There are a variety of advantages to hiring formerly incarcerated individuals:
- Financial Incentives – the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). You and your business can earn up to $2400 per year in tax credits for each formerly incarcerated person you hire.
- Federal Bonus Program – no-cost-to-you fidelity bonds. You and your business can be insured for up to $25,000 for any loss of money or property. Contact the Bonding Coordinator at 518-485-2151.
- Support Services – Employers have the support of Case Management through Parole Supervision and Reentry Task Force.
- Highly Motivated Workers – You and your business will benefit from those persons formerly incarcerated because they are extraordinarily committee to being successful!
Our Task Force is experienced and qualified in career assistance, job development and educating potential employers. With an Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) on site, the Reentry Task Force helps participants prepare for the workforce through classes that enhance “job readiness skills” such as communication, listening, problem solving, and conflict management. Participants are trained and equipped with ethics and skills to meet the expectations of potential employers.
An integral part of the Re-entry Task Force is to be available to provide support to all potential employers. We currently reach out and work in concert with the Department of Labor, employment agencies and private employers. Please join with us in this worthwhile investment that has the potential to change lives, families and the fabric of an entire community.
Resources for EmployersWork Opportunity Tax Credit
A Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers.New York’s “Work for Success” Program
New York State offers incentives and support for employers who hire the formerly incarcerated.IRS
The Internal Revenue Service website offers a variety of useful resources for employers.