The Workforce Solutions Capital Area Business Solutions Team offers a wide array of services to help your company find, hire, train, and retain skilled workers.
- Candidate Screening & Testing
- Fidelity Bonding
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit
- Fair Chance Hiring
- Labor Market Information (LMI)
WorkInTexas.com is a free, online applicant recruitment and matching tool brought to you by WFS Capital Area and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Business Solutions provides training and one-on-one assistance to all employers interested in making the most of their WorkInTexas.com job postings.
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WorkInTexas.com offers employers:
- Access to thousands of local and statewide workers
- Unlimited free job postings
- Real-time applicant matching
- Viewing of applicant resumes
- Email notifications of matches
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All training sessions are held at the North Career Center. Please check the calendar of events for the next scheduled session.
The WorkInTexas.com training is free, but employers must register by sending an email to Business Solutions.
Candidate Screening & Testing
We offer a variety of nationally-certified skills assessments to help you gauge job candidates. Topics include: occupation-specific skills, interests, aptitudes and work ethics/values.
Offered at no charge, each assessment includes a consultation which is designed to gather information about your hiring needs and to identify an assessment package that is right for you. Our certified vocational evaluation specialist will then administer the assessments and evaluate the results for you.
For more information contact Business Solutions.
The fidelity bonding service helps at-risk job applicants get and keep a job. TWC and the Workforce Development Boards offer free fidelity bonding services to reduce employers’ concerns about hiring at-risk job applicants who cannot be bonded through other sources. For this bonding, Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company issues an insurance policy that protects the employer against employee acts of dishonesty such as larceny, embezzlement, and theft.
- Coverage is free for six months. After six months, bonding becomes the employer’s responsibility.
- Coverage is usually issued in the amount of $5,000.
- There is no deductible.
- There are no forms to fill out and no processing.
- Coverage can be activated almost immediately.
Applicants eligible for fidelity bonding services include:
- Ex-offenders, including individuals with records of arrest, probation, or any police record
- Applicants with poor credit histories, including bankruptcy
- Veterans dishonorably discharged from the military
- Public assistance recipients
- Applicants with a substance abuse history
- Disadvantaged youth who lack a work history
- Anyone who is declined fidelity bonding through the commercial bonding system
A fidelity bond will not provide coverage for self-employed individuals looking for a performance bond, surety bond, or contract bond. Fidelity bonds cover only a specific employer-employee relationship, which is demonstrated by withholding income and social security taxes. A fidelity bond does not provide coverage for poor workmanship, job injuries, or work accidents.
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Either the job applicant or the prospective employer can request bonding through the Business Solutions team. If the applicant is eligible, bonding coverage is effective immediately following certification or on the applicant’s first day of work once certified.
The bond will be mailed to the employer and is issued for six months. After that, employers may purchase a transfer bond for an additional six months at the insurance company’s discretion. Eventually, the employee may become permanently bondable.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
WOTC is a federal income tax benefit administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employers who hire individuals from specified target populations, including veterans. WOTC reduces a business’s federal tax liability, serving as an incentive to select job candidates who may be disadvantaged in their efforts to find employment.
More information on WOTC
Qualifying for WOTC
Employers are eligible for a tax credit when hiring individuals with specified barriers to employment identified as target groups. TWC will verify for employers which target group applies. Tax credits currently are available for hires in the following categories:
|Target Group||Maximum Tax Credit|
|Disabled veterans with a service-connected disability who have been unemployed for at least 6 months||$9,600|
|Veterans who have been unemployed for at least 6 months||$5,600|
|Disabled veterans with a service-connected disability||$4,800|
|Veterans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits||$2,400|
|Veterans who have been unemployed for at least 4 weeks||$2,400|
|Target Group||Maximum Tax Credit|
|Long-Term Family Assistance recipients who are members of a family that has received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for at least 18 consecutive months||$9,000|
|Designated community residents|
|Vocational rehabilitation referrals|
|Supplemental Security Income recipients|
|Summer Youth program participants who are 16 to 17 years old, work between May 1 and September 15, and live in an empowerment zone||$1,200|
Fair Chance Hiring
City of Austin’s Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance
The City of Austin’s Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which took effect April 4, 2016, aims to reduce recidivism and unemployment and increase re-integration for qualified job applicants with criminal histories. The law places restrictions on certain private employers on when they can ask about a job applicant’s criminal history and how that information can be used.
For more information on the City of Austin’s ordinance and how it might affect your hiring process:
- Visit the City of Austin’s Fair Chance Hiring webpage
- Call 512-972-FAIR (3247)
- Email: email@example.com
- Click here to submit a question
Employers who hire qualified applicants in the Austin/Travis County area with a criminal record may be able to utilize:
- Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) – A federal income tax benefit administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employers who hire individuals from specified target populations, including ex-felons
- Fidelity Bonding – Free insurance protection services to reduce employers’ concerns about hiring at-risk job applicants who cannot be bonded through other sources
To learn more about these programs and services, please contact Business Solutions.
Labor Market Information (LMI)
At no cost, we can provide the following labor market information:
- Employment and unemployment statistics
- Wage information
- Average weekly wage
- Average wage per occupation
- Wage comparison to other areas in the state and nation
- Top paying occupations
- Number of individuals in the civilian labor force and their occupational experience
- List of the major area employers
- List of industry sectors in Travis County and the percentage of industry composition
- Demand/growing occupations in Travis County
- Layoff statistics
- Detailed Census data
Each month, we also post reports on the current labor market conditions for Capital Area (Travis County) and the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The reports contain such information as the unemployment rate, the average weekly wage, and employment by industry.
- Austin-Round Rock MSA
- Capital Area Workforce Development Area (Travis County)
- Please contact Business Solutions to request labor market information or a customized report.