SB 118, as introduced, Lieu. Unemployment insurance: education and workforce investment systems.
Existing law provides that the California Workforce Investment Board is responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system. Existing law further provides that the board must assist the Governor in targeting resources to specified high-wage industry sectors and providing guidance to ensure that services reflect the needs of those sectors.
This bill would provide that the board is also responsible for assisting the Governor in the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century workforce and the promotion and development of a well-educated and highly skilled 21st century economy and workforce. This bill would require the board to assist the Governor in targeting resources to specified industry clusters that provide economic security and leverage state and federal funds to ensure that resources are invested in activities that meet the needs of specified industry sectors and advance the education and employment of students and workers so they can meet the specified needs of the state, its regional economies, and leading industry sectors.
Existing law requires the board, in collaboration with specified state and local partners, and the local workforce investment boards to develop a specified strategic workforce plan, updated at least every 5 years, to address the state’s economic, demographic, and workplace needs and to meet the single state plan requirement of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
This bill would require, as part of the strategic workforce plan, the creation of a California Industry Sector Initiative that will accomplish specified tasks, including aligning and leveraging federal, state, and local Workforce Investment Act funding streams, identifying specified industry sectors and clusters, providing skills-gap analysis, and establishing specified eligibility criteria for the Workforce Investment Act eligible training provider list.
This bill would also make related changes.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 14000 of the Unemployment Insurance
2Code is amended to read:
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that, in order
4for California to remain prosperous and globally competitive, it
5needs to have a highly skilled workforce.
6(b) The Legislature
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9(1) California must transform its current job training, job
10placement, and vocational education programs into an integrated,
11accessible, and accountable workforce investment system that can
12effectively serve job seekers, students, and employers.
16(2) California’s workforce investment system must provide
17lifelong learning for all Californians, promote self-sufficiency,
18link education and training to economic development, and prepare
21 to successfully compete in the global economy.
5(3) The programs described in paragraphs (1) and (2) mustend delete
6 be accessible to
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9 persons with economic, physical, or other barriers to
Section 14005 of the Unemployment Insurance Code
12 is amended to read:
For purposes of this division:
14(a) “Board” shall mean the California Workforce Investment
16(b) “Agency” means the Labor and Workforce Development
18(c) “Workforce Investment Act of 1998” means the federal act
19enacted as Public Law 105-220.
34 “Local labor federation” means a central labor council that
35is an organization of local unions affiliated with the California
36Labor Federation or a local building and construction trades council
37affiliated with the State Building and Construction Trades Council.
Section 14010 of the Unemployment Insurance Code
27 is amended to read:
The California Workforce Investment Board is the body
29responsible for assisting the Governor in the development,
30oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce
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Section 14013 of the Unemployment Insurance Code
35 is amended to read:
The board shall assist the Governor in the following:
37(a) Promoting the development of a well-educated and highly
39(b) Developing the State Workforce Investment Plan.
P8 1(c) Developing guidelines for the continuous improvement and
2operation of the workforce investment system, including:
3(1) Developing policies to guide the one-stop system.
technical assistance for the continuous
5improvement of the one-stop system.
6(3) Recommending state investments in the one-stop system.
7(4) Targeting resources to
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8 industry sectors
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9 are either high-growth sectors or critical to
10California’s economy, or both.
4(d) Developing and continuously improving the statewide
5workforce investment system as delivered via the one-stop delivery
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9(1) Developing linkages in order to
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10and nonduplication among workforce programs and activities.
11(2) Reviewing local workforce investment plans.
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18 industry sectors.
19(e) Commenting, at least once annually, on the measures taken
20pursuant to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology
21Education Act Amendments of 1990
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2220 U.S.C. Sec. 2301 et seq.).
23(f) Designating local workforce investment areas within the
24state based on information derived from all of the following:
25(1) Consultations with the Governor.
26(2) Consultations with the chief local elected officials.
27(3) Consideration of comments
received through the public
28comment process, as described in Section 112(b)(9) of the federal
29Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
30(g) Developing and modifying allocation formulas, as necessary,
31for the distribution of funds for adult employment and training
32activities, for youth activities to local workforce investment areas,
33and dislocated worker employment and training activities, as
34permitted by federal law.
35(h) Coordinating the development and continuous improvement
36of comprehensive state performance measures, including state
37adjusted levels of performance, to assess the effectiveness of the
38workforce investment activities in the state.
39(i) Preparing the annual report to the United States Secretary of
P10 1(j) Recommending policy for the development
of the statewide
2employment statistics system, including workforce and economic
3data, as described in Section 15 of Title 29 of the United States
4Code, and using, to the fullest extent possible, the Employment
5Development Department’s existing labor market information
7(k) Recommending strategies to the Governor for strategic
8training investments of the Governor’s 15-percent discretionary
10(l) Developing and recommending waivers, in conjunction with
11local workforce investment boards, to the Governor as provided
12for in the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
13(m) Recommending policy to the Governor for the use of the
1425-percent rapid response funds, as authorized under the federal
15Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
16(n) Developing an
application to the United States Department
17of Labor for an incentive grant under Section 9273 of Title 20 of
18the United States Code.
Section 14020 of the Unemployment Insurance Code
20 is amended to read:
The California Workforce Investment Board, in
22collaboration with state and local partners, including the Chancellor
23of the California Community Colleges, the State Department of
24Education, other appropriate state agencies, and local workforce
25investment boards, shall develop a strategic workforce plan to
26serve as a framework for the development of public policy, fiscal
27investment, and operation of all state labor exchange, workforce
28education, and training programs to address the state’s economic,
29demographic, and workforce needs. The strategic workforce plan
30shall also serve as the framework for the single state plan required
31by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The plan shall
32be updated at least every five years.