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Proposed Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act: Consolidation of Programs

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

On June 7, 2012, the House Education and the Workforce Committee, through H.R. 4297, voted to consolidate 27 job training programs funded by the federal government into one program. This is part of a five year reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that would receive $3.1 billion. Job training services for adults, the unemployed, and youth seeking employment are part of the consolidated WIA program that legislators are hoping will incur fewer administrative costs. Importantly, H.R. 4297 also requires that two-thirds of membership on the workforce investment board members throughout the various states and localities must be employers. Every five years, states will be required to independently evaluate the training programs to make sure they are effective and operating efficiently.

5 out of 5 stars from Readers Favorite

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Seena Foster is an attorney and award-winning author of “Civil Rights Investigations Under the Workforce Investment Act and Other Title VI-Related Laws: From Intake to Final Determination.” Her comprehensive book received 5 out of 5 stars from Readers Favorite.

Lori M. of Readers Favorite states:

Because I am currently taking a graduate-level Human Resources class in Employment Law, this book about civil rights investigations by Seena K. Foster interested me very much. This would make an excellent reference book for HR managers, lawyers, and anyone involved in employee or labor issues. It is very well-organized and provides just the right amount of information that you need on a number of different topics. Foster, who has a law degree, does a good job making the contents interesting, understandable, and easy to follow.

There are specific sections defining race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, citizenship, and disability issues in depth so that any reader can understand what constitutes the definition of discrimination against each. Additionally, she takes you through the steps of how to determine whether or not you have a discrimination complaint, a glossary of terms, jurisdiction, and filing the complaint. I like how Foster included easy-to-use checklists throughout the book to graphically depict what she has already told you in the text. It is a good way to help the reader grasp the information provided and double-check the details. This book talks about statutes of limitations and time frames within which a party has to file a complaint, notifying the parties of a complaint, jurisdictional issues, and even alternative dispute resolution topics such as arbitration or mediation. This book is a great toolkit for those interested in employment law matters dealing with civil rights investigations under the workforce investment act and Title VI-related laws.

Ms. Foster is a Partner with Title VI Consulting in Alexandria, Virginia and offers mediation and training services in the area of civil rights investigations and compliance. You may visit her website at