Westchester Putnam Workforce Development Launches Program to Help Small Businesses
The Westchester Putnam Workforce Development Board has received CARES Act funding to assist employers in hiring new staff or bringing back laid off staff through its “EXPERIENCE WORKS” Program. This program provides paid employment to each participant from the agreement activation date until Dec. 30, 2020.
The program is designed to provide timely support to small business owners and jobseekers effected by COVID-19. Small businesses—the largest employers in Westchester—are particularly in need in this time and the program will allow them to hire or rehire staff while giving them temporary relief from payroll obligations. Job seekers experiencing uncertain employment, the possible need to change careers midstream, and the challenges of working effectively remotely will directly benefit from this program. The WPWDB will pay the employee for 100% of their wages at the employer’s wage rate commensurate for their job description and title. The program runs to Dec.30, 2020 and all funds must be utilized by Dec. 30.
“Our Employment Services Staff is ready to accept applications and answer any questions to facilitate the fast activation of potential hires or rehires to their staff. These are unprecedented times and we are eager to provide immediate assistance to alleviate some of the financial duress employers and employees are facing,” stated WPWDB Executive Director Thom Kleiner. “We especially urge small business owners to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
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