.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 2781, the second engrossment, as follows:
Page 78, delete lines 21 to 25 and insert:
"(a) The commissioner of employment and economic development in consultation
1.4with workforce service area staff, must as soon as practical, develop and implement
1.5processes and procedures to ensure that unemployed Minnesotans who go to a workforce
1.6center are provided, to the fullest extent possible, seamless assistance in applying for
1.7unemployment benefits, accessing resource room resources, searching for jobs, accessing
1.8training and other services available to unemployed workers, and receiving answers to
1.9questions about unemployment insurance.
1.10(b) The actions taken to comply with paragraph (a) must include, at a minimum,
1.11the implementation of a procedure by which unemployed Minnesotans may receive, at
1.12their option, face-to-face consultation and assistance in their local workforce center on
1.13applying for unemployment benefits, accessing resource room resources, searching for
1.14jobs, accessing training and other services available to unemployed workers, and receiving
1.15answers to questions about unemployment insurance.
1.16(c) The commissioner is authorized and encouraged to maximize the use of existing
1.17employees and federal dollars to accomplish paragraph (a), including, but not limited to,
1.18paying portions of existing employees' salaries from more than one source of funding,
1.19ensuring that employees are cross-trained to perform functions beyond that required by
1.20paragraph (b) when such employees are stationed in workforce centers, and implementing
1.21need-based scheduling of employees to ensure that each workforce center is adequately
1.22staffed during peak demand hours for the services contemplated by paragraph (a).
1.23(d) By September 1, 2010, the commissioner must provide an initial written report to
1.24the chairs and the ranking minority members of the standing committees of the senate and
1.25house of representatives having jurisdiction over economic and workforce development
1.26issues on the actions taken under paragraph (a) and the result of those actions. The report
1.27must include detailed information on new additional resources provided by the department
2.1to ensure that the issues in paragraph (a) are addressed. A second report with updated
2.2information, must be provided to the chairs and the ranking minority members of the
2.3standing committees of the senate and house of representatives having jurisdiction over
2.4economic and workforce development issues by January 15, 2011.
2.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment
2.6and expires August 31, 2011.