President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide, bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.
The 2014 Workforce Innovation Act comes into effect in July 2015. Each state’s public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program will have an expanded role in providing services related to the transition of youth with disabilities from school to adult life. The Act requires that 15% of vocational rehabilitation funds must be used for transition services. Community-based programs present new workforce management challenges for agencies with more and more staff working with clients outside of facility-based service environments.
Join MITC for our What’s New In Agency Workforce Management webinar on November 20 and explore how the new regulatory and funding environment (WIOA, Rhode Island ruling, ACA, overtime for homecare workers, managed care, and fee-for-service) effects agency workforce management.