Hughes lawmakers request Schuette opinion on college job program wage requirement

first_img Categories: Hughes News Increasing minimum wage prompts communitycollege New Jobs Training Program clarificationIn light of last year’s bipartisan minimum-wage reform, state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, this week signed a letter along with other legislators requesting the formal opinion of Attorney General Bill Schuette regarding the new job wage requirement for a community college’s New Jobs Training Program“Laws passed in 2008 created fantastic incentives for local community colleges and job creators to provide training for newly hired employees,” Hughes said. “Due to more recent changes to minimum-wage requirements, there’s now a grey area in the program’s requirements that requires clarification to ensure these programs can continue in the future.”The four-page letter signed by 11 legislators illuminates a discrepancy regarding the requirement that the new, full-time jobs pay at least 175 percent of the state minimum wage. Because Michigan’s minimum wage is set to increase gradually over the next few years, community colleges need to know if the minimum-wage requirement must be met at the time of entrance into the program, not retroactively.“This partnership between community colleges and employers has had incredibly positive impact in our communities, so it’s only fair to give them the guidance and certainty needed to continue the New Jobs Training Program,” Hughes said. “We look forward to hearing the opinion of Attorney General Schuette.”The legislators believe the law as written only imparts today’s minimum wage on new job and program applicants, not pre-existing employees and applications already in the program. If the law is determined to be retroactive—applying today’s minimum wage to all previous entrants—these community college programs are going to face financial burdens, putting the programs in jeopardy. 28Jan Hughes, lawmakers request Schuette opinion on college job program wage requirementlast_img

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