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§ 541a. State Workforce Development Board
(a) Board established; duties. Pursuant to the requirements of 29 U.S.C. § 3111, the Governor shall establish the State Workforce Development Board to assist the Governor in the execution of his or her duties under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and to assist the Commissioner of Labor as specified in section 540 of this title.
(b) Additional duties; planning; process.
(1) To inform its decision making and to provide effective assistance under subsection (a) of this section, the Board shall:
(A) conduct an ongoing public engagement process throughout the State that brings together employers and potential employees, including students, the unemployed, and incumbent employees seeking further training, to provide feedback and information concerning their workforce education and training needs; and
(B) maintain familiarity and promote alignment with the federal, State, and regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies and other economic development planning processes and coordinate workforce and education activities in the State, including the development and implementation of the State plan required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, with economic development planning processes occurring in the State, as appropriate.
(2) To ensure that State-funded and federally funded workforce development and training efforts are of the highest quality and aligned with the State's workforce and economic goals, the Board shall regularly:
(A) review and approve State-endorsed Career Pathways that reflect a shared vision across multiple sectors and agencies for improving employment outcomes, meeting employers' and workers' needs, and leveraging available State and federal funding; and
(B) publicize the State-endorsed Career Pathways, including on websites managed by the Agency of Education, Department of Labor, and Department of Economic Development.
(3) The Board shall have the authority to approve State-endorsed and industry-recognized credentials and certificates, excluding high school diplomas and postsecondary academic degrees, that are aligned with the Career Pathways.
(c) Membership. The Board shall consist of the Governor and the following members who are appointed by the Governor in conformance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and who serve at his or her pleasure, unless otherwise indicated:
(1) the Commissioner of Labor;
(2) two members of the Vermont House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House;
(3) two members of the Vermont Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees;
(4) the President of the University of Vermont;
(5) the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges;
(6) the President of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation;
(7) a representative of an independent Vermont college or university;
(8) a director of a regional technical center;
(9) a principal of a Vermont high school;
(10) two representatives of labor organizations who have been nominated by a State labor federation;
(11) two representatives of individuals and organizations who have experience with respect to youth activities, as defined in 29 U.S.C. § 3102(71);
(12) two representatives of individuals and organizations who have experience in the delivery of workforce investment activities, as defined in 29 U.S.C. § 3102(68);
(13) the lead State agency officials with responsibility for the programs and activities carried out by one-stop partners, as described in 29 U.S.C. § 3151(b), or if no official has that responsibility, representatives in the State with responsibility relating to these programs and activities;
(14) the Commissioner of Economic Development;
(15) the Secretary of Commerce and Community Development;
(16) the Secretary of Human Services;
(17) the Secretary of Education;
(18) two individuals who have experience in, and can speak for, the training needs of underemployed and unemployed Vermonters; and
(19) a number of appointees sufficient to constitute a majority of the Board who:
(A) are owners, chief executives, or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority;
(B) represent businesses with employment opportunities that reflect in-demand sectors and employment opportunities in the State; and
(C) are appointed from among individuals nominated by State business organizations and business trade associations.
(d) Operation of Board.
(1) Member representation.
(A) A member of the State Board may send a designee that meets the requirements of subdivision (B) of this subdivision (1) to any State Board meeting who shall count toward a quorum and shall be allowed to vote on behalf of the Board member for whom he or she serves as a designee.
(B) Members of the State Board or their designees who represent organizations, agencies, or other entities shall be individuals with optimum policymaking authority or relevant subject matter expertise within the organizations, agencies, or entities.
(C) The members of the Board shall represent diverse regions of the State, including urban, rural, and suburban areas.
(2) Chair. The Governor shall select a chair for the Board from among the business representatives appointed pursuant to subdivision (c)(18) of this section.
(3) Meetings. The Board shall meet at least three times annually and shall hold additional meetings upon call of the Chair.
(4) Committees; work groups; ad hoc committees. The Chair, in consultation with the Commissioner of Labor, may:
(A) assign one or more members or their designees to standing committees, ad hoc committees, or work groups to carry out the work of the Board; and
(B) appoint one or more nonmembers of the Board to a standing committee, ad hoc committee, or work group and determine whether the individual serves as an advisory or voting member, provided that the number of voting nonmembers on a standing committee shall not exceed the number of Board members or their designees.
(5) Quorum meetings; voting.
(A) A majority of the sitting members of the Board shall constitute a quorum, and to be valid any action taken by the Board shall be authorized by a majority of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting at which a quorum is present.
(B) The Board may permit one or more members to participate in a regular or special meeting by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication, including an electronic, telecommunications, and video- or audio-conferencing conference telephone call, by which all members participating may simultaneously or sequentially communicate with each other during the meeting. A member participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.
(C) The Board shall deliver electronically the minutes for each of its meetings to each member of the Board and to the Chairs of the House Committees on Education and on Commerce and Economic Development, and to the Senate Committees on Education and on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.
(D) The Board may adopt in its bylaws the quorum, membership, and procedural requirements for standing committees.
(A) Legislative members of the Board shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in 2 V.S.A. § 23.
(B) Unless otherwise compensated by his or her employer for performance of his or her duties on the Board, a nonlegislative member of the Board shall be eligible for per diem compensation of $50.00 per day for attendance at a meeting of the Board, and for reimbursement of his or her necessary expenses, which shall be paid through funds available for that purpose under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
(7) Conflict of interest. A member of the Board shall not:
(A) vote on a matter under consideration by the Board:
(i) regarding the provision of services by the member, or by an entity that the member represents; or
(ii) that would provide direct financial benefit to the member or the immediate family of the member; or
(B) engage in any activity that the Governor determines constitutes a conflict of interest as specified in the State Plan required under 29 U.S.C. § 3112 or 3113.
(8) Sunshine provision. The Board shall make available to the public, on a regular basis through open meetings, information regarding the activities of the Board, including information regarding the State Plan adopted pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 3112 or 3113 and prior to submission of the State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, information regarding membership, and, on request, minutes of formal meetings of the Board. (Added 2013, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 41; amended 2015, No. 157 (Adj. Sess.), § K.1; 2017, No. 189 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2019, No. 80, § 19.)