JobBRIEF: May Vol.4 Issue 5
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Employers - Get Tax Incentives Info!
Register Now for the 2013 Diversity Summit

 

ATTENTION Employers:  Tax Incentives Continue!

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax incentive that helps employers’ bottom line as well as
enhances a job seeker’s chance of employment. Many WOTC target group individuals were left in
limbo from 2011 to 2013 when the program came under scrutiny as the federal legislative
representatives looked for ways to reduce the country’s budget. Fortunately, in January 2013, the
President signed retroactive legislation that reauthorized WOTC for non-veteran target groups and
continued tax credits for veterans groups including VOW to Hire Veterans Act of 2011.

The tax credit allows for-profit businesses to reduce their tax liability for hiring and retaining
individuals from specified “target groups.” Similar to other workforce programs, WOTC encourages
diversity in the workplace and helps skilled, qualified individuals, such as veterans, move to the
top of worker selection lists.

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Register Now for 2013 Diversity Summit
The Southeast Texas Regional Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Council is hosting the 7th annual
Diversity Summit on June 13th. The featured speaker will be Rabbi Taub speaking on ethnic,
cultural and religious literacy for workforce diversity. A panel of Lamar University students and
several local CEO’s will engage in dialog related around the topic, “Perception is not Reality.”
Local attorney Richard Hambright will be speaking on sexual discrimination, sexual harassment,
and sexual orientation bias in the workforce.

Attendees at the summit usually include CEO’s, HR & management professionals; diversity
council members from businesses, cities, and counties; leaders of organizations addressing
diversity in the workforce; educators & counselors addressing workforce training/job readiness;
and elected officials and community leaders.

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This year, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is reaching out to area youth (ages 16 to 21) and employers through the “Get Your Job On” summer hiring campaign.

 
     
 
The Texas employment picture continues statewide annual growth per numbers released today by the Texas Workforce Commission. Southeast Texas employment numbers continue to show small improvement ...

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