106.14(1)(1)The department shall provide a job center network throughout the state through which job seekers may receive comprehensive career planning, job placement, and job training information.
106.14(2) (2)The department shall publicize and maintain on its job center website information related to the job program under s. 49.147 (3) so that employers and individuals seeking employment may obtain information about the program, including how to participate in it.
106.14 History History: 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 27 ss. 3713, 3770m and 3770p; Stats. 1995 s. 106.14; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16; 2009 a. 333; 2011 a. 32; 2017 a. 365 s. 112.
106.15 106.15 Assistance for dislocated workers.
106.15(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
106.15(1)(a) (a) “Council" means the council on workforce investment established under 29 USC 2821.
106.15(1)(b) (b) “Dislocated worker" has the meaning given in 29 USC 2801 (9).
106.15(1)(c) (c) “Dislocated worker committee" means the committee or other subunit of the council that assists the governor in providing employment and training activities to dislocated workers under 29 USC 2862 to 2864.
106.15(1)(d) (d) “Local plan" means a local plan required under 29 USC 2833 as a condition for a grant.
106.15(3) (3) Grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (m), the department shall make grants to persons providing employment and training activities to dislocated workers including all of the following:
106.15(3)(a) (a) Job search assistance, including participation in job clubs.
106.15(3)(b) (b) Training in job skills.
106.15(3)(c) (c) Support services, including but not limited to transportation assistance, relocation assistance, financial counseling, personal counseling and programs conducted in cooperation with employers or labor organizations.
106.15(4) (4) Grant approval. The department may award a grant under this section only if both of the following occur:
106.15(4)(a) (a) The dislocated workers committee approves the local plan or application for funding and refers its decision to the secretary.
106.15(4)(b) (b) After receiving a referral under par. (a), the secretary approves the local plan or application for funding.
106.15(5) (5) Local plan or application review. In reviewing local plans and applications for funding under this section, the dislocated workers committee and the secretary shall consider all of the following:
106.15(5)(a) (a) The severity of the need for the program in the community to be served when compared with the severity of need in other communities.
106.15(5)(b) (b) The appropriateness of the skill development or training to be provided, including whether the demand for that skill exceeds the supply.
106.15(5)(c) (c) Whether the program provides for labor organizations to participate in program planning.
106.15(5)(d) (d) Whether the program provides for coordination with other employment and training programs offered in the community in which the program will be offered.
106.15(6) (6) Rule making. The department shall promulgate rules to administer this section. The rules shall address eligible applicants and program providers, application requirements, criteria and procedures for awarding grants, reporting and auditing procedures and administrative operations.
106.15(7) (7) Funding. From the amounts appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (m), all moneys received under 29 USC 2862 to 2864 shall be expended to fund grants and operations under this section.
106.15 History History: 1985 a. 153; 1987 a. 27; 1989 a. 31, 44; 1995 a. 27 ss. 3714, 3715; Stats. 1995 s. 106.15; 1999 a. 9; 2003 a. 33; 2011 a. 32.
106.16 106.16 Notification of position openings.
106.16(1)(1)In this section:
106.16(1)(a) (a) “Company" means any business operated for profit.
106.16(1)(b) (b) “State agency" has the meaning given in s. 20.001 (1).
106.16(2) (2)Any company that receives a loan or grant from a state agency or an authority under ch. 231 or 234 shall notify the department and the local workforce development board established under 29 USC 2832, of any position in the company that is related to the project for which the grant or loan is received to be filled in this state within one year after receipt of the loan or grant. The company shall provide this notice at least 2 weeks prior to advertising the position.
106.16(3) (3)A state agency or an authority under ch. 231 or 234 shall notify the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation if it makes a loan or grant to a company.
106.16(4) (4)
106.16(4)(a)(a) The department shall, upon complaint by any person or on its own motion, investigate any allegation that a company has violated sub. (2) if the complaint is filed with the department no more than 300 days after the alleged violation occurred.
106.16(4)(b) (b) If after investigation under par. (a) the department finds probable cause to believe that a company has violated sub. (2), the department shall notify the company of the department's finding of probable cause, of the actions specified under par. (d) that the department proposes to take and of the company's right to request a hearing regarding the alleged violation of sub. (2).
106.16(4)(c) (c) A company that receives a notice under par. (b) may, within 30 days after the date of the notice, request a contested case hearing under s. 227.42. If the department does not receive a request for a contested case hearing under s. 227.42 within 30 days after the date of the notice under par. (b), the department shall issue a final decision that the company has violated sub. (2) and take the actions specified under par. (d).
106.16(4)(d) (d) If the department receives a request under par. (c) for a hearing, the department shall hold a hearing as provided under s. 227.44. If, after hearing, the department finds that a company has violated sub. (2), the department shall issue a final decision under s. 227.47 that the company has violated sub. (2) and shall order the company to take any remedial action that the department considers appropriate based on the severity of the noncompliance with sub. (2).
106.16 History History: 1985 a. 285, 332; 1987 a. 27, 399; 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 27 ss. 3716 and 9116 (5); Stats. 1995 s. 106.16; 1999 a. 9; 2011 a. 32.
106.17 106.17 Local labor market information.
106.17(1)(1)The department shall collect information concerning local labor markets and periodically prepare reports dealing with labor forces at a local level in this state for general circulation.
106.17(2) (2)The collection and distribution of local labor market information under sub. (1) shall be funded only from the appropriations under s. 20.445 (1) (m) and (n).
106.17 History History: 1987 a. 27; 1995 a. 27 s. 3717; Stats. 1995 s. 106.17; 2003 a. 33.
106.18 106.18 Youth programs in 1st class cities. From the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (fm), the department shall implement and operate youth summer jobs programs in 1st class cities.
106.18 History History: 2007 a. 20; 2015 a. 348; 2017 a. 370.
106.19 106.19 Trade adjustment assistance overpayment waiver.
106.19(1)(1)On or before October 8, 1989, the department shall establish a policy for waiving recovery of overpayments made under the federal adjustment assistance for workers program under 19 USC 2272 to 2318.
106.19(2) (2)The waiver policy shall require the department to grant a waiver if all of the following apply:
106.19(2)(a) (a) The overpayment was not the fault of the person who received it.
106.19(2)(b) (b) Requiring repayment would be contrary to equity and good conscience.
106.19(3) (3)The department shall do all of the following:
106.19(3)(a) (a) Notify all of the following persons of the waiver policy and the person's right to request a waiver:
106.19(3)(a)1. 1. A person from whom the department attempts to recover an overpayment made under 19 USC 2272 to 2318.
106.19(3)(a)2. 2. A person from whom the department is in the process of recovering an overpayment made under 19 USC 2272 to 2318.
106.19(3)(b) (b) Comply with the guidelines issued by the U.S. secretary of labor under 19 USC 2315 in connection with the waiver policy.
106.19(3)(c) (c) Establish the waiver policy by rule, using the procedure under s. 227.24.
106.19 History History: 1989 a. 31; 1995 a. 27 s. 3719; Stats. 1995 s. 106.19.
106.19 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DWD 135, Wis. adm. code.
106.25 106.25 Public insurrection; death and disability benefits.
106.25(1)(1)Definition. In this section, “public insurrection" means a civil disturbance in which a group or groups of persons are simultaneously engaged in acts of violence against persons or property by the illegal use of weapons, by burning, pillaging or looting or by committing any other illegal acts, and which is of such a magnitude as to result in any of the following:
106.25(1)(am) (am) Extraordinary utilization of off-duty local law enforcement personnel.
106.25(1)(b) (b) Declaration of a public emergency by the governor.
106.25(1)(c) (c) The calling of the national guard or other troops.
106.25(2) (2) Death and disability benefits. If the department finds that the injury or death of a state or local government officer or employee arose out of the performance of duties in connection with a public insurrection, and finds that death or disability benefits are payable under ch. 102, a supplemental award equal to the amount of the benefits, other than medical expense, payable under ch. 102 shall be made to the persons and in the same manner provided by ch. 102, except that when benefits are payable under s. 102.49, a supplemental award equal to one-half the benefits payable under that section shall be made.
106.25(3) (3) Payments. All payments under this section shall be made from the general fund.
106.25(4) (4) Benefits additional to all others. Death and disability benefits under this section are in addition to all other benefits provided by state law or by action of any municipality or public agency.
106.25 History History: 1971 c. 40; 1975 c. 199; 1975 c. 404 s. 7; 1975 c. 405 s. 7; Stats. 1975 s. 101.47; 1977 c. 29 s. 1651; 1995 a. 27 s. 3726; Stats. 1995 s. 106.25; 1995 a. 225, 257.
106.26 106.26 Employment transit assistance program.
106.26(1)(1)Findings and purpose. The legislature finds that, for many workers and persons seeking employment in outlying suburban and sparsely populated and developed areas, conventional, fixed-route mass transit systems do not provide adequate transportation service. The purpose of the employment transit assistance program under this section is to correct this deficiency in access to employment locations and to stimulate the development of innovative transit service methods.
106.26(2) (2) Definitions. In this section:
106.26(2)(a) (a) “Eligible applicant" means a local public body or a private organization.
106.26(2)(b) (b) “Local public body" has the meaning given in s. 85.20 (1) (d).
106.26(2)(c) (c) “Mass transit system" has the meaning given in s. 85.20 (1) (e).
106.26(2)(d) (d) “Project" means a project designed to improve access to jobs, including part-time jobs and Wisconsin works employment positions, as defined in s. 49.141 (1) (r), located in outlying suburban and sparsely populated and developed areas that are not adequately served by a mass transit system and to develop innovative transit service methods.
106.26(3) (3) Administration. The department shall administer the employment transit assistance program and shall have all powers necessary and convenient to implement this section, including the following:
106.26(3)(a) (a) To conduct a project.
106.26(3)(b) (b) To make and execute contracts with eligible applicants.
106.26(3)(c) (c) To make grants from the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (fg) to eligible applicants to conduct projects or to match a federal grant awarded to an eligible applicant to conduct a project. Grants by the department are subject to all of the following requirements:
106.26(3)(c)1. 1. A grant may not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of a project.
106.26(3)(c)2. 2. A grant may only be made to an eligible applicant that provides access to nontemporary employment or to Wisconsin works employment positions, as defined in s. 49.141 (1) (r).
106.26(3)(d) (d) To receive and review applications from eligible applicants for grants under this section and to prescribe the form, nature and extent of information that shall be included in applications.
106.26(3)(e) (e) To establish criteria for evaluating applications for grants under this section.
106.26 History History: 1989 a. 31; 1995 a. 27 s. 3526m; Stats. 1995 s. 106.26; 1997 a. 27; 2003 a. 33; 2015 a. 348; 2017 a. 370.
106.27 106.27 Workforce training program.
106.27(1)(1)Workforce training grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall award grants to public and private organizations for the development and implementation of workforce training programs. An organization that is awarded a grant under this subsection may use the grant for the training of unemployed and underemployed workers and incumbent employees of businesses in this state. As a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection, the department may require a public or private organization to provide matching funds at a percentage to be determined by the department. Grants awarded under this subsection may include any of the following:
106.27(1)(a) (a) Grants for collaborative projects among school districts, technical colleges, and businesses to provide high school students with industry-recognized certifications in high-demand fields, as determined by the department.
106.27(1)(b)1.1. Grants for programs that train teachers and that train individuals to become teachers, including teachers in dual enrollment programs.
106.27(1)(b)2. 2. In this paragraph:
106.27(1)(b)2.a. a. “Dual enrollment program" means a program or course of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college.
106.27(1)(b)2.b. b. “Teacher” includes an instructor at a technical college under ch. 38.
106.27(1)(c) (c) Grants for the development of public-private partnerships designed to improve workforce retention through employee support and training.
2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 102 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on February 24, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 24, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-24-20)