Local Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell is cosponsoring a bill to improve online job-searching.
Rep. Swalwell (D-CA) and congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have reintroduced the Widening Internet Readiness for Employment Development (WIRED) Act to modernize America’s online job-searching services.
Federal employment assistance now includes a one-stop delivery system of more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The WIRED Act would require the Department of Labor to create guidelines for websites used by those locations to expand and enhance electronic job-seeking services.
“We need 21st-century tools to better help a 21st century workforce, and that means letting job seekers use their smartphones and computers to get help finding employment,” Swalwell said.
Stefanik said the bill would expand access to online resources, which is critically important to helping people find employment that best suits their skills.
The WIRED Act would direct the Department of Labor to establish standards and best practices for the provision of employment and training services through electronic means by one-stop delivery systems. The services provided online would have to include addresses, hours, and services of physical one-stop centers in a local area; incorporate social media and networking capabilities; be accessible to mobile devices; and provide other employment-seeking assistance.
Previous versions of the bipartisan act were introduced as H.R. 3088 in
the 115th Congress, H.R. 3280 in the 114th Congress, and H.R. 4823 in the 113th Congress.