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Way to Work Initiative Begins
May 5, 2010

Governor Rendell announced a new statewide subsidized employment initiative to stimulate job growth. Pennsylvania’s Way to Work Initiative is a partnership between the Departments of Labor and Industry and Public Welfare. Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families emergency funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are used to subsidize 100 percent of gross employee wages up to $13 per hour for employees hired through the initiative. The initiative includes adults age 18 and older and youth ages 17 and younger. Employers are responsible for any wages above the $13 threshold. No funds can be used for unemployment compensation, FICA, workers compensation, or any other payroll deductions. Job placements are temporary through September 30, but the intent is for jobs to become permanent whenever possible. 

Local workforce investment boards will oversee the initiative. An employment plan for administering the initiative will be developed, as well as a system to identify eligible participants. Local workforce development professionals will help employers identify individuals and determine eligibility. Eligible employers include for-profit, not-for-profit, and public sector organizations. Eligible jobs must be part-time for at least 25 hours per week or full-time. Employers must provide supervision and any training needed to do the job. Approximately 20,000 job opportunities are anticipated. Call 866-858-2753 or visit www.paworkforce.state.pa.us for more information about Way to Work.

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