HiRE, which stands for Helping Individuals Reach Employment, provides all of the employment assistance services formerly available in the Louisiana Virtual One Stop. Additionally, users can receive unemployment insurance services such as filing an unemployment insurance claim and filing for weekly benefits.
With a single login and password, individuals who file for unemployment insurance benefits will be simultaneously registered for work, receive immediate access to job opportunities in their area and get connected to employment services and training.
"HiRE makes it easier to go from unemployed to re-employed," said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. "We're bringing job seekers, employers and training providers closer together than ever."
One of the new tools available within HiRE is Louisiana Star Jobs, which allows users to search for jobs and careers using a five star rating system that ranks jobs based on pay as well as current and long-term demand. Users can apply for jobs online or connect to training providers in their area.
Today's launch is the first of three phases. The next step, scheduled for completion in January 2014, will add unemployment appeals and benefits processing features to the HiRE system.
The third phase, scheduled for early 2015, will enable employers to post job openings, recruit talent, schedule job fairs, pay unemployment taxes, file appeals and submit required forms and compliance reports.
HiRE is fully web-based and will replace a mainframe system that was developed in the 1970s.
"Today is a giant step forward in providing seamless service for our customers," said Dayne Freeman, director of the LWC's Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration. "HiRE means individuals will find work faster and spend less time collecting unemployment benefits, and businesses will enjoy lower operating costs."