Chapter 3 Unemployment & Disability Insurance Benefits
Section 1 - One Stop Career Centers
The One-Stop Career Center system offers a variety of programs and services to help employers meet their need for workers. Companies can select future employees from New Jersey’s largest diversified applicant supply. Our statewide network of offices, staffed by trained professionals and supported by state-of-the-art computerized selection tools, enables the One-Stop Career Centers to meet your employment needs quickly, often with same-day referrals.
OnRamp, New Jersey’s state job bank at New Jersey Career Connections, provides the means to recruit workers from near and far, while avoiding the expense usually associated with such recruitment. Employers’ requests are electronically sent to One-Stop Career Centers in New Jersey.
Employers can list job openings on OnRamp. Employers can search the system, using key words of their own choosing, to select a group of resumes for further screening. Employers and entrepreneurs can get information on New Jersey’s economy and demography and how to do business in the state by visiting nj.gov/labor.
One-Stop Career Center staff will arrange on-site recruitments for employers. This service is particularly valuable when opening a large new facility or moving to a new location. In addition, One-Stop staff will provide office space for interviewing and screening job candidates.
One-Stop Career Centers offer access to other state agencies, Workforce Investment Board local offices and other divisions within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. (See Chapter 3, Section 2)
With offices throughout the state, One-Stop Career Centers can offer local service to all employers on a regular basis.
Out-station and satellite recruitment offices provide convenience for job applicants who cannot easily reach metropolitan offices, and guarantee your exposure to the broadest possible base of potential employees. A list of One-Stop Career Centers is provided in the Directory at the end of this handbook.
Federal employer tax credits are available to encourage employers to hire persons who have special difficulties in finding work (such as welfare recipients, ex-felons, vocational rehabilitation program participants, etc.) by giving employers a tax credit on their federal taxes. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides up to $2,400 in tax credits for most targeted groups. Additionally, employers hiring long-term recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) can receive a two-year credit of up to $9,000 -- $4,000 for the first year and $5,000 for the second year of qualified employment. Employers hiring disabled vets can claim up to a maximum credit of $4,800.
The Trade Act program provides eligible applicants with opportunities to receive on-the-job training. Upon hiring and training Trade Act clients, employers may be reimbursed up to 50% of their salary for up to a six-month period. These jobs must be full time and must not exceed a 40-hour workweek. The contracts with the employers can be written after a client has finished Trade Act approved classroom training in the same occupation. The client may also be approved for part-time classroom training while being trained on the job, if the training pertains to and is needed to perform duties in the new job and is requested by the employer. Eligible applicants are certified as such by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development because they lost their jobs due to foreign competition.
The Federal Bonding program is a unique tool to help a job applicant get and keep a job. It is a business insurance policy that protects an employer against any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. It can serve as a guarantee to employers that a person hired will be an honest worker. For more information about the Federal Bonding program, call (609) 292-5005.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a subsidized employment opportunity that includes training. The participant is hired by a private, public, or non-profit employer and receives training that provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job. An employer can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost of training the individual. At the end of the OJT, the employer must retain the participant as a regular employee if the individual has made satisfactory progress during the OJT contract period.