House Bill 487
151st General Assembly (2021 - 2022)
House Administration 6/22/22
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AND ACT TO AMEND TITLES 19 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATED TO CRAFT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS IN PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS.
Apprenticeship and workplace-based training are an “earn while you learn” systems that offer young people the chance to learn from the best trained construction workers in Delaware. Skilled craft apprenticeship programs offer the necessary capacities, resources, and flexibility needed to help low-income, minority, and female workers achieve and retain construction careers, while simultaneously assisting local construction employers obtain the skilled workforce they need to help drive growth in their local labor markets. This bill removes the “buy-out” for contractors to avoid participating in apprentice programs by paying into the Apprenticeship and Training Fund created in 2021. This “buy-out” benefits bad actors or those businesses only coming into Delaware to work on state taxpayer-funded projects whereas most Delaware merit shops and 100 percent of union shops have apprentice and training programs. The “buy out” also incentivizes contractors or never create training because the maximum cost of the buy-out is less than the cost to operate, fund, or participate in an apprentice program.
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Takes effect upon being signed into law