Currently, unemployed workers who seek training through programs at universities, community colleges and other technical schools risk losing their unemployment insurance benefits if the program is not specifically approved by the Workforce Investment Act. This is a problem that Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis hopes can be fixed through bipartisan legislation he introduced Tuesday in Edwardsville.
H.R. 1530, the Opportunity KNOCKS Act, broadens the definition of “approved training” and makes certain that workers who are seeking an industry recognized certificate, an apprenticeship or an associate or baccalaureate degree will not be at risk of losing their unemployment benefits. Davis says it's just common sense.
Today, there are more than 12 million unemployed Americans. The Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association has said Illinois has an extremely high unemployment rate and yet manufacturers continue to struggle to find qualified workers.