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Governor Kevin Stitt has announced that Oklahoma will start a new Back to Work Initiative, in addition to reverting back to pre-pandemic unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility requirements starting June 27.  View the Governor's Executive Order for this initiative, and additional resources about this initiative from OESC.

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. Access 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. Access the Federal Bonding Program brochure.

Point of Contacts

Debra Roseburr
(405) 557-7128

Kristen Lee
kristen.lee@oesc.state.ok.us
(405) 557-7112

Pam Hoskins
pam.hoskins@oesc.state.ok.us
(405) 557-5474

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