Summary: This bill adds requirements regarding the availability of training that the Department of Agriculture provides under current law for local food service personnel in schools. The training must be scheduled primarily during regular, paid working hours; offered in-person whenever appropriate; and incorporate hands-on training techniques. If the training is scheduled outside of working hours, food service personnel must be informed about the necessity of scheduling the program and compensated for attending the program. Personnel may not be penalized for failing to attend a program outside of working hours. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 10/18/19.
STATUS: Introduced 5/09/19 by Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Every day, our nation’s school food service workers ensure that millions of American children receive the nutrition they need. While training has become an essential part of the role, many food service workers have become burdened by the cost and scheduling, making it difficult for them to meet the requirements,” said Congressman Pocan. “Employees shouldn’t be forced to stay late for training or be penalized if they can’t attend it outside of their scheduled hours. The Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act eases the effects that completing this training can have on workers. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation and am grateful for my colleagues support of this critical bill.” (Source: Rep. Pocan, Press Release, 5/09/19)