Provides that self employment activities, for the purposes of unemployment, shall include training and counseling on establishing a business; directs development centers and entrepreneurship support centers to track the outcomes in establishing business for program participants; directs the department of economic development to conduct a regional analysis of the effectiveness of self-employment sponsored businesses and business activity; extends from December 7, 2015 to December 7, 2017, the expiration of the self-employment assistance program.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to requiring development centers and entrepreneurship support centers to track the success of program participants; to amend the labor law, in relation to self employment activities for the purposes of unemployment claims; and to amend chapter 413 of the laws of 2003, amending the labor law relating to the self-employment assistance program and other matters, in relation to extending the expiration of the provisions thereof
The purpose of this bill is to expand upon the scope of self-employment assistance activities that can be conducted by the Department of Labor in its management of the Self-employment Assistance Program. This program is designed to allow recipients of unemployment insurance to continue to receive unemployment benefits when they participate in the Self-employment Assistance Program. The goal of this program is to assist those who are currently unemployed to become self-employed by establish their own business.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends Economic Development Law section 213 (1) to require that each job development center and entrepreneurship support center, when annually reporting on its activities to the Department of Economic Development, must include information on the outcomes for program participants and track such outcomes on a statistical basis for a period of up to five years to ascertain, track and document the success rate for such participants. In addition, the Department of Economic Development shall, for entrepreneurship support centers, conduct a regional analysis of the effectiveness of SEAP sponsored businesses including any regional disparities in the participation rates of such centers and the need for mechanisms to alleviate such disparities.
Section 2: Amends Economic Development Law section 213 (2) to include within this section of law a regional analysis of the effectiveness of self-employment assistance programs as provided for in Labor Law section 591-a, including regional disparities in the participation rates for such centers.
Section 3: Amends Labor Law section 591-a (2)(c)(iii) to expand the scope of self-employment activities that can be conducted by the Department of Labor in its operation of the self-employment Assistance Program (SEAP). Such activities can include class room training up to 40 hours and 20 hours of one-on-one counseling for each participant, instruction on start-up business financial management, capital acquisition and the development of business plans to establish a successful business, provide participants information on the existence of local professional organizations and chambers of commerce to help develop a support network for such participants, and offer follow-up advice and counseling to help ensure the success of such business venture.
This bill expands upon the SEAP program so as to increase its effectiveness, and extends the sunset date of this law until 2017.
This bill is needed to expand upon the services that can be provided by the SEAP program to assist those who are receiving unemployment benefits and transition such persons to new profitable self-employment opportunities. It is important for those unemployed persons with young families and working -single women and mothers, to be able to expand upon the kinds of business opportunities that such persons can pursue and to help them build a new career or business that help to successfully support such individuals or households. Such SEAP programs would be encouraged to provide more instruction on start-up business financial management, capital acquisition and the development of practical business plans to establish a successful business. Further, this bill attempts to establish support networks for such new businesses by connecting them to local professional associations and chambers of commerce and by providing follow-up advice and counseling to ensure the success of such business venture. Further, it helps to encourage cooperation between the Departments of Labor and Economic Development that jointly approve and conduct SEAP activities to further their departmental missions.
The first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5277 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to requiring development centers and entrepreneurship support centers to track the success of program participants; to amend the labor law, in relation to self employment activities for the purposes of unemployment claims; and to amend chapter 413 of the laws of 2003, amending the labor law relating to the self-employment assistance program and other matters, in relation to extending the expiration of the provisions thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 213 of the economic development law, as added by chapter 839 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows: 1. monitor the performance of each development center and each entre- preneurship support center and require periodic and annual reports from each development center and each entrepreneurship support center at such time and in such a manner as prescribed by the commissioner, PROVIDED THAT SUCH PERIODIC AND ANNUAL REPORTS SHALL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON OUTCOMES, WHETHER SUCCESSFUL OR NOT, FOR ALL INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM PARTIC- IPANTS OF EACH DEVELOPMENT CENTER OR ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT CENTER, AND TRACK SUCH OUTCOMES ON A STATISTICAL BASIS FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO FIVE YEARS SO AS TO HELP ASCERTAIN, TRACK AND DOCUMENT THE SUCCESS RATE FOR SUCH PARTICIPANTS; S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 213 of the economic development law, as amended by chapter 227 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: (b) in the case of entrepreneurship support centers, the extent to which the program serves minorities, women, individuals with a disabili- ty and dislocated workers; the extent to which the program is coordi-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10805-04-3 S. 5277 2
nated with other assistance programs targeted to small and new busi- nesses; the ability of the program to leverage other sources of funding and support; the success of the training programs in aiding entrepre- neurs to start up new businesses, including the number of new business start-ups resulting from the program, and the quality of supplemental technical assistance offered to graduates of the training programs; A REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SELF-EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AS ESTABLISHED IN SECTION FIVE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE-A OF THE LABOR LAW, SPONSORED BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS ACTIVITY, INCLUDING ANY REGIONAL DISPARITIES IN THE PARTICIPATION RATES OF SUCH CENTERS AND CONDUCTED AT SUCH CENTERS AND THE NEED FOR MECHANISMS TO ALLEVIATE SUCH DISPARITIES; such report shall recommend changes and improvements in the program; S 3. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 591-a of the labor law, as amended by section 1 of part Z of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: (iii) are participating in self-employment assistance activities approved by the department and by the department of economic development which include but need not be limited to entrepreneurial training, busi- ness counseling, and technical assistance, including financing assist- ance for qualified individuals as appropriate, offered by entrepreneur- ship support centers established pursuant to section two hundred twelve of the economic development law, state university of New York small business development centers, programs offered by community-based organ- izations, local development corporations, and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) as established pursuant to section one thousand nine hundred fifty of the education law; and, unless otherwise required by federal law or regulation, no individual shall be prohibited from or disqualified from eligibility for the program if prior to apply- ing for the program, an individual has printed business cards or has a website that is designed but not active, and neither are being used to solicit or conduct business. SELF-EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE CLASSROOM TRAINING FOR UP TO FORTY HOURS AND ONE-ON-ONE COUN- SELING FOR UP TO TWENTY HOURS FOR EACH PARTICIPANT, INSTRUCTION ON START-UP BUSINESS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, CAPITAL ACQUISITION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS PLANS TO ESTABLISH A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION ON THE EXISTENCE OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ORGAN- IZATIONS OR CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE THAT CAN HELP TO PROVIDE A SUPPORT NETWORK FOR THE SUCCESSFUL ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF A NEWLY FORMED BUSINESS, AND OFFER THE PROVISION OF FOLLOW-UP ADVICE AND COUNSELING TO PARTICIPANTS TO HELP ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF SUCH BUSINESS VENTURE; S 4. Section 10 of chapter 413 of the laws of 2003, amending the labor law relating to the self-employment assistance program and other matters, as amended by section 2 of part Z of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: S 10. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that sections eight and nine of this act shall expire December 7,
2017 when upon such date the provisions of such sections shall be deemed repealed. S 5. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however that the amendments to section 591-a of the labor law made by section three of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.