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Second Chance Job Fair
Benefits of Providing a Second Chance
Providing a second chance to someone with a previous conviction provides many benefits to the employer, employee, and the community as a whole. When roadblocks to employment are removed and individuals are able to support themselves and their families, the benefits are shared.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides real financial benefits to employers hiring individuals who may face a disadvantage in their job seeking efforts. Companies hiring individuals with a previous felony conviction may be eligible to receive up to $2,400 in tax credits. These credits can be used to provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction of federal tax liability.
Studies have shown that employees who are hired after being provided with a second chance are often more motivated to perform highly and displayed more dependability than traditional workers. Nearly 1/3 of the adult working age population has a criminal record, approximately the same number of working age adults with a bachelor's degree. With unemployment rates hovering near 4%, employers are currently experiencing a tight labor market. This job fair intends to connect employers with a largely untapped labor pool possessing many in-demand skills.
Communities improve and thrive when this population is given a second chance at employment. Stable employment is one of the key factors in reducing the recidivism rate and keeping individuals from re-offending. Stable employment opportunities are a key ingredient to providing a safer community and a prosperous local economy. This job fair is intended to help workers facing employment barriers improve their lives by linking them to employers seeking skilled and motivated workers asking for a second chance.
Time and Location
Link to Attendee Registration
Employers interested in participating in the Second Chance Job Fair, or learning more about the event, should contact the Development Corporation of Richmond by phone or email to register.
402 Morton Street Richmond, Texas 77469 281-342-5456-direct www.richmondtx.gov
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