California Workforce Legislation and Policy
CWA Executive Director Bob Lanter gave testimony to the Assembly JEDE Committee on 2/14/2017. Click here to see the hearing!
CWA is on the forefront of tracking legislation and policy in California, and this is the depository where you can find all legislation and state directives around workforce development, with analysis and public comment on those items where applicable.
CWA Sponsored Legislation
AB 1111 Removing Barriers to Employment Act
Primary Sponsor: Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D)
Between current openings and baby boomer retirements, California businesses expect to have 4.4 million middle skill job openings in the next decade. Where is California going to find the talent to fill the need?
AB 1111 suggests that the talent is waiting right here in our own backyard, waiting to be tapped. Disconnected populations and populations with barriers to employment comprise a large amount of California’s potential workforce. It is not just a social imperative that we help these people enter into the skilled workforce, but an economic imperative as well.
This bill would develop a grant program that Workforce Boards and Community-Based Organizations would join forces to apply for. The object? To break barriers to gainful employment and help fill business needs. See our infographic to the right for more information.
California Legislation We’re Following
We will be filling this page out as bills come through. For a full list of our watched bills, including bills on our watch list, please join CWA now!
Selective Service Registration – Comments due 1/17/17
- Selection of AJCC Operators and Career Services Providers
- MOU Phase II Guidance
- Regional and Local Planning Guidance
For more directives, please click here
The regions of California have come together with their regional partners to solve large issues that stifle economic growth in a project called Slingshot.
To see details on Slingshot, as well as other statewide initiatives, please click here
CWA keeps tabs on the websites of all of the important California and federal players in workforce development on our Government Resources page.
To view the page, please click here
• AB 1111 (CWA sponsored, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia) - This bill would enact the Removing Barriers to Employment Act, which would require the California Workforce Development Board to work with the Employment Development Department to create a grant program to...
This morning, AB 1111 was passed on an A roll call (unanimous support) by the Assembly Appropriations committee, and will go to the Assembly floor. CWA and our partners and members have now officially progressed further towards the goal of this bill than 2642 did last...
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SUPPORT AB 376 (Chavez) – Summary: Would, by July 1, 2018, require the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the United States...
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Addresses Job Committee to Discuss Industry Competitiveness and Economic Inclusion SACRAMENTO - California Workforce Association Executive Director Bob Lanter will address the Assembly Jobs Committee in the first in a series of informational hearings to examine core...