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2014 Farm work group
This group was formed by the 2014 state Legislature to find mutual points of interest in the ag community and administrative solutions to agricultural issues. It's goals are to:
Educate on regulation, business practices and other ag-labor issues in Washington
Identify labor-related issues like housing, workplace standards and labor supply
Foster positive communication among stakeholders in the agricultural industry
June 5, 2014Meeting …
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The WOTC is a tax incentive for employers to hire certain hard-to-place job seekers. The goal is to help these individuals become economically self-sufficient and to reward employers who give them a chance.
Employers can reduce their federal business taxes by anywhere from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. The amount employers get is based on:
The employee's target group
Wages earned and hours worked by the employee
Employers cannot claim …
Report: Thousands out of benefits, still out of work
OLYMPIA – A recent survey of Washington workers who failed to find work before running out of unemployment benefits revealed that three out of every four of them were still out of work.
Putting Washington back to work this Labor Day
OLYMPIA – “Success! Offer received today!” That’s just one of many jubilant messages from those who used WorkSource to get a wide variety of jobs, from aerospace to software testing and composite manufacturing.
In tight job market, agricultural work stays steady
OLYMPIA – Agricultural jobs in Washington are looking more attractive again as thousands of unemployed workers look for any opportunity to earn a paycheck.
Gov. Gregoire encourages use of tax credits to put Washingtonians back to work
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today urged Washington employers to take advantage of new federal tax credits worth thousands of dollars for hiring unemployed workers.
Gov. Inslee announces grant award to return long-term unemployed to work
OLYMPIA – More than 1,300 long-term unemployed workers in Washington will be placed in jobs over the next year through grants awarded today by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Employment Security Department.
WorkSource’s new life skills training to prepare low-income people for work
OLYMPIA – For many Washington residents, moving out of poverty to self-sufficiency is especially challenging. Washington WorkSource centers are participating in a new pilot project to ease that transition.
Governor’s new YouthWorks initiative creates internships and work experience for thousands of students
SPOKANE – Gov. Jay Inslee joined students at Spokane’s North Central High School (NCHS) today to spotlight a successful youth career readiness project that includes internships in biomedical and other sciences. The governor announced the winners of a new round of federal grant funding that will provide education opportunities to help thousands of young people across Washington prepare for meaningful, living-wage careers.
Layoff-avoidance program saves jobs
OLYMPIA – More than 20,000 Washington workers got paychecks instead of pink slips in 2009 by participating in the state Employment Security Department’s Shared-Work Program.