US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Idaho
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $1,825,595 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment services to about 250 workers laid off by XL Four Star Beef Inc., following the June closure of the company’s beef processing and packing plant in Nampa, Idaho.
DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant
“I know that it is difficult to find a job in an area experiencing high unemployment. That’s why this federal grant which will support the retraining of Canyon County residents is so important,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The Obama administration is committed to assisting both these workers, and at the same time Idaho’s businesses, by making sure the local labor force is ready and able to help support the state’s growing industries.”
Funds Are Awarded to the Idaho Department of Labor
The grant is being awarded to the Idaho Department of Labor, which will use skill assessment tools and career counseling to identify education and retraining opportunities, including English for speakers of other languages instruction. Of the total funding amount, $928,386 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.
National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
On March 21, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
launched E-Verify Self Check
, the first online E-Verify program offered directly to the US workforce. E-Verify Self Check
, a fast, simple, secure and free service, enables individuals to voluntarily check their own employment eligibility status.
First Phase Open To Residents of Five States and DC
USCIS is releasing E-Verify Self Check in phases, with the first phase only accessible to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
Availability to Expand After Testing and Further Improvements
The availability of E-Verify Self Check will be limited for the initial launch as the service is tested and improved upon based on the outcomes of the initial implementation.
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Contact Vision Payroll today if you have further questions on E-Verify Self Check.
The Idaho Department of Labor has announced an increase in the taxable wage base for 2010. The wage base will increase from $33,200 for 2009 to $33,300 for 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Idaho unemployment taxable wage base or visit our Unemployment Taxable Wage Base page.
The federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 on Friday, July 24, 2009. Therefore, all work performed after July 23, 2009 should be compensated at the higher rate. In addition, the minimum wage will also increase to $7.25 in the following areas: Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase to $8.25. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the minimum wage increases.
Roger B. Madsen, Director of the Idaho Department of Labor announced recently that the 2009 unemployment wage will increase from $32,200 to $33,200. In addition, tax rates (including the workforce rate) will range from 0.447% to 5.4% and the standard rate will be 1.566%. The special Administration Reserve Fund Tax is not in effect for 2009. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any question on Idaho unemployment rates and wage base.
Several states have minimum wage increases effective for work performed after July 23, 2008. Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Virginia all have increases to $6.55 to match the federal minimum wage. The District of Columbia minimum wage increases to $7.55. Different minimum wages may be paid to certain classes of employees in some situations. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on minimum wage law changes.
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