Hiring our Participants Makes Dollars and Sense

It’s easy for us to toot our participant's horns when it comes to employer value. We believe that our participants are well prepared and enthusiastic when we refer them to community employers. In addition, thanks to several state programs, we can also point out how hiring Women’s Resource Center participants can be a smart financial move. Take a look at these programs and reach out to us for guidance or more information.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program The WOTC is available to private-for-profit employers who hire from specific targeted groups of people that have in the past experienced difficulty in securing employment. The WOTC allows a maximum credit for the first year of employment of $9,600 for the disabled and unemployed veteran target group; $4,000 for a long-term TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipient; and, $2,400 for all other target groups. WOTC also allows an additional credit of $5,000 for a long-term TANF recipient who is employed for a second year.

To apply for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, please complete the following forms: IRS Form 8850 and ETA Form 9061. Mail the completed and signed original forms postmarked by the U.S. Post Office not later than 28 days from the employee’s start date. More information is available:

Fidelity Bonding Program (FBP) of Michigan The State of Michigan offers free-of-charge Fidelity Bonding to help high-risk job seekers obtain employment. A Fidelity Bond is a business insurance policy of the Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company that insures an employer against employee stealing, forgery, larceny, or embezzlement. Learn more here.

On The Job Training (OJT) On the Job Training reimburses employers to train new employees ‘on the job.’  This reimbursement provides an incentive to encourage employers to hire individuals who do not have all of the required skills for a particular job and provides trainees the opportunity to learn new job skills specific to the employer’s requirements. Employers may receive up to 50% reimbursement of hourly wages paid to a trainee; the length of the training is negotiable. Trainees must meet Workforce Investment Act eligibility requirements and the training must be approved before the trainee begins work. Contact Michigan Works.