Introduced by Representatives Head of S. Burlington, Brooks of Montpelier, Cross of Winooski, French of Randolph, Kiss of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, McLaughlin of Royalton, Pugh of S. Burlington and Seibert of Norwich
Subject: Labor; employment training grant; conditions; wage reduction; health insurance premiums
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to raise the minimum wage required to be paid by employers who take advantage of the state‑subsidized Vermont training program.
AN ACT RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT TRAINING GRANT CONDITIONS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 531 is amended to read:
§ 531. EMPLOYMENT TRAINING
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(c) The employer promises as a condition of the grant to:
new persons at a wage which, at the completion of the training program, is two
times the prevailing state or federal minimum wage, whichever is greater,
reduced by the value of any existing health benefit package up to a limit of
25 percent of the gross program wage, or for existing employees, to
increase the wage to two times the prevailing state and federal minimum wage,
whichever is greater, reduced by the value of any existing health benefit
package up to a limit of 20 15 percent of the gross program wage,
upon completion of training; provided, however, that in areas defined by the
secretary of commerce and community development in which the secretary finds
that the rate of unemployment is 50 percent greater than the average for the
state, the wage rate under this subsection may be set by the secretary at a
rate no less than one and one-half times the federal or state minimum wage,
whichever is greater;
(2) employ persons who have completed the training provided for them and nominated as qualified for a reasonable period at the wages and occupations described in the contract, unless the employer reasonably finds the nominee is not qualified;
(3) provide its employees with at least three of the following:
(A) health care benefits with 50 percent or more of the premium paid by the employer;
(B) dental assistance;
(C) paid vacation and holidays;
(D) child care;
(E) other extraordinary employee benefits; and
(F) retirement benefits.
issuing a grant or entering a contract for the conduct of training under this
section, the secretary of commerce and community development shall first
consult with: the commissioner of education regarding vocational‑technical
education; the commissioner of employment and training regarding apprenticeship
programs, on-the-job training programs, and recruiting through Vermont Job
Service and available federal training funds; the commissioner of
assistance, transition, and health access for children and family
services regarding welfare to work priorities; and the University of
Vermont and the Vermont state colleges.
(e) The secretary of commerce and community development shall administer all training programs under this section, may select and use providers of training as appropriate, and shall adopt rules and may accept services, money or property donated for the purposes of this section.
(f) Upon completion of the training program for any individual, the secretary of commerce and community development shall review the records and shall award to the trainee, if appropriate, a certificate of completion for the training.
(g) None of the criteria in subdivision (a)(1) of this section shall apply to a designated job development zone under 10 V.S.A. chapter 29, subchapter 2.
(h) The secretary may designate the commissioner of economic development to carry out his or her powers and duties under this chapter.
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