First let us Thank You for your interest in our #Just1Job initiative. We appreciate that it takes everyone's help to create change and your coming here is that first step. Here at #Just1Job we are committed to helping everyone who wants to work find a job. Things get done faster when everyone participates and it's going to move much faster now that you're here!
We've compiled some information for you, the employer, to better understand what help is available to you, some safety nets, but mostly the real benefits. We understand that change isn't easy but with the right information you can make informed decisions and get on track with providing a safe and inclusive work environment for your employees and community.
1. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) - This is a tax break offered to Employers who employ target groups including those with a felony history.
On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) that extends and modifies the WOTC Program and the Empowerment Zones. In summary, the PATH Act:
- Retroactively reauthorizes the WOTC program target groups for a five-year period, from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019.
- Extends the Empowerment Zones for a two-year period, from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2016.
- Introduces a new target group, Qualified Long-term Unemployment Recipients, for new hires that begin to work for an employer on or after January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.
For more specific Employer info on tax incentives and programs in your state Click Here
2. Federal Bonding Program - "In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers." (http://www.bonds4jobs.com/)
This program can help insure your company against losses suffered from employing "at-risk" job seekers. Visit their website to see how they can work with you.
3. Loyalty and Dedication - We've been researching the information for this job board for some months now and over and over we see that employers are finding a strong loyalty between them and the ex-felons they hire. We've seen it described as a workforce that feels a sense of commitment to the company that gave them a second chance. In a world where so many believe they are entitled to things they didn't earn, here is an easily identifiable group of people that feel grateful for their opportunities and want to work to show it.
4. Satisfaction - Last but not least, is the satisfaction that comes from helping someone help themselves. This isn't charity, it's not a hand out. This is opportunity, plain and simple and there is no greater feeling of satisfaction than when you can help a fellow human being strive and create a better sense of themselves through their own achievements. What's more, the unexpected results when you do for someone else and help them succeed, you open the possibility for them to help another.
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