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§ 481. Establishment--Purpose--Administration--Public works jobs included in program--Criteria ...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 40. Labor

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 40. Labor
Chapter 13. Jobs Recovery Program
40 Okl.St.Ann. § 481
§ 481. Establishment--Purpose--Administration--Public works jobs included in program--Criteria for work experience assignments--Public projects contracted by private sector contractor which may be included--Eligible participants--Voluntariness of participation
A. There shall be established a Jobs Recovery Program in accordance with this act.1 The purpose of the Jobs Recovery Program shall be to provide public works jobs and training for individuals not otherwise able to obtain employment, provided they meet the requirements specified in subsection F of this section, in order to assist them in obtaining regular public or private employment.
B. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission shall administer this program subject to the requirements of this act and availability of funds.
C. Public works jobs which shall be a part of this program shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Building, rebuilding or repairing roadbeds, bridges and sidewalks;
2. Building, rebuilding, remodeling or repairing public schools and public buildings;
3. Maintaining and improving state and municipal parks, historical sites and cemeteries; and
4. Building, rebuilding, remodeling or repairing jails, juvenile facilities and prisons.
D. To the extent possible, the prior training, experience, skills and abilities of a participant of this program shall be utilized in making appropriate work experience assignments. The Jobs Recovery Program established under this act shall provide:
1. Appropriate standards for health, safety and other conditions applicable to the performance of work;
2. That the program does not result in displacement of persons currently employed, or the filling of established unfilled position vacancies;
3. Reasonable conditions of work, taking into account the geographic region, the residence of the participants and the proficiency of the participants;
4. That participants will not be required, without their consent, to travel an unreasonable distance from their homes or remain away from their homes overnight; and
5. Appropriate workers' compensation protection to each participant performing work under this program.
E. The Jobs Recovery Program may include any public project which is contracted by a private sector contractor, subject to the following requirements:
1. A contractor who commits to utilize on a particular project a labor force of which at least one-half is comprised of participants of this program shall be preferred in the awarding of public contracts when his bid and the bid of a nonparticipating contractor are equal in all respects and are the low bids. To the extent permitted by law public funds from this program will compensate the contractor for at least one-half of the labor costs for participants in the Jobs Recovery Program for a period not exceeding six (6) months for any project;
2. Contractors participating in this program shall meet the requirements as stipulated in subsection D of this section; and
3. Contractors participating in this program shall give priority consideration to qualified participants of this program when established position vacancies occur.
F. Eligible participants for the Jobs Recovery Program shall be those unemployed persons who have exhausted all state and federal unemployment benefits, as certified by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and/or those economically disadvantaged.
G. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, participation in the Jobs Recovery Program under this act shall be voluntary only, and in no event shall any person be subject to legal sanctions for nonparticipation.

Credits

Laws 1988, c. 219, § 1, emerg. eff. June 21, 1988.

Footnotes

Title 40, § 481 et seq.
40 Okl. St. Ann. § 481, OK ST T. 40 § 481
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session and First and Second Extraordinary Sessions of the 58th Legislature (2022).
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