Substitute House Bill No. 6723

Public Act No. 99-195

An Act Concerning Education, Employment and Job Training Programs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) As used in this section, sections 31-3h, 31-3i, 31-3k and 31-3l of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and sections 6 to 15, inclusive, of this act:

(1) "At-risk worker" means a worker who may lose employment due to factors including, but not limited to, an announced layoff, business shut-down or relocation, a new job skill requirement for which the worker is not trained, a change or reduction in wages, hours or benefits such that the worker must seek other employment in order to meet the self-sufficiency measurement calculated by the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4-66e of the general statutes, or a change or reduction in available transportation such that the worker is forced to seek new employment.

(2) "Customized job training" means training (A) that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer, including a group of employers, (B) that is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training, and (C) for which the employer pays not less than fifty per cent of the cost of the training.

(3) "Dislocated worker" means an individual who:

(A) (i) Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment; (ii) is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation, or has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate, to the appropriate entity at a one-stop center referred to in Section 134(c) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that were not covered under chapter 567 of the general statutes; or (iii) is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;

(B) (i) Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility or enterprise; (ii) is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within one hundred eighty days; or (iii) for purposes of eligibility to receive services, other than training services described in subdivision (14) of subsection (b) of section 9 of this act, intensive services described in subdivision (13) of subsection (b) of section 9 of this act, or supportive services, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close;

(C) Was self-employed, including employment as a farmer, rancher or fisherman, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disasters; or

(D) Is a displaced homemaker.

(4) "Displaced homemaker" means an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who (A) has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income; and (B) is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

(5) "Eligible provider" means:

(A) With respect to training services, a provider who is identified in accordance with Section 122(e)(3) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

(B) With respect to intensive services, a provider who is identified or awarded a contract as described in Section 134(d)(3)(B) of said act;

(C) With respect to youth activities, a provider who is awarded a grant or contract in accordance with Section 123 of said act;

(D) With respect to other workforce investment activities, a public or private entity selected to be responsible for such activities, such as a one-stop operator designated or certified under Section 121(d) of said act.

(6) "Incumbent worker" means an individual who is employed, but who is in need of additional skills, training or education in order to upgrade employment.

(7) "On-the-job training" means training by an employer that is provided to a paid participant while engaged in productive work in a job that (A) provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job; (B) provides reimbursement to the employer of up to fifty per cent of the wage rate of the participant, for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training; and (C) is limited in duration as appropriate to the occupation for which the participant is being trained, taking into account the content of the training, the prior work experience of the participant and the service strategy of the participant, as appropriate.

(8) "Participant" means an individual who has been determined to be eligible to participate in and who is receiving services, except follow-up services authorized under Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, under a program authorized by said title and this act. Participation shall be deemed to commence on the first day, following determination of eligibility, on which the individual begins receiving subsidized employment, training or other services provided under said title and this act.

(9) "Supportive services" means services such as transportation, child care, dependent care, and needs-related payments, that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in activities authorized under Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, consistent with the provisions of said title.

(10) "Underemployed worker" means a worker whose education and skill level limit such worker's earning capacity to an hourly wage below one hundred per cent of the self-sufficiency measurement calculated by the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4-66e of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. Section 31-3h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is created, within the Labor Department, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission.

(b) The duties and responsibilities of the commission shall include:

(1) Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of a state job training coordinating council pursuant to the federal Job Training Partnership Act, 29 USC 1532, as amended, a state human resource investment council pursuant to 29 USC 1501 et seq., as amended, and such other related entities as the Governor may direct;

(2) [reviewing] Reviewing all employment and training programs in the state to determine their success in leading to and obtaining the goal of economic self-sufficiency and to determine if such programs are serving the needs of Connecticut's workers, employers and economy; [,]

(3) [developing] Developing a plan for the coordination of all employment and training programs in the state to avoid duplication and to promote the delivery of comprehensive, individualized employment and training services. The plan shall contain the commission's recommendations for policies and procedures to enhance the coordination and collaboration of all such programs and shall be submitted on June 1, 2000, and annually thereafter, to the Governor for [his] the Governor's approval; [not later than June 1, 1990, and annually thereafter and]

(4) [reviewing] Reviewing and commenting on all employment and training programs enacted by the General Assembly;

(5) Implementing the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. Such implementation shall include (A) developing, in consultation with the regional workforce development boards, a single Connecticut workforce development plan that (i) complies with the provisions of said act and section 9 of this act, and (ii) includes comprehensive state performance measures for workforce development activities specified in Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, which performance measures comply with the requirements of CFR Part 666.10, (B) preparing and submitting a report on the state's progress in achieving such performance measures to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before said date and annually thereafter, (C) making recommendations to the General Assembly concerning the allocation of funds received by the state under said act and making recommendations to the regional workforce development boards concerning the use of formulas in allocating such funds to adult employment and job training activities and youth activities, as specified in said act, (D) providing oversight and coordination of the state-wide employment statistics system required by said act, (E) as appropriate, recommending to the Governor that the Governor apply for workforce flexibility plans and waiver authority under said act, after consultation with the regional workforce development boards, (F) developing performance criteria for regional workforce development boards to utilize in creating a list of eligible providers, and (G) on or before December 31, 1999, developing a uniform individual training accounts voucher system that shall be used by the regional workforce development boards to pay for training of eligible workers by eligible providers, as required under said act;

(6) Developing and overseeing a plan for the continuous improvement of the regional workforce development boards established pursuant to section 31-3k, as amended by this act;

(7) Developing incumbent worker, and vocational and manpower training programs, including customized job training programs to enhance the productivity of Connecticut businesses and to increase the skills and earnings of underemployed and at-risk workers, and other programs administered by the regional workforce development boards. The Labor Department, in collaboration with the regional workforce development boards, shall implement any incumbent worker and customized job training programs developed by the commission pursuant to this subdivision; and

(8) Developing a strategy for providing comprehensive services to eligible youth, which strategy shall include developing youth preapprentice and apprentice programs through, but not limited to, regional vocational-technical schools, and improving linkages between academic and occupational learning and other youth development activities.

(c) On [or before] January 31, [1990] 2000, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall submit to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to [employment and training] appropriations, education, labor and social services a report on the progress made by the commission in carrying out its duties and responsibilities during the preceding year and the commission's goals and objectives for the current year.

Sec. 3. Section 31-3i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The members of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall be appointed [by the Governor] as specified in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) (1) The commission shall consist of twenty-four members, a majority of whom shall represent business and industry [. The remaining members] and the remainder of whom shall represent state and local governments, organized labor, education and community based organizations, including a representative of a community action agency, as defined in section 17b-885.

(2) Effective six months after the United States Secretary of Labor approves the single Connecticut workforce development plan submitted to said secretary in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 11 of this act, the Governor shall fill any vacancy on the commission from recommendations submitted by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(c) Members appointed to the commission prior to the effective date of this act shall continue to serve on the commission as if they were appointed to the commission as of the effective date of this act. The [board] commission shall meet no less than once every calendar quarter.

Sec. 4. Subsection (b) of section 31-3k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Each board, within its region, shall:

(1) Carry out the duties and responsibilities of a private industry council under the Job Training Partnership Act, provided the private industry council within the region elects by a vote of its members to become a board and the Labor Commissioner approves the council as a regional work force development board. [;]

(2) Within existing resources and consistent with the state employment and training information system and any guidelines issued by the commissioner under subsection (b) of section 31-2, and with the annual plan developed by the commission under section 31-3h, as amended by this act, and approved by the Governor, (A) assess regional needs and identify regional priorities for employment and training programs, including, but not limited to, an assessment of the special employment needs of unskilled and low-skilled unemployed persons, including persons receiving general assistance or short-term unemployment assistance, (B) conduct planning for regional employment and training programs, (C) coordinate such programs to ensure that the programs respond to the needs of labor, business and industry, municipalities within the region, the region as a whole, and all of its citizens, (D) serve as a clearinghouse for information on all employment and training programs in the region, (E) prepare and submit an annual plan containing the board's priorities and goals for regional employment and training programs to the commissioner and the commission for their review and approval, (F) review grant proposals and plans submitted to state agencies for employment and training programs that directly affect the region to determine whether such proposals and plans are consistent with the annual regional plan prepared under subparagraph (E) of this subdivision and inform the commission and each state agency concerned of the results of the review, (G) evaluate the effectiveness of employment and training programs within the region in meeting the goals contained in the annual regional plan prepared under subparagraph (E) of this subdivision and report its findings to the commissioner and the commission on an annual basis, (H) ensure the effective use of available employment and training resources in the region, and (I) allocate funds where applicable for program operations in the region.

(3) Provide information to the commissioner concerning (A) all employment and training programs, grants or funds to be effective or available in the region in the following program year, (B) the source and purpose of such programs, grants or funds, (C) the projected amount of such programs, grants or funds, (D) persons, organizations and institutions eligible to participate in such programs or receive such grants or funds, (E) characteristics of clients eligible to receive services pursuant to such programs, grants or funds, (F) the range of services available pursuant to such programs, grants or funds, (G) goals of such programs, grants or funds, (H) where applicable, schedules for submitting requests for proposals, planning instructions, proposals and plans, in connection with such programs, grants or funds, (I) the program period for such programs, grants or funds, and (J) any other data relating to such programs, grants or funds that the commissioner or the commission [deem] deems essential for effective state planning.

(4) Carry out the duties and responsibilities of the local board for purposes of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

(5) Establish a worker training education committee comprised of persons from the education and business communities within the region, including, but not limited to, regional community-technical colleges and regional vocational-technical schools.

Sec. 5. Section 31-3l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The members of a board shall be appointed by the chief elected officials of the municipalities in the region in accordance with the provisions of an agreement entered into by such municipalities. In the absence of an agreement the appointments shall be made by the Governor. The membership of each board shall satisfy the requirements for a private industry council as provided under the Job Training Partnership Act and the requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. To the extent consistent with such requirements: (1) Business members shall constitute a majority of each board and shall include owners of businesses, chief executives or chief operating officers of nongovernmental employers, or other business executives who have substantial management or policy responsibilities. Whenever possible, at least one-half of the business and industry members shall be representatives of small businesses, including minority businesses; (2) the nonbusiness members shall include representatives of community-based organizations, state and local organized labor, state and municipal government, human service agencies, economic development agencies and regional community-technical colleges and other educational institutions, including secondary and postsecondary institutions and regional vocational technical schools; (3) the nonbusiness representatives shall be selected by the appointing authority from among individuals nominated by the commissioner and the organizations, agencies, institutions and groups set forth in subdivisions (2) and (5) of this section, and each appointing authority shall solicit nominations from the commissioner and the organizations, agencies, institutions and groups set forth in subdivisions (2) and (5) of this section; (4) labor representatives shall be selected from individuals recommended by recognized state and local labor federations in a manner consistent with the federal Job Training Partnership Act and the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; (5) the board shall represent the interests of a broad segment of the population of the region, including the interests of welfare recipients, persons with disabilities, veterans, dislocated workers, younger and older workers, women, minorities and displaced homemakers; and (6) in each region where a private industry council has elected by a vote of its members to become a regional work force development board and the commissioner has approved the council as a board, the initial membership of each board shall include, but not be limited to, the business members of the private industry council in the region.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (a) All funds received by the state of Connecticut under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be deposited into the General Fund.

(b) (1) Funds reserved for state-wide investment activities by the state of Connecticut from the amounts allotted to the state under sections 127(b)(1)(C), 132(b)(1)(B) and 132(b)(2)(B) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 128(a) of said act.

(2) Such reserved funds may be used only to carry out state-wide youth activities described in Section 129(b) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, or state-wide employment and training activities, for adults or for dislocated workers, described in Section 134(a)(2)(B) or Section 134(a)(3) of said act, provided such use is consistent with the Connecticut workforce development plan developed by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission under section 9 of this act. The percentage of such reserved funds that are used for administrative costs shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 134(a)(3)(B) of said act. For purposes of this subdivision and subdivision (3) of this subsection, "administrative costs" has the same meaning as in 20 CFR Part 667, Subpart B.

Sec. 7. (NEW) (a) Funds allocated to each regional workforce development board under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be reserved by such board, in a manner consistent with the provisions of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, to fund comprehensive job training and related services or related job opportunities programs administered by eligible providers, including, but not limited to, opportunities industrialization centers and community action programs, as defined in section 17b-885 of the general statutes, within such board's region.

(b) Funds reserved for administrative costs by a regional workforce development board shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 128(b)(4) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

Sec. 8. (NEW) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission established under section 31-3h of the general statutes, as amended by this act, is hereby recognized as the state-wide workforce development board for purposes of complying with the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

Sec. 9. (NEW) (a) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, in consultation with the regional workforce development boards, shall develop a single Connecticut workforce development plan that outlines a five-year strategy for the state of Connecticut's workforce development system and meets the requirements of Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. Said plan shall serve as a framework for the development of public policy, fiscal investment and operation of workforce education and job training programs and shall constitute the single state plan for purposes of Section 112 of said act. The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, in consultation with the regional workforce development boards, shall update said plan at least once every five years.

(b) The plan shall, at a minimum, include:

(1) Long-term goals for the state's workforce development system. Such goals shall include local control of service delivery, one-stop delivery of services, individual choice for individuals served by the system, accountability for provider performance, coordination of workforce development activities integrating state and federal resources and the establishment of ties between funding and actual participation in training activities;

(2) Short-term goals, benchmarks and performance measures that the state will use to measure its progress towards meeting the long-term goals identified in subdivision (1) of this subsection;

(3) Identification of the role each institution, entity, organization and program plays in the state-wide workforce development system;

(4) Ways to improve access to public and certified nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions;

(5) A strategy for assessing unmet workforce preparation needs;

(6) A description of comprehensive performance measures to ensure coordination and eliminate duplication of services;

(7) A strategy for assessing types of jobs for which there are shortages of available qualified workers and the geographical concentration of unmet workforce needs in this state;

(8) A strategy for maximizing or redirecting funding to deliver services more effectively to meet the state's workforce development needs;

(9) A provision stating that the members of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the regional workforce development boards shall comply with state ethics laws and the applicable provisions of Sections 111(f) and 117(g) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

(10) A provision stating that the Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Social Services and Education shall develop a coordinated program of referring workforce development participants to supportive services, including, but not limited to, transportation and child care services for eligible participants of workforce activities. Such program shall include a requirement that each regional workforce development board submit an annual report to the commission on or before January 31, 2000, and each January thirty-first thereafter detailing such board's plan for coordinating such supportive services;

(11) A description of the state of Connecticut's proposed one-stop delivery system, which shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 134(c) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and shall include a description of the following components: (A) A uniform individual training accounts voucher system which shall be used by the regional workforce development boards to pay for training of eligible workers by eligible providers and which shall include a reporting system that ties funding to actual participation in training programs, (B) the core services, as identified in subdivision (12) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers, including exemptions from core services, (C) the intensive services, as identified in subdivision (13) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers who have received the maximum amount of core services but were unable to obtain employment through such core services, including prerequisites for obtaining such intensive services and exemptions from such prerequisites, and (D) the training services, as identified in subdivision (14) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers who have received intensive services, but were unable to obtain unsubsidized employment through such intensive services, including prerequisites for obtaining such training services and exemptions from such prerequisites;

(12) Identification of core services available under the one-stop delivery system, which shall, at a minimum, include: (A) Determination of whether individuals are eligible to receive assistance under Subtitle B of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; (B) outreach, intake and orientation to the information and other services available through the one-stop delivery system; (C) a uniform assessment procedure for screening adults and dislocated workers which shall include, but not be limited to, initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, supportive service needs and for application of the self-sufficiency measurement developed in accordance with the provisions of section 4-66e of the general statutes; (D) job search and placement assistance and, where appropriate, career counseling; (E) provision of (i) employment statistics information, including the provision of accurate information concerning local, regional and national labor market areas, including job vacancy listings in such labor market areas, information on job skills necessary to obtain such vacant jobs and information relating to local occupations in demand and the earnings and skill requirements for such occupations; (ii) provider performance information and program cost information on eligible providers of training services, as described in Section 122 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, provided by program, and eligible providers of youth activities described in Section 123 of said act, eligible providers of adult education described in Title II of said act, providers of postsecondary vocational education activities and vocational education activities, which shall include, but not be limited to, preapprentice programs available through, but not limited to, regional vocational-technical schools, available to school dropouts under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, 20 USC 2301, et seq., and providers of vocational rehabilitation program activities described in Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC 720, et seq.; (iii) information regarding how the local area is performing on the local performance measures and any additional performance information with respect to the one-stop delivery system in the local area; (iv) accurate information concerning the availability of supportive services, including child care and transportation, available through the local area and referral to such services, as appropriate; (v) information regarding filing claims for unemployment compensation under chapter 567 of the general statutes; (F) assistance in establishing eligibility for programs of financial aid assistance for training and education programs that are not funded under said act and are available through the local area; (G) follow-up services, including counseling regarding the workplace, for participants in workforce investment activities authorized under Subtitle B of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, who are placed in unsubsidized employment, for not less than twelve months after the first day of the employment, as appropriate; and (H) assistance in establishing eligibility for authorized activities under Section 403(a)(5) of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 5001 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, available in the local area. For purposes of this subdivision, "local area" refers to an area designated as such pursuant to Section 116 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

(13) Identification of intensive services available under the one-stop delivery system, which services may include (A) comprehensive and specialized assessments of the skill levels and service needs of adults and dislocated workers, which may include diagnostic testing, use of special education planning and placement teams and use of other assessment tools and in-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate employment goals; (B) development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals, appropriate achievement objectives and appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals; (C) group counseling; (D) individual counseling and career planning; (E) case management for participants seeking training services authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; and (F) short-term prevocational services, including development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills and professional conduct, to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training;

(14) Identification of training services authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, that are available under the one-stop delivery system, which services may include a combination of occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment, on-the-job training, programs that combine workplace training with related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs, training programs operated by the private sector, skill upgrading and retraining, entrepreneurial training, job readiness training, adult education and literacy activities and customized job training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training;

(15) Development of a uniform system of identifying and certifying eligible providers of the training services described in subdivision (13) of this subsection, which system shall (A) incorporate each of the requirements of Section 122 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and (B) be used by each regional workforce development board in selecting an eligible provider of training services;

(16) A strategy for the establishment of (A) regional youth councils by the regional workforce development boards, which regional youth councils shall (i) recommend eligible providers of youth activities to the council and conduct oversight of eligible providers of youth activities; (ii) in cooperation with local boards of education, identify available programs and activities to assist youth in completing education programs; (iii) identify available programs and activities to assist youth in securing and preserving employment; and (iv) coordinate youth activities with Job Corps services, coordinate youth activities authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and improve the connection between court-involved youth and the state labor market; and (B) criteria for selection of regional youth council members and awarding youth program grants for state-wide youth activities described in Section 129(b) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

(17) Development of a program to provide job readiness and job search training to unemployed and underemployed noncustodial parents no later than July 1, 2000;

(18) Development of a career pathways program to link alternative education programs to regional community-technical colleges and work-related learning no later than October 1, 2000; and

(19) Any other provisions required to be included in the plan under Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

(c) The Governor may submit modifications to the single Connecticut workforce development plan approved by the United States Secretary of Labor as necessary during the five-year period covered by the plan, with the advice and assistance of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, provided such modifications are (1) approved by the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, education, labor and social services, and (2) consistent with the requirements of Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

Sec. 10. (NEW) On or before October 15, 1999, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall submit to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, education, labor and social services the comprehensive state performance measures developed by said commission in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection (b) of section 31-3h of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for activities specified in Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and annually thereafter during any year in which such performance measures are modified.

Sec. 11. (NEW) (a) On or before January 1, 2000, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall submit a single Workforce Development Plan to the Governor, which plan shall (1) be approved by the General Assembly, (2) comply with the requirements of section 9 of this act, and (3) comply with the requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

(b) On or before March 15, 2000, the Governor shall submit a single Connecticut Workforce Development Plan to the United States Secretary of Labor, which plan shall satisfy the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The Governor shall submit to the United States Secretary of Labor any appropriate or necessary request for waiver of the statutory or regulatory requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, with the advice and assistance of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission.

Sec. 12. (NEW) (a) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall make recommendations consistent with the provisions of the single Connecticut Workforce Development Plan submitted to the Governor pursuant to section 11 of this act to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received for adult workforce development activities under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for (1) job-related vocational, literacy, language or numerical skills training; (2) underemployed and at-risk workers; (3) individuals with barriers to full-time, stable employment, including language, basic skills and occupational literacy barriers; (4) vocational training using apprentice and preapprentice programs and customized job training programs that are designed to serve at-risk workers and promote job retention and the obtainment of higher wage jobs; (5) special incentives for programs that successfully train (A) women for nontraditional employment, and (B) minorities for occupations or fields of work in which such minorities are underrepresented; and (6) special grants or contracts in each region for training programs that target workers who are difficult to serve, including, but not limited to, workers (A) with limited literacy or numerical skills, (B) without a high school diploma or its equivalent, or (C) for whom English is a second language. For purposes of this section, "nontraditional employment" refers to occupations or fields of work for which women comprise less than twenty-five per cent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.

(b) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the commission shall make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for young adult programs for teenage parents, those at risk of dropping out of school and young adults who attend regional vocational-technical high schools, adult education programs or other programs to assist such persons in attaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.

(c) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the commission shall make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for dislocated workers.

(d) Pursuant to Section 189(i)(4)(A) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, the Governor is authorized by the General Assembly to apply for a waiver of federal eligibility requirements to allow incumbent workers with annual family incomes that do not exceed two hundred per cent of the poverty level guidelines issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to receive job training services.

Sec. 13. (NEW) (a) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall provide each regional workforce development board with criteria for the evaluation of funded programs, including a description of the amount, type and effectiveness of literacy training provided to participants, the number of persons completing job training, the gender and race of persons who receive training, occupational skill types, the number of persons who enter unsubsidized employment, the number of persons who remain in unsubsidized employment six months later and the earnings received by such persons.

(b) The commission shall develop an education and job training report card to assess the accomplishments of Connecticut's workforce development system and for meeting the accountability requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. The report card shall address the effectiveness of such system in meeting (1) employers' needs for educated and trained workers, and (2) clients' needs for improving their economic well-being.

(c) The commission shall include the evaluation of funded programs in the annual report submitted pursuant to subsection (c) of section 31-3h of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 14. (NEW) Any education, employment or job training program or contract in existence on the effective date of this act that is funded under the Job Training Partnership Act shall continue in effect until the renewal period, provided such program is consistent with the provisions of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

Sec. 15. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 23, 1999

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