The merger of Workforce Investment Agency and the CNMI Department of Labor under Executive Order 2013-17 brings a new beginning for the Labor Department where accountability, performance, and department transformation becomes the new norm for success.
The department is focused on improving employment referrals for the unemployed, careful review and close monitoring of posted JVAs ensuring compliance with all current and applicable provisions of the NMI Administrative Code Chapter 80 Department of Labor Employment Rules and Regulations, to include active enforcement and hearing of cases brought before the CNMI DOL’s Hearing Office, and close monitoring of online applicants responding to posted JVAs ensuring qualified job applicants are truly accorded the opportunity for employment.
In conjunction with CNMI Works! Target 2014 Task Force initiatives, positive changes are beginning to take shape such as keeping the Division of Employment Services for job placements open from 7:30am to 4:30 pm. The department has also increased enforcement with 37 current open cases, has seen an increased traffic of unemployed online registrants with to date count at 1,742 registered and of this number 1,197 are ONET classified and work-ready while 545 are pending ONET and work-ready classifications. These 1,197 ONET and work-ready individuals will be referred to employers. The department is working diligently in closing the gap of pending classifications and is determined to keep current as individuals register, bringing employment referrals at an accelerated JVA response time with the ability to provide real-time data information.
CNMI DOL encourages all unemployed to visit www.marianaslabor.net to apply for posted JVAs, provided one is registered. If not, register to be able to access and apply for jobs online. Registrants are also encouraged to constantly keep registered information current not just for the department to contact individuals for employment referrals but also for employers trying to make contact with them for interviews. (Office of the Governor)