Arkansas Training laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Training: What you need to know

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amended the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal workforce development law that provides for state and federal employment, education, job training, and support services. The law is designed to help jobseekers access employment, education, training, and support services and to match employers with the skilled workers they need.
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For further information, see the Department of Labor’s WIOA website at
Employers that train workers through this system are eligible for grants, significant tax credits, and other benefits. There are more details.
The Department of Commerce/Office of Workforce Development administers and enforces job training programs.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) oversees the state's workforce development programs. Among other things, DWS links employers with qualified job applicants, administers the state's transitional employment assistance program and unemployment insurance system, and provides labor market information.
Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Members of the Arkansas WIB are appointed by the governor. The majority of the members are representatives of private sector businesses. However, members also include government and elected officials, and education and community leaders. The WIB is responsible for implementing the WIA in Arkansas, and its specific duties are assigned by statute (AR Code Sec. 15-4-2206).
Workforce Investment Areas. Arkansas is divided into 10 ...

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