Requires the division of veterans' affairs to maintain an employment portal on its website to assist veterans in obtaining employment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring the division of veterans' affairs to maintain an employment portal on its website
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide information regarding resources that are available to assist veterans in' obtaining employment by maintaining a veterans' employment portal on the division's website.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require the Division of Veterans' Affairs to provide information regarding resources available to assist veterans in obtaining employment by maintaining a veterans' employment portal on the division's website. The portal shall provide virtual links to appropriate governmental programs on the federal and state level including but not limited to the United States Department of Labor and the New York State Department of Labor, Such information required under this subdivision shall be maintained and updated annually. It may be available in print as well.
JUSTIFICATION: Having served and defended our nation, veterans are well-trained and highly skilled and will add value to any company. But today's veterans face unique challenges.
As of June 2011, one million veterans were unemployed and the jobless rate for post 9/11 veterans was 13.3 percent.
These veterans tend to be young and many worked in sections that were among the hardest hit by the recession. Post 9/11 veterans were more likely to be employed in mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, all industries that experienced significant drops in employment during 2008-2009.
And as we end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, over one million service members are projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2018.
We have an obligation to make sure our veterans are able to navigate this difficult labor marker and succeed in the civilian workforce.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that any rules and regulations
necessary for the implementation of this act On its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7766 IN SENATE June 18, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring the division of veterans' affairs to maintain an employment portal on its website THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7-b to read as follows: 7-B. TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST VETERANS IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT BY MAINTAINING A VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT PORTAL ON THE DIVISION'S INTERNET WEBSITE. SUCH PORTAL SHALL PROVIDE VIRTUAL LINKS TO APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS ON THE FEDER- AL AND STATE LEVEL, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. THE DIVISION MAY CONSULT WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY DEVOTED TO HELPING VETERANS OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT. THE DIVISION SHALL MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS INFORMATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS FOUR-A, FOUR-B, AND FOUR-C OF THIS SECTION AND THE ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF THIS SECTION. SUCH INFORMATION REQUIRED UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE MAINTAINED AND UPDATED ANNUAL- LY. THE INFORMATION MAY ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN PRINTED FORM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that any rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgat- ed on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13811-06-2