Hidden Sources of Talent

Building and maintaining a sustainable talent pipeline is crucial for any business community. With recruiting for skilled labor continuing to be one of the main focuses for employers, many companies are still looking for ways to fill vacant positions. In an effort to help promote diversity and innovation in the workplace, CareerSource Broward strongly encourages businesses to consider hiring individuals from special populations, including veterans, those with disabilities, ex-offenders and more. 

If your business is interested in hiring from these specific hiring pools, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance and other special tax reductions for each individual hired. 

Hiring Veterans

  • Looking for a hard-working, motivated workers? Veterans are great team players that can be a benefit to any employer's business.
  • Up to $2,400 in tax credits when your business hires a veteran who has been unemployed between four weeks and six months or hire a veteran who is receiving Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP).
  • Up to $4,800 in tax credits when your business hires an unemployed veteran who has a service-related disability.
  • Up to $5,600 in tax credits when your business hires a veteran who has been unemployed for over six months.
  • Up to $9,600 in tax credits when your business hires a veteran that has been. unemployed for at least six months and has a service-connected disability.
  • *If you are an employer looking to fill open positions and interested in hiring a veteran for your company or business, please complete the Employer Representative Contact Form by clicking here. 

Hiring Persons With Disabilities

  • Individuals with disabilities tend to have a high chance of being loyal to employers that provide them with opportunities after receiving a lack of interest from previous potential employers.
  • Workers with disabilities also increase diversity in the workplace, adding different perspectives to work assignments, day-to-day tasks and team building activities.
  • The maximum Work Opportunity Tax Credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired and the length of employment.
  • The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.
  • An eligible small business is one that earned $1 million or less or had no more than 30 full time employees in the previous year; they may take the credit each and every year they incur access expenditures.
  • Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF format), for information about eligible expenditures.
  • Refer to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Workplace Toolkit, which provides guidance and resources to help you develop a disability-inclusive workplace.

Hiring Ex Offenders

  • Job seekers with previous criminal backgrounds can become assets to businesses looking for employees, and there are many programs to protect your company when hiring ex-offenders.
  • Up to $2,400 in tax credits when your business hires an ex-offender.
  • The Federal Bonding Program assists by providing employers with a free fidelity bond on the job seekers behalf. 
  • A fidelity bond is an insurance policy that many employers obtain to protect their business against losses that occur as a result of fraudulent acts by dishonest employees.
  • Some job seekers are considered high risk which hinders their ability to become commercially bonded.
  • Issues such as criminal backgrounds, poor credit history, lack of work history, substance abuse background, and dishonorable discharge from the military may make a job seeker considered high-risk.
  • Fidelity bonds are issued in increments of $5,000.
  • You can learn more about the Federal Bonding Program by clicking here

Seasoned Workers

  • Retirees and potential retirees today have many reasons for wanting to continue working or to return to the workforce.
  • Americans are living longer and staying healthier, so retiring at the traditional age of 65 or early retirement during their 50's means a much longer period of retirement.
  • Many individuals need to supplement their retirement income given the longer length of time they are likely to live, therefore requiring extra resources.
  • Forward thinking businesses are seeking ways to attract older adults, as they offer both experience and skill sets that can benefit employers.
  • AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) matches organizations with qualified job candidates and, as an added incentive, they pay workers directly or reimburse employers for 100% of the cost of the workers’ wages and related costs for an agreed-upon training period, which typically lasts between 2-3 weeks. AARP pays workers according to the salary of the advertised position. More information about the program can be found here.
  • If your company is interested in hiring a season worker, visit the Employ Florida Silver Edition website for additional information. 
  • *Please note that this particular population of workers do not qualify for the WOTC.

Interested in hiring from any of the above special populations? Let CareerSource Broward help! Contact us at (954) 677-JOBS (5627) or by email at jobs@careersourcebroward.com to get connected with an Employer Services representative.