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State task force to hold hearings on work opportunities

The Baker Administration is currently conducting several public hearings throughout the Commonwealth to discuss work development opportunities and initiatives for people of color, individuals with disabilities and others with traditionally high rates of unemployment.

A state task force designed to get at the root causes of high unemployment rates among certain populations and to recommend public policies to improve employment-related outcomes would like to hear from employers and employees about their thoughts on this issue and potential work opportunities. We thought this may be of particular interest to our members who employ individuals with disabilities, help individuals with disabilities or others with barriers to employment find work opportunities, or those running social enterprises that can sometimes employ our programs’ clients and consumers.

The task force – being led by the state’s Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II and operating under state Executive Order #561 – is holding public hearings across the state. You can find more information about the task force here.

Meetings will start Wednesday, September 16 in Springfield and conclude Wednesday, October 14 in Boston. A complete list of hearing dates, times and locations can be found here.

For more information, please contact Bill Yelenak at the Providers' Council.