Chapter 9. Public Employment Offices of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 1. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 9.
The State of California accepts the provisions of the
Wagner-Peyser Act, approved June 6, 1933, as amended by the Workforce
Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220) passed by the Congress
of the United States, and entitled "An act to provide for the
establishment of a national employment system and for cooperation
with the states in the promotion of the system, and for other
purposes," in conformity with Section 4 thereof, and will observe and
comply with the requirements of that act.
The department is the agency of this state for the purposes of
The director may cooperate with any authority of the United
States having powers and duties under the Wagner-Peyser Act, and may
do and perform all things necessary to secure to this State the
benefits of that act in the promotion and maintenance of a system of
public employment offices.
All money received by the State under the Wagner-Peyser Act
and paid into the Unemployment Administration Fund shall be expended
as provided by this division and by that act of Congress.
(a) The director shall:
(1) Establish, maintain, and operate adequately staffed public
employment offices for men, women, and youth who are legally
qualified to engage in gainful occupations and shall maintain a
veterans' placement service to be devoted to securing work for
veterans and a farm placement service to promote the placement and
clearance of agricultural labor, and a youth placement service to
promote the placement of youth in suitable fields of employment. The
director shall also establish and maintain a job counseling and
placement service for those persons who are encountering, or may be
expected to encounter difficulty in securing or keeping a job
principally because of their age. The maintenance of a farm placement
service shall not be required during such time as applicable federal
laws provide for a system of farm labor placement financed from
federal funds which is separate and apart from the general system of
public employment offices. Adequate records and statistics on all the
classifications specified in this subdivision shall be compiled and
kept, and a report of these records, statistics, applications, and
placements shall be made semiannually.
(2) Procure, by lease or otherwise, suitable offices, and incur
the necessary expenses in the conduct thereof.
(b) It is the policy of this state to make every reasonable effort
to assist men and women who are leaving active duty with the armed
services of the United States in obtaining employment in the civilian
workforce. These efforts shall include outreach to those service
personnel who will be leaving active duty in the near future,
including job seminars and job fairs at military bases.
(c) The director shall perform the duties required by this section
within existing budgetary resources of the agency within which the
Free public employment offices shall be maintained in the
Cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, and,
whenever the director deems it necessary, in other cities.
The director may:
(a) Create unemployment districts.
(b) Promulgate such rules as he finds desirable for the
registration of unemployed persons, and for placing them in available
employment. To this end he may accept financial contributions from
any governmental unit or agency, or private persons.
For the purpose of establishing and maintaining free public
employment offices, the director may enter into agreements with the
Railroad Retirement Board, or any other agency of the United States
charged with the administration of an unemployment compensation law,
with any political subdivision of this State, or with any private,
nonprofit organization, and as a part of any such agreement, may
accept money, services, quarters, or other valuable consideration as
a contribution to the employment service account in the Unemployment
The department shall cooperate with other departments,
agencies, and institutions both public and private in providing youth
placement services and in the development of youth employment
The department shall maintain current information on operations
within the State of all types of youth employment programs such as
the Youth Employment Service (Y.E.S.) and the Youth Employment
Organization (Y.E.O.) plans, the work experience experimental program
of the Department of Education, the Berkeley Workreation program,
the effort by the Congress of Youth Coordinating Councils, and other
similar programs. Upon request the department shall distribute to
public and private agencies and groups information concerning any or
all recognized plans for developing youth employment programs, the
cooperative services offered by the various state and other public
agencies in the field of youth employment, and the methods of
initiating and developing such programs.
For the purpose of implementing the program set forth in
Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 10650) of Part 2 of Division 9
of the Welfare and Institutions Code, the department may utilize
funds available to provide training and placement for present and
potential recipients of public assistance to the extent permitted by
It is the intent of the Legislature in adopting this section
to ensure that job order information registered with the Job Service
of the Employment Development Department and the One-Stop Career
Centers System be shared as expeditiously and thoroughly as possible
between the department's field offices and one-stop career centers
both in the local labor market and throughout the state.
The Legislature finds that job order sharing will result in better
service to employers and more efficient service to job seekers.
The provisions of this section shall be subject to the limitations
of federal budgetary constraints.