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Frequently Asked Questions About IWTP - Small Business

  1. When can an employee be considered an "incumbent worker"?
  2. Who receives the funds?
  3. When can training start and when can funds be reimbursed?
  4. What Training Costs Are Eligible for Reimbursement?
  5. Are college credit courses eligible for reimbursement?
  6. Are there any limits on the cost of training?
  7. Can an employer be reimbursed for a trainee's wages during actual training time?
  8. Can an employer train employees in different occupations?
  9. Can an employer apply for more than one SBET application in the same year?
  10. Can an employer receive IWTP Customized Training and SBET concurrently?
  11. Why can't an employer who does not contribute quarterly to UI taxes participate in the SBET?
  12. If an employer that has not been in business for three years purchased a company that has operated in Louisiana for at least three years, is the employer eligible to participate?
  13. How does an employer apply for SBET?
  14. Who selects the training provider(s)?
  15. Does an employer have to select a public training provider(s)?
  16. Is it possible to use multiple training providers?
  17. Are there any time restrictions on the training period?
  18. Does the training have to take place at a training institution?
  19. Who reviews and approves the application?
  20. Whom do I contact for additional information?
  21. What if the cost for the course requested exceeds $3,000?
  22. Can an employer receive reimbursement for part-time employees?
  23. Can travel be included in the tuition costs?

  1. When can an employee be considered an "incumbent worker"?

    Once he is on the payroll of an employer.

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  2. Who receives the funds?

    All funds are provided to the employer.

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  3. When can training start and when can funds be reimbursed?

    The employer must submit the SBET application and receive LWC approval, in writing, prior to the start of any training. Funds can be reimbursed upon completion of the training. In order to be reimbursed, the employer must submit invoices for approved training expenditures along with: 1) proof of payment; 2) proof of completion from the training provider; and 3) either proof of a pay increase or proof that wages were paid for the training hours attended, all within 30 days of the completion of the training.

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  4. What Training Costs Are Eligible for Reimbursement?

    Tuition and required textbooks and manuals.

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  5. Are college credit courses eligible for reimbursement?

    Yes.

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  6. Are there any limits on the cost of training?

    Yes. Training costs cannot exceed $3000 per trainee per state fiscal year.

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  7. Can an employer be reimbursed for a trainee's wages during actual training time?

    No.

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  8. Can an employer train employees in different occupations?

    Yes.

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  9. Can an employer apply for more than one SBET application in the same year?

    Yes, as long as the training is completed before the end of the state fiscal year (June 30) in which it was begun.

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  10. Can an employer receive IWTP Customized Training and SBET concurrently?

    No.

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  11. Why can't an employer who does not contribute quarterly to UI taxes participate in the SBET?

    SBET is funded by a social charge assessed on employers that is paid along with their quarterly UI tax payments, therefore, only those employers who pay UI taxes on a quarterly basis are eligible.

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  12. If an employer that has not been in business for three years purchased a company that has operated in Louisiana for at least three years, is the employer eligible to participate?

    There is a good possibility that an employer can qualify based on current records combined with their predecessor's. The Chief of Tax for LWC will review UI tax records to determine whether an employer meets the eligibility requirements.

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  13. How does an employer apply for SBET?

    The employer must submit an SBET Application to LWC for approval. Employers apply online at: https://iwtp.laworks.net/Launch/LaunchPage.asp?SBET=Y . For those employers who do not have computer access, computers are available at the LWC Local Career Solutions Offices or at local libraries.

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  14. Who selects the training provider(s)?

    The employer.

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  15. Does an employer have to select a public training provider(s)?

    No.

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  16. Is it possible to use multiple training providers?

    Yes.

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  17. Are there any time restrictions on the training period?

    Yes. Training must be completed by the end of the state fiscal year (June 30) in which it was begun.

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  18. Does the training have to take place at a training institution?

    No. Training can be held at an employer's work site as well.

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  19. Who reviews and approves the application?

    The initial review and recommendation for approval is made by the SBET Administrative Office Specialist and IWTP Manager. The IWTP Director grants final approval. A letter of approval is forwarded to the employer upon approval of the application.

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  20. Whom do I contact for additional information?

    Refer to the IWTP Regional Contacts (PDF) list.

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  21. What if the cost for the course requested exceeds $3,000?

    LWC will only reimburse $3,000 per trainee, per fiscal year.

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  22. Can an employer receive reimbursement for part-time employees?

    Yes, the employer may be reimbursed for part-time employees as long as the employer incurs a state unemployment tax liability for the employee.

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  23. Can travel be included in the tuition costs?

    No.

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