New Employee Benefits
Federal Bonding is a program established by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide Fidelity Bonds for hard-to-place job seekers. These bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the employer nor the applicant. This unique program incentivizes employers to hire individuals whose backgrounds can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment by offering financial protection in the event the individual causes a monetary loss to the employer.
This program is not limited to those with a criminal record. Populations potentially eligible for this program include justice-involved citizens, individuals in recovery from substance use disorders, welfare recipients, individuals with poor credit records, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack work histories, and individuals dishonorably discharged from the military.
Each bond has a $5,000 limit with a $0 deductible. Bonds can be applied to:
Advantages of this program include:
The Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) is part of an Ohio law that helps people with criminal records obtain employment. A CQE holder has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process by Ohio rehabilitation officials, a judge, and a probation department. Indviduals petitioning the court for the CQE must complete a 15-page petition, including prior convictions, prior employment, rehabilitation rationale, and professional and personal references. CQE petitions are thoroughly reviewed by staff at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Court of Common Pleas, with input from prosecutors and multiple judges.The decision to issue a CQE is determined by the Court of Common Pleas in the county where the petitioner currently resides.
How a CQE benefits employers:
To learn more about CQE click HERE to visit the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction website.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring and employing individuals from certain target groups, who have significant barriers to employment. The WOTC credit is a general business credit provided under section 51 of the Internal Revenue Code that is administered by the IRS and the Department of Labor. The WOTC is equal to 40% of up to $6,000 of wages paid to the individual. The maximum tax credit is generally $2,400.
Justice-involved indiviuals may meet the qualifications for a hiring tax credit if the individual is hired within a year of being convicted of a felony or being released from incarceration for the felony. Applying for the tax credit is easy, but it is important to remember:
Individuals from this talent source may initially have some other specific needs to help them be successful at your company. Some things to consider when planning to tap into this population include:
Use the hyperlinks below to view helpful resources from business models that have proved successful in other areas:
Local resources include:
OhioMeansJobs Knox County. We provide job skills and soft skills training as well as job coaching and support to justice-involved individuals. CONTACT US today to connect with an Employment Services Specialist.
TouchePointe Marriage and Family Resources is a local organization that offers mentorships and job coaching support to justice-involved individuals. Click HERE to visit them on the web.