As a business, you can benefit from many different hiring incentive programs, which are designed to match you with the talent you need! Along with benefiting your business, these programs also help job seekers get back in the workforce.
These programs provide a business with either tax credits or other incentives to hire/retain individuals from specific target groups. These incentives can be key to your business' success as you bring in or retain skilled workers.
Many businesses miss out on these opportunities due to a lack of information. Don't let that be you! Review the different target groups below and use the resources to get started.
As more and more seniors are available for work, employers are seeing benefits in hiring them. Mature workers tend to:
State and Federal Programs: In accordance with Federal Older Americans Act regulations, the Illinois Department on Aging has divided Illinois into 13 Planning and Service Areas (PSAs). The 13 PSAs in Illinois are managed and served by an Area Agency on Aging. Visit the Area Agency on Aging site to see which area covers your community.
Incentives for small and medium-sized businesses make tapping into the disability community an attractive recruiting strategy. Three tax incentives are available to help employers cover accommodation costs for employees or customers with disabilities.
Hiring formerly incarcerated job seekers is easier and safer than you might think. Employers can get a full-time employee at a substantially reduced cost by taking advantage of tax credits for hiring people with past convictions.
Because more veterans are available for work, employers are seeing benefits in hiring them. Veterans tend to:
America's Heroes at Work - Veterans Hiring Toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans, and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.
Illinois employers can earn a State income tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 10% of the total wages paid to every qualified Veteran hired after January 1, 2010. Veterans must work at least 185 days during the tax year for the employer to qualify for the Veteran's Tax Credit. The Veteran's Tax Credit can be claimed by employers on income tax returns. To file for the Veteran's Tax Credit, please visit the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and file Income Tax Form 1299-D for corporations, Income Tax Form 1299-C for individuals, or Income Tax Form 1299-A for partnerships and S corporations. For further questions, please contact IDOR for additional information.
Employers that hire veterans may receive federal tax credits as high as $9,600 per veteran for for-profit employers or up to $6,240 for tax-exempt organizations under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program (WOTC). To learn more, contact the WOTC National Office.
Provide an opportunity for youth to learn important life skills and acquire hands-on experience. Take an active role in the work experience. Look at success stories from past youth employment programs offered through the State.
Before you get started, become familiar with state and federal limitations. Youth 16 and older may work in any job or occupation that has not been declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. Learn more about these occupations by visiting the Illinois Department of Labor website. Keep in mind that there are some exemptions for apprentice/student-learner programs in some of these hazardous occupations.
If you're looking for more resources and info, check out DCEO's Programs and Services guide and Illinois workNet's Hiring for Employers page. For even more articles and resources on recruiting head over to Tips, Tools, & Resources.