ERIC Number: ED219554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Policy for the Hard-to-Employ: The Path of Progress. A Statement by the Program Committee.
Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY.
At a time of high unemployment and increasingly constrained public resources, more and more attention is being focused on how to further the private sector's involvement in expanding opportunities for individuals, especially the hard-to-employ, to obtain long-term productive employment. Although at least 12 pieces of federal legislation that affect the educationally and economically disadvantaged are due to expire soon, and their renewal is not certain, there is a way to continue efforts to address the needs of the hard-to-employ. This way (1) places a greater reliance on the private sector; (2) reduces, but does not eliminate, the demand for public resources; (3) supports efforts to improve the nation's rate of productivity; and (4) continues to address the needs of the long-term unemployed. There should be a clear understanding by all involved--government, business, labor, and community groups--that any effective partnership must involve the leaders of the local business community. In the past, Private Industry Councils (PICs) have been used to fulfill the government-private industry partnership; however, problems with PICs must be overcome. It is crucial that the PICs involve top business leadership; provide independence, flexibility, and a stronger role for business; define accountability and responsibility; prepare for continuity; and avoid unnecessary regulation. All of these recommendations are predicated on sustained effective leadership, both public and private, and a national policy to reduce inflation and produce more stable economic growth. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Business Responsibility, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Employment Programs, Government Role, Leadership Responsibility, Program Development, Program Improvement, Public Policy
Committee for Economic Development, Distribution Division, 477 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY.