The certified program shall be conducted pursuant to a signed written agreement between each participant and the employer which contains at least the following provisions:
1. The names and signatures of the participant and the sponsor or employer and the signature of a parent or guardian if the participant is a minor.
2. A description of the career field in which the participant is to be trained, and the beginning date and duration of the training and employment.
3. The employer's agreement to provide paid employment, at a base wage, for the participant beginning no earlier than the participant's junior year in high school and ending no later than the fall after the participant's second year of postsecondary education.
4. The participant and employer shall agree upon set minimum academic standards which must be maintained through the participant's secondary and postsecondary education.
5. This base wage paid to the participant shall not be less than the minimum wage prescribed by Iowa law or the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, whichever is applicable.
6. That in addition to the base wage paid to the participant, the employer shall pay an additional sum to be held in trust to be applied toward the participant's postsecondary education required for completion of the certified program. The additional amount must be not less than an amount determined by the department of economic development to be sufficient to provide payment of tuition expenses toward completion of not more than two academic years of the required postsecondary education component of the certified program at an Iowa community college or an Iowa public or private college or university. This amount shall be held in trust for the benefit of the participant pursuant to rules adopted by the department of economic development. Payment into an ERISA-approved fund for the benefit of the participant shall satisfy this requirement. The specific fund shall be specified in the agreement.
7. The participant's agreement to work for the employer for at least two years following the completion of the participant's postsecondary education required by the certified program. However, the agreement may provide for additional education and work commitments beyond the two years.
8. If the participant does not complete the two-year employment obligation, the participant's agreement to repay to the employer the amount paid by the employer toward the participant's postsecondary education expenses pursuant to subsection 6. However, if the participant is unable to complete the two-year employment obligation because the employer did not afford the participant a two-year employment opportunity, the participant shall not be required to repay to the employer the amount paid by the employer toward the participant's postsecondary education expenses.
9. a. That if a participant does not complete the certified program contemplated by the agreement after entering a postsecondary education program, any unexpended funds being held in trust for the participant's postsecondary education shall be paid back to the employer. In addition the participant must repay to the employer amounts paid from the trust which were expended on the participant's behalf for postsecondary education.
b. That if a participant does not complete the certified program contemplated by the agreement prior to entering a postsecondary education program, one-half of the moneys being held in trust for the participant's postsecondary education shall be paid either to a postsecondary education institution as defined in section 261C.3 of the participant's choice or, notwithstanding any provision of this part to the contrary, to an apprenticeship program of the participant's choice which has been approved under 29 C.F.R., subtit. A, pt. 29, to pay tuition or expenses of the participant. The other one-half of the trust moneys shall be paid back to the employer. Any moneys to be transferred for the benefit of the participant which are not transferred within five years for purposes of education at the designated postsecondary institution, shall be paid back to the employer.
98 Acts, ch 1225, §18, 40; 99 Acts, ch 24, §1; 2000 Acts, ch 1013, §4
Referred to in §15.362, 15.363
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