year 2015 from its current level of 100,000. (4) Biotechnology employers need entry-level and advanced professionals that have a background in, and familiarity with, industrylike conditions for basic, applied, and translational research, development, and production. Based on recent studies, there is a clear and strong demand for applied bioscience training, but that demand is currently not being met by the region's universities and colleges. (5) Companies nationally have overwhelmingly endorsed an "industry-focused" approach of providing internship training programs directly with the companies, combined with "company-like" training activities. (6) Many firms have identified the difficulty in finding entry level biotechnology workers at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as being directly related to the students' lack of applied industry training or exposure. Many firms have had to extensively train new employees to teach them how to function in a biotechnology business environment. Additionally, nearly three-fourths of firms surveyed in San Diego and nationally have indicated that they would benefit from being able to hire workers that have been prepared to enter the workforce through advanced biotechnology internships and training of a "specific" nature. (7) San Diego and the surrounding area is served by many well-recognized academic institutions, from community colleges to universities offering doctorate programs, that supply educated workers to the biotechnology industry. At each academic level (AA, BS/BA, MS/MA, Ph.D.) curricula are in place, but most of the curricula are only marginally related to biotechnology workforce preparation in the applied sector. Applied education in the form of internships or instruction in practical science skills that would smooth the transition from academic institutions to the commercial biotechnology environment is even less prevalent than the biotechnology curricula offered at many schools, and is only now just emerging. (8) Many of California's firms have found that many students graduate from four-year university programs with adequate conceptual understanding of biotechnology, but with relatively little practical laboratory experience, especially in the skills and protocols that are specific to commercial ventures as opposed to academic research. (9) In 2001, the Legislature created the Pasadena Bioscience Center to address biotechnology workforce needs in the Los Angeles region. The Pasadena Bioscience Center provides applied workforce training and includes components for research and innovation, new business incubation, and bioinformatics. In cooperation with California State University, the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, the California Institute of Technology, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, and local biotechnology companies and organizations, the Pasadena Bioscience Center serves as a successful model of focused education and training, tailored to specific industry needs, and that may be utilized in other areas of the state. (b) The Legislature further finds and declares that to address workforce needs in biotechnology, a multiuse biotechnology training center is being created in San Diego to serve as an anchor and catalyst for the growth of biotechnology enterprises in San Diego. The center will operate as a nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and will serve as a catalyst for accelerating the growth and formation of new bioscience enterprises that will create value-added jobs and high economic multipliers in the San Diego region. For this purpose: (1) The center will provide state-of-the-art, industry-oriented bioscience training and act as a strong contributor to the growth and retention of bioscience companies in the region. As such, the center, as proposed, will help encourage biotechnology companies to remain in the region, thereby offsetting the pull of other, less expensive business environments that have been recruiting both startup and existing local area bioscience companies. (2) The center will utilize the organization, programs, and work of the Pasadena Bioscience Center as successful models in the development of the San Diego Multiuse Biotechnology Training Center and its programs. (3) The new center will serve as a world class biotechnology workforce training facility offering practical, hands-on learning experiences, including short-term workshops and courses, and more extended training that will involve putting together multidisciplinary, multilevel teams of researchers, technicians, production specialists, apprentices, and students to work in a businesslike environment. (4) The center will coordinate an extensive applied biotechnology internship program that will place students in local biotechnology companies for practical training and experience. (5) The center will have the most relevant and advanced training possible, including an emphasis in bioinformatics, that will ensure that the center attains a position at the forefront of this rapidly expanding, cross-application specialization within biotechnology. (6) The center will have facilities and a collection of instruments not generally available to the region's secondary schools, colleges, or universities. (7) The center can serve as a capstone training site for regional institutions. (8) The center will address the needs of existing as well as future industry employees. (9) The center may appoint directors to a board of directors, and existing participants in the center may serve as the original board of directors. The center may appoint new directors, as necessary, in its discretion. (10) The center will work with private universities, companies, associations, and various public agencies through memoranda of understanding under Section 9702, for the purpose of coordinating services and receiving assistance and support.


9702. The San Diego Community College District, California State University, University of California, Employment Development Department, Employment Training Panel, California Health and Human Services Agency, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, California Workforce Investment Board, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership may enter into memoranda of understanding with the center to utilize existing staff and resources to provide any of the following: (a) Funding, if moneys are appropriated. (b) Staff. (c) Program development. (d) Outreach. (e) Coordination. (f) Implementation. (g) Strategy. (h) Physical office, administration, and training space.


Article 4. California Youthbuild Program

Ca Codes (uic:9800-9809.5) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9800-9809.5



9800. The purposes of the California YouthBuild Program shall be all of the following: (a) To enable economically disadvantaged youth, especially youth who have not finished high school, to obtain the education, job skills training, personal counseling, leadership development skills training, job placement assistance, and long-term followup services necessary for them to achieve permanent economic self-sufficiency, while at the same time providing valuable community service that addresses urgent community needs, including the demand for affordable housing and the need for young role models and mentors for younger teenagers and children. (b) To provide communities with the opportunity to establish or rebuild neighborhood stability in economically depressed and low-income areas, as well as historic areas requiring restoration or preservation, while providing economically disadvantaged youth, and youth who have not finished high school, an opportunity for a meaningful participation in society. (c) To allow communities to expand the supply of affordable housing for homeless and other low-income individuals by utilizing the energies and talents of economically disadvantaged youth and young people who have not graduated from school. (d) To foster the development of leadership skills and a commitment to community development among youth.


9801. (a) The director, from funds appropriated for this purpose to the YouthBuild Program, may make grants to applicants for the purpose of carrying out programs as authorized by this article. For the purpose of administering and managing the grant-making process, the director may contract with a qualified nonprofit corporation designated by the United States Department of Labor to provide technical assistance to YouthBuild programs. All programs shall have strong youth and community involvement. (b) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meaning: (1) "YouthBuild Program" means the overall California YouthBuild Program, as coordinated by the director. (2) "Program" means an individual program funded by a grant made by the director to an applicant as part of the overall YouthBuild Program. (c) "Applicant" means an entity that applies for a program grant pursuant to Section 9807. (d) "Participant" means a person eligible to participate in a program pursuant to Section 9805.

9802. Programs shall provide, at a minimum, all of the following services: (a) (1) Acquisition, rehabilitation, acquisition and rehabilitation, or construction of housing and related facilities to be used for the purpose of providing homeownership for disadvantaged persons, residential housing for homeless individuals and very low income families, or transitional housing for persons who are homeless, ill, deinstitutionalized, or who have disabilities or special needs. (2) Rehabilitation or construction of community facilities owned by public agencies or nonprofit entities. (b) (1) Integrated education and job training services and activities or an equally-divided basis, with 50 percent of participants' time spent in classroom-based instruction, counseling, and leadership development instruction, and 50 percent of participants' time spent in experiential training on the construction site. (2) The education component described in paragraph (1) shall include basic skills instruction, secondary education services, and other activities designed to lead to the attainment of a high school diploma or its equivalent. The curriculum for this component shall include math, language arts, vocational education, life skills training, social studies related to the cultural and community history of the participants, leadership skills, and other topics at the discretion of the program. Bilingual services shall be available for individuals with limited-English proficiency. A program shall have a goal of a minimum teacher-to-participant ratio of one teacher for every 18 participants. (3) The job training component described in paragraph (1) shall involve work experience and skills training apprenticeships related to construction and rehabilitation activities described in subdivision (a). The process of construction shall be coupled with skills training and with close onsite supervision by experienced trainers. The curriculum for this component shall contain a set of locally agreed upon skills and competencies that are systematically taught, with participants' mastery assessed individually on a regular, ongoing basis. Safety skills shall be taught at the outset. A program shall have a goal of a minimum trainer-to-participant ratio of one trainer for every seven participants. This component shall be coordinated to the maximum extent feasible with preapprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities. (4) Assistance in attaining postsecondary education and in obtaining financial aid shall be made available to participants prior to graduation from the program. (c) Counseling services designed to assist participants in positively participating in society, including all of the following, as necessary: outreach, assessment, and orientation; individual and peer counseling; life skills training, drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention; and referral to appropriate drug rehabilitation, medical, mental health, legal, housing, and other community services and resources. A program shall have a goal of a minimum counselor-to-participant ratio of one counselor for every 28 participants. (d) (1) Leadership development training that provides participants with meaningful opportunities to develop leadership skills, including decisionmaking, problemsolving, and negotiating. A program shall encourage participants to develop strong peer group ties that support their mutual pursuit of skills and values. (2) Each program shall establish a youth council in which participants are afforded opportunities to develop public speaking and negotiating skills, and management and policymaking participation in specific aspects of the program. (e) Each participant shall be provided with a training subsidy, living allowance, or stipend of not less than eight dollars ($8) per hour for the time spent at the worksite in construction training. For those participants who receive public assistance, this training subsidy, living allowance, or stipend shall not affect housing benefits, medical benefits, child care benefits, or food stamp benefits, to the extent consistent with federal law. The training subsidy, living allowance, or stipend may be distributed in a manner that offers incentives for good performance. (f) Full-time participation in a program shall be offered for a period of not less than six months and not more than 24 months. (g) A concentrated effort shall be made to find construction, construction-related, or nonconstruction jobs for all graduates of the program who have performed well. The job training curriculum shall provide participants with basic preparation for seeking and maintaining a job. Followup counseling and assistance in job seeking shall also be provided to participants for a period of 12 months following graduation from the program. (h) A program serving 20 or more participants is required to have a full-time director responsible for the coordination of the requirements of this article.


9802.5. The department may accept proposals for funding from applicants who establish their eligibility for funding under this article by submitting proof that they have been funded or designated as a federal YouthBuild program by the United States Department of Labor.


9803. Program grants may be used for the activities in Section 9802 and for any of the following activities: (a) Legal fees for housing acquisition. (b) Administrative and technical assistance costs of the program applicant that may not exceed 15 percent of the program grant, or another amount as is determined by the director to be necessary to support capacity development of a private nonprofit community-based organization. The applicant may contract with a technical assistance provider approved by the director. (c) Defraying costs for the ongoing training and technical assistance needs of the program applicant that are related to developing and carrying out the program.


9805. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), eligible participants in a program shall be youth between the ages of 17 and 24, inclusive, who are economically disadvantaged, as defined in Section 1503 of Title 29 of the United States Code, and who are in one of the following groups: (1) Persons who are not attending any school and who have not received a secondary school diploma or its equivalent. (2) Persons currently enrolled in a traditional or alternative school setting or a GED program and who are in danger of dropping out of school. (3) Very low income persons whose incomes are at or less than 50 percent of the area median income area, adjusted for family size, as estimated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (b) Not more than 25 percent of program participants may be individuals who do not meet the requirements of subdivision (a). These participants shall be persons who have educational needs despite the attainment of a high school diploma.


9806. (a) The director shall use the existing infrastructure of federally funded YouthBuild programs to the maximum extent possible. In the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the director shall give first priority in awarding grants under this article to applicants seeking to continue YouthBuild programs established with federal or other funding. (b) Entities eligible for grants under this article shall be nonprofit private entities and public agencies with experience in operating youth construction skills training, education, job placement, personal development, leadership development, and housing rehabilitation or construction programs.

9807. An application for a grant under this article shall, at a minimum, contain all of the following: (a) The amount of the grant requested and the proposed use of the grant. (b) A description of the applicant and a statement of the applicant's qualifications, including a description of the applicant' s past experience in running a YouthBuild program, if applicable, a description of the applicant's past experience with housing rehabilitation or construction, youth and youth education, youth leadership development, and youth employment training programs, and a description of the applicant's relationship with apprenticeship programs and with community-based organizations. (c) A description of the proposed construction site and evidence of site control, and a description of the proposed construction or rehabilitation activities to be undertaken and the anticipated schedule for carrying out those activities. (d) A description of the educational and job training activities, work opportunities, and other services that will be provided to participants. (e) A description of the manner in which eligible youths will be recruited and selected, including a description of the arrangements that will be made with community-based organizations, local education agencies and education agencies of Native American nations, public assistance agencies, courts of jurisdiction for status and youth offenders, shelters for homeless individuals and other agencies serving homeless youth, foster care agencies, and other appropriate public agencies and private entities. (f) A description of the special efforts that will be undertaken to recruit eligible young women as participants, including women with dependent children, including a description of how those women can receive appropriate support, including child care. (g) A description of how the proposed program will be coordinated with other federal, state, Native American nation, and local agency activities, including public school programs, the Americorps program, crime prevention programs, vocational, adult, and bilingual education programs, and other job training programs. (h) Substantive assurances that there will be a sufficient number of adequately trained supervisory personnel in the program who have attained the journey level or its equivalent. (i) A description of the applicant's relationship with any local building trades union, including a description of the union's involvement in training and the proposed relationship of the activities to be undertaken pursuant to the grant with established apprenticeship programs. (j) A description of activities that will be undertaken to develop the leadership skills of participants, including their role in decisionmaking. (k) A detailed budget and description of a system of fiscal controls and auditing and accountability procedures that will be used to ensure fiscal soundness. (l) A description of any contracts and arrangements entered into between the applicant and other entities, including all in-kind donations and grants from both public and private sources that will augment grant funds made available pursuant to this article. (m) Identification and description of the financing proposed for any acquisition of property, or the rehabilitation or construction of housing. (n) Identification and description of the entity that will operate and manage the property. (o) A certification that the applicant will comply with the requirements of applicable federal laws, including the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and that the applicant will work to further fair housing policies. (p) A description of the qualifications and past experience of the person who will be the full-time director for the applicant's project to be funded pursuant to this article. (q) A description of the applicant pool profile, including, but not limited to, the number of participants currently on parole or probation, the number of participants with children requiring paid supervision, and the number of participants with Department of Motor Vehicles or court-sanctioned holds on their drivers' licenses.


9808. The term "YouthBuild" shall only be used in connection with a program funded pursuant to this article or by the United States Department of Labor, or if the program is an affiliate of YouthBuild U.S.A.

9809. Each grant recipient, at the beginning of the grant cycle, shall report to the director, at a minimum, regarding the number of participants who have done any of the following: (a) Obtained a general education degree (GED). (b) Obtained full-time, unsubsidized employment in the building trades industry. (c) Obtained full-time, unsubsidized employment in other industries. (d) Obtained part-time, unsubsidized employment in the building trades industry or in other industries. (e) Gained acceptance into a trade apprenticeship program. (f) Successfully enrolled in a vocational or two-year community college. (g) Successfully enrolled in a state university, the University of California, or any other four-year college.


9809.5. Each grant recipient shall report to the director on other participant outcomes as required by the Governor under Section 122(h) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.


Article 5. Jobs For California Graduates Program

Ca Codes (uic:9900-9908) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9900-9908



9900. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to support the expansion of the Jobs for California Graduates pilot project in Merced into a regional system of local programs based on the Jobs for America's Graduates model. The Jobs for California Graduates nonprofit, public-private partnership will create a network of local programs to help California's at-risk youth complete their secondary education and acquire the basic skills necessary to successfully transition into the workforce or enroll in postsecondary education. (b) The director of the Employment Development Department, from funds appropriated for this purpose to the Jobs for California Graduates Program, may make grants to applicants for the purpose of carrying out programs as authorized by this article. The grants shall be used to support new and existing Jobs for California Graduates Programs in the central valley region in one or more of the following counties: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Madera, and Kern. The director shall develop criteria for ranking grant applications, and performance standards and auditing procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of the grants. The director may contract with a qualified nonprofit corporation designated by the national organization, Jobs for America's Graduates, to provide technical assistance to Jobs for California Graduates local programs. (c) The regional system of Jobs for California Graduates local programs shall be designed to accomplish all of the following goals: (1) To decrease absenteeism rates for at-risk youth. (2) To improve the performance of at-risk youth in school and in the workplace. (3) To improve secondary education completion rates. (4) To improve employability skills of at-risk youth. (5) To improve employment placement rates for at-risk youth. (6) To improve enrollment rates of at-risk youth in postsecondary education and training.


9901. (a) In order to encourage a regional system of long-lasting, self-sustaining model local programs, communities served pursuant to this article shall contribute in-kind and financial resources in direct support of the model local program, according to the following schedule: (1) During its initial year of implementation, a Jobs for California Graduates local program may receive state funds in an amount equal to 100 percent of the costs of implementing each Jobs for California Graduates Program site, but not to exceed sixty thousand dollars ($60,000). (2) During any year subsequent to the initial year of implementation, a model local program may receive state funds in the amount equal to 75 percent of the costs of implementing the model local program, but not to exceed forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000). (b) Community partners providing matching resources to the model local programs may include private nonprofit corporations, community-based organizations, workforce investment agencies, school districts, and other public and private sources.


9902. Local affiliates of the Jobs for California Graduates Program shall include all of the following elements: (a) (1) A trained youth specialist employed year-round providing individual and group instruction to 25 to 45 eligible youth recruited and selected by a school-based advisory committee comprised of faculty, administrators, and counselors. (2) The youth specialist shall provide individual attention to students to help them overcome barriers preventing them from receiving a high school diploma or securing employment, or both, or pursuing a postsecondary education that will lead to a career. (3) The youth specialist shall provide informal guidance to students on academic, career, and life decisions and, based on the individual needs of students, connect them to professional counseling services to address more serious barriers, such as mental health problems or drug abuse. (4) The youth specialist shall be actively involved in intensive, one-on-one employer marketing and job development activities to identify entry-level job opportunities for students upon graduation. Likewise, the youth specialist shall assist graduates in the exploration of postsecondary education opportunities and help them navigate the financial aid process to pursue these opportunities. (b) Youth shall be taught a minimum of 37 employment competencies designed to prepare them to secure a quality entry-level job or pursue a postsecondary education, or both, upon completion of their secondary education. (c) Placement services shall be provided to students during the summer months or partnerships developed with summer youth employment programs to support yearlong learning. Youth specialists shall maintain contact with youth during the summer months. (d) A student-led organization, associated with a state and national association, shall build on the competency-based curriculum and provide the opportunity for students to develop, practice, and refine their leadership and team membership skills. (e) It shall serve as a school-based "one-stop center" for participating at-risk youth to ensure that they receive appropriate academic and social services from available resources in the school and community. (f) It shall provide no less than 12 months of followup and support on the job and in postsecondary education after leaving the school. (g) It shall provide computerized tracking of youth served, services delivered and performance outcomes, such as graduation rate, positive outcome rates, aggregate employment rate, full-time jobs rate, full-time placement rate, further education rate, wages, and return to school rate, at local and state levels. (h) It shall provide continuous improvement of results through the ongoing professional development of managers, supervisors, and specialists.


9903. (a) Entities eligible to conduct a Jobs for California Graduates local program shall include, but need not be limited to, local education agencies, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations with an interest in serving at-risk youth. (b) To maintain eligibility after the initial year of implementation, participating entities shall conduct the Jobs for California Graduates Program in accordance with Jobs for America's Graduates performance standards, receiving no less than a "Meets Standards" rating on an accreditation review.


9904. To be eligible to receive services through a Jobs for California Graduates local program under this article, a youth shall meet at least two of the following criteria: (a) One or more years behind modal grade for one's age group, with particular emphasis on those two or more years behind modal grade. (b) Below average academic grade point average relative to students in his or her class. (c) Above average number of absences during the past school year in comparison to other students in the school. (d) Placed on probation, suspended, or expelled from school one or more times during the past two years. (e) Pregnant or parenting teen. (f) Physically or mentally challenged. (g) Involved with substance abuse or criminal activities. (h) Member of an economically disadvantaged family. (i) Lives with only one or neither of his or her natural parents. (j) Receives little or no academic or social support from home or family. (k) Mother has not graduated from high school. (l) Closest friends have limited educational expectations. For example, they do not expect to graduate from high school or have already dropped out of high school.


9905. (a) For purposes of establishing and expanding these programs, the department shall, to the extent feasible, make local grants available throughout the region. (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), it is the intent of the Legislature that Jobs for California Graduates local programs be conducted in a broad range of settings, including urban, suburban, and rural districts, which are representative of all California youth during the initial year of the regional program, in order to test the effectiveness of the model local programs throughout the state.


9907. (a) The department shall submit an annual report to the Legislature on the performance outcomes of the Jobs for California Graduates local programs on an annual basis. (b) The department shall report the following outcomes at the end of the 12-month followup period: (1) Secondary education completion rate as compared to the Jobs for America's Graduates standard of 90 percent for senior participants. (2) Positive outcomes rate, such as youth employed, enrolled in a postsecondary institution, or serving in the military, or all of these, as compared to the Jobs for America's Graduates standard of 80 percent positive outcomes for graduates. (3) Full-time placement rate, such as youth engaged in full-time employment, full-time military, or combining postsecondary education with employment. (4) All other participant outcomes as required by the Governor under Section 122(h) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.


9908. State funds made available pursuant to this article shall be used to carry out both of the following: (a) The Jobs for California Graduates local program elements specified in Section 9902. (b) Regional management and technical assistance activities, including, but not limited to, all of the following: (1) Operation of an office, including the hiring of staff, that shall be responsible for managing and monitoring model local program compliance. (2) Conducting research and evaluation of all Jobs for California Graduates local programs, retaining a third-party provider as appropriate. (3) Making available regional training and development opportunities for consistent, effective implementation of the model local programs. (4) Conducting educational and outreach activities to engage private and public sector employers, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, the military, state and local elected officials, community and social service organizations, and other interested parties. (5) Conducting regional activities for students, including, at a minimum, a leadership development conference and a career development conference. (6) Providing for the continuous improvement of model local program performance outcomes. (7) Developing and maintaining state and local partnerships with private and public employers, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, and community and social services organizations. (8) Providing other support and oversight to promote the continuous improvement of Jobs for California Graduates local programs. (9) Directly operating local programs as appropriate.


Article 6. Employer Elder Care Benefits

Ca Codes (uic:9910-9912) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 9910-9912



9910. (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (1) The percentage of California employers offering pension and retirement plans to employees is substantially lower than the national average. (2) Many employers lack an understanding of the implications of our coming "age wave," and how to best assist employees in preparing for the long-term care needs of themselves and their families. (b) It is the intent of the Legislature, in future years, to develop and to enact legislation to institute elder care and caregiving programs as an employee benefit, holding employers to the same standard in providing benefits and leave time for employees caring for elders as those provided employees caring for children.


9912. (a) The Legislature requests that the Senior Worker Advocate Office of the Employment Development Department work with the California Commission on Aging and other interested organizations including, but not limited to, AARP, in order to conduct outreach to the business community. The Legislature encourages other state entities, including, but not limited to, the California Department of Aging, to join in this effort. (b) The Legislature requests that this outreach effort be directed at educating employers about the implications of the impending "age wave," and at providing employers with information on matters relevant to the aging population and on related employment implications. (c) State funds may not be appropriated for purposes of this article. The Employment Development Department is not required to undertake any new task pursuant to this article unless the department receives federal or private funds for the purposes of this article.



Chapter 3.5. Employment Training Panel

Ca Codes (uic:10200-10217) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10200-10217



10200. The Legislature finds and declares the following: (a) California's economy is being challenged by competition from other states and overseas. In order to meet this challenge, California's employers, workers, labor organizations, and government need to invest in a skilled and productive workforce, and in developing the skills of frontline workers. For purposes of this section, "frontline worker" means a worker who directly produces or delivers goods or services. The purpose of this chapter is to establish a strategically designed employment training program to promote a healthy labor market in a growing, competitive economy that shall fund only projects that meet the following criteria: (1) Foster creation of high-wage, high-skilled jobs, or foster retention of high-wage, high-skilled jobs in manufacturing and other industries that are threatened by out-of-state and global competition, including, but not limited to, those industries in which targeted training resources for California's small and medium-sized business suppliers will increase the state's competitiveness to secure federal, private sector, and other nonstate funds. In addition, provide for retraining contracts in companies that make a monetary or in-kind contribution to the funded training enhancements. (2) Encourage industry-based investment in human resources development that promotes the competitiveness of California industry through productivity and product quality enhancements. (3) Result in secure jobs for those who successfully complete training. All training shall be customized to the specific requirements of one or more employers or a discrete industry and shall include general skills that trainees can use in the future. (4) Supplement, rather than displace, funds available through existing programs conducted by employers and government-funded training programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2801 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act (P.L. 98-524), CalWORKs (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code), the Enterprise Zone Act (Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code), and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301 et seq.), the California Community Colleges Economic Development Program, or apportionment funds allocated to the community colleges, regional occupational centers and programs, or other local educational agencies. In addition, it is further the intention of the Legislature that programs developed pursuant to this chapter shall not replace, parallel, supplant, compete with, or duplicate in any way already existing approved apprenticeship programs. (b) The Employment Training Panel, in funding projects that meet the requirements of subdivision (a), shall give funding priority to those projects that best meet the following goals: (1) Result in the growth of the California economy by stimulating exports from the state and the production of goods and services that would otherwise be imported from outside the state. (2) Train new employees of firms locating or expanding in the state that provide high-skilled, high-wage jobs and are committed to an ongoing investment in the training of frontline workers. (3) Develop workers with skills that prepare them for the challenges of a high performance workplace of the future. (4) Train workers who have been displaced, have received notification of impending layoff, or are subject to displacement, because of a plant closure, workforce reduction, changes in technology, or significantly increasing levels of international and out-of-state competition. (5) Are jointly developed by business management and worker representatives. (6) Develop career ladders for workers. (7) Promote the retention and expansion of the state's manufacturing workforce. (c) The program established through this chapter is to be coordinated with all existing employment training programs and economic development programs, including, but not limited to, programs such as the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2801 et seq.), the California Community Colleges, the regional occupational programs, vocational education programs, joint labor-management training programs, and related programs under the Employment Development Department and the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.


10201. As used in this chapter: (a) "Department" means the Employment Development Department. (b) "Employer" or "eligible employer" means any employer subject to Part 1 (commencing with Section 100) of Division 1, except any public entity, or any nonprofit organization which has elected an alternate method of financing its liability for unemployment insurance compensation benefits pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 801), or Article 6 (commencing with Section 821) of Chapter 3. Any public entity or nonprofit organization that has elected an alternate method of financing its liability for unemployment insurance compensation benefits pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 801), or Article 6 (commencing with Section 821) of Chapter 3, shall be deemed to be an employer only for purposes of placement of new hire trainees who received training as an incidental part of a training project designed to meet the needs of one or more private sector employers. (c) "Eligible participant" means any person who, prior to beginning training or employment pursuant to this chapter, is any of the following: (1) Unemployed and has established an unemployment insurance claim in this state, or has exhausted eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits from this state within the previous 24 months. (2) Employed for a minimum of 90 days by his or her employer, or if employed for less than 90 days, met the conditions of paragraph (1) at the time of hire, had received a notice of layoff from the prior employer, or was employed by an employer for a period of not less than 90 days during the 180-day period prior to the employee's current employment at the start of training with an eligible employer, as provided in subdivision (b). The panel may waive this requirement for trainees employed by a business locating or expanding operations in the state, provided it is part of a state and local economic development effort endeavoring to create or retain California jobs. The panel may also waive the requirement for up to 10 percent of the trainee population, if it determines a business meets standard funding requirements set out under subdivision (a) of Section 10200. (d) "Executive director" means the executive director appointed pursuant to Section 10202. (e) "Fund" means the Employment Training Fund created by Section 1610. (f) "Job" means employment on a basis customarily considered full time for the occupation and industry. The employment shall have definite career potential and a substantial likelihood of providing long-term job security, with reportable California earnings during the employment retention period. Furthermore, the employment shall provide earnings, upon completion of the employment requirement specified in subdivision (f) of Section 10209, equal to 50 percent, in the case of new hire training, or 60 percent, in the case of retraining, of the state or regional average hourly wage. However, in no case shall the employment result in earnings of less than 45 percent of the state average hourly wage for new hire training and 55 percent of the state average hourly wage for retraining. The panel may consider the dollar value of health benefits that are voluntarily paid for by an employer when computing earnings to meet the minimum wage requirements. (g) "New hire training" means employment training, including job-related literacy training, for persons who, at the start of training, are unemployed. (h) "Panel" means the Employment Training Panel created by Section 10202. (i) "Retraining" means employment-related skill and literacy training for persons who are employed and who meet the definition of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) prior to commencement of training and will continue to be employed by the same employer for at least 90 days following completion of training. (j) "State average hourly wage" means the average weekly wage paid by employers to employees covered by unemployment insurance, as reported to the Employment Development Department for the four calendar quarters ending June 30 of the preceding calendar year, divided by 40 hours. (k) "Trainee" means an eligible participant. (l) "Training agency" means any private training entity or local educational agency.

10201.5. With respect to funding appropriated in the annual Budget Act to the Employment Development Department for allocation by the Employment Training Panel and identified for training of workers in regions suffering from high unemployment and low job creation, including the working poor, the panel, notwithstanding subdivision (g) of Section 10201, may waive the minimum wage requirements included in that subdivision provided that the post-retention wage of each trainee who has completed training and the required training period exceeds his or her wage before and during training. This determination shall be made on a case-by-case basis to ensure that post-training improvements in earnings are sufficient to warrant the investment of public funds.


10202. (a) The Employment Training Panel is established in the Employment Development Department. (b) The executive director shall be appointed by the Governor, and shall be well qualified for the position with experience in government. The executive director may perform all duties, exercise all powers, discharge all responsibilities, and administer and enforce all laws, rules, and regulations under the jurisdiction of the panel, with the approval of the panel. The executive director shall administer this chapter, with the approval of the panel, in the manner he or she deems necessary to conduct the work of the panel properly. With the approval of the panel, the executive director may create divisions and subdivisions as necessary, and change and abolish these divisions and subdivisions from time to time. (c) The panel may employ personnel necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. All personnel shall be appointed pursuant to the State Civil Service Act (Part 1 (commencing with Section 18000) of Division 5 of Title 2 of the Government Code), except for an executive director, and two assistant directors, who shall be exempt from state civil service. (d) All personnel of the panel shall be appointed, directed, and controlled only by the panel or its authorized deputies or agents to whom it may delegate its powers. (e) The Governor shall appoint two assistant directors, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The assistant directors shall have the duties as assigned by the executive director, and shall be responsible to the executive director for the performance of their duties.


10202.5. (a) The panel shall consist of eight persons, seven of whom shall be appointed as provided in subdivision (b), and shall have experience and a demonstrated interest in business management and employment relations. The Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, or his or her designee, shall also serve on the panel as an ex officio, voting member. (b) (1) Two members of the panel shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. One of those members shall be a private sector labor representative and the other member shall be a business representative. (2) Two members of the panel shall be appointed by the President pro Tempore of the Senate. One of those members shall be a private sector labor representative and the other member shall be a business representative. (3) Three members of the panel shall be appointed by the Governor. One of those members shall be a private sector labor representative, one member shall be a business representative, and one member shall be a public member. (4) Labor appointments shall be made from nominations from state labor federations. Business appointments shall be made from nominations from state business organizations and business trade associations. (5) The Governor shall designate a member to chair the panel, and the person so designated shall serve as the chair of the panel at the pleasure of the Governor. (c) The appointive members of the panel shall serve for two-year terms. (d) Appointive members of the panel shall receive the necessary traveling and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties out of appropriations made for the support of the panel. In addition, each appointive member of the panel shall receive one hundred dollars ($100) for each day attending meetings of the panel, and may receive one hundred dollars ($100) for each day spent conducting other official business of the panel, but not exceeding a maximum of three hundred dollars ($300) per month.


10203. The panel may meet as necessary at locations throughout the state. The panel shall maintain a minimum of three regional offices. The central office shall be located in Sacramento. Two regional offices shall be located in the southern part of the state, and one regional office shall be located in the northern part of the state. The executive director will assign one person, with experience in meeting the needs of small businesses, to each of the regional offices for the purpose of developing training projects for small businesses and expediting the processing of training proposals from small businesses.

10204. The panel shall coordinate its programs with local and state workforce investment boards and other partners of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This coordination shall include, but not be limited to, the adoption of a plan, including regular sharing of data, for the coordination of training authorized pursuant to this chapter with programs administered under Division 8 (commencing with Section 15000).


10205. The panel shall do all of the following: (a) Establish a three-year plan that shall be updated annually, based on the demand of employers for trained workers, changes in the state's economy and labor markets, and continuous reviews of the effectiveness of panel training contracts. The updated plan shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature not later than January 1 of each year. In carrying out this section, the panel shall review information in the following areas: (1) Labor market information, including the state-local labor market information program in the Employment Development Department, the California Economic Strategy Panel, and other relevant regional or statewide initiatives and collaboratives. (2) Evaluations of the effectiveness of training as measured by increased security of employment for workers and benefits to the California economy. (3) The demand for training by industry, type of training, and size of employer. (4) Changes in skills necessary to perform jobs, including changes in basic literacy skills. (5) Changes in the demographics of the labor force and the population entering the labor market. (6) Proposed expenditures by other agencies of federal Workforce Investment Act funds and other state and federal training and vocational education funds on eligible participants. (b) Maintain a system to continuously monitor economic and other data required under this plan. If this data changes significantly during the life of the plan, the plan shall be amended by the panel. Each plan shall include all of the following: (1) The panel's objectives with respect to the criteria and priorities specified in Section 10200 and the distribution of funds between new-hire training and retraining. (2) The identification of specific industries, production and quality control techniques, and regions of the state where employment training funds would most benefit the state's economy and plans to encourage training in these areas, including specific standards and a system for expedited review of proposals that meet the standards. (3) A system for expedited review of proposals that are substantially similar with respect to employer needs, training curriculum, duration of training, and costs of training, in order to encourage the development of proposals that meet the needs identified in paragraph (2). (4) The panel's goals, operational objectives, and strategies to meet the needs of small businesses, including, but not limited to, those small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. These strategies proposed by the panel may include, but not be limited to, pilot demonstration projects designed to identify potential barriers that small businesses may experience in accessing panel programs and workforce training resources, including barriers that may exist within small businesses. (5) The research objectives of the panel that contribute to the effectiveness of this chapter in benefiting the economy of the state as a whole. (6) A priority list of skills or occupations that are in such short supply that employers are choosing to not locate or expand their businesses in the state or are importing labor in response to these skills shortages. (7) A review of the panel's efforts to coordinate with the California Workforce Investment Board and local boards to achieve an effective and coordinated approach in the delivery of the state's workforce resources. (A) The panel will consider specific strategies to achieve this goal that include the development of initiatives to engage local workforce investment boards in enhancing the utilization of panel training resources by companies in priority sectors, special populations, and in geographically underserved areas of the state. (B) Various approaches to foster greater program integration between workforce investment boards and the panel will also be considered, which may include marketing agreements, expanded technical assistance, modification of program regulations and policy, and expanded use of multiple employer contracts. (c) Solicit proposals and write contracts on the basis of proposals made directly to it. Contracts for the purpose of providing employment training may be written with any of the following: (1) An employer or group of employers. (2) A training agency. (3) A local workforce investment board with the approval of the appropriate local elected officials in the local workforce investment area. (4) A grant recipient or administrative entity selected pursuant to the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, with the approval of the local workforce investment board and the appropriate local elected officials. These contracts shall be in the form of fixed-fee performance contracts. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, contracts entered into pursuant to this chapter shall not be subject to competitive bidding procedures. Contracts for training may be written for a period not to exceed 24 months for the purpose of administration by the panel and the contracting employer or any group of employers acting jointly or any training agency for the purpose of providing employment training. (d) Fund training projects that best meet the priorities identified annually. In doing so, the panel shall seek to facilitate the employment of the maximum number of eligible participants. (e) Establish minimum standards for the consideration of proposals, which shall include, but not be limited to, evidence of labor market demand, the number of jobs available, the skill requirements for the identified jobs, the projected cost per person trained, hired, and retained in employment, the wages paid successful trainees upon placement, and the curriculum for the training. No proposal shall be considered or approved that proposes training for employment covered by a collective bargaining agreement unless the signatory labor organization agrees in writing. (f) Ensure the provision of adequate fiscal and accounting controls for, monitoring and auditing of, and other appropriate technical and administrative assistance to, projects funded by this chapter. (g) Provide for evaluation of projects funded by this chapter. The evaluations shall assess the effectiveness of training previously funded by the panel to improve job security and stability for workers, and benefit participating employers and the state's economy, and shall compare the wages of trainees in the 12-month period prior to training as well as the 12-month period subsequent to completion of training, as reflected in the department's unemployment insurance tax records. Individual project evaluations shall contain a summary description of the project, the number of persons entering training, the number of persons completing training, the number of persons employed at the end of the project, the number of persons still employed three months after the end of the project, the wages paid, the total costs of the project, and the total reimbursement received from the Employment Training Fund. (h) Report annually to the Legislature, by November 30, on projects operating during the previous state fiscal year. These annual reports shall provide separate summaries of all of the following: (1) Projects completed during the year, including their individual and aggregate performance and cost. (2) Projects not completed during the year, briefly describing each project and identifying approved contract amounts by contract and for this category as a whole, and identifying any projects in which funds are expected to be disencumbered. (3) Projects terminated prior to completion and the reasons for the termination. (4) A description of the amount, type, and effectiveness of literacy training funded by the panel. (5) Results of complete project evaluations. (6) A description of pilot projects, and the strategies that were identified through these projects, to increase access by small businesses to panel training contracts. (7) A listing of training projects that were funded in high unemployment areas and a detailed description of the policies and procedures that were used to designate geographic regions and municipalities as high unemployment areas. In addition, based upon its experience in administering job training projects, the panel shall include in these reports policy recommendations concerning the impact of job training and the panel's program on economic development, labor-management relations, employment security, and other related issues. (i) Conduct ongoing reviews of panel policies with the goal of developing an improved process for developing, funding, and implementing panel contracts as described in this chapter. (j) Expedite the processing of contracts for firms considering locating or expanding businesses in the state, in accordance with the priorities for employment training programs set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 10200. (k) Coordinate and consult regularly with business groups and labor organizations, the California Workforce Investment Board, the State Department of Education, the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and the Employment Development Department. (l) Adopt by regulation procedures for the conduct of panel business, including the scheduling and conduct of meetings, the review of proposals, the disclosure of contacts between panel members and parties at interest concerning particular proposals, contracts or cases before the panel or its staff, the awarding of contracts, the administration of contracts, and the payment of amounts due to contractors. All decisions by the panel shall be made by resolution of the panel and any adverse decision shall include a statement of the reason for the decision. (m) Adopt regulations and procedures providing reasonable confidentiality for the proprietary information of employers seeking training funds from the panel if the public disclosure of that information would result in an unfair competitive disadvantage to the employer supplying the information. The panel may not withhold information from the public regarding its operations, procedures, and decisions that would otherwise be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code). (n) Review and comment on the budget and performance of any program, project, or activity funded by the panel utilizing funds collected pursuant to Section 976.6.


10206. (a) The panel may allocate money in the fund for any of the following purposes: (1) Reimbursement of reasonable training costs, and administrative costs incurred by contractors. In making a determination of costs to be reimbursed under this paragraph, the panel may allocate funds in accordance with any of the following methods: (A) For purposes of providing simplified fixed-fee performance contracts, a flat rate per hour for categories of training that are substantially similar with respect to content, methodology, and duration, as determined by the panel, not to exceed the reasonable and normal costs for the training. The panel shall periodically adjust the standardized rates established pursuant to this paragraph to reflect changes in training costs. (B) A complete review of the proposal and its costs, including a budget listing the planned costs of training, including personnel, fringe benefits, equipment, supplies, fees for consulting or administrative services, and other costs attributable to training; the services provided by subcontractors; the length and complexity of the training; the method of training; the wages and occupations following training; whether the trainees are new hires or retrainees; and the cost of similar training that the panel has funded previously. The cost of administration shall not exceed 15 percent of the training costs under this paragraph, except that for new hire training the panel may fund administrative costs of up to 25 percent of the training cost. (C) The panel may modify the specific requirements of this paragraph as they apply to employers or contractors proposing projects that involve training for a significant number of small employers in the same project. (D) A contractor is prohibited from utilizing any funds earned or paid as advances or progress payments for the purpose of making payments to any other individual or entity, either directly or indirectly, for costs incurred as a finder's fee or for other compensation related to the predevelopment or development phase of a training program, which is based on a percentage of the preliminary or final panel award to the contractor for the training project. (2) (A) Costs of program administration incurred under this chapter. These costs shall be reviewed annually by the Department of Finance and the Legislature and determined through the normal budgetary process. (B) The panel's administrative costs, exclusive of the cost of administering Section 976.6, shall not exceed 15 percent of the total amount annually appropriated for expenditure by the panel. Expenditures for marketing, research, and evaluations provided under the contract to the panel that otherwise would have been provided directly by the panel shall not be included in this limitation. (3) Service related to the purposes of this chapter provided by the Small Business Development Centers. (b) For all training contracts, the panel shall establish requirements for in-kind contributions by either the contractor or the employer that reflect a substantial commitment on the part of the contractor or the employer to the value of the training. In developing these requirements, the panel shall take into account the ability of the contractor or the employer, because of size or financial condition, to make any contribution, and the ability of the Employment Training Fund to meet the demand for training authorized by this chapter. In developing policies regarding in-kind contributions, the panel shall hold public hearings.


10207. (a) The panel shall accept or reject a completed application within 60 days of the receipt by the executive director. (b) The panel shall develop expedited procedures for reviewing proposals submitted by the state agencies which are participants in a special interagency agreement with the panel for purposes of this chapter.


10208. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to preclude any employer from contracting with any public or private training entity for services, subject to the approval of the panel.


10209. (a) Contracts shall only be made for training in job-related vocational skills that are necessary for participants to attain a new job or retain an existing job with definite career potential and long-term job security. The contracts for vocational skills training may include ancillary training for job-related basic and literacy skills training if the panel finds that the training is necessary to achieve the objectives of the vocational training. (b) The panel shall not approve any training proposal which facilitates the change in ownership of a business leading to the likelihood that an existing collective bargaining agreement would be declared void. (c) To encourage a broad and equitable distribution of funds, the panel may require an employer who has previously received funds pursuant to this chapter for retraining of workers at a facility to contribute proportionately more to the cost of training in subsequent panel contracts for training of workers at the same facility. (d) The panel may delegate to the executive director the authority to approve training contracts of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), provided the contracts meet the requirements of this chapter and the policies established by the panel, and provided that the panel regularly reviews the actions taken by the executive director pursuant to this subdivision. (e) Payments shall be made in accordance with a performance contract under which partial payments may be made during training, a partial payment may be made on placement or retention of each trainee, and not less than 25 percent of the negotiated fee is withheld until the trainee has been retained in employment for 90 days after the end of training with a single employer, except for those occupations in which it is not customary for a worker to be employed 90 consecutive days with a single employer. In these latter cases, the panel may substitute a period similar to the probationary period customary to the occupation. The probationary period shall not be less than 500 work hours and shall be completed within 272 days of the completion of the training. In no case shall any payment be considered to have been earned until the trainee has been retained in employment for 90 days or the equivalent probationary period for an occupation in which it is not customary for a worker to be employed 90 consecutive days with a single employer. (f) Contracts for new hire training shall require the contractor to provide the placement services necessary to ensure the trainees are placed in jobs for which they have been trained.


10210. Contracts shall be made with training agencies only if the training agency can demonstrate all of the following: (a) The training agency has a satisfactory record of past performance in the placement and retention of former trainees and employer satisfaction with former trainees. (b) The training agency can demonstrate labor market demand for the proposed training. Proof shall include, but not be limited to, the documented need of specific employers for the workers proposed to be trained in the skills proposed by the training agency. (c) The training agency can demonstrate that the training prepares trainees in a manner satisfactory to employers. (d) The training agency can demonstrate that its accounting systems include controls adequate to check the accuracy and reliability of accounting data, promote operating efficiency, and assure compliance with government requirements and generally accepted accounting principles. The panel shall have full access at any time to these accounting systems to assure compliance with these standards.


10211. A trainee or employee participating in a training program pursuant to this chapter shall be considered to be in a training program having the approval of the director under Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 1266) of Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 1.


10212.2. The panel shall prepare a budget covering necessary administrative costs of the panel. The budget shall not be subject to change by the director except as agreed to by the panel. In the event that agreement cannot be reached, the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency shall attempt to reach a mutual agreement. In the event a mutual agreement cannot be reached, the final decision shall rest with the Governor.


10213. The Employment Development Department shall cooperate with the panel by offering necessary technical assistance, which may include, but is not limited to, labor market information, projections of occupational demand, and information and advice on alternative training strategies.


10214. To assist the panel and the Legislature in assessing the impact of this chapter over an extended period of time, the Employment Development Department shall develop and maintain a continuous employment, wage, and benefit history of unemployment insurance participants.


10214.5. (a) The panel may allocate up to 15 percent of the annually available training funds for the purpose of funding special employment training projects that improve the skills and employment security of frontline workers, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 10200. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, participants in these projects are not required to meet the eligibility criteria set forth in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 10200 or subdivision (c) of Section 10201. (b) The panel shall, on an annual basis, identify industries and occupations that shall be priorities for funding under this section. Training shall be targeted to frontline workers who earn at least the state average hourly wage. (c) The panel may waive the minimum wage provisions pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 10201 for projects in regions of the state where the unemployment rate is significantly higher than the state average, and may waive the employment retentions provisions specified in subdivision (f) of Section 10209 and instead require that the trainee has been retained in employment for a minimum of 90 days out of 120 consecutive days after the end of training with no more than three employers. (d) (1) The panel may allocate funds pursuant to subdivision (a) to increase the productivity and extended employment retention of workers in the state's major seasonal industries. (2) In funding special employment training projects for this purpose, the panel may do all of the following: (A) When the amount of the postretention wages of each trainee who has completed training exceeds the amount of wages that the trainee earned before and during training, waive the minimum wage requirements set forth in subdivision (f) of Section 10201. (B) Waive the employment retention requirements set forth in subdivision (f) of Section 10209 and instead require that the trainee be retained in employment for not less than 500 hours within the 12-month period following the completion of the training. (C) When the panel finds that the training is necessary to achieve the objectives of vocational training, waive the limitation on job-related basic and literacy skills training set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 10209. (3) For purposes of this section, "major seasonal industries" means eligible employers who satisfy all of the following requirements: (A) Have a workforce comprised of at least 50 percent of workers whose employment period is necessarily cyclical, including, but not limited to, businesses directly involved in the harvesting, packing, or processing of goods or products. (B) Have retained at least 50 percent of the same seasonal employees for at least one season of not less than 500 hours for the preceding 12-month period. (C) Pay wages and provide benefits that exceed industry averages. (e) The panel shall adopt minimum standards for consideration of proposals to be funded pursuant to this section. (f) The panel may select contracts funded under this section based on competitive bidding. (g) It is the intent of the Legislature in providing the authority for these projects that the panel allocate these funds in a manner consistent with the objectives of this chapter as provided in Section 10200.


10214.6. (a) The panel shall establish the Partnership for Workforce Recovery Training (PWRT) for the purposes of supporting and implementing the workforce development goals set forth in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (P.L. 111-5). The panel shall develop and publish guidelines for implementation of the PWRT, consistent with, and including adequate fiscal and accounting controls, as prescribed in subdivision (g) of Section 10205. (b) The panel may allocate any funds it receives pursuant to the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2801 et seq.) and the ARRA to support the activities of the PWRT. Any funds received by the panel pursuant to this section shall be deposited into a separate account established by the department in the State Treasury, and used for the purposes of this section. (c) The panel may adopt any regulations necessary to implement this section, but any regulations so adopted are exempt from the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. (d) The panel may solicit proposals and enter into contracts or other agreements to secure funding for the purposes of this section, but those proposals, contracts, and agreements shall be exempt from any competitive bidding requirements otherwise prescribed in statute.


10214.7. The panel shall allocate funds available in the annual Budget Act for training programs designed for individuals who are eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code or who have received CalWORKs benefits within one year of the commencement of the training program. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in providing authority for these training programs that the panel allocate these funds in a manner consistent with the objectives of this chapter as provided in Section 10200. (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the eligibility criteria for individuals trained under this section shall be employment with an eligible employer as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 10201 and: (1) Receipt of CalWORKs benefits at the time training begins, or (2) Receipt of CalWORKs benefits within one year of the time training commenced. (c) For purposes of this section, the panel may waive, if necessary, any of the following: (1) The employer eligibility criteria outlined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 10200. (2) The minimum training wage requirements pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 10201. (3) The employment retention provisions specified in subdivision (f) of Section 10209 and instead require that the trainee has been retained in employment for a minimum of 90 days out of 120 consecutive days after the end of training with no more than three employers. (d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the panel shall consider proposals that use innovative strategies and training options to enable current and prior CalWORKs recipients and eligibles to retain employment, including, but not limited to, projects that provide basic skills training. (e) The panel shall adopt administrative procedures for approving and administering contracts under this section to expedite contracts, minimize barriers to completion of training, and facilitate the training of single trainees and small groups of trainees from one worksite.


10214.9. (a) (1) The panel may fund licensed nurse training programs to train individuals who are currently working as nurse assistants or caregivers in a health facility, as defined in Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code. (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the panel allocate these funds in a manner consistent with the objectives of this chapter as provided in Section 10200. (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the panel shall waive the minimum wage provisions, pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 10201, if all of the following conditions are met: (1) The employee is enrolled in an approved licensed nurse training program that consists of not less than 1,000 hours of training. (2) The employer pays the employee not less than 120 percent of the state minimum wage for not less than the first 20 hours of work per week during each week the employee is enrolled in the training program. (3) Each program results in full-time employment customary for the occupation for which the individuals are being trained. (c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the panel shall waive any limitation on the hourly length of training programs to allow approval and funding for up to 750 hours of a licensed nurse training program; provided, however, that those funds be used to pay for up to 750 training hours that remain in the licensed nurse training program after the employee has completed the first 800 hours of that program. (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, employers that participate in the nurse training programs funded pursuant to this section, are not required to meet the eligibility criteria set forth in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 10200.


10215. The funding of individual project grants by the panel may take the form of either direct grants to the employer or training agency, or credits to the employer's liability for unemployment insurance contributions or reimbursements. Credits to the employer's liability for unemployment insurance contributions or reimbursements shall be drawn from the Employment Training Fund.


10217. Funds in the Employment Training Fund created by Section 1610 shall be appropriated annually in the Budget Act by the Legislature for allocation by the panel for the purposes of this chapter, except those funds determined by the Legislature to be necessary to administer Section 976.6 and Article 6 (commencing with Section 1610) of Chapter 6 of Part 1 of Division 1 shall be appropriated to the department.


Chapter 4. Programs

Article 1. Eligibility

Ca Codes (uic:10501) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10501



10501. Any public assistance recipient who successfully completes a job training program approved under this part shall be exempted from the payment of those fees normally associated with any examination or certification required by state law if the employment opportunity is for the job for which the recipient was trained.


Chapter 4.5. California Employment And Training Planning

Article 1. Policies And Purposes

Ca Codes (uic:10510) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10510



10510. It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this chapter, to establish and implement a program of comprehensive and coordinated employment and training planning in California in accordance with the federal Job Training Partnership Act, as amended. The Legislature recognizes the need for a new employment and training planning structure which will provide for comprehensive analysis of alternative expenditure possibilities for the fiscal resources available in this field. The basic principles of the system are as follows: (a) That the employment and training needs at the local, regional, and state levels, be addressed. (b) That the expenditure of available funds meets the needs at the local level. (c) That employment and training programs be integrated into a uniform employment and training services planning system within substate regions. (d) That a uniform planning system shall coordinate employment and training programs and eliminate duplication of programs among state and local agencies. (e) That decisionmaking be decentralized, insofar as is practicable, to the governmental level closest to the people.


Article 2. General Provisions And Definitions

Article 2.5. California Workforce And Economic Information Program

Ca Codes (uic:10529) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10529



10529. (a) The services provided by the existing labor market information system within the department shall include workforce and economic information that does all of the following: (1) Provides data and information to the state Workforce Investment Board created pursuant to Section 2821 of Title 29 of the United States Code, to enable the board to plan, operate, and evaluate investments in the state's workforce preparation system that will make the California economy more productive and competitive. (2) Provides data and information to the California Economic Strategy Panel for continuous strategic planning and the development of policies for the growth and competitiveness of the California economy. (3) Identifies and combines information from various state data bases to produce useful, geographically based analysis and products, to the extent possible using existing resources. (4) Provides technical assistance related to accessing workforce and economic information to local governments, public-sector entities, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, and community groups that have various levels of expertise, to the extent possible using existing resources. (b) The department shall coordinate with the State Department of Education, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the State Department of Social Services, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Department of Finance, and the Franchise Tax Board in developing economic and workforce information. The department shall also solicit input in the operation of the program from public and private agencies and individuals that make use of the labor market information provided by the department.


Article 3. Coordination Of Labor Market Information

Ca Codes (uic:10530-10533) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 10530-10533



10530. It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a statewide comprehensive labor market and occupational supply and demand information system to coordinate the labor market information needs, including those specified in the statutes cited below, for the following entities: (1) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges pursuant to its responsibilities under Sections 70901, 70901.5, 71050, 78015, and 78016 of the Education Code. (2) The State Department of Education, pursuant to its responsibilities under Sections 321, 323, 332, 341, 343, 421, 422, and 423 of the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 2301 et seq.), and Sections 8031, 8081, 8500, 51228, 52300, 52301.5, 52302, 52302.3, 52302.5, 52304, 52309, 52381, 52519, 52520, 52910, 52911, and 52912 of the Education Code. (3) The Employment Development Department, pursuant to its responsibilities under Article 1 (commencing with Section 1251) and Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 1266) of Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 1, Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 2051) of Part 1 of Division 1, Article 2 (commencing with Section 10521) of Chapter 4.5 of Part 1 of Division 3, and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 15050) and Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 15075) of Division 8. (4) The Employment Training Panel, pursuant to its responsibilities under Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 10200) of Part 1 of Division 3. (5) The Department of Rehabilitation, pursuant to its responsibilities under Section 19152 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. (6) The State Department of Social Services, pursuant to its responsibilities under Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 11320) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. (7) The State Job Training Coordinating Council, pursuant to its responsibilities under Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 10510) of Part 1 of Division 3, and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 15020.1), Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 15030), Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 15035), and Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 15075) of Division 8.

10533. (a) The Employment Development Department shall operate the State-Local Cooperative Labor Market Information Program as the primary component of the comprehensive labor market and occupational supply and demand information system described by Section 10530. The department shall consult with agencies listed in Section 10530 in the development and operation of this program. (b) The objectives of this program shall be to produce, through extensive local participation and for distribution in effective formats to all local users, reliable occupational information, and to achieve cost-efficient production by avoiding duplication of efforts. The program shall be a primary source for local and statewide occupational information and shall be available in all labor market areas in the state. (c) In producing this information, state and local agencies shall use state occupational forecasts and other indicators of occupational growth, combined with local employer surveys of recruitment practices, job qualifications, earnings and hours, advancement and outlook, to provide statistically valid occupational analyses for local job training and education programs. (d) Local labor market information studies shall be conducted by the department or by a local entity and shall include the participation of local users of the information.


Chapter 5. Employment Services For The Deaf And Hearing Impaired

Ca Codes (uic:11000-11006) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 11000-11006



11000. The Legislature finds that over 1.5 million persons in California are deaf or suffer from significant hearing impairment. Private and public employment agencies are not routinely adapted to meet the communication needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and, therefore, the services they receive may be less than those provided to other persons. The Legislature also finds that employment opportunities for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing are increased when specialized counseling, interpretive, job placement, and followup services supplement conventional employment services. In addition, the limited programs which provide these specialized employment services to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing have recently been subject to significant local funding reductions. Therefore, the Legislature finds that a more stable funding source, as provided by this chapter, is necessary to ensure the continuance of these programs.

11000.5. As used in this chapter "contractor" means a public agency or a private nonprofit corporation.


11001. (a) The department shall contract with public agencies or private nonprofit corporations for a period not to exceed one year to provide employment services for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. These employment services shall be provided onsite at the department's offices which are selected pursuant to Section 11004. (b) At the end of each contract year, the department may renegotiate the terms of each contract in accordance with allowable increases or decreases in the contractor's costs and the contractor's demonstrated ability to provide the specified services. (c) If a contractor is a private nonprofit corporation, it shall submit a complete financial statement audited by a certified public accountant prior to a renewal of the contract.


11002. Employment services for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) Complete communication services for all preparatory, job placement, and followup activities. The communication services shall include interpreter services by a professional interpreter for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing possessing the comprehensive skills certification of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the equivalent, telecommunications, and, when necessary, training in communication skills. (b) Advocacy to assure that persons who are deaf and hard of hearing receive equal access to public and private employment services. (c) Job development and job placement. (d) Employment counseling, including peer counseling by persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. (e) Followup counseling and problemsolving after placement.


11003. (a) The department, with the advice of persons knowledgeable about providing employment services to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, shall establish the criteria for choosing contractors. (b) The criteria shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (1) The ability to provide services to a person who is deaf or hard of hearing in the person's preferred mode of communication. (2) The ability to secure community support, including written endorsements of local officials, employers, the workforce investment board of the local workforce investment area and organizations of and for persons who are deaf and hearing impaired. (3) The existence of funding from one or more public or private sources. (c) Preference shall be given in the selection of a contractor to those proposals which demonstrate all of the following: (1) Participation of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing on the potential contractor's employment services staff, and in the case of a private nonprofit corporation, on the board of directors. (2) A commitment to the development and maintenance of self-determination for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.


11004. The department shall do all of the following: (a) Determine the number and location of its offices within the state providing employment services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and shall decide which offices shall be served by contractors given the resources available under this chapter. The department shall give priority to offices where contracts are necessary in order to prevent or minimize the disruption or the discontinuance of employment services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing which have been provided in conjunction with the department prior to July 1, 1984. (b) Coordinate the provision of employment services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing with the State Department of Social Services and the Department of Rehabilitation so that employment services provided by this chapter supplement or provide alternatives to services provided or funded by the departments. (c) Establish uniform accounting procedures and contracts for use with regard to this chapter. (d) Promulgate requests for proposals and conduct bidders' conferences, and evaluate proposals according to the criteria established pursuant to Section 11003. (e) Utilize the definitions of deafness and significant hearing impairment which have been used or established by regulation by the State Department of Social Services. (f) Conduct a management or fiscal audit of any contract whenever it is necessary for proper supervision of that contract. (g) Annually consider incorporation of the services described in this chapter in the job service plan required by Section 8 of the federal Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 49g). (h) Assist contractors in maintaining all of the following information: (1) The number of persons receiving services. (2) A description of the services provided. (3) The cost of the services provided. (4) The number of persons placed in jobs. (5) The number of persons assisted by followup activities. (6) The number and qualifications of staff providing the services.


11006. The Employment Development Department shall not expend over 5 percent of the sum appropriated for this chapter for its administrative costs.


Chapter 7. Caregiver Training Initiative

Ca Codes (uic:11020-11024) Unemployment Insurance Code Section 11020-11024



11020. (a) There is hereby established a project known as the Caregiver Training Initiative. (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Caregiver Training Initiative develop and implement proposals to recruit, train, and retain health care providers such as certified nurse assistants, certified nurses, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and other types of nursing and direct-care staff. (c) (1) An advisory council is hereby established for purposes of the Caregiver Training Initiative. (2) The advisory council shall develop goals, policies, and a general work plan for the Caregiver Training Initiative. For purposes of this paragraph, the advisory council shall consider the program model set forth in Section 11024. (3) The duties of the advisory council shall include all of the following: (A) Making recommendations regarding the identification of regions of the state for purposes of the initiative. (B) Making recommendations to the Employment Development Department and the State Department of Social Services regarding the number of regional collaborative programs that should be funded under the initiative. (C) Based on the number and size of the regions and programs to be funded, making recommendations to the Employment Development Department and the State Department of Social Services regarding the number of staff that should be assigned to the regions to assist in developing collaborative programs consisting of partnerships and funding proposals. (D) Making suggestions and recommendations to the Employment Development Department and the State Department of Social Services with regard to the selection of the collaborative programs to be funded in each region under the initiative and of the contracts entered into between the state and the local agencies representing regional partners. (E) Providing oversight of the progress of the initiative and identifying any needed corrective actions. (F) Designating a member of the advisory council to participate in the work group established by the Employment Development Department, in conjunction with the State Department of Social Services, pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 11022. (d) The advisory council shall consist of the following: (1) Each director, or a designee of the director, of the following departments in the California Health and Human Services Agency: (A) Employment Development Department. (B) Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. (C) State Department of Social Services. (D) State Department of Health Services. (E) California Department of Aging. (2) A representative from each of the following: (A) County Welfare Directors Association. (B) State Department of Education. (C) Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges. (D) California Association of Health Facilities. (E) California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. (F) American Red Cross. (G) California Nurses Association. (H) Service Employees International Union.


11022. (a) (1) The Employment Development Department, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services, shall administer regional collaborative program selection and funding under the Caregiver Training Initiative. (2) The Employment Development Department, in conjunction with the State Department of Social Services, shall establish and lead a work group that shall be responsible for staff support to the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 11020. (3) The Employment Development Department, in conjunction with the State Department of Social Services, shall be responsible for all of the following: (A) Under the direction of the California Health and Human Services Agency, developing the criteria for regional collaborative programs, the number of staff to be assigned to regions, and the process for selecting regional collaborative programs to be funded. (B) Assigning staff to each region to assist in developing collaborative programs consisting of partnerships and proposals for funding. (C) Determining the date by which collaborative programs from each region shall submit their proposals for consideration. (D) Selecting the collaborative program proposal from each region that best meets the criteria established by the department. (E) Working with representatives from the health care provider and caregiver industries and labor, negotiating contract terms that best serve the initiative's goals. (F) Approving all contracts for participation under the initiative. (G) Distributing funds to the appropriate local agencies to commence the regional collaborative programs. (H) Providing staff support to the advisory council established under subdivision (c) of Section 11020. (I) Carrying out state-level activities identified by the department that are necessary for the initiative's success. (b) The Employment Development Department, in conjunction with the State Department of Social Services, shall evaluate or contract for the evaluation of the regional collaborative programs funded under the initiative. The evaluation of each program site funded under the initiative shall include the following elements: (1) A thorough assessment of implementation issues faced by grantees. (2) An analysis, using appropriate statistical techniques, of identified outcomes of interest, including employment retention, advancement, earnings, and worker well-being measures. (3) Annual population-based surveys of current and former CalWORKs recipients as they enter training programs and make choices about employment or subsequent job change. (4) Identification and collection of well-being data regarding health care providers and caregivers and the recipients of their care. (5) Construction and analysis of longitudinal administrative data. (6) In-depth interviews with workers, staff, health care providers, and caregivers. (c) The Employment Development Department shall develop a strategy to improve understanding of the demand and supply of labor, and the labor market dynamics for low-skilled workers who choose occupations such as certified nurse assistants. To develop the strategy, the department shall develop information about and analyze all of the following: (1) Alternative occupations competing for available labor. (2) The effect of conditions in other occupations using similar skill sets on the supply of labor in occupations related to health care providers and caregivers. (3) Occupational ladders for health care providers and caregivers. (4) The efforts by county welfare departments to increase interest in the health care provider and caregiver industry. (5) Factors that draw individuals into or push them away from entering the health care provider or caregiver industry. (6) Ways that nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and in-home care provider communities can improve the quality of employment of health care providers and caregivers. (7) The treatment of staff in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. (8) Worker compensation claims and claims of workplace violence due to patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (9) Benefit packages. (10) On-the-job training for career advancement as a health care provider or caregiver in nursing homes or long-term care facilities or advancement in fields related to an occupation as a health care provider or caregiver.


11024. (a) The program model for implementation of the Caregiver Training Initiative shall consist of a solicitation and competitive selection process to identify proposals from regional collaborative programs that offer the best solutions to removing barriers for attracting and retaining qualified health care providers, such as certified nurse assistants, certified nurses, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and other types of nursing and direct care staff. (b) Proposals for funding under the initiative submitted by regional collaborative programs shall address all of the following topics: (1) Marketing and outreach strategies that will attract eligible participants to begin careers in the health care provider industry and promote public awareness, especially among employers, to the opportunity to hire trained health care providers. (2) Collaboration and agreements with state and local agency partners to help identify, refer, and provide services to eligible participants. (3) Development and use of innovative training strategies, coupled with industry cooperation, to provide matching career paths that will enable participants to advance in the health care industry, including in nursing occupations such as certified nurse assistants, certified nurses, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses. (4) Strategies for providing incentives to health care employers to hire program participants, such as taking advantage of existing tax credits, and incentives for participants to remain in and graduate from the program, such as postemployment training and support components. (5) Leveraging additional resources to support activities that are not allowable with local welfare-to-work (Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 11320) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code) funds and Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2801, et seq.) funds and that will provide flexibility in serving participants. (c) The regional collaborative programs that compete for contracts under the initiative may include partnerships of any combination of local governmental entities, private nonprofit entities, and employer or employee groups. In order to ensure oversight for funds used in these contracts, fiscal agents representing these collaborative programs shall demonstrate all of the following: (1) The capacity to retain fiduciary responsibility for funds. (2) That the fiscal agent was chosen by agreement of collaborating partners. (3) Previous experience using public funds for similar projects. (4) The ability to properly account for and administer funds.


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