The Hub Welcomes Senior Fellow, Dr. James Parrott

The Field Building Hub will be partnering with an array of organizations and experts in workforce policy and practice as it launches initiatives designed to improve the effectiveness and functioning of the workforce system. We are pleased to announce as a Senior Fellow to The Hub Dr. James Parrott, a long-time expert on New York City and state economic and fiscal policy issues.

Minimum Wage Increase Panel

New York City is in the midst of its largest increase to the minimum wage in over half a century. NYC’s minimum wage began diverging from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour in 2014, when it increased to $8 per hour, and will continue year over year increases to $15 per hour (for businesses with 11 or more employees) through the end of 2018. These changes confront the local workforce development field—inclusive of businesses—with an array of opportunities and challenges for preparing, attaching, and advancing entry level and low skilled workers to the labor market.

TANF Convening

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the nation’s cash welfare assistance program established in 1996, is overdue for congressional reauthorization. The recently reauthorized Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed with bi-partisan support, encourages greater collaboration with TANF and other agencies funding workforce and related services.

Benchmarking for YASEP, an Initiative of JobsFirstNYC

The Workforce Field Building Hub, JobsFirstNYC, and a select group of Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) member organizations are partnering to baseline, test and strengthen their capacity to engage employers, using the Success Drivers developed through the Workforce Benchmarking Network.

Monitoring the Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in New York City has been increasing, incrementally, from $8 per hour in 2014 to $15 per hour by December 31, 2018. Each increase presents opportunities and challenges for local businesses and for workers and jobseekers earning at or near the minimum wage.

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