May 25, 2010
Please accept this communiqué as an official invitation to join me as my guest along with my guests from the Office of Pat Quinn and the State of Illinois at my community launch of Congressman Danny K. Davis Business “Put Illinois to Work” Expo is scheduled for June 2, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., at Mandell United Methodist Church, 5000 W. Congress, Chicago, IL., pastor Rev. Sirchester Jackson, who is also co-chair of our Workforce Empowerment Advisory Committee. This event is for employers, including Private, non-profit, and government entities only.
The Put Illinois to Work (PIW) is a paid work experience where trainee-workers are paid subsidized wages. Put Illinois to Work is funded by the State of Illinois and federal funding made available in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The program allows the employer to hire individuals to work, for $10 dollar an hour (paid by the government), within their organization, 30 hours a week, up to September 30. The guidelines are attached.
At this expo, the State of Illinois representatives overseeing the initiative, including the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities will explain the program. The Illinois Department of Employment Security will describe any tax credits involved for this program and tax credits in general. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services will have a federal representative to answer any questions and to serve as a resource to you.
In addition, we can match you on the spot with subcontractors that are helping to facilitate the business components between employers and employees. The Subcontractors will recruit workers, pay workers comp and social security, and maintain payroll.
We hope you can make it to the meeting. It is an opportunity to sign up on the spot by going on line, receive your Memorandum of Understanding, and receive any necessary information from government officials. For additional information, and to RSVP, contact my office at, Tumia Romero, Deputy Chief of Staff, 773-533-7520 or email@example.com.
Danny K. Davis
Member of Congress
7th District of Illinois
Put Illinois to Work
Who is an Eligible Employer/Business?
Private, non-profit, and government entities are eligible employers. If you have a business with job slots available, you must meet the following:
· Businesses must provide a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).
· Businesses must provide a DUNS number, a unique nine-character number that identifies your organization. If you do not have a DUNS number, you may request a DUNS number at no charge to you.
· Businesses must not be in default on payroll taxes or business taxes.
· Put Illinois to Work is not intended to subsidize a business’ current workforce. Employers may not rehire individuals that were laid-off after March 15, 2010.
· Businesses must agree to comply with all applicable labor laws.
· Put Illinois to Work trainee-workers must not comprise more than 50% of the business’ workforce at each worksite.
· There is a thirty (30) hour weekly minimum work requirement for Put Illinois to Work trainee-workers. Businesses/Employers must agree to meet this thirty (30) hour weekly minimum.
· Businesses must provide the necessary training to Put Illinois to Work worker-trainees to ensure competent and successful job performance, and to obtain transferrable skills.
· Business owners/Employers cannot employ family members as part of the Put Illinois to Work program. Put Illinois to Work worker-trainees may not be related by blood or marriage to the employer.
Ineligible Employment Sectors/Activities Include
· The adult entertainment industry, including adult bookstores, venues, and gentleman’s clubs
· Organizations whose primary business is the sale and distribution of packaged liquors (this does not include restaurants, grocery stores, or similar multi-service employers)
· Employment positions that promote religious views and/or engage in religious proselytizing
· Political organizations
· Organizations whose primary business is the sale and distribution of guns or weapons
· Golf Courses
· Swimming Pools
· Casinos or other gambling establishments