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Common Measures Training Postponed (3/25/14)

A group of experts convened on Monday, March 24th, to review the detail of the impending SKIES changes designed to implement Common Measures and respond to recent federal findings. During the course of that meeting, it was determined that clarification was needed from US Department of Labor (USDOL) on some key questions before the implementation plan can proceed.

As a result, the group consensus was that the system-wide webinar training sessions, which were scheduled for Friday, March 28th, will be postponed pending response from USDOL. When a new date and time has been determined, the system will receive another invitation.


Common Measures Training Webinars Scheduled (3/19/14)

Employment Security Department is offering two statewide Common Measures training WebEx sessions on Friday, March 28th. The training will cover the revised Common Measures policy, a new accompanying handbook, and changes to the SKIES system that are rolling out in early April as a result of changes based on Department of Labor's data validation review late last year. Any WDC, WorkSource or partner staff person who touches SKIES, performance or reporting, or works with customers in the Wagner-Peyser, WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker or Youth, WorkFirst, Veterans or Trade Act programs are invited to attend. To register for a session, visit the Staff Development calendar.


TAA Partnership Tools Publicize Trade Adjustment Assistance in Washington

Washington TAA PartnershipThe Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and in partnership with the Washington State Employment Security Department, has launched the TAA-Washington website, an online resource to help publicize the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and its many benefits for potentially trade-impacted workers in Washington State.

The grant funds a toll free hotline (866-TAA-3399) to answer questions about TAA petition and benefits and to redirect laid off workers to their appropriate local WorkSource offices, and allowed the production and distribution of over 11,000 full-color brochures throughout the state's workforce system. It also funded the production of an informative, user-friendly video about the TAA program and its benefits.




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