Directs the director of the state office for the aging to establish mature worker training programs for persons 55 or older who are seeking training to enable them to remain in or re-enter the work force; and provides for the awarding of grants to the providers of such programs.
BILL NUMBER: S2586A
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the mature worker employment training program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL :
Establishes a mature worker employment and training program to help workers ages 55 and older be prepared for continuing their employment after their retirement, or being trained or retrained for second careers or other work opportunities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Amends the elder law, creating a new Article III called the mature worker employment training program. section 301 contains definitions. Section 302 describes the duties of the director. Section 303 outlines grant opportunities, within amounts appropriated, for such programs. Section 304 describes the reporting requirements.
The demographic projections are showing clearly that older workers will continue to make up a rapidly growing percentage of the work force. This growth represents the fact that the population as a whole is getting older due to several factors, including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, lower birth rates for generations immediately following the baby boom longer life expectancies and younger generations leaving the state to work elsewhere. Efforts must be undertaken to train, retrain and retain older workers. This legislation will direct the director, inc consultation with the Commissioner of labor to establish a mature worker employment and training program for that purpose.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-08: S.3060A - Passed Senate, Veto Memo.88
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : One hundred and eightieth day after it has become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2586--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 24, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, HANNON, MAZIARZ, PADAVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging -- recommitted to the Committee on Aging in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the mature worker employment training program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new article IV to read as follows: ARTICLE IV MATURE WORKER EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM SECTION 401. DEFINITIONS. 402. DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR. 403. FUNDING FOR MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM. 404. REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR. S 401. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: 1. "ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE AGING" SHALL MEAN THE ADVISORY COMMIT- TEE FOR THE AGING ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED TEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. "DESIGNATED AGENCY" SHALL MEAN A DESIGNATED AGENCY AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 3. "ELIGIBLE PERSON" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND IS SEEKING AN EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM TO ENABLE THEM TO REMAIN IN OR RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE. 4. "MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN A PROGRAM, DEVELOPED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, PROVIDING A VARIETY OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS. S 402. DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR. 1. THE DIRECTOR IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMS TO BE FUNDED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED THREE OF THIS ARTICLE. SUCH DIRECTOR,EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08210-02-0 S. 2586--A 2
IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS FOR SUCH PROGRAMS. SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE TRAINING SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED; (B) THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA; (C) A SLIDING SCALE FOR COST SHARING BY PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS; (D) MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS; AND (E) ANY OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS THE DIRECTOR DEEMS NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE. 2. THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE INCLUSION OF MATURE WORKER TRAIN- ING PROGRAMS IN COUNTY PLANS AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (G) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER. S 403. FUNDING FOR MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM. 1. THE DIRECTOR SHALL, WITHIN THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED THEREFOR, AWARD GRANTS ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS TO NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS, DESIGNATED AGENCIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERIENCE OPERATING MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMS, WITH CONSIDERATION OF REGIONAL NEEDS. SUCH GRANTS SHALL BE EQUAL TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE ALLOWABLE EXPENDI- TURES FOR SERVICES PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE DIRECTOR MAY ACCEPT IN KIND EQUIVALENTS TO COMPRISE UP TO FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE GRANT RECIPIENT'S TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT SHARE OF SUCH EXPENDITURES; PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT IN THE CASE OF MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM PROVIDERS WHICH CAN DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL NEED, THE DIRECTOR MAY AWARD GRANTS UP TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE ALLOWABLE EXPENDITURES. 2. THE OFFICE SHALL EXPEND NOT MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OF THE APPROPRI- ATIONS, MADE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF THE IMPLEMENTATION THEREOF. 3. NO EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS SHALL BE MADE PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE TO ANY MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SERVICES PROVIDED TO ELDERLY PERSONS WHO ARE OTHERWISE RECEIVING COMPARABLE SERVICES WHETHER THROUGH THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT, THE JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ACT, THE SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, THE CARL D. PERKINS VOCA- TIONAL AND APPLIED TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ACT OF 1990 OR ANY OTHER SOURCE. S 404. REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR. THE DIRECTOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE AGING, AFFECTED STATE AGENCIES, AFFECTED MUNICIPAL AGENCIES AND PERSONS INVOLVED IN PROVIDING MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM SERVICES, SHALL, ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, ISSUE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRES- IDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON LABOR, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGING, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEM- BLY COMMITTEE ON AGING ON THE PROJECTED COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ESTABLISH- ING UNIFORM STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPERATION OF MATURE WORK- ER TRAINING PROGRAMS. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE THE DIRECTOR'S FINDINGS, ESTIMATES AND RECOMMENDATIONS WITH REGARD TO THE FISCAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE REGULATION OF MATURE WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Provided, that, effective immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be completed on or before such date.