senate Bill S72

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to training and education for sustainable wage jobs and traditional and nontraditional employment in public assistance employment programs

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Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
Feb 21, 2012 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to social services
Feb 28, 2011 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 05, 2011 referred to social services

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S72 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3298
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง330, 333, 334, 335 & 335-a, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2098A, A4096A

S72 - Bill Texts

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Relates to training and education for sustainable wage jobs and traditional and non-traditional employment in public assistance employment programs.

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BILL NUMBER:S72

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to training and
education for sustainable wage jobs and traditional and nontraditional
employment in public assistance employment programs

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 defines "nontraditional employment" and "sustainable wage."

Section 2 requires that local social services district plans for
public assistance employment programs emphasize training for
sustainable wage jobs and promote understanding of nontraditional
employment opportunities for participants.

Section 3 requires that participant orientations include information
on education and training for sustainable wage jobs and
non-traditional employment opportunities available under the local
plan.

Sections 4 and 5 require participant employability plans to take into
account the potential for available employment that pays a sustainable
wage such as apprentice-able, technical and professional occupations
and nontraditional employment.

JUSTIFICATION:
In the rush to reduce welfare rolls under federal welfare reform, many
welfare recipients have been placed in low-paying jobs. In particular,
initial studies of women moving from welfare to work indicate that the
vast majority of women move into jobs that do not lift them and their
children out of poverty. These jobs are typically in industries, such
as food service and home health care, which are traditionally
populated by women workers.

A 2001 study of job training for low-income people, particularly women
leaving welfare, found a clear pattern of gender segregation in job
training referral and placements. Programs training for jobs as bank
teller and nail technician had 100% female enrollment, while programs
training for higher paying jobs such as appliance technician and
automotive technician had overwhelming male enrollments.

Overall, women comprise 25% or less of total workers in many fields,
such as skilled trade occupations - carpenter, electrician,
millwright, plumber, sheet metal worker; technical jobs drafter,
rigger, computer technician; service jobs - taxi driver, furniture
mover and truck driver; public service jobs, such as firefighter,
police officer and ambulance driver, and professions chemist,
aerospace engineer, and city manager.

Nontraditional employment can help women achieve economic
independence: nontraditional jobs offer women wages paying 20% to 30%
more on average than traditionally female occupations, as well as good
benefits and opportunities for advancement.

As welfare reform continues, increased emphasis needs to be placed on
services that will move participants into sustainable wage jobs to


permanently lift families out of poverty, and prevent them from
cycling in and out of dependence on public assistance. This becomes
especially critical as the 60 month lifetime limit for
federally-funded public assistance is reached. For women in
particular, a crucial but underutilized route to a sustainable wage
job is through nontraditional employment. The provisions of this bill
will ensure that local social services districts increase their
emphasis on counseling, education and training for nontraditional
employment and sustainable wage jobs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007: A.3366/S.3201 Veto
94; 2008: A.9197-A/S.62S6-A; 2009/2010: S.2098-A, Died in Committee

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law and shall
apply to employability plans made or updated on and after such
effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   72

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  training  and
  education for sustainable wage jobs and traditional and nontraditional
  employment in public assistance employment programs

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 330 of the social services law, as
amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of  the  laws  of  1997,
paragraphs  a  and  b as amended by section 2 of part C of chapter 57 of
the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Whenever used in this title:
  a. the term "commissioner" means the commissioner of the state  office
of temporary and disability assistance; [and]
  b. the term "department" means the state office of temporary and disa-
bility assistance;
  C.    THE TERM "NONTRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT" MEANS OCCUPATIONS OR FIELDS
OF WORK, INCLUDING CAREERS IN THE SKILLED TRADES, OR  COMPUTER  SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY  AND OTHER EMERGING HIGH SKILL OCCUPATIONS, FOR WHICH ANY ONE
GENDER COMPRISES  LESS  THAN  TWENTY-FIVE  PERCENT  OF  THE  INDIVIDUALS
EMPLOYED  IN  EACH SUCH OCCUPATION OR FIELD OF WORK ACCORDING TO FEDERAL
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STATISTICS; AND
  D. THE TERM "SUSTAINABLE WAGE" MEANS A  WAGE  THAT  IS  AT  LEAST  ONE
HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE POVERTY LINE AND THAT IS ADJUSTED FOR
REGIONAL FACTORS.
  S  2.  The  second undesignated paragraph of section 333 of the social
services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of  the
laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  Such  plan  shall  be  developed  in cooperation and coordination with
public and private education institutions, child care  providers,  child

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01404-01-1

S. 72                               2

care  resource and referral agencies if available in the district, labor
unions, libraries, public and private employers, employment and training
agencies and organizations, and private industry councils established in
service  delivery  areas  defined  in  subdivision  five of section nine
hundred seventy-one of the executive law.    SUCH  PLAN  SHALL  STRONGLY
CONSIDER,  FOR  INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OBTAINED A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR A
GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA (GED), TRAINING FOR  SUSTAINABLE  WAGE  JOBS
AND  PROMOTE  NONTRADITIONAL  EMPLOYMENT  OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCH PARTIC-
IPANTS; PROVIDED THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL'S PREPARATION FOR EMPLOYMENT  SHALL
BE CONSISTENT WITH FEDERAL AND STATE WORK PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS.
  S  3.  Paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  1 of section 334 of the social
services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of  the
laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  (a)  education,  employment and training opportunities available under
the local plan, including: (I) EDUCATION AND  TRAINING  FOR  SUSTAINABLE
WAGE  JOBS  AND NONTRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES; AND (II) educa-
tional and training opportunities available at no cost  to  the  partic-
ipant  as  well as the responsibilities associated with the repayment of
student financial aid;
  S  4. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of  section  335  of  the  social
services  law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the
laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Based on the  assessment  required  by  subdivision  one  of  this
section,  the social services official, in consultation with the partic-
ipant, shall develop an employability plan in writing  which  shall  set
forth  the  services  that will be provided by the social services offi-
cial, including but not limited to child care and other services and the
activities in which the participant will take part, including child care
and other services and shall  set  forth  an  employment  goal  for  the
participant.    To  the  extent  possible,  the employability plan shall
reflect the preferences of the participant in a manner that is  consist-
ent with the results of the participant's assessment and the need of the
social services district to meet federal and state work activity partic-
ipation  requirements,  and, if such preferences cannot be accommodated,
the reasons shall be specified in the employability plan.  The  employa-
bility  plan  shall  also take into account the participant's supportive
services needs, available program resources, local  employment  opportu-
nities, AND SHALL STRONGLY CONSIDER, FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OBTAINED A
HIGH  SCHOOL  DIPLOMA OR A GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA (GED), THE POTEN-
TIAL FOR AVAILABLE EMPLOYMENT THAT PAYS  A  SUSTAINABLE  WAGE;  PROVIDED
THAT  ANY  INDIVIDUAL'S  PREPARATION  FOR EMPLOYMENT SHALL BE CONSISTENT
WITH FEDERAL AND STATE WORK PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS;  and  where  the
social  services official is considering an educational activity assign-
ment for such  participant,  the  participant's  liability  for  student
loans,  grants  and  scholarship awards. The employability plan shall be
explained to the participant.  Any change to the participant's  employa-
bility  plan required by the social services official shall be discussed
with the participant and shall be documented in writing.
  S 5. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section  335-a  of  the  social
services  law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the
laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Based on the  assessment  required  by  subdivision  one  of  this
section,  the social services official, in consultation with the partic-
ipant, shall develop an employability plan in writing  which  shall  set
forth the services that will be provided by the social services official
and  the  activities  in which the participant will take part, including

S. 72                               3

supportive services and shall set  forth  an  employment  goal  for  the
participant.  A  local social services district may assign recipients in
households without dependent children to any activity. The employability
plan  also shall take into account the participant's supportive services
needs, available program resources, local employment opportunities,  AND
SHALL STRONGLY CONSIDER, FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OBTAINED A HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA OR A GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA (GED), THE POTENTIAL FOR AVAIL-
ABLE EMPLOYMENT THAT PAYS A SUSTAINABLE WAGE; PROVIDED THAT ANY INDIVID-
UAL'S  PREPARATION  FOR  EMPLOYMENT SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH FEDERAL AND
STATE WORK PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS; and  where  the  social  services
official  is  considering  an  educational  activity assignment for such
participant, the participant's liability for student loans,  grants  and
scholarship  awards.    The employability plan shall be explained to the
participant. Any change to the participant's employability plan required
by the social services official shall be discussed with the  participant
and shall be documented in writing.
  S 6. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall have become a law, and shall apply to employability plans made
or updated on and after such effective date.

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