2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:15C-15 - Workforce Investment Boards; representatives; duties, powers.


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34:15C-15 Workforce Investment Boards; representatives; duties, powers.

18. a. Each workforce investment area shall be under the jurisdiction of a Workforce Investment Board. Each local workforce investment area established by the Governor shall have the same boundaries as the labor market area of which it is a part, except in cases where the boundaries are different because the Governor is required, pursuant to section 116 of Pub. L.105-220 (29 U.S.C. s. 2831), to approve a request to be a workforce investment area.

b.Each Workforce Investment Board shall be in conformity with section 116 of Pub. L. 105-220 (29 U.S.C. s.2831) and the guidelines issued by the State Employment and Training Commission and shall consist of:

(1)Representatives of businesses who:

(a)Are owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policy making or hiring authority;

(b)Represent businesses with employment opportunities that reflect the employment opportunities of the local area;

(c)Are appointed from among individuals nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations; and

(d)Constitute a majority of the membership of the local board;

(2)Representatives of local educational entities who:

(a)Are representatives of local educational agencies, local school boards, entities providing adult education and literacy activities, county vocational technical schools and post-secondary educational institutions, including representatives of community colleges; and

(b)Are selected from nominations by regional or local educational agencies, institutions or organizations representing such local educational entities;

(3)Representatives of local area labor organizations who are nominated by local labor federations;

(4)Representatives of community-based organizations including organizations representing individuals with disabilities, organizations representing veterans, and faith-based organizations;

(5)Representatives of local economic development agencies including private sector entities;

(6)Representatives of each of the One-Stop partners; and

(7)Representatives that chief elected officials deem appropriate for board membership.

The chairperson of the board shall be selected from among members of the board who are representative of business in the local area.

c.Members of the board shall be appointed from among individuals nominated by appropriate organizations in accordance with section 117 of Pub. L. 105-220 (29 U.S.C. s.2832). If there is only one unit of general local government in the local area with experience in administering workforce investment programs, the chief elected official of that unit shall determine the initial number of members on the board and shall appoint the members. If there are two or more units in the local area with experience in administering job training programs, the chief elected officials of those units shall, in accordance with an agreement entered into by all of those units, determine the initial number of members on the board and appoint the members. In the absence of an agreement by all of the units, the Governor shall determine the initial number of members on the board and appoint the members. Members shall be appointed for fixed and staggered terms and may serve until their successors are appointed. A vacancy in the membership of the board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. A member of the board may be removed for cause in accordance with procedures established by the board.

d.The Governor shall certify a board if it is determined that the board's composition and appointments are consistent with the provisions of this section and section 117 of Pub. L. 105-220 (29 U.S.C. s.2832) and the requirements of the State Employment and Training Commission. The certification shall be made or denied not later than 30 days after the date on which a list of members and necessary supporting documentation are submitted to the Governor. The board shall, within 30 days after its certification by the Governor, be convened by the official or officials who made the appointments to the board under subsection c. of this section. The board shall meet at least four times per year, with meetings open to attendance by interested persons pursuant to the "Open Public Meetings Act," P.L.1975, c.231 (C.10:4-6 et seq.).

e.Each Workforce Investment Board established pursuant to this act shall:

(1)Provide policy guidance for, and exercise oversight with respect to, all workforce investment programs within its labor market area in partnership with the unit or units of general local government within the area. To provide the policy guidance and oversight, the board shall review and evaluate the programs and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, or any State agency or local governing entity involved in the funding or administration of the programs. The recommendations shall be based primarily on how effective each program is in meeting relevant performance standards, including standards regarding the cost and quality of training and the characteristics of participants. The board shall provide any planning, policy guidance or oversight with respect to workforce investment programs in accordance with any agreement entered into pursuant to subsection g. of section 9 of this act by the commission and the department administering or funding the programs.

(2)Establish skill level and competency guidelines, which may be above the criteria established by the commission, consistent with the provisions of this act to be used as a basis for the selection of skill training programs and competency curriculum in its local area;

(3)Assist in the development, approval and submission of the State workforce investment operating plan for its labor market area;

(4)Prepare, approve and submit to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the State Employment and Training Commission a budget for itself in accordance with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Pub. L. 105-220 (29 U.S.C. s. 2801 et seq.);

(5)Submit to the State Employment and Training Commission, by September 1 of each year, an annual report covering the immediately preceding program period of July 1 to June 30. The report shall contain:

(a)An account of activities during the program period, including all coordination activities undertaken by the board to eliminate unnecessary duplication of services and foster a unified One-Stop delivery system;

(b)Information describing the extent to which the activities failed or succeeded in meeting relevant performance standards; and

(c)The skill level and competency guidelines to be used in the upcoming year;

(6)Fulfill any other role or function of a Workforce Investment Board required pursuant to Pub. L. 105-220 (29 U.S.C. s. 2801 et seq.); and

(7)Assume any additional responsibilities assigned to it by the Governor in consultation with the State Employment and Training Commission.

f.In order to carry out its functions under this act, a Workforce Investment Board may:

(1)Hire staff;

(2)Incorporate as a non-profit or other entity;

(3)Select, under agreement with the chief elected official or officials, the administrative entity for workforce investment programs funded within the workforce investment area;

(4)Seek, obtain and expend additional funding for the programs from public and private sources; and

(5)Establish as many committees as are necessary to satisfactorily perform its duties. There shall be, at a minimum, a local Youth Council, a Disability Committee, a One-Stop Committee and a Literacy Committee.

g.(Deleted by amendment, P.L.2005, c.354.)

h.No member of a Workforce Investment Board established pursuant to this act shall cast a vote on the provision of services by that member or any organization which that member directly represents or vote on any matter which would provide direct financial benefit to that member. Workforce Investment Boards shall be subject to policies concerning conflict of interest and nepotism prescribed by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development.

i.(Deleted by amendment, P.L.2005, c.354.)

L.1989,c.293,s.18; amended 2005, c.354, s.17.


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