March 2016

It's Showtime! 2016 Governor's Office of Economic Development Conference

Secretary Marcia Hultman will discuss workforce issues at the 2016 GOED Conference Wednesday, April 13. This roundtable will bring together top state government officials who are charged with workforce recruitment and development. Other agencies on the roundtable include Southeast Technical Institute, South Dakota Board of Regents, and Department of Education.

Workforce Education Grants - Now Accepting Applications!

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund through SB 235. Part of that fund, up to $1.5 million annually, was designated to provide grants for Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools. 

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. High quality CTE programs give students the knowledge, skills and experiences to be well prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business & industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs. 

The guidance/application for the NEW grant is now available.

Are agricultural employers liable for unemployment insurance (UI) taxes?

Agricultural labor is subject to UI taxes. Agricultural enterprises who paid wages of $20,000 or more for agricultural labor in any calendar quarter in the current or preceding calendar year, employed 10 or more workers for some portion of a day in each of 20 different weeks during the current or preceding calendar year, or already pay UI taxes in another state must register with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

Don’t wait until the end of the calendar year to find out. Penalties may apply. Find out more on the UI Tax website or call 605.626.2312.