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People are the key resource for most businesses. Successful hiring is a specific initiative that is extremely relevant in creating a quality organization that is able to meet the demands of a tight labor market. Don't wait until you have a need. Put a strategy in place that allows a continuous flow of quality people seeking employment. Hiring quickly and hiring well are the two main goals.

There is no generally accepted "best" way to recruit prospective employees. It is important to remember that recruitment needs to be continuous, personal, and active, but also fair and open. Advertise, but advertise wisely. Developing relationships with a range of programs, centers, charitable organizations, schools and churches can result in potential non-traditional recruiting sources. Adopting these simple strategies can help you move from being a traditional recruiter to a progressive one, allowing you to recruit smarter, not harder. By thinking out of the box, far-sighted businesses are recruiting the talent they need to meet demand head-on.

Winning Strategies:

  • Accessing Career Centers to pre-screen and hire job applicants.
  • Working with service providers to create a customized pre-training program.
  • Using temporary agencies to screen potential employees.
  • Partnering with churches and charitable organizations to find employees.

The following incentives are available to employers hiring individuals transitioning off of welfare and those from other targeted populations. For more information on how to access the incentives, please consult your tax advisor.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal income tax credit that encourages private sector employers to hire eight targeted groups of job seekers. This incentive can save your business up to 40 percent of qualified wages in federal income taxes to a maximum of $2,400 per employee working more than 400 hours for their first year of employment. These employer tax credits are an important tool in a diverse toolbox of flexible strategies designed to help people gain on-the-job experience and move from welfare to work.

Welfare to Work Tax Credit (WTWTC)

The Welfare to Work Tax Credit is a federal income tax credit that encourages businesses to hire long-term welfare recipients. Employers can get tax credits as high as 35% for the first year of employment and 50% for the second year of employment. To qualify, new hires must be employed at least 400 hours or 180 days.

How to apply for the WOTC and the WTWTC: To apply for either the Work Opportunity Tax Credit or the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit, employers should complete a pre-screening notice (IRS Form 8850) before hiring a qualified applicant, and must complete ETA Form 9061 or 9062 from the employee if he/she has already been conditionally certified by the state, and a one-page form to document the employees eligibility. The required forms and instructions can also be obtained by calling a Fax-On Demand Service at 1-877-828-2050. For IRS Form 8850, request Document Number 103; For ETA Form 9061, request Document Number 104. For more information call the Massachusetts WOTC Coordinator at(617) 626-5363 or visit www.uses.doleta.gov/wtw.asp.

For more information on these incentives and other workforce related issues please contact:

MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board
34 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 584-3234

MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center
34 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 513-3400

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