AGENCIES FOR PARTICIPANT RE-ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION

Federal Bonding and Tax Credit

The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
Lamont Brown, Bonding Service Coordinator
Department of Economic Development
Missouri Division of Workforce Development
421 East Dunklin St.
P.O. Box 1087
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-526-8217
573-522-9496 fax

Tax Credits

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Sara Davidson, WOTC Coordinator
Department of Economic Development
Missouri Division of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1087
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-0977
573-751-9896 fax
E-Mail: sdavidson@co.wfd.state.mo.us

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Information about the State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

Contact:
Catherine Leapheart, Director
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
3315 West Truman Blvd., Room 213
P.O. Box 504
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-9691
573-751-4135 fax
E-Mail: Diroffice@dolir.state.mo.us
Web Site: www.dolir.mo.gov/

Unemployment Insurance Office

Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Unemployment benefits may be applied for on-line or at a regional claims center. The Division of Employment Security is responsible for unemployment insurance benefits in Missouri. The web site is very informative and one may obtain all needed contact information there.

Contact:
Garcia Yancey Backer, Director
Missouri Division of Employment Security
421 East Dunklin St.
P.O. Box 59
Jefferson City, MO 65104
573-751-8086
573-751-4945 fax
Web Site: www.dolir.mo.gov/

Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet and learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it up. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

The Criminal Records Division conducts background record check requests for non-criminal justice purposes. The general public may obtain background checks in person or by mailing their requests to the Criminal Records Division. Two types of searches may be conducted: name or fingerprint. A name search uses a name, date of birth, and social security number to search the database. A fee of $5 is charged for a name search. Only open records will be released with a name search. A fingerprint search uses a set of fingerprints to search. A fee of $14 is charged for this service. Positive identification can only be assured by a fingerprint search. Closed records may be released with fingerprints only if the requester is authorized by statute to receive them.

Contact:
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Criminal Records Division
1510 E. Elm St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-526-6153
573-526-9382 fax
Web Site: www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Root/index.html

State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the State Attorney General regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
Supreme Court Building
207 W. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-3321
Web Site: www.ago.mo.gov/

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