Federal Bonding Program helps felons at job fair
By Rima Austin | January 7, 2019 7:01 am
It is generally left to employers as to whether or not they will hire a felon. What the general public sometimes does not understand is that a felon understands the reservations that employers have when it comes to security.
For instance, a bank most likely would not hire a felon who went to prison for robbing banks; a felon understands that. What they do not understand, however, is why a manufacturing company will not hire someone whose crime had nothing to do with the product that is being made.
On Jan. 22, a job fair will be held at Sparta Civic Center. According to Veteran Employment and Business Services Representative Gary Bruie, there will be at least one company there who has shown interest in hiring employees with a felony record. He said he hopes there will be more of the presenting businesses that will sign off on hiring felons as well and explained he is still in negotiations with those vendors. Bruie explained about the Federal Bonding Program that is free to not just felons but everyone. The program is something an employee would apply for that is, in essence, insurance if something should happen.
“There is a federal bonding program, and everyone thinks it’s for ex-felons and stuff like that,” said Bruie. “It’s really a bond that the employer doesn’t have to worry about paying for. It’s federal funds, and a person who wants it on themselves, applies for it. I think it’s for about six months in duration, but it covers in case the person reverts back to their old ways and walks out with a piece of equipment.”
The mission of the FBP is to give employers peace of mind by bonding job candidates considered to be higher risk. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the employer because FBP bonds are provided free of charge and carry a $0 deductible. A booth will be set up at the job fair with someone there to explain the bonding program and offer a way to sign-up. Felons are especially encouraged to apply.
The job fair will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 22, at Sparta Civic Center 514 Bockman Way. When asked if there was anything specific job seekers should bring with them to the fair, Bruie replied, “Bring a resume, and dress for success.”
If anyone is seeking bonding services and/or a job, call the following toll-free number for:
(1) The location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest your home and,
(2) The telephone number of the state bonding coordinator for a specific state. In those states without a state bonding coordinator, callers will be referred to the nearest career center/one-stop center for employment assistance.
Call toll free: 1.877.US2.JOBS (1.877.872.5627)