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DWD Launches New Tools

DWD Secretary Reggie NewsonBy Reggie Newson, DWD Secretary

This month I announced the launch of the first phase of new, mobile-friendly employment tools available to employers and job seekers at no cost, 24 hours a day on Wisconsin's online public labor exchange, (JCW).

These enhancements will help employers and job seekers make more effective employment connections. New, dynamic tools enable users to develop skills-based job postings and resumes and conduct advanced talent and job searches. The launch includes a redesigned Labor Market Information landing page that highlights the most requested reports and data that our labor market experts offer, with additional enhancements for the page in the planning stages.

The easily consumable labor market information that our new system makes available to clients, customers and other stakeholders to make informed decisions will draw upon the most current data available, including data from job postings, resumes and occupational data. The Wisconsin public labor exchange portal integrates different applications under the JCW name, including enhanced applications such as JobNet Business, Skill Explorer and WORKnet.

Logon to JCW to target in-demand careers and drive hiring results.

Reggie Newson

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Young Professionals Key to Future of Wisconsin's Talent Pipeline

DWD Deputy Secretary Georgia MaxwellBy Georgia Maxwell, Deputy Secretary

Recently at the Governor's Small Business Summit, DWD hosted a roundtable discussion for local workforce, economic and educational partners to discuss how internship programs can benefit small business owners and provide workplace training for incoming members of the workforce.

Earlier this year, DWD executives visited top Wisconsin workplaces for Millennials and met with young professionals to discuss what they look for in a career and workplace. Young professionals are critical in developing Wisconsin's talent pipeline, and DWD heard time and again about the value of programs like internships to future members of the workforce, including Millennials who are finishing school and contemplating their future career paths.

Another important topic discussed at the Governor's Small Business Summit was how local employers utilize programs like Youth Apprenticeship to engage and prepare young people for the transition from the classroom to the workplace.

As we close out the month of September, which Governor Walker proclaimed Workforce Development Month in Wisconsin, we will continue to build awareness of proven training programs that equip Wisconsin's workforce with the skills the employers need in the modern economy.

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Wisconsin Registered Apprenticeship Advances to New Level

DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave AndersonBy Dave Anderson, Assistant Deputy Secretary

Wisconsin has a long and proud tradition of registered Apprenticeship dating back to 1911 when Wisconsin passed the nation's first regulated apprenticeship law. Wisconsin was a model for other states and the federal government in developing their own apprenticeship systems.

Earlier this year, DWD and its Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards hosted the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit to convene industry executives, leading workforce and education experts and innovative apprenticeship policy makers to discuss ways to enhance Wisconsin's apprenticeship strategies.

Recently, Wisconsin was awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to enhance the state's already leading-edge apprenticeship program. Expanding skills training for additional workers in occupations that are in demand by employers will take the registered apprenticeship program to a new level in Wisconsin.

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USDOL Awards State $1 Million to Enhance UI Program Integrity

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson recently announced that Wisconsin has been awarded two federal grants totaling $1 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to enhance fraud prevention strategies and increase the detection of companies that purposefully misclassify workers to avoid paying UI taxes, which creates an uneven playing field for the vast majority of UI-covered Wisconsin businesses that follow the law and support the state's UI Trust Fund.

"As most Wisconsin employers in the state's UI system comply with the law and pay the required contributions to support the UI Trust Fund, we have a responsibility to identify and take corrective action against instances where an employer intentionally misclassifies workers as independent contractors and avoids paying UI taxes as a result," Secretary Newson said. "These federal funds will help us develop additional tools to ensure that businesses operate on a level playing field. Additionally, these funds will help us implement data-driven strategies to strengthen our already robust system to detect attempts by individuals to file claims for unemployment benefits fraudulently."

Highlights of the two grant awards include:

  • $500,000 to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the UI program through strategies such as a new partnership with LexisNexis, a national leader in proven identity verification software for the public and private sectors. This software will verify a UI claimant's identity prior to filing a claim for benefits to prevent payment of UI claims through identity theft.
  • $500,000 to support ongoing worker misclassification detection and enforcement efforts. The funds will be used to target companies that willfully misclassify their workers to avoid paying UI taxes, worker's compensation premiums and to avoid compliance with worker protection laws.

The DWD awards are among $39 million in grant funding awarded by the DOL to 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

To report suspected UI fraud or to report misclassified workers

Information on how to properly classify a worker in Wisconsin

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Governor Walker Requests Nominations for 1st Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Awards

Governor Scott Walker joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson to encourage Wisconsinites to submit nominations for the first annual Wisconsin Job Honor Awards. The new award program celebrates those who have overcome significant barriers to employment, and recognizes the employers who hire them.

"The Wisconsin Job Honor Award is one more way to recognize employers and employees who have bridged the desire to work, with the appropriate skill set, to fill in-demand positions," Governor Walker said. “With proper training and necessary resources, people with the desire to work can overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the freedom, independence, and confidence that comes from having a job."

“Wisconsin has a robust talent development system to help those who want to work develop skills needed for good-paying jobs that employers have available," Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards provide an opportunity to recognize Wisconsinites who have overcome employment barriers to become successful, productive members of the workforce, and the awards highlight employers that have hired these motivated and talented men and women."

Examples of common barriers to employment include disabilities, lack of transportation, drug addiction, poverty, and a need for skills that are in demand by employers.

The first American Job Honor Awards were launched in Iowa in 2014, and have expanded to Wisconsin this year under the sponsorship of ManpowerGroup. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will host the First Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2016 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Top employee honorees will bring home $500 each, and winners in both the employee and employer categories will receive engraved awards.

Nominations are invited through the organization’s website, before the October 15, 2015 deadline. Specific instructions and legal terms are also available online. Additional details are available on the WMC website.

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Coming Events

Hiring Event, Janesville

  • Date/time: Tuesday, October 6, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave, Janesville
  • Contact: Heath Bierman, 608-741-3612

Bay Area Career Expo, Green Bay

  • Date/time: Tuesday, October 13, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Location: KI Convention Center, 333 Main Street, Green Bay
  • Contact: Brian Pelon, 920-448-6772
  • Website: Bay Area Career Expo

Hiring Event, Beloit

  • Date/time: Tuesday, October 13, 1-4 pm
  • Location: Community Action Pathways Center, 20 Eclipse Center, Beloit
  • Contact: Heath Bierman, 608-741-3612

2015 Autumn Recruitment Fair, Pewaukee

Fall Job Fair, Fennimore

2015 Fall Waupaca County Job Fair, New London

  • Date/time: Thursday, October 29, 1-6 pm
  • Location: Washington Center Gymnasium, 500 W. Washington St., New London
  • Contact: David Thiel, 920-982-1582

Manufacturing Job Fair, Elkhorn

  • Date/time: Thursday, October 29, 10 am - 1 pm
  • Location: Walworth County Job Center, Conf. Rm. 112, Gateway South Bldg., 400 County Road H, Elkhorn
  • Contact: Marci Barr, 262-741-5263

Hiring Event, Janesville

  • Date/time: Wednesday, November 11, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave, Janesville
  • Contact: Heath Bierman, 608-741-3612

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DWD Overview

DWD's Vision: Building the workforce to move Wisconsin forward.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is the state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce. The DWD mission is advancing Wisconsin's economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

DWD is a key participant in Gov. Walker's initiative to attract and retain companies, and to facilitate sustainable employment for Wisconsin workers. With more than 1,600 employees and an annual budget exceeding 400 million, DWD is committed to building a skilled, motivated and competitive workforce.

A variety of employment programs and services, many of which are accessible through a statewide network of Job Centers, are available at DWD. The six divisions comprising DWD are: Administrative Services; Unemployment Insurance; Worker's Compensation; Employment and Training; Equal Rights and Vocational Rehabilitation.