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D.C. charters say the city needs to give them empty buildings. The city says no.
December 15, 2019
The Washington Post//Perry Stein 

Charter advocates insist that by using only a small part of some buildings, the city is pursuing a strategy of holding on to the structures — and keeping them out of the hands of charter operators. They point to the original Malcolm X Elementary, a shuttered campus in Southeast Washington, as an example of a building that should be leased to a charter. Kihn said that building is used by two city agencies, the Department of Employment Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

District of Columbia Releases 2020 Unemployment Tax Rates
December 10, 2019
Bloomberg Tax//Jazlyn Williams 

The District of Columbia’s unemployment tax rates are to be unchanged for 2020, a spokesman for D.C. Department of Employment Services said Dec.10.

United States: New Year, New Notice Requirement: DC Paid Family Leave Notice Requirements Take Effect January 1, 2020
December 9, 2019
Foley//Jillian M. Collins

As we’ve previously reported, paid family leave laws have been sweeping the country.  While employees will not become eligible to take paid family leave (PFL) under the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) until July 1, 2020, employers must begin complying with the law’s notice requirements on January 1, 2020.  The law contains multiple notice requirements for employers and a failure to comply may result in significant penalties.

Day centers put vital services for people experiencing homelessness in one place
December 4, 2019
Greater Greater Washington// Will Schick (Fellow)

The center is supported by partnerships with a host of local organizations, including the DC Public Library, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Pathways to Housing, Catholic Charities (which provides the meal service), Unity Health Care, the Department of Health, the Economic Security Administration, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Department of Employment Services, HIPs, and the Department of Human Services. These partners and teams of regular volunteers make the work at the center possible, Albert says.


Former Express Distributors Are Still Waiting To Receive Thousands Of Crowdfunded Dollars
November 25, 2019
The DCist//Rachel Kurzius

The Washington Post announced it was shutting down its free daily paper, Express, less than 24 hours before the final edition came out on September 12. More than two months later, the contract workers who distributed the newspaper each day are still waiting to receive money raised on their behalf.

Months Later, Former Express Distributors Haven’t Seen Thousands Of Dollars Crowdfunded For Them
November 25, 2019
WAMU 88.5//Rachel Kurzius 

The Washington Post announced it was shutting down its free daily paper, Express, less than 24 hours before the final edition came out on Sept. 12. More than two months later, the contract workers who distributed the newspaper each day are still waiting to receive money raised on their behalf.

A Leaked Document Raises Questions About a Multi-Million Dollar Contract
November 14, 2019
The Washington City Paper//Mitch Ryals  

In October, D.C. chief contracting officer Derrick White emailed Dash Kiridena, the CEO of a local IT company, CODICE, with some bad news.
Kiridena’s bid for a $13 million dollar contract to modernize the District’s unemployment insurance tax system was rejected. White wrote in the Oct. 9 email that although Kiridena’s proposal was impressive, “the contract has been awarded to the highest-ranked offeror, Sagitec Solutions, LLC.”

Commuter Benefits Now Required
November 4, 2019 
JD Supra// 

Many professional musicians travel significant distances for work, whether it be the desired orchestra position in another city or a summer music institute position. Musicians in touring groups may spend more time on the road than at home. For musicians who must travel by air, the cost can be high.  

Washington DC construction firms cheat on First Source local hiring
November 3, 2019
Valliant News//Robert Smith

The push to get local construction firms to hire city workers is falling badly short of its goals, with companies facing little risk of penalties for noncompliance and numerous ways to cheat the system.

Job training: What does it mean?
October 31, 2019
Washington Times//Deborah Simmons 

When “Ruth Black” lost her job a few years back, she began staying in close contact with D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES).

No Benefits for Transit Employee Who Fell on Train Platform
October 24, 2019 
Workers Comp Central//

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that a transit authority employee was not entitled to benefits for her injuries from a fall on a train platform as she was making her way to work. Case: Niles v. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, No. 18-AA-479, 10/10/2019, published.

Bowser Wants Full Employment in D.C.
October 23, 2019 
The Washington Informer//James Wright 

The District’s economy continues to boom but not everyone has benefited from the economic feast, so Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make sure that all residents are at the table.

Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions Provides The Services Needed To Comply With The Commuter Law In Washington, D.C.
October 15, 2019
Yahoo Finance//Cision

Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions offers the programs and support to ensure that Washington, D.C. businesses are in compliance with the city's commuter law.
Recent news from the Department of Employment Services in DC stated that beginning November 14th, D.C. employers who are not in compliance with the law will be subject to fines1.

Press Release: Councilmember Vincent C. Gray’s Statement in Response to Arrests Made for the Attack on a Transgender Woman in Ward 7
October 16, 2019
The DC Line//Press Release
That is one reason why, as Mayor, I directed the Department of Employment Services, the Office of Human Rights and my Office of LGBTQ Affairs to develop and implement a six-week transitional employment program benefitting members of the transgender community.  This initiative was the first of its kind.

Press Release: DC Public Schools Releases Personalized Student Guide to Graduation, Career, and College for Seniors
October 9, 2019
DC Line//Press Release 

Students who participate in the program have an opportunity to enter in-demand fields that are aligned with their skills and interests after graduation. The Career Bridge program partners with the DC Infrastructure Academy launched by Mayor Bowser, the Department of Employment Services, Pepco, the Finishing Trades Institute Apprenticeship Program, and other organizations. DCPS places the students in professional development cohorts by the school in the fall and by the employer in the spring, toward the goal of providing students with supports, partnering with employers to secure job and apprenticeship offers after graduation, ensuring more students receive professional certifications and setting them up for success in college and career.
How resident mistrust plays into cities' uncertain futures
October 9, 2019 
Smart Cities Dive//Chris Teale
Unique Morris-Hughes, director of DC’s Department of Employment Services, said it represents "one of the most exciting times" for workforce development in DC, although it will be imperative that residents be competitive in the marketplace.


New Workforce Development Board Director Plans To Innovate
September 24, 2019

The new director of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board began at her post recently.
Billie Barnes started working as the director of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board at the end of August. She joined the organization – one of 22 in the state – with 25 years of experience.

Silverman Introduces Bill to Increase First Source Job Opportunities for D.C. Residents
September 17, 2019 
The DC Line//Press Release 

Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), chair of the D.C. Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, today introduced legislation to ensure D.C. residents have access to information about jobs and hiring outcomes from taxpayer-funded projects subject to the District’s First Source law. The bill, the First Source Community Accountability Amendment Act of 2019, proposes three changes to existing First Source law designed to increase transparency and accountability. First Source is supposed to benefit District residents by giving them first-shot at employment from taxpayer-subsidized projects.
Councilmember Todd Introduces the “Domestic Workers Protection Act of 2019”
September 17, 2019
The DC Line//Press Release 

Today, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced the “Domestic Workers Act of 2019” at the Council of the District of Columbia’s legislative meeting.
This bill would extend the District of Columbia’s labor and employment protections to domestic workers who perform work in and about private households in the District. The legislation would also provide community-based education, outreach, and enforcement of domestic workers’ labor and employment rights.
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance
September 17, 2019
The DC Line//

Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Independent Compliance Office Establishment Act of 2019. The legislation would create a new independent Office of the Chief Compliance Officer which would have purview of certification and enforcement over the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program and First Source employment program. Those programs are currently located within the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DLSBD) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), respectively.

Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee calls for $3 million for the grants program
September 13, 2019
The Washington Blade//Lou Chibbaro Jr. 

Several transgender activists questioned the Department of Employment Services’ Job Coach, Charles Smith, and its deputy director, Charles Jones, about Project Empowerment, a program started by former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to provide job training for transgender people. Two of the activists said the program was not working for many of the transgender women of color who remain unable to find work.

‘Born Out Of The Fight Against 77,’ Restaurant Workers Form A New Advocacy Group
September 13, 2019
Dcist//Rachel Kurzius 

Valerie Torres, who has been in and out of the restaurant industry for the past 25 years, says she was not political before last spring. That’s when a contentious debate about tipped wages began making its way into the public sphere.

Mentoring Program to be Launched in Amin Muslim’s Honor
September 11, 2019     
The Washington Informer//Sam P. K. Colliins 
Two violence-interruption stalwarts have launched a mentoring program in honor of the late Amin Muslim, a highly regarded community advocate who worked to build a bridge between disaffected residents and D.C. officials and agencies.
….. Throughout the next few years, he helped shape DC Parks and Recreation’s Boxing Under the Stars and Project Empowerment, a Department of Employment Services workforce development program.

D.C. Streetcar could be expanded two miles eastward, across the Anacostia River
September 9, 2019
Curbed DC//Andrew Giambrone
Service on the 2.2-mile D.C. Streetcar would almost double in length and stretch across the Anacostia River to the Benning Road Metro stop under preliminary designs that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is studying. The upcoming community meeting, which DDOT describes as an “open house,” is set to take place September 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the offices of D.C.’s Department of Employment Services, located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE, near the area’s Metro station.

Campbell Challenges Trayon White for Council Seat
September 4, 2019
The Washington Informer//James Wright

Campbell retired from the D.C. Department of Employment Services in 2013. During his tenure at the department, he served as a union shop steward and president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1000.

For some D.C. students, the challenges outside school far exceed the ones inside
September 3, 2019
The Washington Post// Courtland Milloy

At DC Scholars Stanton Elementary School, Assistant Principal Shaunte Daniel gave each student a hug as they entered the building on Tuesday morning. They smiled, some blushed, and hugged her back.
At Stanton, 100 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged. At Lafayette, only 5 percent are. In Ward 8, the unemployment rate is more than 18 percent. In Ward 4, where Lafayette is located, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent, according to the D.C. Department of Employment Services.


As demand for solar energy grows, D.C. job training offers both employment and community results
August 30, 2019
The Washington Post//Cortlynn Stark 

With pliers in one pant pocket and a phone playing a ’70s electronic song in the other, Naomi Hawk stabilized a row of solar panels on an apartment roof in Southeast Washington.
She has worked with New Columbia Solar installing panels across the District since July. A program called Solar Works DC, created in 2017 through the city’s Department of Employment Services and Department of Energy and Environment, helped her get there.

Cultivating the Infrastructure Workforce in the Nation’s Capital
August 28, 2019
Eno Center for Transportation// Jeff Marootian, District Department of Transportation, Director

Earlier this spring, the District’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) and DDOT launched the Street Sign Installer Workforce Training Program in conjunction with the Infrastructure Academy. This pilot program provides both classroom and on-the-job training for District residents with a career interest in transportation. The 12-month training program includes two weeks of required classroom instruction at the DC Infrastructure Academy, preparing participants for entry-level transportation positions. Trainees then receive six weeks of on-the-job training with DDOT’s Street Sign Installation unit, earning a wage of $16.10 per hour. Upon completion of the program, participants will gain hands-on experience in sign installation and earn certifications in Flagger and OSHA-10 Construction Safety. Trainees who have completed the program also will have the opportunity to compete for employment opportunities at DDOT. The 12-month program began April 1, 2019, with six District residents enrolled in the first cohort.
D.C. Universal Paid Leave Update: Proposed Benefits Regulations (Coordinating Paid Leave Policies –the Devil Is In The Details)
August 27, 2019
JD Supra//

On August 9, 2019, the D.C. Office of Employment Services (DOES) took another step toward full implementation of D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (UPLA) by issuing proposed benefits regulations. In a recent post, we discussed generally the paid leave benefits-eligible employees can receive from DOES under UPLA starting July 1, 2020 for new child bonding (8 weeks), to care for a family member with a serious health condition (6 weeks), or for the employee’s own serious health condition (2 weeks), up to a maximum of 8 weeks per year, and we explained the employer payroll tax collection process currently underway to fund the new program.

Pepco, D.C. Honor First Infrastructure Academy Graduates
August 20, 2019 
The Washington Informer//Staff 

Pepco and D.C.’s Department of Employment Services recently celebrated the first graduates of the D.C. Infrastructure Academy’s Pepco Utility Training School program.

These DC residents just finished an electrical training program. Now, they're all employed
August 16, 2019
WJLA// Lesly Salazar 

On Friday, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) joined representatives from Pepco to honor 22 graduates of the Pepco Utility Training Program at the DC Infrastructure Academy (DCIA).

First-class of DC's Infrastructure Academy graduates with 100% job placement
August 16, 2019

The 22 graduates learned the ins and outs of working for power providers. All of them graduated Friday night with a job offer from Pepco or one of their contractors.

“a local chain of juice bars—will pay more than $10,000 in unpaid wages to 22 employees as part of a settlement in a wage theft case”
August 8, 2019 
Popville//Prince of Popville

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that Turning Natural, Inc.–a local chain of juice bars–will pay more than $10,000 in unpaid wages to 22 employees as part of a settlement in a wage theft case with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The case, announced last July, alleged that Turning Natural failed to pay employees minimum wage and overtime, and failed to provide sick leave, as required by District law. Per the settlement, the company will return an average of $484 to each worker and offer retroactive sick leave to seven current employees. Turning Natural will also pay $5,000 in civil penalties to the District.

DC unemployment below the national average but rising
August 5, 2019
WTOP// Jeff Clabaugh

The Washington metro area’s unemployment rate remains below the national average, but it rose for the second straight month in June, from 3.1% in May to 3.4%.

Georgetown Program Teaches Returning Citizens To Be Entrepreneurs: ‘It Gave Me A Goal’
August 1, 2019
Dcist//Kalina Newman 

Homeless, scared, and lost, Corey Pollard had been out of jail for less than a year when he nearly gave up hope of ever returning to a normal life.
“I had been going to the halfway houses in D.C., hanging around there, and I couldn’t find a job,” he says. “I wanted to go back and do things that I had done in the past—things that were not good, and things that would get me back in prison again.”

Kojo In Your Community: Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship And Employment East Of The River
August 1, 2019
WAMU 88.5//The Kojo Nnamdi Show

What does it take to open a business in a neighborhood that some residents feel has traditionally lacked shops, restaurants and entertainment?


St. Paul Places Poetry at Residents’ Feet
July 31, 2019
Next City//Cinnamon Janzer

Since 2008, St. Paul residents can find verse stamped into the sidewalks beneath their feet.
The result of a long-standing collaboration between nonprofit Public Art St. Paul and the city’s Department of Public Works, the sidewalk poetry program is one of the ways that Minnesota’s capital city injects art into public life in new and unexpected ways while elevating local talent.
Why Returning Citizens Make Strong Entrepreneurs
July 31, 2019 
Next City// Emily Nonko  

This June, in front of friends, family, and Georgetown University faculty, a cohort of formerly incarcerated individuals celebrated their graduation from the Pivot Program, offered through Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. After an intensive application process and 10 months of full-time coursework, the 15 graduates earned a certificate in business and entrepreneurship.

District abruptly shuts down a site that provides summer jobs to youths
July 28, 2019

The Washington Post//Paul Schwartzman 
Kendall Bryan was beginning another day at the summer jobs program he directed in Northeast Washington a couple of weeks ago when two city officials arrived for what he thought was an unscheduled tour.

Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program: A Personal Essay
July 26, 2019

The Washington Informer//Aleisia Canty
The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program has played a crucial role in my development as a professional in the workforce.

DC's Pathways Program Helps Graduates Find Employment
July 13, 2019
NBC4 Washington//Cory Smith and Cindy Choi

After years of crime and violence, more than a dozen young men were given a second chance when they walked across a graduation stage on Friday.
Eighteen young men graduated from D.C.'s Pathways for Young Adults Program in Northeast D.C.

East of the River Magazine – July 2019
July 7, 2019
Pg. 31

DC Fiscal Policy shares an editorial/article regarding Paid Family Leave and Minimum Wage Increase.

Marion S. Barry SYEP Turns 40
July 5, 2019
Afro American//Lenore T. Adkins 

New York-based actress/writer/producer/curator/dancer Chelsea Harrison may have completed the beloved Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program more than a decade ago, but she credits it with teaching her how to research historical figures she portrays in her one-woman shows.  

D.C. Starts Collecting Taxes to Fund New Paid-Leave Program
July 2, 2019
Lexology//Molly Ramsden and S. Michael Chittenden 

In 2017, the District of Columbia passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”), which called for the creation of a paid-leave…
DC and Local Workforce

Three Generations of a Ward 7 Family Find Work and Fulfillment in Urban Farming
July 2, 2019
Washington City Paper//Laura Hayes

Maybe the next generation will figure out how to grab the community’s attention. Robinson’s son Montell Holland is working at DC UrbanGreens for the summer through the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. The Department of Employment Services-supported program helps District residents ages 14 to 24 find summer jobs with the potential to positively impact their future. Holland works five hours a day, five days a week.

D.C.’s Minimum Wage Is Now $14 (The Last Step Before Hitting $15)
July 1, 2019
DCist//Rachel Sadon

D.C.’s minimum wage is going up to $14 per hour today—the last step in a series of rate increases before the so-called “Fight for 15” is fully won.


Is This Embattled D.C. Hotel Sleazier Than Trump’s?
June 29, 2019
Daily Beast//Tarpley Hitt

But the LINE DC, which opened in January of 2018, has found itself at the center... Nadeau contacted D.C.'s Department of Employment Services, and in early ...

What ELSE is going on in Washington, DC? Legislative Update for Employers that Operate in the District of Columbia
June 27, 2019
Lexology//Littler Mendelson DC

The District of Columbia Council has passed several pieces of legislation that impose significant obligations upon employers in the District of Columbia. Below is a roundup of recent laws that have been enacted in the District and key obligations of each.
Sankofa’s Tax Break Wins Approval From The D.C. Council
June 26, 2019 
The DCist//Rachel Kurzius

A recent audit from the Department of Employment Services was the latest analysis to determine that The Line failed to meet at least two of the seven requirements for securing the tax abatement (the hotel’s owners dispute the audit’s findings). DOES recommended that The Line go through a “substitute compliance plan,” in which the hotel pay a $600,000 penalty over four years in exchange for the $46 million tax break.

A $46 million tax break at risk over the meaning of ‘construction worker’
June 24, 2019
Washington Post//Paul Schwartzman

Sydell executives said they defined construction workers “in accordance with the standards established by” the District’s Department of Employment Services, the agency charged with monitoring whether the developer complied with the tax abatement’s requirements.

40 Years Later, Marion Barry’s Summer Jobs Program Still Employing Thousands Of D.C. Youth
June 24, 2019
WAMU 88.5//Martin Austermuhle

By most measures, Kenyan McDuffie has enjoyed an accomplished professional career. Before being elected to the D.C. Council in 2012 to represent Ward 5, he worked on Capitol Hill and then as an attorney with the federal government.

‘I wasn’t just thinking about myself’: How D.C.’s class of 2019 decided what’s next
June 23, 2019
The Washington Post//Perry Stein

They are already activists, nonprofit leaders, and world travelers. They have collected acceptance letters to prestigious universities, signed commitment letters to start jobs in the coming weeks and enrolled in academies to become police officers and firefighters.

BankThink Banks, regulators can help themselves by helping young adults
June 24, 2019
American Banker//Joseph Otting

Our program is a partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. While our program is one small step toward expanding economic opportunity and improving financial literacy among the next generation of America’s workforce, it promises to be a life-changing experience for the young adults entering the OCC’s new program.

State Law Round-Up: Paid Leave Proliferation (CT, ME, MA, NV, DC) and Minimum Wage Update! (US)
June 13, 2019

The National Law Review//

DC Paid Family Leave Tax Begins July 1, 2019
June 11, 2019
Lexology//Vedder Price PC 

It has been several years since the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 became law, making it among the most generous paid family leave laws in the country. While employees will not be eligible for benefits until July 2020, the collection of employer taxes to fund this benefit begins in July 2019.

D.C. Businesses Brace For New Paid Leave Tax Starting July 1
June 6, 2019 
WAMU 88.5//Elly Yu 

Starting next month, D.C. will begin collecting taxes from businesses to fund its new paid leave program, which is scheduled to go into effect next year. But some businesses say there’s been confusion about how the tax is being assessed.


GW Hospital nurse appeals CRB decisions denying her medical treatment
May 25, 2019
The GW Hatchet//Lia DeGroot

In a one-page appeal filed late last month, operating room nurse Sara Gould asked the Department of Employment Services to reverse the board’s decision denying her a neurological consultation for a neck injury Gould said she experienced after falling at the hospital. Gould claimed the CRB’s reason to refuse her treatment is not supported by workers compensation law, a set of rules that cover payment for employees injured while working.

The Line Hotel Is Fighting For Its $46 Million Tax Break. Here’s The Backstory
May 23, 2019
The DCist//Helen Wieffering

This deal between The Line and the city is part of the First Source Employment Program, which requires any business that receives more than $300,000 in municipal funding to enter into a plan with the Department of Employment Services that outlines how it will prioritize District residents during hiring. But there may be an issue when it comes to following through on those plans: A 2018 report from the D.C. auditor found that 81 percent of these first source provisions were either not implemented or not implemented effectively between 2014-2016.

DC: Prepare for work in the electrical sector
May 22, 2019
El Tiempo Latino

Representatives of the government of Washington and the Department of Employment Services, along with executives from the electric company Pepco, inaugurated a training camp on Thursday 16 at the Infrastructure Academy located in the southeast of the capital city.

Breaking News: DCtorney General Rules Line Hotel in Adams Morgan Not Entitled for Tax Abatement; Failed to Meet Requirements
May 22, 2019
The InTowner//

“Earlier this month, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) found that the hotel had not met two of seven specific requirements legislated by the Council but said the agency had the ability to create an alternative compliance plan.”
D.C. Attorney General Rejects Deal to Waive Terms of Hotel’s $46 Million Tax Break
May 22, 2019
Washington Post//Peter Jamison

District officials can’t let the developer behind an upscale hotel in Adams Morgan off the hook after it failed to meet the conditions of a $46 million tax abatement awarded to the project, according to D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine. In a letter last week to D.C. Council members Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Racine said a proposed deal between the city and the developer that would allow the Line hotel to pay $600,000 to remedy its failure to meet local hiring requirements wouldn’t be legal.

Adams Morgan’s Line Hotel $46 Million Tax Abatement Appears in Jeopardy after AG Ruling unless “specific D.C. hiring requirements” met
May 21, 2019 
Popville//Prince of Petworth

“In response to a request from two D.C. Council members, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has issued a legal opinion concluding that the Bowser Administration does not have authority to waive specific D.C. hiring requirements put in law in order for the Line Hotel to qualify for a taxpayer subsidy worth up to $46 million. Earlier this month, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) found that the hotel had not met two of seven specific requirements legislated by the Council but said the agency had the ability to create an alternative compliance plan.
Rough ruling for the Line D.C. hotel and its bid to secure $46M tax abatement
May 21, 2019
The Washington Business Journal//Michael Neibauer

D.C. Council members Elissa Silverman, I-At large, and Brianne Nadeau, D-Ward 1, sought Attorney General Karl Racine’s opinion as to whether the Department of Employment Services may waive any conditions tied to the Line’s tax break, which the council approved in 2012.

The Director of Nightlife and Culture's Early Priorities Emerge Six Months Into Office
May 20, 2019
The Washington City Paper//Laura Hayes

Finally, Townsend says, he’s putting resources toward workforce development by linking up with the Department of Employment Services and private partners like Diageo’s Learning Skills for Life. “It’s programs like these that prepare our District residents for jobs in an industry that isn’t going anywhere,” Townsend says. “I get texts and calls all the time with people asking, ‘Do you know a good bartender or manager?’ These are good-paying jobs and there’s a high turnover in nightlife.”

National Arboretum bridge and trail project public meetings scheduled for May 21 and 22
May 17, 2019
Curbed DC//Andrew Glambrone

The project is part of the larger Anacostia River Trail network, which is planned for 28 total miles, and located on National Park Service land. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) expects the bridge to be done by 2021 and to help people traveling from Kenilworth Park and surrounding neighborhoods like Mayfair, Kenilworth–Parkside, and River Terrace get to the Arboretum more easily. The public meetings are set for May 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arboretum (3501 New York Avenue NE) and May 22 at the same time at the headquarters of D.C. Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Avenue NE).

D.C. Would Feel the Brunt of Workforce Slashes
May 16, 2019
Afro American//Special to the AFRO 

Bowser spoke frankly about the D.C. Council’s proposal that would cut $17.4 million from a myriad of workforce initiatives effectively impacting over 1,400 job seekers in the District. Project Empowerment, Career Connections and other programs would feel the blow as early as fall according to the mayor’s office

United States: DC Employers – On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!: Universal Paid Leave Tax Starts Soon
May 16, 2019
Mintz /Donald C. Davis

District employers, get on your marks! We told you way back in 2017 that Universal Paid Leave (UPL) would be coming to the District, and here it is. Under the DC Universal Paid Leave Act (the Act) and its implementing regulations, beginning on July 1, you will be liable to pay a 0.62% tax on your employees' gross wages for the preceding quarter, the first quarterly payment of which must be made by July 31, 2019. That means you should contact your payroll administrator now, to make sure you're ready to comply. In this post, we outline the key details about the new payroll tax, including how to pay it, and refresh your memory on the other key provisions of the Act.

DOES Helps High School Students and Adults Find Apprenticeships
May 10, 2019
Afro American//Afro Staff

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services celebrated the transition of six high school students and several adult candidates into apprenticeship programs last week at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), 900 7th Street N.W., in honor of National College Signing Day.

The Line hotel missed local hiring benchmarks, may still receive a $46M tax break
May 8, 2019
The Washington Business Journal//Rebecca Cooper

Councilwomen Brianne Nadeau, D-Ward 1, and Elissa Silverman, I-At large, wrote Monday to Attorney General Karl Racine to determine whether the city’s Department of Employment Services had the authority to approve a payment in lieu of meeting some of the requirements for the tax abatement. 
The Line Hotel Didn't Comply With All of Its Hiring Requirements, Audit Finds
May 8, 2019 
The Washington City Paper//Morgan Baskin 

But if Unique Morris-Hughes, the director of D.C.'s Department of Employment Services (DOES), gets her way, the Sydell Group will still receive the $46 million tax break it was promised.

Solar for All? Removing Financial Obstacles to Green Energy
May 8, 2019
NBC Boston//Noreen O’Donnell

The District’s Solar Works DC was developed by the city’s Department of Energy and Environmental and the Department of Employment Services. In two years, it has trained more than 100 people, creating jobs in the mid-Atlantic region and helping to ensure the District meets its clean energy goals.

Participants in a Disastrous D.C. Workforce Development Program Still Lack Employment
May 2, 2019
The Washington City Paper//Mitch Ryals

Both Thurston and Hicks looked to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s workforce development programs in the Department of Employment Services (DOES). But instead of pathways to employment, they found mismanagement and dead ends. They told their stories publicly last week during an oversight hearing for DOES.
See how DC students are celebrating 'National College Signing Day' in different ways
May 1, 2019 
WJLA//Kellye Lynn

It’s #CollegeSigningDay but 18-year-old Daraelle Banks and Antonio Overton are taking a different path. The graduating high school seniors are becoming apprentices. I spoke with them today in Northwest at a special ceremony to announce and celebrate their new opportunities. 


District Installs 100th Solar Panel
April 26, 2019
Afro American//George Kevin Jordan 

It was a sweltering 83 degrees in the District Tuesday and the sun had no blanket of clouds to block its rays upon the city. It was a hard day for a forehead, but the perfect day to set up a rooftop solar installation as Mayor Muriel Bowser and several officials from the Department of Employment Services and GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic celebrated the 100th installation on a home in Northeast as part of the District’s Solar Works DC initiative.

Pivot Program creates opportunities for returning citizens
April 26, 2019 
The Georgetown Voice//Julia Penney

Four of this year’s fellows came from another of PJI’s programs, the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program at the D.C. Jail, which provides incarcerated citizens the opportunity to take courses and attend lectures within the humanities and social science fields. The remainder found the program through various avenues such as the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens Affairs (MORCA), the Department of Employment Services (DOES), and the Free Minds Book Club, which uses reading and creative writing to empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Judge Jorge Vila, a magistrate judge on the D.C. Superior Court, also put the program in contact with several of this year’s fellows.

DC Universal Paid Leave Tax Kickoff - The First Quarter Has Already Started
April 25, 2019

We recently provided DC employers with information about the imminent Universal Paid Leave tax. Since that post, we have received word from the DC Office of Employment Services (DOES) that the first quarterly tax will be based on the wages you will have paid your employees during the current quarter (April 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019.) That means your first quarterly tax payment and wage report must be submitted to DOES no later than July 31, 2019, which is the last day of the first month following the quarter. You will be able to submit the quarterly tax payment and wage reports beginning July 1, 2019, including through the DOES online employer portal. As we mentioned in our prior post, the cost of non-compliance could be steep, so take steps now to ensure you and your payroll administrators will comply.

jonetta rose barras: Is education reform being misdirected?
April 11, 2019 
The DC Line//Johnetta Rose Barras

Mayor Muriel Bowser has escalated this erosion considerably and is now creating a scenario where education could become subservient to non-education issues. Consider that recently she relocated the entire Department of Employment Services (DOES) — along with the Workforce Investment Council, a private-sector-led advisory board — under the umbrella of the DME. That shift came without any public discussion, either in the community or in the DC Council. Equally important, it occurred even as DOES and the public schools, both traditional and charters, have stumbled with implementing new programs or improving existing ones.

Arena Stage 12th D.C. Career Fair To Be Held April 17
April 10, 2019 
Broadway World//News Desk 

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, in partnership with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, At-Large Councilmember Robert White, Jr., and the D.C. Department of Employment Services, opens its doors for the 12th semi-annual D.C. Career Fair Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW). Throughout the past five years, Arena Stage has partnered with more than 100 participating organizations and served a combined total of nearly 8,000 community members by hosting regular career fairs.

Chris Sewell: Maryland's clean energy jobs bill will grow solar careers
April 6, 2019

Capital Gazette

What would you do, if the job that you had was gone in an instant? Without savings or a safety net, and with no degree or technical job training, it can be hard to bounce back.  That’s what happened to my colleague, Steven Vernon. He lost everything after the recession. But he pulled himself back up with the help of his friends and community.

DC wants motorists to alert them to confusing street signs
April 3, 2019

Bowser is kicking off a new job training program designed to help residents for careers in transportation assign installers. The training program involves the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and includes a 12-month training program.


Funding sources and expenditure patterns of out-of-school time programs in D.C.
March 29, 2019
D.C. Policy Center

A new D.C. Policy Center report outlines the funding sources and expenditure patterns of subsidized[1] afterschool and summer programs in the District of Columbia: where funds originate, how they are spent, what capacity constraints providers experience, and how public and private stakeholders can help address those challenges.

UDC & MPD Police Officer Training Cohort
March 19, 2010
Fairfax News

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Community College and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), to provide an opportunity for qualified men and women to obtain an associate degree and become a DC Police Officer. 

Universal? You Bet – How the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act May Impact Your Business
March 14, 2019

The D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act has an incredibly broad reach. All employers that directly or indirectly employ or exercise control over the terms and conditions of employees working in D.C. and that are required to pay unemployment insurance on behalf of their employees are covered by the Act regardless of whether the employer has a physical location in D.C. 


DC Repeals Tipped Worker Wage Law but Imposes New Requirements on Employers of Tipped Workers
February 4, 2019
The National Law Review//

The repeal legislation, dubbed the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018,” (the “Act”) institutes three new major requirements that impact employers and D.C. government: (1) employers of tipped workers must comply with new sexual harassment training requirements; (2) employers of tipped workers must begin to use – if they do not already -- a third-party payroll system that submits payroll data to the District’s Department of Employment Services (“DOES”); and (3) DOES must provide more information to the public on the various labor and anti-discrimination laws in the District and create an internet and phone-based reporting system for public reporting of potential violations.

D.C. Helps Returning Citizens with READY Assistance
February 21, 2019

BlackPress USA//James Wright
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has long expressed concern about returning citizens in the District of Columbia, going back to her days as a Ward 4 council member. As mayor, she has made it a point to connect with these District residents and her latest initiative will make sure they will be able to get back into the mainstream of life in the city. On Feb. 12, the mayor launched the READY (Resources to Empower and Develop You) Center that will serve as a one-stop-shop where returning citizens can access critical post-release services, obtain vital documents and get referrals to treatment programs for substance abuse and mental health.

Marking a Milestone in Marion Barry’s Legacy
February 14, 2019

Latrice is beginning to forge her own career path with an appreciation for the groundwork paved by Marion Barry.

Ready Center Paving Way for those Returning to Civilian Life
February 12, 2019
Fox 5

There’s a brand-new resource for men and women who are getting out of prison and trying to re-acclimate themselves to society. 
Many are in need of housing – food to eat – and schooling or a job. And D.C.’s brand new READY Center is there to help smooth the transition.

Helping Inmates After Prison
February 12, 2019

“The Ready Center” in D.C. opened its doors to former inmates who are trying to figure their new normal.


As Government Shutdown Continues, Workers’ Worries—and Bills—Grow
January 1, 2019
The Wall Street Journal//Andrew Duehren 

D.C. Department of Employment Services, which processes unemployment claims in Washington, has extended its operating hours because of the ..

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Pushes for Back Pay for Furloughed Federal Contract Workers
January 8, 2019
Washington City Paper//Mitch Ryals 

Logan is among the more than 2,000 District residents who've applied for unemployment benefits as a result of the federal government shutdown. (D.C.'s Department of Employment Services is tracking the number of applicants.)

D.C. Council approves ‘LOVE’ Act to allow marriages to continue during the shutdown
January 8, 2019
The Washington Post//Fenit Nirappil

The District government also has been picking up trash from the Mall and ramping up staffing at the Department of Employment Services to process unemployment claims as a result of the shutdown.

Federal Employees Are Filing Unemployment Claims To Get Through The Shutdown
January 10, 2019
The Huffington Post//Dave Jamison 

The District of Columbia, which has a disproportionate share of federal workers compared with states, had seen 3,745 federal workers and an estimated 822 federal contractors apply for benefits due to the shutdown as of Tuesday night, the D.C. Department of Employment Services told HuffPost. The agency is dealing with the influx of cases by having staff work extended hours.  

New Year, New Committees
January 10, 2019
The Washington City Paper//Mitch Ryals 

As D.C. councilmembers close the first legislative meeting of 2019, they do so with a slightly different committee configuration.
At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman
Committee: Committee on Labor and Workforce Development
Notable agencies: Department of Human Resources, Department of Employment Services, Office of Employee Appeals, Office of Risk Management, Workforce Investment Council

Unemployment Claims From the Shutdown Are Skyrocketing
January 11, 2019
The Washingtonian//Benjamin Wofford

As the shutdown approaches its fourth week, regional economists have pointed to the skyrocketing number of Washington area residents who are applying for unemployment benefits. In the past week, budget specialists in the DC government reported growing numbers of federal workers claiming unemployment benefits: First 300, then 700, then 1,700. It’s now estimated at 5,431, including 4,429 federal workers and an estimated 1,002 federal contractors. The number already equals 15 percent of the typical benefits caseload in a single year, according to figures provided by the Department of Employment Services, where District employees have been working overtime to manage the deluge of incoming calls and applications.

Federal employees file for unemployment as government shutdown becomes longest in history
January 12, 2019
The Washington Examiner//Sean Higgins 

Tiffany Browne, spokesperson for D.C. Department of Employment Services, which is home to an estimated 102,000 workers from agencies that haven't been paid, said the total unemployment claims from them had reached more than 4,800. The department had reported the figure at just 379 on Dec. 28, the first full week of the shutdown.

DC kicks off the annual Summer Youth Employment program
January 17, 2019
WTOP//Jeff Clabaugh 

The District of Columbia has opened its annual Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment program for applications from both D.C. youth and employers who want to participate this year.

DC mayor bucks fed gov’t with bill to offer ‘essential’ workers unemployment
January 22, 2019
WTOP//Jack Moore 

Speaking at the D.C. news conference, Unique Morris-Hughes, the director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, said her office doesn’t yet have estimates for how much the District expects to shell out on unemployment benefits for “essential” workers. She expects several thousand federal employees to sign up. As of Jan. 14, more than 7,000 federal employees and contractors in the D.C. area had already applied for unemployment since the shutdown began, according to Bowser’s office.


D.C. to collect trash on federal properties during the government shutdown
December 30, 2018
The Washington Times//Julia Airey 

D.C. Department of Employment Services is “working overtime” to meet what two staffers and a mayoral spokeswoman said there has already been an “uptick” in insurance claims.

Federal employees, contractors seek assistance as shutdown enters Day 7
December 28, 2018
WUSA9//John Henry 

In the District, the Department of Employment Services has encouraged furloughed government workers and contractors to visit to file for unemployment compensation benefits.

D.C. Mayor Bowser urges Trump to end the partial government shutdown
December 27, 2018
The Washington Post//Fenit Nirappil 

The District’s Department of Employment Services, which administers unemployment benefits for city residents, expects claims to surge next week after pending paychecks have been received. City officials say they received an extra 5,000 unemployment claims during the last extended government shutdown.

South Fulton administrator named to metro leadership post
December 10, 2018
Atlanta Journals Constitution//Pamela Miller 

On Wednesday, Nov. 28 City of South Fulton City Manager Odie Donald II was elected as treasurer of the Young Government Leaders Atlanta Chapter 2019 Executive Leadership Board, according to a press release.
… Prior to his role as City Manager for the City of South Fulton, he was the Director for the Washington, DC Department of Employment Services. He also worked as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Director for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Executive Director of the DC Workforce Investment Council.

Trans woman elected Stein Club president
December 4, 2018
The Washington Blade//Lou Chibbaro Jr. 

Ward 3 community activist Monika Nemeth, who became the first out transgender person to win election to a seat on the city’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission in the city’s Nov. 6 election, won the election on Monday night as president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.
… Strang is a former Stein Club board member. She works as a Worker’s Compensation Claims Examiner for D.C. Department of Employment Services.


Georgetown Launches Inmate Re-Entry and Education Program
November 30, 2018
The Hoya//Alexandra Bowman

The program is a collaboration between the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown College, the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services, the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, and D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development.

In Washington DC, Employers Face New Training, Notice, And Reporting Obligations
November 30, 2018
JD Supra//Fox Rothschild LLP

Employers in Washington DC now face a comprehensive set of new training, notice, and reporting obligations ranging from wage and hour matters to sexual harassment issues. 
…. Additionally, employers of tipped employees are required to offer their employees the opportunity for in-person or online training at least once annually. By Dec. 31 of each year, employers of tipped employees must certify to the District’s Department of Employment Services that the training requirements have been fulfilled.

New Employment Requirements for All D.C. Employers on the Horizon, Including Extensive Obligations for Employers of Tipped Workers
November 16, 2018
JD Supra//Epstein Becker & Green 

In addition, employers of tipped workers must use a third-party payroll provider by January 1, 2020. The third-party payroll provider is required to report certain wage data, including an employer’s tip-out policy, on a quarterly basis to the Department of Employment Services (“DOES”); employers are required to do this directly prior to January 1, 2020.

Amazon's HQ2 is officially coming. What's it going to do to your rent? Your home value?
November 13, 2018
WUSA9//Jordan Fischer

Housing prices aren’t likely to double in DC – partly because, again, it’s already so expensive to live in the area. And the original 50,000 jobs HQ2 promised have since been halved to 25,000. That’s still enough for every city in the country to compete for them, but it’s less than the roughly 34,000 jobs the DC Metro added between March 2017 and March 2018, according to stats released by the DC Department of Employment Services.

Calling all DMV veterans: There's a job fair coming just for you
November 9, 2018
Connecting Vets//Kaylah Jackson

The nation’s capital is honoring veterans this year with a job fair designed just for the military community.
On Thursday, November 15, from 10 am to 2 pm, veterans are invited to the second annual D.C. Veterans Appreciation Employment Expo at D.C. National Guard Armory.

Ford to Test Self-Driving Cars In DC
November 2, 2018
The Hoya//Maxwell Sheremeta

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company to begin testing “driverless” autonomous vehicles in Washington, D.C., early next year.
The testing will begin in D.C.’s Ward 5 and will gradually expand to encompass the entire city, according to an Oct. 22 news release. Ford plans to introduce commercial services in 2021.


Martha’s Table Celebrates New Location and New D.C. Dedication
October 29, 2018
Afro American//Special to the Afro 

Martha’s table will host their October Market from 4-6 p.m. today at the Commons, in honor of the organization's new address and expanding commitment to D.C.
The event will include events for all ages including no-cost pop-up market to shop for fresh fruits, veggies, and shelf-stable pantry items; Workforce on Wheels, where the DC Department of Employment Services will be on-site to assist with job applications; Fruity Tales & Drumming Circle, an interactive experience for kids and caregivers alike; and family resources, provided by Community of Hope and Martha’s Table.

Can “infrastructure academies” solve our most pressing workforce challenges?
October 11, 2018
Brookings Institute// Joseph Kane and Lara Fishbane

For example, last March, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the D.C. Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) as part of a new workforce development effort between the city and several public and private partners, including Pepco, Washington Gas, D.C. Water, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Located in the city’s historically disadvantaged Ward 8, the DCIA fills what was once a vacant elementary school, and provides a space for training and education overseen by the Department of Employment Services.

17 Things Amazing Bosses Do Every Day
October 11, 2018
Reader’s Digest//Joe McKinley 

Unique Morris-Hughes, PhD, an employment/labor/leadership/career expert, says the most important part of achieving a goal is knowing what it is. “When working with colleagues on a team or project, define and negotiate success—it’s important to understand what success looks like for each member of the team. Although this may not mean the same for everyone, understanding each person’s approach to success will help you manage vertically and horizontally and, most importantly, will help you understand your own work.” Here are some secrets that your boss won’t tell you.

jonetta rose barras: Politics of tips — kudos to the DC Council
October 5, 2018
The DC Line//Jonetta Rose Barras

It’s not often that I praise the DC Council collectively. However, the decision by the majority of legislators to approve the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018, essentially beginning the process of repealing Initiative 77, was the right thing to do.

D.C. Council gives preliminary OK for bill to repeal tipped workers raise initiative
October 2, 2018
The Washington Times//Julia Airey 

Ms. Nadeau proposed an amendment to Mr. Mendelson’s bill to relocate wage theft enforcement from the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) to the Office of the D.C. Attorney General, which the council has funded two additional positions for wage theft oversight.

D.C. Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77, The Tipped Wage Increase
October 2, 2018
DCist//Ally Schweitzer 

In two sessions at the Wilson Building today, the D.C. Council overturned Initiative 77, the ballot measure that gradually raises the minimum wage employers are required to pay tipped workers. 
… Taking language from Silverman’s compromise amendment, Mendelson’s bill:

  • Requires employers of tipped workers to undergo training on sexual harassment and wage-theft laws
  • Calls on D.C.’s Department of Employment Services to create a website about the city’s wage and hour rules 

On eve of vote to repeal Initiative 77, key D.C. lawmaker offers some concessions
October 1, 2018
The Washington Post//Fenit Nirappil

Mendelson added a requirement that the Department of Employment Services set up a tip line for wage theft, to report employers who fail to make up the difference when a tipped worker’s gratuities fall short of the standard minimum wage. Businesses would also be mandated to use a third-party company for payroll, as many already do, in an attempt to prevent falsified records.

As Some Councilmembers Push For Repeal Of Tipped Wage Initiative, Others Look To Compromise Bill
October 1, 2018
DCist//Ally Schweitzer

The compromise makes additional provisions that respond to feedback Silverman has received from restaurant owners and workers. It establishes a website and anonymous tip line for employees to report wage theft to D.C.’s Department of Employment Services; puts in place rules that require employers to inform workers about their right to a minimum wage; requires mandatory sexual harassment training; and creates a fix to the city’s existing tip reporting system, which owners say is inefficient.


September 13, 2018
Afro//Brelaun Douglas
Earlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.
September 10, 2018
DC Policy Center//Yesim Sayin Taylor
Despite this large reserve, tax rates, which should decline as reserves increase, are not likely to go down any time soon. Under the District’s unemployment laws, the District must add another $150 million to its trust fund reserves before moving to a lower tax regime (if economic conditions stay the same).[1] That is, employers would not see a tax cut until the reserves are more than five times the benefits paid out in 2017.
September 10, 2018
East of the River//Gavrielle Jacobovitz
On April 4, 2018, Iesha Nelson lost her job in the healthcare industry. The termination came unexpectedly, without explanation.
Nelson, a resident of Ward 7, went to the Minnesota Avenue office of the Department of Employment Services to file for unemployment benefits, but instead received an eight-week disqualification period because she wasn’t given a reason for termination.


Officials ask why First Source is having trouble getting D.C. residents into jobs
August 14, 2018
Street Sense Media//Meredith Roaten 

Since being laid-off two years ago, Michael Wilson, Sr., has been looking for a job. He said it has not gotten any easier.   
Wilson, a D.C. native, has worked as a porter and has experience in maintenance work. But he doesn’t have any certificates or other special credentials to draw attention to his skills. He uses computers at public libraries to fill out online job applications and recently attended a hiring event at So Others Might Eat. His goal was to attempt to secure a residential manager position so he can move out of his elderly cousin’s house. 


D.C. to determine whether Adams Morgan hotel deserves a $46M tax break
July 30, 2018

Curbed//Andrew Glambrone 
Brianne Nadeau, who represents Adams Morgan as the councilmember for D.C.’s Ward 1, says the Line Hotel notified her late last week that it has received its permanent certificate of occupancy. This means the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) can audit the hotel project’s job numbers and other performance, according to the councilmember.

Investing in D.C.’s Future Workforce
July 12, 2018
The Georgetowner//Selma Khenissi

A look at the various opportunities that the Office of Youth Programs offers indicates that D.C. youth can start working toward solid employment as early as when they reach 14 years of age. Opportunities include the In-School Program, the Out-of-School Program and the Pathways for Young Adults Program. Young District residents can benefit in some way towards reaching the goal of gainful employment through such programs up until the age of 24.

DC's minimum wage increase in place
July 3, 2018

Several new laws in D.C. went into effect on Sunday, one of them, a minimum wage increase from $12.50 to $13.25. Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Director of the District's Department of Employment Services, joined us with more on the increase. / Fox5DC 


2018 Workforce Game Changer: Unique Morris-Hughes
June 25, 2018 Ashley Househ 

Unique Morris-Hughes was faced with the challenge of turning around two agencies with program-related issues as the chief strategy officer at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services.

'Cost of doing business': Construction companies dodge D.C. mandate to hire local workers
June 25, 2018
The Washington Times//Julia Airey 

The Department of Employment Services fined only one construction company from 2013 to 2016 for failing to follow the District’s First Source requirement that companies hire local workers if a project receives taxpayer dollars, according to a report from the D.C. auditor’s office.

No, Initiative 77 didn’t end tipping in D.C. A guide to newly passed measure
June 20, 2018
The Washington Post//Fenit Nirappil 

The best data point comes from D.C. Department of Employment Services: Audits of nearly 600 businesses employing about 7,400 tipped workers discovered 419 wage violations. That means there were violations involving 5 percent of workers.

DC Voters Pass Measure to Raise Tipped Workers' Minimum Wage
June 19, 2018
NBC4 Washington//NBC Washington Staff

A 2017 D.C. Department of Employment Services' Minimum Wage Economic Impact Study found that more than 27,000 employees in D.C. work for tips. More than half of those employees are not waiters or bartenders; they're hostesses, parking lot attendants and salon employees.

What D.C. Voters Need to Know for the Primary
June 18, 2018
NBC4//NBC4 Washington Staff 

A 2017 D.C. Department of Employment Services' Minimum Wage Economic Impact Study found more than 27,000 employees in D.C. work for tips. More than half of those employees are not waiters or bartenders; they're hostesses, parking lot attendants and salon employees.

A Fight Over Tipping Is Tearing Progressives Apart
June 15, 2018
Mother Jones//Tonya Riley 

Suddenly, the black-and-green signs are everywhere in Washington, DC: “Vote No on Initiative #77.” But while the signage may be one-sided, the upcoming ballot initiative at stake has bitterly divided the city’s overwhelmingly progressive residents and restaurant workers over the fate of tipping and the minimum wage in the nation’s capital.

D.C. to Decide on Giving Its Servers a Raise
June 15, 2018
Prospect//Manuel Madrid 

The “2026” pop-up bar occupies the basement of a two-story building in Washington’s trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood, where young professionals observe the tradition of the weekly happy hour with near-religious fervor. Upstairs, the parent bar, Rebellion, brims with the usual sounds of glasses clinking and laughter. Head to the lower level, though, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting, reimagined for a new age. 

Private-Public Business Partnership Key to Strengthening D.C. Workforce and Economy
June 11, 2018
Los Angeles Sentinel//Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes 

Cranes in the air, vital communities and a progressive push toward changing the image of a diverse federal district are signals that the District of Columbia is evolving. As robust construction of affordable housing and development of retail projects continue, DC’s economic boom is a shared benefit for residents and businesses.

Viewpoint: Unions are solution to D.C.'s First Source failure
June 7, 2018
Washington Business Journal//Stephen Courtien

A recent report by the D.C. auditor demonstrates the ongoing struggle of D.C.’s First Source program to live up to its worthy goals. It gives us a chance to reassess how we approach economic development. The failure of First Source cuts to the core of the most contentious political issue in the District: Who benefits from development — and who gets left behind?


Barry Summer-Job Program Helps D.C. in Top Places Rankings
May 30, 2018The Washington Informer

Summer isn’t just a season of daily walks on the beach or picnics at the park, but for some people, especially young adults, the warmer months are a time to gain extra spending power or work experience.
But whether you need or want a summer job, where you look for one will matter almost as much as what you do, according to the District-based personal finance website, WalletHub which took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best Places for Summer Jobs.

D.C.’s summer jobs program grows up
May 18, 2018
The Washington Post// Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes

Summer employment programs have become critical pipelines to engage the nation’s youths and put them on a path for career longevity or further education. The District long ago recognized the importance of investing in youth employment and preserving education funding

Need a Job in Ward 5? Find the WOW Truck.
May 12, 2018
Afro American//Lauren E. Williams 

MidCity Financial Community Affairs Director Dr. Robert Johns says he is committed to bringing services to D.C.’s NE Ward 5 neighborhood.  By partnering with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) Workforce on Wheels (WOW) program, he is getting closer to doing just that.

Battle Escalates Within D.C. Restaurant Industry Over Tipped Minimum Wage Vote 
May 9, 2018
Washington City Paper//Laura Hayes

Diners may have noticed servers and bartenders sporting “Save Our Tips” buttons that ask D.C. residents to vote no on 77. The initiative committee by the same name is one of several being bankrolled by industry leaders, operators, employees, and trade associations. National groups like Restaurant Workers of America (RWA) have also joined the local fight against 77. 

Tip Reporting Has D.C.-Area Restaurateurs, Worker Groups Puzzled
May 3, 2018
Bloomberg Law//Jon Steingart

The owner of Washington’s oldest saloon wonders why two major jurisdictions in the National Capital Region require employers to report on the wages and gratuities of tipped employees. Worker advocates are asking the same question, but from a much different perspective.

District aims to boost infrastructure jobs with training academy
May 1, 2018
Capital News Services//Juan Herrera 

The District of Columbia and local utility companies aim to eliminate a shortage of qualified and trained professionals in the city’s infrastructure industry with a new training academy.

APRIL 2018

How to Compete in the Job Market as an Older Worker 
April 30, 2018
US News//Rebecca Koenig

Most modern jobs require at least some use of digital technology, and in many industries the hiring process itself has migrated online. That means it's important for older workers to demonstrate that they're savvy with digital tools and to use best practices with social media.

This D.C. Program Put Me on the Path to the Career of My Dreams
April 25, 2018
Arturo Evans//Education Post

Washington, D.C., is a city booming with opportunity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Potentially, any graduate here could grow up and become whoever they want to be. But if they aren’t exposed to different career paths—like I was—how do they find the right one? How can the city expose students to what’s really possible? Arturo Evans is a former ambassador for the Marion Barry Summer Youth Program.

Audit: D.C. fails to enforce law requiring contractors to hire out-of-work residents
April 19, 2018
The Washington Post// Fenit Nirappil
The District government failed to make sure that companies with city contracts hired unemployed residents as required by law and rarely penalized those who didn’t, according to an audit released Thursday.

Bringing awareness to the services that will reduce unemployment in the District
April 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Recently helping the Department of Employment Services clear its "at-risk" designation, director Unique Morris-Hughes is continuing her efforts to lower the unemployment rate for residents in Washington, DC. and she joined us today to tell us more.

Our Cities Can Help Lift Young People Out of Poverty When They Invest in Their Skills and Education
April 6, 2018
Education Post//The Belief Gap Blog

The Brookings Institute estimates that 8,500 teens and 21,500 young people in the District are both out of school and the workforce, a population researchers refer to as “disconnected youth.” The reasons for the District’s staggering youth unemployment numbers are myriad, but a major part of the underlying problem is incomplete high school education.

Purveyors of Power, Passion and Purpose: Meet 8 Female Leaders Fueling Progress in Our ...
April 5, 2018 Desireé Duffy

Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes is the Interim Director of The Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services(DOES). To most of us, her role is akin to that of a State Labor Commissioner. Through innumerable responsibilities, Dr. Morris-Hughes helps train, assist — and frequently empower — District ...

MARCH 2018

Meet Eight Female Leaders Giving the “Human” in Human Resources A New Meaning
March 28, 2018
Melissa Thompson//

Our current spotlight: Washington, D.C. In a town where many people focus on the power flowing from the federal government, there is another veritable power current operating: a female-fed force within the D.C. government. In some cases they’re not just the power behind the throne - they represent the throne, itself, enabling thousands of people to be their best. For this group - ranging from a Deputy Mayor to a State Labor Chief to a Chief of Staff and other determined managers - the District of Columbia is far more than a place to work. It is a place to change lives.

Capital Matters: A Washington D.C. Education & Workforce Chief Leads A New Charge on Behalf of Workers – and Has a Message for Canada & the World
March 19, 2018
David Jackson//Money Magazine Canada

Canada, meet the new boss in town. In the U.S. capital of Washington D.C., a new woman now helms one of the most important agencies in the country designed to educate, train and assist workers. 
Her name: Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes.

Dr.Unique Morris-Hughes is Changing How We See the District of Columbia One Job – and One Success at a Time
March 2018
Melissa Thompson//

In her role as Interim Director of Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services Dr. Morris-Hughes shows us how fierce women make a difference.  Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes was recently named the Interim Director of the Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES); to the rest of us, she is the State Labor Commissioner.

The District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy Officially Opens
March 16, 2018
Hamzatt Sani// The Afro

A partnership between the District government and private sector, the DC Infrastructure Academy will provide specialized training and workforce development programming for jobs in the growing infrastructure sector here in the nation’s capital.

Infrastructure skills training center opens in Washington, DC
March 15, 2018
Transportation Dive// Kim Slowey 
Dive Brief:

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the opening of the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy (DCIA), which will train workers for jobs in the city's infrastructure industry, according to the an Associated Press article in U.S. News & World Report. The academy is a partnership between the city, utility companies, unions, universities and private companies.

Solar Energy Creates (Local) Jobs!
March 14, 2018
East of the River//Catherine Plume

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is working to ensure that residents are a part of this growing workforce through the Solar Works DC program, a three-year, low-income solar-installation and job-training initiative spearheaded by the District’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES).

Mayor Bowser Opens the DC Infrastructure Academy
March 13, 2018
Us NEWS// Mayor Bowser Opens the DC Infrastructure Academy

The Mayor of Washington, D.C. has opened a partnership that will provide a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs.

Mayor Bowser opens the DC Infrastructure Academy
March 13, 2018
Sun Herald// The Associated Press

The Mayor of Washington, D.C. has opened a partnership that will provide a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs.

New Infrastructure Academy Designed to Help Fill Industry Jobs
March 13, 2018
Construction Equipment Guide// Emily Buenzele

Washington D.C. recently announced a new training program aimed at training workers for a variety of infrastructure-related jobs in fields like transportation, green technology and more. Of the 2,231 infrastructure jobs available in the District in 2017 (which pay an average of $48 per hour), just 1,246 were filled, said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the gap only keeps getting bigger, WTOP reported.

DC launches effort to train workers for high-paying infrastructure jobs
March 12, 2018
WTOP// Melissa Howell and Jack Moore

D.C. has rolled out a training program aiming to prepare workers for high-paying, fast-growing infrastructure jobs in fields ranging from transportation to green technology.

Viewpoint: D.C. workforce strong, but needs support
March 2, 2018
Washington Business Journal// Odie Donald II

Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently convened in our nation’s capital to discuss the critical challenges that cities must address, both now and in years to come. As expected, the future of work featured prominently in these conversations.


Pilot program houses D.C. residents while they find work
February 21, 2018
Street Sense Media//Colleen Grablic

After its pilot month, a new transitional housing program has provided seven individuals with the support they need to get on their feet, giving them resources to help find permanent housing and secure employment for up to six months. Director of the Department of Employment Services Odie Donald also helped launch the initiative and said the new program is unlike any that have come before. The program partners with Capital Area Asset Builders and participants in the program must save money as a part of the program requirements. Capital Area Asset Builders then match whatever amount of money individuals save while in the program.

Meet Odie Donald, DC’s head of employment services. What would you ask him?
February 7, 2018
Greater Greater Washington// Odie Donald II

As Director of the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), the District's labor and workforce development agency, Odie Donald II is responsible for employment readiness and job training services for city residents. These programs include the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, LEAP, DC Career Connections, and more. Donald is also the Secretary of the National Association of Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Executive Committee and a member of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Committee Board of Trustees.

Despite lingering questions, DC says paid family leave on track
February 1, 2018
WTOP// Nick Iannelli

Despite lingering questions about how the paid family leave will be funded in D.C., the official in charge of implementing the program is insisting that the process is not lagging behind.


Investing in Workforce Generates Healthy Returns
January 31, 2018
The Charleston Chronicle// Odie Donald II

In the last month, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the nation’s capital has lifted the label from the U. S. Department of Labor as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs, and “at-risk” in Unemployment Insurance programs. The District had carried these risk designations since 2012, but in the last 18 months, concentrated efforts led by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) earned removal of the designation.

DC's 2018 summer youth employment program now open
January 26, 2018
WUSA9// Staff

Beginning today, D.C. residents ages 14 to 24, and employers may apply for the 2018 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). In a statement today, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program gives young Washingtonians a unique opportunity to learn from other professionals, connect with mentors, and gain meaningful work experience – all while getting paid.”

District agencies re-examine efforts to employ homeless people
January 26, 2018
Street Sense Media// Reginald Black

The D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness held its last meeting of 2017 on Dec. 12 to discuss employment and homelessness. The Department of Employment Services hosted the meeting and introduced the group to several DOES programs for potential employees. Toward the end of the meeting, the council was joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Bowser gave thanks to her team — and expressed optimism about addressing homelessness with them going forward.

A fair wage for bartenders is about more than money
January 26, 2018
The Washington Post//Op-Ed

DC Local Government Remained Open During Shutdown
January 25, 2018
The Hoya/Deepika Jonnalagadda

While the federal government was shut down for about 69 hours between Saturday morning and Monday evening, the Washington, D.C. local government remained open using funds granted by a 2017 provision introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the District’s nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

D.C. Leaders Gear Up For Best Summer Jobs Program, Yet
January 18, 2018
AFRO//Christina Sturdivant-Sani

Amid a budget cut and pending legislation, D.C. leaders are gearing up to ensure that this year’s Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the most impactful, yet.

BOWSER: Leaping Toward the Middle Class
January 10, 2018
The Washington Informer// Op-Ed

Two years ago, Betty Henderson, a native of New Orleans but a longtime Washingtonian who moved to the capital in the ’70s, faced a situation thousands of Americans face each year — several months of unemployment had turned into years without work. Even with a college education, the longer she went without a job, the more difficult it was to get back into the workforce. Washington, D.C., has never before experienced better days, but like in many places across our country, our prosperity has not reached all residents equally. Years of systemic inequalities have held many Americans back from reaching the middle class. But our country remains full of men and women who are hopeful — men and women who want to work and are eager for opportunities to improve their communities. Through programs like LEAP, we are creating new pathways to the middle class and keeping the American dream alive.


Strong Apprenticeship Programs Key to Addressing the Wage Gap
December 15, 2017
Atlanta Daily World//Odie Donald II

Over the last decades, many American inner cities have seen an economic resurgence. Buoyed by millennials and people’s desire to shorten their daily work commute, neighborhoods, and communities that were all but pronounced dead two decades ago now find themselves flush with new businesses and residents. This is no more evident than here in the District of Columbia, where the economic recovery of the city has been nothing short of breathtaking. However, as many have noted, this growth has not been equally beneficial to all residents.

A Model for Advancement
December 15, 2017
Richmond Free Press//Odie Donald II

Over the last decades, many American inner cities have seen an economic resurgence. Buoyed by millennials and people’s desire to shorten their daily work commute, neighborhoods, and communities that were all but pronounced dead two decades ago now find themselves flush with new businesses and residents. This is no more evident than here in the District of Columbia, where the economic recovery of the city has been nothing short of breathtaking. However, as many have noted, this growth has not been equally beneficial to all residents.

Job Fair
December 14, 2017
The Afro//Staff

On Nov. 18, MidCity and D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) hosted their first career fair at the Israel Baptist Church in the Brentwood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C. The event included 44 businesses and community benefit organizations with more than 185 job seekers from across the District.

DONALD: Strong Apprenticeship Programs Key to Closing Wage Gap
December 14, 2017
The Washington Informer//Odie Donald II

Traditional apprenticeship programs have been primarily relegated to labor fields, such as carpentry or pipe fitting, but there are a growing number of companies offering them in high-skill/high-wage fields, such as IT and engineering.

Bright Beginnings gives a helping hand to a mother learning to be a parent 
December 6, 2017
Washington Post//John Kelly 

Said Marilyn: “It was a good point — don't waste all your time in all this schooling to get there and find you can't handle it.” With Dontavious in daycare, Marilyn started an EMT course at a school near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro, the tuition funded by the District's Department of Employment Services.

Apprenticeship Opportunities Through The DC Office Of Employment Services 
December 5, 2017
WHUR 96.3 FM//Harold Fisher – The Daily Drum

Apprenticeship opportunities for trades and tech field through the DC Department of Employment Services



D.C. leaders hope revamped apprenticeships can bring more residents to the middle class
November 28, 2017
The Washington Post//Perry Stein

In September, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced she would allocate $400,000 in additional grants to the city’s apprenticeship program to diversify offerings and include more industries. While many private companies fund their own apprenticeship programs, the city grants will be used, in part, to help companies pay apprentices.

DC Community Carrot Announces New Leadership and Expansion Based on Successful Outcome ... 
November 6, 2017
Digital Journal//Press Release

DC Community Carrot ("Carrot") has completed a seven-month pilot project to demonstrate the non-profit organization's ability to help DC's Out of School Youth to create their own businesses. The effort was funded by generous grants from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) and the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES).


Why No Company Should Have A Diversity Goal 
October 19, 2017
Forbes//George Bradt

At the CEO Connection Mid-Market CEO Convention, literally the day after HATCH, we explored the economic side of diversity. A breakout panel on “Leveraging Diversity: A Key To Your Future Workplace” included the National Urban League’s Donald Cravins, the Girl Scout’s Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Washington DC’s Department of Employment Services’ Van Freeman and KRStrategy’s Kathryn Ritchie.

Thirteen of DC's Newest CEOs, all Living Under the Poverty Limit and Under 26 Years Old, to ... 
October 11, 2017
SYS-CON Media //Press Release

Thirteen young entrepreneurs, all living under the poverty limit and with additional life barriers, have received their business licenses and will receive their Certificate of Completion from DC Community Carrot, a 501c3 non-profit based in Petworth/Brightwood Park. The graduation takes place this Saturday, October 14th at 3 pm, at the WeWork's Wonderbread Building office, 641 S Street NW.
Funding for the inaugural class from grants from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development as well as the DC Department of Employment Services.

City Official: DC's Paid Family Leave Program May Face Delays, Cost More Than Planned 
October 10, 2017
WAMU 88.5//Martin Austermuhle

The District’s paid family leave law isn’t expected to take effect until mid-2020. But a slate of proposed changes the D.C. Council is considering and the realities of building a city-run program from scratch means delays and higher costs may come to pass.
That was the message City Administrator Rashad Young conveyed to legislators during a day-long hearing on Tuesday on the paid-leave bill that was passed by the Council late last year and became law earlier this year. It grants workers up to eight weeks of paid leave and is funded by a 0.62 percent payroll tax on all private employers.
Young said he expects the leave program will be managed by a new Office of Paid Leave within the existing Department of Employment Services. The office will need 115 new employees at an annual cost of between $9 to $11.5 million.

DC official questions the city's ability to implement paid leave law  
October 10, 2017
Washington Business Journal//Tina Reed

The District's Department of Employment Services, which will administer the paid leave program, must spend at least $2 million to hire new employees this fiscal year to start implementing the law, he said. Those funds, he said, were not included in the District's fiscal 2018 budget, which began Oct. 1.


How D.C.’s Workforce System Ditched Its ‘High Risk’ Federal Designation
September 11, 2017
Route Fifty//Dave Nyczepir

Previously the District’s Department of Employment Services learned the 36-deliverable corrective action plan it drafted over three months was both approved and ahead of schedule—wins for an agency that has struggled on and off for the past 17 years.
“Our turnaround has been focused on people,” Odie Donald II, DOES director, told Route Fifty in a sit-down interview. “More so than this high-risk designation.”

Washington D.C. to Launch New Infrastructure Academy
September 8, 2017

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has launched the D.C. Infrastructure Academy, an innovative workforce training program that will provide hands-on experience and access for residents to secure jobs in the infrastructure industry.

DC sheds 'high-risk' Labor Department Designation
WTOP//Rich Johnson

Five years ago, D.C. was put on a Labor Department list of “high-risk” partners in job training and employment programs.

Paducah leaders push for jobs during D.C. visit
September 7, 2017
WPSD Local6//Todd Faulkner

Jobs and good-paying wages for local families: That’s what members of the Paducah Chamber of Commerce are pushing for in Washington, D.C. this week.

District gets a vote of approval from Labor Dept. for improved job training
September 7, 2017
The Washington Post//Robert McCartney

The federal government has given the District a vote of confidence for what it called the city’s success in enrolling more residents in job-training programs and improving the handling of federal workforce grants. 

New Academy Aims to Give DC Residents More Training for Infrastructure Jobs
September 5, 2017
NBC4 Washington//Associated Press

“The D.C. Infrastructure Academy will give D.C. residents the chance to learn the nuts and bolts of what makes our city run,” Bowser said. “Everything from utilities to transportation and logistics to operations and green technologies — and ensure that they are first in line when it comes to securing the infrastructure jobs of today and tomorrow.” 
Starting in 2018, the Department of Employment Services will operate the academy out of an interim location east of the Anacostia River until a permanent location can be completed.  


Nonprofit installs solar panels on roofs of lower-income households — free 
August 6, 2017
Washington Post//Mary Hui 

The trainees are part of the summer cohort of the newly launched Solar Works DC, a low-income solar installation and job-training program jointly developed by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment and the Department of Employment Services. The program will train more than 200 D.C. residents over three years, and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was awarded a grant to implement the first year of the program. The organization will train about 75 program participants in skills needed for careers in solar and related fields and install solar panels for 60 to 100 income-qualified District homeowners.

Wharf career fair for DC residents only 
August 4, 2017
WTOP// Jeff Clabaugh

D.C. residents looking for a job will have the inside edge at a job fair for the new Southwest Waterfront development.
A career fair for thousands of jobs at The Wharf will be held at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St. SW) on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

GALA Hispanic Theatre's Paso Nuevo and Summer Youth Program Present TELL 'EM WHAT'S ... 
August 3, 2017
Capital Wire PR//Press Release

To launch Paso Nuevo’s 25th anniversary year, Paso Nuevo and participants of GALA’s Summer Youth Program are proud to present Tell “Em What’s REALLY Wrong, an evening of original works, on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8 pm at the GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Performed in English with some Spanish, the presentation is directed by Martha Mckeown, and is in collaboration with the Theater Lab School of Dramatic Arts.


10th DC Career Fair to Take Over Arena Stage This August 
July 31, 2017  
Broadway World 

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, in partnership with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, D.C. Department of Employment Services, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and The Wharf opens its doors for the 10th D.C. Career Fair Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW).

Retirement deferred: Workers, companies grapple with new reality
July 29, 2017
Washington Post//Staff

Job seekers 55 and older arrive at the District of Columbia's Department of Employment headquarters in Washington D.C. The percentage of Americans working past the traditional retirement age hit new highs in the most recent jobs numbers, data show, with 19 percent of those 65 and older working at least part-time.

Is DC’s Summer Jobs Program Working for Residents in their Early 20s?
July 28, 2017
WAMU 88.5 //Patrick Madden

Finding a job can be tough, but for young people in their early 20s, it can be particularly challenging. In fact, the District has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation for people aged 20 to 24. To tackle this problem, the city recently took an expensive gamble: expanding its summer jobs program to adults in this age group.

Solar panels to be installed in DC homes for new initiative launched by Mayor Bowser 
July 25, 2017
WJLA //Sam Ford

Under the project, nearly 300 low-income residents will have solar panels installed in their homes. The plan is a joint effort between the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), according to a release from Mayor Bowser's Office.

Barbershops and Barbering in the District; DCRA Regulations Govern the Profession
July 25, 2017
InTowner//Larry Ray

The DC Department of Employment Services’ Office of Labor Market Research and Information projects that by 2022 there will have been a 23% increase in the number of individual barbering licenses issued since 2012 as a consequence of the apparent growing demand of men for grooming services.


Out of Prison and Out of Work: Employment Barriers in DC
June 3, 2017
HillRag//Linnea Lassister

The District is making an increased effort to reduce the barriers faced by justice-involved and returning residents, but there is more than can be done.
The first way is to fund programs that serve people with high barriers to employment, including prior felony convictions, through providing adult education, job-training programs, and subsidized employment, such as Project Empowerment, operated by the DC Department of Employment Service (DOES).


When An Ex-Offender Couldn’t Find A Job, He Made One For Himself
May 30, 2017
Washington Post//Cortland Milloy

In December, after getting a business license and small-business loan, Lorenzo Stewart started a transportation service for the disabled and elderly. It’s called VOW Transportation. The initials stand for Vision of Winning

D.C. city leaders prepare for summer with focus on jobs, crime, recreation
Friday, May 26, 2017
Sam Ford//ABC7

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed preparations for summer with topics centered on jobs, crime, and recreation on Thursday.

GW appeals decision to compensate former employee as years-long legal battle continues
May 4, 2017
GW Hatchet (subscription)//Justine Coleman

A decade ago Arion Jones, a former janitorial worker, filed an application for review to D.C. Department of Employment Services asking the University to pay disability benefits because of an injury he had sustained while at work. The review was the start of a protracted legal battle that has seen 11 decisions and orders changing if and how much Jones could earn in compensation, including two Compensation Review Board decisions and two orders from Administrative Law Judge Gregory Lambert within the past two years.



Utility Workforce Training Coming to D.C.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Sarafina Wright//Washington Informer

District residents will now have the opportunity to join a workforce training program that will prepare them for employment in the utilities industry. Attachment: Utility Workforce Training Coming to D.C.

Finding Summer Jobs for D.C. Youth
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chris and Markette, learn how the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program is working to provide summer jobs for DC young adults.
To view video click here

Pathways to Work program aims to help unemployed people in D.C.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

D.C. Council member David Grosso met Wednesday with the inaugural class of the Pathways to Work job-readiness program to learn how private initiatives are helping tackle unemployment in the city.
Attachment: Pathways to Work program aims to help unemployed people in D.C.



Youth People in DC Developing Job Skills at Career Fair
March 31, 2017
Kristin Wright//NBC4 Washington

Young people got a chance to rub elbows with future employers at a D.C. career expo Friday. One teen told News4's Kristin Wright jobs help youth avoid feeling "lost in the world." 

Arena Stage, Councilmembers Allen & Silverman to Host April D.C. CAREER FAIR
March 27, 2017
Broadway World//News Desk

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, in partnership with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, opens its doors for the ninth D.C. Career Fair Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW).

Progress has been the motivation for immigration to the United States
Sunday, March 12, 2017
John Rodriguez//Senior Political Analyst, Latin time/the planet

During the 2016 election, the issue of employment was the most important for the majority of the voters. But many think that the illusion of the American dream is in jeopardy under the new administration of Trump. With the new policies of a Republican government in Congress and the Executive Office what will be the impact on the daily life of the residents of the DMV? I wanted to know what opinion leaders in the field of employment, how they feel about the subject, and what opportunities and services available to the community.



Eviction Companies Pay the Homeless Illegally Low Wages
February 23, 2017
Washington City Paper//Elizabeth Flock

It is a bitter cold morning in November, and the sun is just creeping up over the horizon. But for over an hour already, two unmarked vans have been idling or parked outside S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a longtime nonprofit that feeds D.C.’s homeless. These are the eviction company vans, known as “trucks,” and they are waiting for cheap, off-the-books labor.

2017 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program
February 22, 2017
Melanie Hastings//Channel 8

Acting DOES Director Odie Donald II and Shadaye White, MBSYEP alum and WMATA employee, discuss what’s new and exciting for 2017 MBSYEP.

Facebook Live with a special update on the expansion of the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program
February 22, 2017
Facebook Live – Official Mayor Bowser FB page

Acting DOES Director Donald and Shadaye White, MBSYEP alum and WMATA hire discuss permanent expansion, program enhancements and the extension of the application deadline to Saturday, March 4.

Summer Jobs for DC Youth
February 21, 2017

Great Day Washington hosts Chris and Markette hear about a great summer jobs program for D.C.

Bowser Wants to Increase Age for D.C.'s Summer Jobs Program
February 1, 2017
AFRO//Shantella Y. Sherman

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) urged the D.C. Council to provide more job training and employment opportunities to District residents through the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. Established in 1979 to introduce low-income youth, ages 14-21, to the workforce, Bowser hopes to have the eligibility age permanently increased to include those up age 24.



DC mayor wants to make teen summer jobs expansion permanent
January 27, 2017
WTOP//Kristi King

D.C.'s summer youth employment program is taking applications through Feb. 24 to connect some 13,000 young people to meaningful, paid work experiences. The program was recently expanded to include young adults as old as 24, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make that change permanent.

Mayor Bowser Calls on DC Council to Permanently Expand MBSYEP
January 27, 2017
DC Mayor’s Office

Mayor Muriel Bowser calls on the Council of the District of Columbia to give more young Washingtonians the opportunity to gain critical job skills by permanently expanding the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.