July 29, 2011 (Sacramento) – Implementation began July 1st for AB 2058, legislation authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) and recently signed into law. The bill expands training and education options that unemployed workers can receive without losing their unemployment insurance benefits.
Before, retraining options were limited to a handful of programs; enrolling in an unauthorized training program often meant losing UI benefit payments or going through a cumbersome process to seek approval. Block’s bill streamlined the eligibility process and expanded access to skills training that laid-off workers can receive without losing benefits.
The measure also expands approved training programs to include career training through community colleges, as well as making Employment Training Panel (ETPL) approved training programs automatically eligible for the California Training Benefits program.