Monday, March 12, 2012

Sen. Aboud’s job training for unemployed bill moves to the House

Would create “Return to Work” program

Sen. Aboud
State Capitol, Phoenix – Senate Minority Whip Paula Aboud released the following statement on today’s passage of her bill SB1388 by the Senate. The bill now moves on to the House.

SB1388 would create a voluntary “Return to Work” program that would provide a structured, supervised training opportunity, through participating employers, to individuals collecting unemployment benefits. For up to six weeks and 32 hours per week, unemployment claimants who choose to participate will receive unpaid on-the-job training while continuing to receive unemployment benefits. Claimants must still meet all federal requirements to qualify for receiving unemployment benefits while participating in this program.

The Return to Work program is modeled after successful programs in New Hampshire and Georgia.

“This Return to Work program would provide a valuable resource for those who are willing to put in extra effort to improve their job skills and get a foot in the door, especially those who have been out of work for some time and are losing their competitiveness to recently unemployed workers,” said Sen. Aboud. “It also helps small business owners, many of whom have told me they struggle with the cost of training unskilled workers.

“This is truly a win-win situation for Arizonans looking for work and our recovering economy. Folks looking for work can update their experience, employers can train prospective employees and hopefully more people can get back to work full-time,” said Sen. Aboud.

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