1.      Fidelity Bonding – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

Sponsored by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, the Fidelity Bonding Program was created to assist high-risk, but qualified, job seekers who have bona fide offers of employment. Typically, some employers may view ex-offenders, former substance abusers, and other individuals who have questionable backgrounds as high-risk and potentially untrustworthy workers. Your Business Account Manager can provide you with more information on his benefit.

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2.      Work Opportunity Tax CreditWOTC – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC joins other workforce programs that incentivize workplace diversity and facilitate access to good jobs for American workers. or 800.482.2959

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3.      WARN Notice – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

WARN offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government. Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works can assist your company with filing for WARN notices please contact Beth Diehl for additional information.

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4.      Rapid Response – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

Rapid Response is a primary gateway to the workforce system for both dislocated workers and employers and is a component of a demand driven system. The central purpose of Rapid Response is to help laid-off workers quickly transition to new employment. Rapid Response acts as bo b th a provider of direct reemployment services and as a facilitator of additional services and resources.

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5.      TAA – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed. Since 1975, the TAA program has served more than 2 million U.S. workers.1 The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition on-line or by mail with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Petitions are available on-line and may also be obtained at American Job Centers. The petition may be filed by:

—Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision;

—The workers’ employer

—A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers; or

—American Job Center operators or partners (including state workforce agencies and dislocated worker units). Upon receiving a petition, DOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. To learn more, please visit our website at

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6.      STTF – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) began in October 2013 and is on target to train over 30,000 individuals. STTF provides funds to companies for short term, in-demand training. Companies of all sizes have benefited from STTF, anywhere from three employees to over 1,000. While the STTF has supported creation of over 400 new apprentices, training is not limited to “skilled trade” occupations; training has included welding, CNC operator, CNC programmer, robotics, IT training, electronic health records, and on-the-job training for individuals to be hired.

CONTACT: Macomb / St. Clair Workforce Development Board (Macomb County) Bob Apczynski 586-469-5022,

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7.      Workshare – TEXT, FORM 1st Emp. Cont.

Work Share Program is a voluntary program that provides employers facing a decline in business with an alternative to layoffs. The program allows employers to maintain their skilled workforce and helps workers maintain their jobs during a downturn in business. With Work Share, employees receive a portion of weekly unemployment compensation while working reduced hours. Unemployment benefits are based on a percentage of the reduced hours of work and pay. The reduction in work hours must result in an equivalent reduction in wages.

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