Hiring workers with disabilities often comes with benefits for all involved

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According to The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), people with disabilities are one of the most prevalent minority groups in the county and are significantly less likely to be employed than those without disabilities.

Now let us consider the case of Joe. Despite having a disability, Joe was given an opportunity to work for his current employer. He has successfully worked for this same company since 1996. Because of the opportunity Joe was given by the company, he now enjoys living independently and comfortably in his own home, maintains his job, bought his own vehicle, pays his own bills, and saves toward his retirement, all without the assistance of public benefits.

The employer also received benefits that some may not even be aware of.

Among the advantages of hiring a person with disabilities include:

You will increase your loyal workforce — According to a study from DePaul University, people with disabilities perform equally effectively as people without disabilities. The retail and hospitality sectors say that people with a disability stay longer in the job than those without a disability. In all sectors, people with disabilities have fewer absences than those without disabilities.

You will create diversity in the workplace — You can establish a reputation for being a business that promotes diversity in their workplace. Diversity is good business, putting together people that have different viewpoints and life experiences that will bring together different ideas to solving problems and new ways to be efficient.

Job incentive for businesses — New York State makes it easier for business to hire people with disabilities. The following are available potential incentives to businesses in NYS who hire a person with a disability:

Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) — This federal program is designed to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities and gives direct tax credits to private employers who create job opportunities for qualified people. 

Workers with Disabilities Employment Tax Credit (WETC) — This is a New York State initiative by which employers can receive a NYS tax credit of up to $2,100 for each disabled individual that they hire. 

Disabled Access Credit — The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities.

If you would like more information about hiring a person with disability or accessing the above references, contact RCIL at 315-797-4642. Please note that additional requirements for the job incentives mentioned above may apply.

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