A fundamental principle of WIA is to provide the local areas with the authority to make policy and administrative decisions in order to tailor the services offered through WIA to meet the needs of the local community. Local Workforce Investment Boards are required to develop policies and procedures addressing coordination of services and resources with other programs and entities. Assurances should be made that the resources and services provided are not available through other entities and that they are necessary for the individual to participate in WIA activities. Needs-Related Payments should only be provided with WIA funds when other funds are not available or have been exhausted.
The following procedures shall define the eligibility, level of payment, policy, and documentation requirements of needs-related payments for Adult and Dislocated Workers under WIA.
Eligibility Requirements Adults must:
Be unemployed, and
Not qualify for (or have ceased to qualify for) unemployment insurance (UI) compensation, and,
Be enrolled in a program of training services under WIA, section 134 (d)(4).
Dislocated Workers must: • Be unemployed, and • Have ceased to qualify for unemployment insurance compensation or trade readjustment allowances under TRA or NAFTA-TAA, and • Be enrolled in a program of training services under WIA, section 134 (d)(4), by the end of the 13th week after the most recent layoff that resulted in a determination of the worker’s eligibility for employment and training activities as a dislocated worker; or, if later, by the end of the 8th week after the worker is informed that a short-term layoff will exceed 6 months; or, • Be unemployed and not qualified for unemployment insurance compensation or trade readjustment allowances under TRA or NAFTA-TAA.
If these eligibility requirements are met, individuals may be awarded Needs-Related Payments from WIA funding prior to the start date of training classes for the purpose of enabling them to participate in programs of employment and training services that begin within 30 calendar days. The Governor may authorize local areas to extend the 30 day grace period to address appropriate circumstances.
B. Level of Payment Determination
The payment level for adults must be established by the Local Workforce Investment Board. The level of a Needs-Related Payment made to a Dislocated Worker shall not exceed the greater of: