To amend title III of the Social Security Act to provide for demonstration projects designed to expedite the reemployment of unemployed workers.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Helping Innovation of Re-Employment Services in States Act'' or the ``HIRES Act''.
SEC. 2. STATE FLEXIBILITY TO PROMOTE THE REEMPLOYMENT OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS.
(a) In General.--Title III of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 501 and following) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 305. (a) The Secretary of Labor may enter into agreements, with States submitting an application described in subsection (b), for the purpose of allowing such States to conduct demonstration projects to test and evaluate measures designed-- ``(1) to expedite the reemployment of individuals who establish initial eligibility for unemployment compensation under the State law of such State; or ``(2) to improve the effectiveness of a State in carrying out its State law with respect to reemployment. ``(b) The Governor of any State desiring to conduct a demonstration project under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary of Labor. Any such application shall, at a minimum, include-- ``(1) a general description of the proposed demonstration project, including the authority (under the laws of the State) for the measures to be tested, as well as the period of time during which such demonstration project would be conducted; ``(2)...