Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Governor Corzine Announces Nation’s First Return-to-Work Program: Incentive for Employers to Grow Business and Hire Unemployed

For Immediate Release:

NEW BRUNSWICK – Governor Jon S. Corzine today unveiled the nation’s first statewide effort to provide job creation incentives specifically for those workers who have exhausted all state and federal unemployment insurance benefits. The RETURN-to-Work program is designed to help get long-term unemployed New Jerseyans back on the payroll and into jobs while assisting employers grow their businesses by hiring new workers. Employers would receive up to $2,400 per newly hired employee.

“Nearly a year ago, New Jersey made history by launching the first-in-the-nation economic recovery plan, one that focused on providing a safety net for those hit hardest by the recession, providing for long-term recovery, and creating jobs for the working families of New Jersey,” Governor Corzine said. “These are the tools necessary to provide New Jersey families with a strong economic foundation, and the ability to provide their children a stable and secure future. Today, we are once again announcing a first-of-its-kind program, an initiative designed to get the long-term unemployed back to work and provide New Jersey businesses with eager, productive employees to facilitate expansions designed to capitalize on the economic recovery.”

The RETURN (Re-Employment Training for Unemployed Residents of New Jersey)-to-Work program will offer “on-the-job” training grants to help employers cover the costs of training newly-hired workers who have been unable to find jobs and who have exhausted all extended unemployment insurance benefits. Private sector employers will be reimbursed for up to $5 per hour to help defray the extraordinary costs of on-the-job training, for up to $2,400 per newly hired employee. The jobs must pay at least $15 per hour and the employer must retain these workers in their jobs for at least six months. Jobs that qualify for RETURN-to-Work grants must increase an employer’s total workforce and the new hires cannot displace existing workers.

“Governor Corzine understands that all unemployed workers still need assistance during these difficult times,” said Labor Commissioner David J. Socolow. “That is why he is implementing this first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage employers to hire long-term unemployed workers who have run out of all unemployment insurance benefits.”

Individuals who exhaust all of their state and federal unemployment insurance benefits are now being informed of their eligibility for RETURN-to-Work by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This week, more than 40,000 New Jerseyans are receiving program notification.

In a letter to Congress last week, Governor Corzine urged the federal government to pass legislation to provide additional extended benefits to workers who have already or soon will run out of all unemployment benefits, as well as continuing the current extended benefits programs for thousands more who are expected to exhaust their benefits in the coming months. Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on this important priority. These benefits have provided vital income support to millions of workers while helping to stabilize the economy.

“By providing for families and for businesses during these challenging economic times, we are balancing the needs of the present with the promise of the future,” added Governor Corzine. “I believe this is the right thing to do for New Jersey.”

Eligible individuals can find more information about RETURN-to-Work and other programs and services online at www.nj.gov/jobseekers. Employers can access information online at www.nj.gov/labor/employers.

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Watch Assembly Candidate Bob Brown Online At Fox News’s Strategy Room

State Assembly Candidate for the 13th District, Democrat Bob Brown, will be making another appearance on Fox News’s online political talk show “The Strategy Room”.

This morning Brown will appear during the segment “Breaking News” at 10:00 am.

Bob has been a regular guest on the show for the past few months and has discussed a wide range of both local and national issues.

Bob will be joining host Heather Nauert and fellow guests Tracy Davis-Former Speech Writer for President Bush 41, AnneMarie McAvoy-Former Federal Prosecutor, Former Co-Chair Women for McCain NY and Jessica Weinstein-Freelance Journalist, Jessicaweinstein.com

Starting at 10:40 am, Yossi Peled, an Israeli Minister will be joining the panel to discuss Middle East foreign policy.
Yossi Peled was recently quoted as saying “the government had no plans to freeze construction in settlements or in Jerusalem…I have heard with my own ears that there is no agreement on freezing construction in settlements”. So it should make for an interesting final 20 minutes of the program.

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