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DIVISION 3. EMPLOYMENT SERVICES PROGRAMS [9000 - 11024]

  ( Heading of Division 3 amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207. )

PART 1. EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY SERVICES [9000 - 11024]

  ( Heading of Part 1 amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207. )

CHAPTER 2. Employment Development Department [9500 - 9912]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 373. )

ARTICLE 2. Powers and Duties [9600 - 9619]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1460. )

9600.
  

(a) The department shall represent the state and local governments upon their request in dealing with the federal government regarding the kinds and quality of job training and placement, employability, and related programs contained in the statewide plan described in subdivision (b), which are administered by or in the State of California pursuant to this division.

(b) The department shall develop a statewide plan and area plans to coordinate all programs it administers pursuant to this division and shall present such plans annually to the Legislature. Such plans shall include, but not be limited to, the review required in Section 9604.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9600.7.
  

(a) The department shall have the authority to administer the requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act including, but not limited to, establishing accounting, monitoring, auditing, and reporting procedures and criteria in order to ensure state compliance with the objectives and requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

(b) The department shall adopt, amend, or repeal any rules and regulations as necessary to implement Division 7 (commencing with Section 14000).

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 94, Sec. 2. (AB 1270) Effective January 1, 2016.)

9601.
  

The department may enter into any contractual agreements with public agencies, community action agencies, private organizations and individuals which are necessary to carry out the purposes of this part. Priority in contracts for services to carry out the provisions of this part shall be given to community action agencies, if the director determines that the agency can effectively provide such services.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1460.)

9602.
  

(a) The director shall designate economically disadvantaged areas. These areas shall be priority areas for services provided under this part. To the fullest extent possible, offices shall be established within the boundaries of the disadvantaged areas designated by the director.

(b) To the extent permitted by law, the department shall serve eligible persons in such a way as to prevent discrimination by serving persons whose minority group characteristics coincide to the fullest extent possible with the minority group characteristics of the unemployed and underemployed in the economically disadvantaged areas of their community.

A minority shall be interpreted to include women to assure equality of opportunity in employment in accordance with Executive Order 11478 under the Federal Affirmative Action Program.

(c) The department shall to the extent permitted by law provide services under this part in accordance with the following priorities:

(1) Unemployed heads of households.

(2) Underemployed heads of households.

(3) Other unemployed and underemployed persons.

(4) Veterans shall be accorded priority pursuant to federal law.

(d) For purposes of this division, women as a class shall be deemed to constitute a minority group.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1468.)

9602.5.
  

The department shall establish, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department of Education, and the Chancellor’s office of the California Community Colleges, a systemwide policy of actively promoting the training of women in nontraditional occupations. For purposes of this section, “nontraditional occupations” means any job classification in which not more than 25 percent of the employees are women, according to the statistics of the United States Department of Labor.

This section is not intended, and shall not be construed, to require any local agency to make any expenditures to further the policy set forth in this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 356, Sec. 1.)

9604.
  

(a) The department shall establish necessary data systems which shall provide administrative information on persons served including, but not limited to, the following information:

(1) Pertinent data on the characteristics of persons served.

(2) The services provided.

(3) The results of services provided.

(b) The department shall also compile annually a report for the state and its principal labor market areas. The report shall contain information on the characteristics of the unemployed and analyses of current trends and projections for population, labor force, employment, and unemployment and shall be provided on a regular basis to cooperative area manpower systems councils or successors.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 152, Sec. 31. Effective January 1, 2006.)

9605.
  

The department shall:

(a) Conduct the state manpower program, with the exception of manpower programs conducted by units of local general purpose government.

(b) Be the sole state agency to approve and coordinate publicly funded job training and placement programs, which it administers. The department shall approve programs only if consistent with the plans developed under Section 9600 and other provisions of this division.

(c) Be responsible for developing program objectives for each category of the service program it administers, establishing cost-effective results measurement, and providing accountability for results as related to the objectives set.

(d) Appoint an advisory committee of representatives of employers and employer organizations to enlist the advice and support of private industry in developing a statewide system for making jobs available to job trainees following successful completion of job training and placement programs.

(e) Develop controls to insure that job training and placement programs, it administers meet existing labor market needs as viewed by employers. The department shall study training and personnel selection methods used successfully by private industry.

(f) Encourage placement of eligible persons in public employment with the assistance of an advisory group representing state and local officials and representatives of economically disadvantaged areas appointed by the department.

(g) Evaluate the need for specific new public employment opportunities.

(h) Determine the kinds and quality of job training and placement programs, it administers necessary to provide placement in public employment for eligible persons and develop means to realign job tasks to develop greater employment opportunities for eligible persons.

(i) Cooperate with the State Personnel Board and local personnel officials in developing and upgrading employment opportunities for and in eliminating unnecessary barriers to the placement of eligible persons in public employment.

The State Personnel Board and other state and local agencies shall cooperate to the maximum extent feasible to achieve the purposes of this division.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 152, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2006.)

9606.
  

The state manpower program shall serve the needs of employers by providing them with referrals of qualified job applicants. In addition the manpower program shall assist those individuals who are ready for employment, those who are employable with some direct assistance, and those individuals who are potentially employable.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9607.
  

In the administration of the state manpower program, the director shall establish community employment development centers. Within his administrative discretion, he shall determine the number, location and management structure for community employment development centers based on identified community needs. Each center shall be responsible for identifying and meeting manpower needs within the community and for maintaining current community labor market information. This labor market information shall be the basis for more realistic direction to manpower and vocational training efforts.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9608.
  

The director shall, within each community employment development center, establish an intake system to appraise the individual needs of applicants. Each community employment development center shall provide the following services:

(a) Job referral and labor market information services to applicants who are occupationally competitive and qualified by training or experience in the labor market. These applicants shall be encouraged to utilize self-help services.

(b) Employment exploration and job development services to applicants who are employable but need some directed assistance in planning an effective job search or coping with minor barriers to employment. Employment exploration and job development services are designed as follows:

(1) To prepare groups of applicants to use job referral and information services by instructing them in job finding techniques and how to initiate their own job search.

(2) To assist applicants directly by developing job opportunities.

(3) To provide, as necessary, usually on a one-time basis, the following services:

(A) Contacting an employer to explain an applicant’s qualifications or limitations, such as a disability not affecting ability to work, in relation to requirements for a particular job and arranging an interview.

(B) A more thorough appraisal of the applicant’s capabilities and desires in relation to the job market than is required of an applicant seeking only job referral and labor market information.

(4) To arrange for short-term supplemental services.

(c) Individual employability development and placement services to applicants who are potentially employable but are in need of more intensive services before becoming employable because they have vocational barriers due to disability, lack of skills, obsolescence of job skills, limited education, or poor work habits and attitudes. Intensive employability services shall be provided by case-responsible persons to applicants where case-responsible persons are assigned.

(d) Through case managers or case-responsible persons, case services to applicants to the extent funds are available. Case services funds may be made available for services to the disadvantaged. “Case services” means an applicant’s expenses necessary for or incident to training or employability development and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Medical and dental treatment necessary for employability.

(2) Temporary child care.

(3) Transportation costs.

(4) Wearing apparel.

(5) Books and supplies.

(6) Tools and safety equipment.

(7) Union fees.

(8) Business license fees.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 649. Effective January 1, 2007.)

9609.
  

The department shall administer manpower service funds and shall provide, in a balanced and flexible manner, needed services as provided in this part.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9610.
  

The director may enter into contracts for public and private job training and placement programs as may be required, and shall maintain quarterly projections of manpower needs in the public and private sector in each area.

(Added by renumbering Section 9606 by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9612.
  

The employees of the department shall be subject to the State Civil Service Act, except for exempt appointees. Members of the California Commission on Aging shall continue to be appointed by the Governor.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 819, Sec. 4.)

9613.
  

(a) The director shall make every effort to secure to the fullest extent possible federal funds available for participation under this part and shall provide that effective and comprehensive placement and manpower information services are made available to eligible persons, both youth and adults, who are served by the department, using funds available to the department under Title III and Title IX of the Social Security Act, in accordance with a plan of service developed by the department and approved by the United States Department of Labor as required by federal law and regulations.

(b) Under a plan of service developed by the department, funds under Title III and Title IX used for the administration of employment service offices and funds under the Manpower Development and Training Act shall be used to administer programs designed to find employment for economically displaced personnel toward the end of meeting the following goals:

(1) Developing a broad inventory of skills of displaced workers.

(2) Establishing labor market information systems necessary to identify the need for skills in waste disposal, power, water reclamation, sea water conversion, communications, biomedical techniques, air pollution control, and transportation systems.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1207.)

9615.
  

Eligible persons who are registrants pursuant to Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 11320) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall receive priority for services. The department shall use up to 50 percent of the funds available to it pursuant to Section 7(b) of the federal Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 49f) to provide for job services required pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 11320.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 152, Sec. 34. Effective January 1, 2006.)

9616.
  

(a) The department, in coordination with the United States Department of Defense and the various branches of the military of the United States, shall determine which military occupational specialties have civilian counterpart jobs that require licensure by state or local agencies.

(b) The department shall further determine, to the degree possible, if any procedural, financial, technological, educational, or bureaucratic barriers exist that impede military personnel reentering the civilian workforce from acquiring these licenses.

(c) The department shall implement this section only to the extent federal funds are available for the costs of implementation.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 745, Sec. 216. Effective October 12, 2001.)

9616.1.
  

(a) The department shall convene groups that represent local department field offices, county welfare departments, local workforce investment areas, and community colleges for the purpose of developing a local plan on how these entities will regularly coordinate employer outreach activities and the solicitation of entry-level and other job listings, in order to reduce duplication of effort and to enhance the overall job development activities. Each local plan shall be signed by the local entities convened pursuant to this subdivision and submitted to the department.

(b) The entities involved in formulating each local plan and the department shall review each plan on at least an annual basis.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 152, Sec. 35. Effective January 1, 2006.)

9617.
  

(a) To the extent that funds are provided in the Budget Act of 2000 for the purposes of providing competitive grants to faith-based organizations that are not owned or operated as pervasively sectarian organizations, those organizations receiving funding shall demonstrate that they are able to meet the following six criteria in the provision of services:

(1) Establishing linkages with local workforce development service delivery systems.

(2) Leveraging resources through collaboration and partnerships.

(3) Establishing intermediate and long-term outcome goals, with measurable indicators.

(4) Collecting and maintaining data that can be used for management decisionmaking.

(5) Using data to assess progress and evaluate effectiveness.

(6) Sharing information with stakeholders.

(b) The department shall provide technical assistance to organizations as needed to enable them to meet the six criteria specified in paragraphs (1) to (6), inclusive, of subdivision (a).

(c) The department shall collect and analyze the following information as it relates to the organizations funded under this section:

(1) The number of participants who experienced job placements, wage gains, increased job retention, increased educational achievement, and reduced use of public assistance programs.

(2) The cost per participant.

(3) Organizations’ effectiveness in serving populations with barriers to employment who are missed by traditional service providers.

(4) The department’s success in transitioning the organizations to longer-term funding sources.

(d) The department shall provide an interim report with regard to the competitive grants provided under this section to the Legislature on or before May 15, 2001, and shall provide a final report to the Legislature on or before September 1, 2001.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 108, Sec. 17.5. Effective July 10, 2000.)

9618.
  

(a) The department shall administer a solar training program. The department shall coordinate with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the State Contractors’ License Board to ensure solar energy product and service providers in California possess and maintain the necessary skills, training, and certification.

(b) Elements of the training program shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) The science of photovoltaics and small scale solar thermal technologies.

(2) The design of solar systems.

(3) The installation of solar systems.

(4) Permitting of solar systems.

(5) Safety.

(6) System and component certification.

(7) State and federal incentive programs.

(Added by Stats. 2001, 2nd Ex. Sess., Ch. 17, Sec. 4. Effective August 8, 2002.)

9619.
  

(a) (1) To the extent that funds are appropriated for this purpose in the annual Budget Act, the department may award grants to regional collaboratives for the creation of regional nursing simulation laboratories that will allow additional nursing students to have access to clinical educational facilities. No single grant made under this section may exceed two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

(2) During the 2005–06 fiscal year, all grants made under this section shall be made for the creation of regional nursing simulation laboratories that serve rural areas.

(b) The department shall administer grants made under this section, and shall establish procedures and criteria for the awarding of those grants.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 74, Sec. 73. Effective July 19, 2005.)

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