Bill to help Tennessee unemployed on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam

Bill to help Tennessee unemployed on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam

May 1st, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - A bill that helps Tennesseans get off unemployment and get training and a job is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

The House today approved the Tennessee Works Act, sponsored by Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, on a bipartisan 91-0 vote.

The Senate bill, approved last week, was sponsored by Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga.

The bill creates a pilot program to provide employers with grants to pay for training expenses for recently laid-off workers or workers whose jobs have gone overseas.

To continue receiving funds, employers must agree to hire a portion of the employees trained.