Nebraska Earns Awards for Reemployment Program, Employer Information Exchange System
Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974
Grace Johnson, Labor Department, 402-471-4189
LINCOLN – Today, the Governor’s Office announced that the Nebraska Department of Labor has received awards for its reemployment program and the data exchange system used to gather information from employers involved in unemployment insurance claims.
Recently, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recognized Nebraska and four other states for Outstanding Performance implementing the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Web Services. SIDES provides a direct link between employers and state workforce agencies for unemployment insurance benefit claims processing. Employers send information electronically through a secure website, which eliminates paper, increases payment accuracy, and reduces processing time. SIDES helps decrease improper payments and enhance eligibility accuracy by improving the quality of information provided to states.
The United States Department of Labor set a goal for states to use SIDES Web Services or E-Response on 50 percent of their unemployment insurance claims and use SIDES electronic response with 100 percent of the employers and third-party administrators (TPAs) in their state. The award recipients all met that threshold.
In addition to the Outstanding Performance award for the implementation of the employer data exchange system, the American Institute for Full Employment has honored Nebraska’s reemployment program with the 2016 Full Employment Best Practices Award. The award is given to the state agency that best exemplifies a commitment and dedication to reemployment of unemployment insurance claimants through proactive policies and innovative programs.
“It’s exciting to see the national recognition continuing for this program that is truly helping employers grow opportunities for working Nebraskans across our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “This program is helping to support our employers looking for talent while providing workers with the connections they need to transition off unemployment benefits and into their next job.”
In a press release, Institute President John Courtney said, “The state of Nebraska has shown great leadership in serving our unemployed and helping them get on the fast track to landing a new job through universal and early engagement in job search, new tools and new synergies among its programs.”
Reemployment program components include:
- Connecting with all UI claimants who are required to search for work
- Mandating participation of all non-exempt workers.
- Providing similar services to any voluntary job seeker wishing to participate.
- Providing universal services to maximize agency resources and eliminate duplication of services.
- Enhancing alignment between employment and training and UI systems to improve communication and data cross-matching and strengthen program integrity.
- Increasing customer awareness of all workforce services available to them.
- Instituting an overall focus on talent development to help workers develop skills that are in demand.
- Assisting workers in moving to new employment more quickly through early intervention and enhanced self-service.
- Allowing a single sign-on for customers who use services through both NEworks (Nebraska’s virtual One Stop labor exchange system) and the unemployment insurance system.
- Providing virtual services and a user-friendly mobile application to give reemployment program participants 24/7 access to services.
- Scheduling a group orientation for each worker, which includes NEworks registration, labor market information, skills assessment overview, and work search requirements.
- Providing one-on-one services, which include an eligibility assessment, creation of an individual employment plan, and a review of skills assessments and work search requirements.
- Providing referrals to services, which may include workshops, training services, veteran services and community agencies.
- Providing up to three additional reemployment follow-up check-ins with participants.
“The Department of Labor shares the Institute’s passion for empowering workers to obtain meaningful employment,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin. “The recognition from them reinforces our desire to continuously improve the reemployment program to best serve both workers and employers.”
The American Institute for Full Employment is a nonprofit consulting and research group, founded in 1994 to promote best practices in solving unemployment in America. The Institute’s full news release can be found by clicking here.