§21A-2A-5. Payments to private business employers; maximums.
The commissioner shall reimburse private business employers
of eligible unemployed persons from funds appropriated and made
available by the Legislature to the commissioner. Such
reimbursement shall equal one half of the employer's prevailing
starting hourly wage for each person employed under the
provisions of this article, but the state's share of the total
reimbursement shall not exceed the federal hourly minimum wage.
The workweek shall not exceed forty hours per week, per eligible
employee, nor shall any reimbursement extend for a period longer
than six months. In addition to the compensation provided under
the emergency employment supplemental matching program to the
employee, each private business employer shall pay an additional
sum to each such employee of not less than one half the
employer's prevailing starting hourly wage plus applicable costs
for each such employee of payments for workers' compensation and
employer social security requirements. Any employment and
reimbursement provided for in this section shall be agreed to in
writing by the employer, the prospective employee and the
commissioner prior to such employee's actual employment.
The commissioner shall provide by rule and regulation: The
total number of employees who may be employed by any single
private business employer under this program, the total number of
employees who may be employed under the entire program and the
priority preference to be given eligible unemployed persons who
are heads of households.
The commissioner may promulgate such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this article, as may be
deemed necessary by him to provide for proper administration of
Any funds appropriated for this program which have not been
committed for private sector employment purposes within a
reasonable period of time determined by the commissioner to be
necessary for implementation of this article shall be
redistributed for public employment purposes: Provided, That
this is consistent with the language of the legislative
appropriation making the funds available.