Program Authorization: R.S. 23:1
The mission of the Worker Protection Program is to serve, support, and protect the rights and interests of Louisiana's workers through the administration and enforcement of state worker protection statutes and regulations.
The goal of the Worker Protection Program is to ensure that every Louisiana worker is afforded protection from work related abuses which violate state statutes regulating apprenticeship training, private employment agencies, and child labor.
The Worker Protection Program includes the following activities: Private Employment Services-License Fees Collected, Apprentices Registered, Minors-Violations Cited, and Medical Payment Division.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Worker Protection Program, will protect the interest of apprentices who are participating in registered apprenticeship training programs in Louisiana, and protect the integrity of the registered apprenticeship training system through establishment and enforcement of standards for apprentice training.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Worker Protection Program, will protect the interest of persons seeking job placement in Louisiana through entities which charge fees, and prevent violations of Louisiana private employment services statutes and regulations by private employment services by conducting 180 inspections.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Worker Protection Program, will initiate, investigate, and resolve 100% of complaints alleging operation without a license within 5 days of the complaint.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Worker Protection Program, will protect the health, safety and welfare of children in the workplace while decreasing the number of violations of Louisiana minor labor statutes and regulations by businesses which employ children under the age of 18, and provide information and assistance which will enable employers to achieve voluntary compliance.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Worker Protection Program, will ensure that employees and/or applicants for employment are not unlawfully charged for the costs of medical exams and drug tests required by the employer as a condition of employment.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues. The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues consist of monies collected as a 5% penalty (for a maximum of 5 months) and 1% per month interest assessed on employers who are delinquent in the payment of their contributions to the Unemployment Trust Fund. The money is placed in a special account in the State Treasury to be expended for cost of administration which is not otherwise payable from federal funds. In addition, fees are collected from private employment agencies for state licenses.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 121% of the existing operating budget. It represents 111.3% of the total request ($ 1,538,612) for this program. The increase is primarily due to Acquisition/Major Repairs, annualization of 1997-1998 merit pay and 1998-1999 merit increases. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
Funding provided for the following equipment: IBM Enterprise Server Upgrade, EMC DASD Upgrade, Highlight Printer Intelligent Mail Inserter, Nearline-Silo Cartridge, Almis, Networking, Thin Client Win Frame, Halon System Enhancement and year 2000 compliance
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