Providing Income to Unemployed Workers Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance—enacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—helped people unable to work due to the pandemic. This included self-employed workers, those seeking part-time employment, or people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits.…
This brief describes some of the critical updates the House bill makes to WIOA. It also offers CLASP's recommendations for Congress to build toward a workforce system that empowers workers and helps create broadly shared prosperity.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the federal legislation governing the public workforce system—and it is up for reauthorization for the first time since 2014. As Congress considers reauthorization, CLASP recommends focusing on five priorities to help people secure better jobs.
States have a new opportunity to use federal funding through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training Program to offer paid work-based learning activities to workers and jobseekers who have been overlooked for far too long and often face compounded economic marginalization.