Merit Unveils WorkNow Program to Assist State Governments, Employers, and Job Seekers With Economic Recovery

Truly digital credentials will kickstart the economy by bringing visibility to states, verified skills to employers, and opportunities to workers

Merit, the platform that provides digital credential issuing, access, verification, and reporting for government agencies, announced its WorkNow program to assist states with their efforts to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work. Merit is a platform to digitally and centrally store and manage the credentials and certifications that people have already earned, and is helping states efficiently tackle economic recovery as the needed infrastructure to implement and measure constituent-facing policies. By digitizing individuals’ achievements, Merit also enables state agencies to provide services, training programs, and jobs that they are uniquely qualified for based on their achievements.

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Merit launches WorkNow program to help state governments get millions of unemployed Americans back to work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“There are many unknowns about this recovery, but we do know that states need a way to more efficiently deliver the benefits of the public and private sectors – from unemployment insurance and services to trainings and job opportunities,” said Merit CEO, Tomer Kagan. “Merit helps states act as accelerators instead of bottlenecks at a time when speed is the most valuable capability. Verified identity is a better way to get people to work faster, and Merit is already laying the grid system for that in several forward-looking states.”

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Merit already works with states from Mississippi and California to Washington and Louisiana. In Virginia, Merit is trusted by more than 200,000 Virginia workers across more than 40 industries who have access to digital licenses issued by Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). Those professionals have access to portable, digital licenses through Merit that can be contactlessly verified by businesses or consumers. Last month, Merit was able to instantly respond to changes required in Virginia under the declared state of emergency, effectively extending tens of thousands of soon-to-expire licenses, allowing many essential workers to continue earning a paycheck without having to worry about replacing or renewing a license during the crisis.

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