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Federal workers impacted by a government shutdown may file for unemployment while temporarily unemployed; however, if backpay wages are awarded upon the conclusion of the shutdown, workers will be required to pay back unemployment benefits with interest.

Hiring At Risk and Underserved Workers

Assisting and promoting employment of at-risk and underserved workers continues to be a priority for the OESC. We are primarily helping employers hire these workers through two main initiatives.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax credit offered to employers as an incentive to hire individuals who are members of targeted groups which have traditionally faced significant barriers to employment. The credit is used to reduce the federal tax liability of private/for-profit employers.

View the Work Opportunity Tax Credit brochure.

The Federal Bonding Program provides individual fidelity bonds to employers for job applicants who are deemed unbondable by commercial carriers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Bonding program offers a proven and effective tool for workforce development professionals to help both employers and at-risk job applicants at no cost.

View the Federal Bonding Program brochure.

Point of Contacts

Roslyn Richards
(405) 962-4627
(WOTC only)

Sherry Baker
(405) 557-5421
(Federal bonding only)

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