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2101 City West Blvd, Houston, *Multiple States
  • Tech/Internet
  • Transport/Trucking
IT specialist pertaining to Cloud computing, and web server administration. Positions range from no education required, to advanced degrees and licenses. Apply for a position, either online or in person.
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3901 Billingsley St, Houston, Texas
$8 and up/hr
  • Create/Design
  • Electrician
  • General Labor
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail/Sales
  • Warehouse
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Hydraulic power unit manufacturing repair. New designs, prototypes, and unique applications. Shop hands, machinists, salesmen, pump mechs, hydra techs,  they do a lot. The owners are awesome people.
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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

for the location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest to your home.
Texas Federal Bonding Program
Texas Workforce Commission
Attn: Fidelity Bonding Services
101 E. 15th Street, Rm # 440AT
Austin, TX 78778-0001
512-936-3090 fax
Web Site: www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/rio/fidelitybonding.html
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.

Texas Coordinator
Texas Workforce Commission
Room 332T
101 E.15th St.
Austin, TX 78778
512-463-8819 fax
Web Site: www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/wotc/wotc.html

National Coordinator
Carmen Ortiz
Washington, D.C.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th St., Room 618
Austin, TX 78777
512-475-2321 fax
Web Site: www.twc.state.tx.us

Criminal Records Repository

The Criminal Records Repository is where individuals can order their police record or "rap sheet."
Individuals must write a letter stating that the reason for the request. The letter must be accompanied by a full set of fingerprints and a check or money order for $15. Requests take four to six weeks to be processed.

Texas Department of Public Safety
Fingerprint and Records Bureau
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Building G
Austin, TX 78752
Web Site: www.txdps.state.tx.us

Prison Industry Program
Texas Correctional Industries
P.O. Box 4013
Huntsville, TX 77342
936-437-6040 fax
Web Site: www.tci.tdcj.state.tx.us

Project RIO

Project RIO Staff
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th St., Room 506T
Austin, TX 78778
Web Site: www.tdcj.state.tx.us

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

209 W. 14th St.
Austin, TX 78770
Web Site: www.tdcj.state.tx.us

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
209 W. 14th St., Suite 500
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-8120 fax

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Parole Division
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
P.O. Box 13401, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Web Site: www.tdcj.state.tx.us/parole/parole-home.htm

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