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					NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT
        OF LABOR


            Bruce Herman
            Deputy Commissioner
            Workforce Development
    NYS Strategies and Initiatives


       Re-employment Strategies and Supporting
        Policies

       Layoff Aversion Efforts

       National Emergency Grant


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    NYS Re-employment Strategies
    and Supporting Policies

       An Initial Assessment (contact with the
        customer) early in claim. To determine the
        customer’s level of service:
        –   Job Search Ready Services
        –   Career Development Services

       Shared program responsibility (UI and One Stop
        System Partners)

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    NYS Re-employment Strategies
    and Supporting Policies

       One-on-one intensive level of service (e.g.,
        comprehensive assessment) to customers
        whose initial assessment is Career
        Development services

       Continued, repeat contact with the customer
        throughout the UI claims

       Continuous improvement
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     NYS Re-employment Strategies
     and Supporting Policies

    Series of Key NYS Policies:
     Functional Alignment – March 2006
      Technical Advisory #06-3: Local Functional Alignment for the Delivery
      of WIA Title IB and Wagner-Peyser Workforce Services.


      Required each LWIA to “functionally align” staff
      responsible for delivery or program services within
      the One Stop System – seamless integration of ES
      and WIA funded service delivery


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    NYS Re-employment Strategies
    and Supporting Policies

       Common Measures Implementation – April 2006
        Technical Advisory #06-4: Guidelines for NYS Implementation of
        USDOL/ETA’s Common Measures Policy

        Adult customers that receive any staff-assisted
        service in the One Stop system are to be co-enrolled
        in Wagner-Peyser and WIA Adult and/or Dislocated
        Worker programs.




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    Current Re-employment Challenges
    and New York State’s Response

       Weak Job Market (Economic Meltdown)
        –   Shrinking demand for labor – increasing supply of
            labor
       NYS’ Response – Directing Resources to:
        –   Workforce Development
        –   Layoff Aversion
        –   Income Supports (esp. long term unemployed)


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    Layoff Aversion Efforts

       Skills Training and Education Program (STEP)
        –   Incumbent worker training grant program
        –   Assist businesses with training for identified skills needs of
            workers
       Business Services Staff Layoff Aversion Focus
        –   Focus efforts on layoff aversion activities, actively promoting
            the Department’s Shared Work Program
        –   Resources to support layoff aversion strategies such as pre-
            feasibility studies, succession planning, assistance in
            establishing labor/management committees, and incumbent
            worker training


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    Layoff Aversion Efforts

       Early Alert/Layoff Aversion Pilot
        –   Identify industries and businesses likely to experience large
            worker losses or closures
        –   Work with contractor Tom Croft (Steel Valley Authority) to
            develop Early Alert/Layoff Aversion pilot in NYC
        –   Involve Business Services and Rapid Response staff in
            NYC
        –   Involve strategic partnerships to coordinate outreach and
            resources
        –   Make diagnostic services available to targeted businesses


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     Layoff Aversion Efforts:
     Shared Work Program

        Voluntary program – alternative to layoffs

        Businesses can reduce hours of full time
         employees by 20 to 60%

        Employees will receive partial UI benefits
         equal to the percent of reduction



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     Advantages of Shared Work

        Avoids employee layoffs
        Retains quality employees for when
         business improves
        Employees do not have to look for work
        Employees in Shared Work plan can earn
         more than $405 in a week and still receive
         partial UI benefits

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     Shared Work Program
     Requirements

     To participate, a business must:

        Have at least 5 full time employees

        Have paid Unemployment Insurance tax
         contributions for at least four (4) calendar
         quarters

        Be located in New York State or have a base
         of operations in New York State
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         Shared Work Program
         Requirements Cont’d


        Fringe benefits must continue for employees
         on the plan

        If there is a collective bargaining agreement in
         effect, the collective bargaining unit must
         agree to participate in the Shared Work
         program

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     Targeted Employment
     Maintenance Program (TEMP)

        Proposed layoff aversion strategy

        Offers businesses a partial wage payment to
         retain workers at risk of layoff or to recall
         workers recently separated

        Will target three sectors most severely impacted
         by economic crisis as determined through labor
         market analysis
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     TEMP Cont’d

        Focuses on small and medium sized businesses
         within the targeted sectors

        Will cover up to 25% of a company’s workforce
         for up to six months

        Propose to fund through state-level American
         Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars


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     National Emergency Grant

        Tri-State Initiative

        $5.5M Initial Award for NYS

        Serve 5,529 workers dislocated from 32
         finance and insurance sector businesses in
         metro NYC area, lower Hudson Valley and
         Long Island


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     National Emergency Grant

        Services allowed with NEG funds are the
         traditional ones – outreach, assessment,
         counseling, etc.

        In addition, focus in NYS will be on training
               ITAs
               OJT
               Entrepreneurial Training
               Green Jobs
               Distance Learning


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