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A research study published by a university in Texas surveyed employer attitudes toward hiring exoffenders. Only 12% said that they were willing to hire these applicants. However, 51% said that they would hire ex-offenders if they were bonded.
What the Federal Bonding Program Is: It is a federal tool, to help a job applicant, obtain employment, and keep it. The program issues Fidelity Bonds, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
What a Fidelity Bond Is: Fidelity Bond, through the federal bonding program, is a business insurance policy, that will protect the employer from theft, or property damage, from a dishonest employee. It is a "guarantee," that the new employer, will be an honest worker. The Fidelity Bonds issued under the Federal Bonding Program are insurance policies of the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. The McLaughlin Company in Washington, DC, is the agent for Travelers in managing the program nation wide.
This Bond Can Help You Get Employed: If you are an ex-offender (Felony, Misdemeanor), or you have a high risk factor, in your background, this bond is given freely, to the employer, as an incentive to hire you. The employer can then hire you, and utilize your skills, without taking a risk, of you being dishonest, while working there.
What The Bond Insurance Covers: The bond insures the employer, in case of embezzlement, larceny, forgery, or theft. It does not cover job injuries, or poor workmanship. How To Get Federally Bonded: You must receive a job offer first, and the employer has to have a date for you to start working for them. The Fidelity Bond insurance policy will then be issued to the employer, from The Mclaughlin Company, of Washington, DC, underwritten through the Travelers Insurance Company.While your local workforce representative, usually informs employers, there are still many that don't know of the federal bonding program. Make sure to inform the employer about this federal proram.
Bond Coverage Amount: The bond covers $ 5,000, with no cost to you, or the employer, and no deductible. Employers can apply for larger bond amounts, if necessary. Get More Information On Federal Bonding: Job Seekers Call: 1-877-US2-JOBS Employers Call: 1-800-233-2258 ex.246 www.bonds4jobs.com
for the location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest to your home.
Missouri Federal Bonding Program Department of Economic Development Missouri Division of Workforce Development 421 East Dunklin St. P.O. Box 1087 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-526-8217 573-522-9496 fax
What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit? The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (W.O.T.C.) is a federal tax credit for for-profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals convicted of a felony and hired within one year after the date of the conviction or release from prison. The tax credit has eight targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.
How much can the employer earn: WOTC can be as much as $ 2,400. It is based on qualified wages paid to the new hire for the first-year of employment. Generally, qualified wages are capped at $ 6,000 The credit is 25% of qualified first-year wages for those employed at least 120 hours and 40% for those employed 400 hours or more.
The reason employers should use this opportunity: Employers make the hiring decision. There is no limit to the number of new hires who can qualify the employer for the tax savings. There is minimal paperwork needed to claim the WOTC. Missouri Coordinator Department of Economic Development Missouri Division of Workforce Development P.O. Box 1087 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-0977 573-751-9896 fax National Coordinator Carmen Ortiz Washington, D.C. 202-693-2786
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 3315 West Truman Blvd., Room 213 P.O. Box 504 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-9691 573-751-4135 fax E-Mail: Web Site: labor.mo.gov/ Criminal Records Repository The Criminal Records Repository is where individuals can order their police record or "rap sheet." Two types of searches may be conducted: name or fingerprint. A name search uses a name, date of birth, and social security number to search the database. A fee of $5 is charged for a name search. Only open records will be released with a name search. A fingerprint search uses a set of fingerprints to search. A fee of $14 is charged for this service. Positive identification can only be assured by a fingerprint search. Closed records may be released with fingerprints only if the requester is authorized by statute to receive them.
Prison Industry Program Missouri Vocational Enterprises Missouri Department of Corrections 1717 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 1898 Jefferson City, MO 65101 573-751-6663 Web Site: www.doc.missouri.gov/
Transitional Housing Units Missouri Department of Corrections P.O. Box 236 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-2389 573-751-4099 fax Web Site: www.doc.missouri.gov/
Work Release Program Missouri Department of Corrections P.O. Box 236 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-2389 573-751-4099 fax Web Site: www.doc.missouri.gov/
Division of the Board of Probation and Parole Missouri Department of Corrections 1511 Christy Jefferson City, MO 65101 573-751-6588 573-751-8501 fax Web Site: www.doc.missouri.gov/
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