Proposed labor law change could give entrepreneurs a boost


A House Republican wants to make sure a key human resources development law extends to entrepreneurs.

Earlier this week, Congressman introduced Rick Allen of Georgia the founding law. The law amends the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, the key federal workforce development law that improves job seekers’ access to education, training and other support services and connects them with employers.

The bill rewrites the text of the 2014 law by changing “job seekers” to “job seekers and entrepreneurs” so that business owners and those looking to start a business can access the same programs. The bill also expands the type of resources offered to include programs focused on entrepreneurial skills development.

“Long before I was a congressman, I was an entrepreneur. I’ve spent nearly four decades building and running a small business,” said Allen, who founded construction firm RW Allen & Associates before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 expression. “I’m proud to lead this effort to help current and future entrepreneurs access the resources they need.”

That invoice would also authorize the Department of Labor to commission a three-year, multi-state study to analyze the results of the additional entrepreneurship training programs and their economic impact. At the moment, it’s unclear whether Congressman Allen’s proposed bill will have enough support to pass the House before heading to the Senate and eventually President Biden’s desk.


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