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Not Retroactive For Current Employees

Must Be “New” Employee - Not ARehire

Pre-hiring Incentive To Employers

Time Sensitive-28 Days From Start Date


All Categories Extended to December 31, 2013

WOTC Tax Credit


Updated Forms, Categories & Tax Credit Amounts

Questions & Info @ WOTC Unit at 617-626-5353

WOTC Tax Credit

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration


on the job training ojt
On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Workforce Development Intervention

  • Training and Job Creation Model
  • Employer-Trainee Matching Process
  • Competency Based OJT Training Plan
  • The Employer Value-Added
  • OJT/NEG Funding Opportunities
workforce training fund program mission and priorities
Workforce Training Fund ProgramMission and Priorities
  • To provide business and labor organizations funds for training initiatives
  • To upgrade the skills of Massachusetts workers
  • To fund projects that:
    • Promote job growth, job retention, or increased wages
    • Improve productivity, competitiveness, and ability to do business in Massachusetts
    • Include employers who have made a commitment to provide significant private investment in training during and after the grant

Workforce Training Fund ProgramTraining Grant Programs

  • Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG)
    • Hiring and training of long-term unemployed and veterans
    • Maximum award $30,000
    • For companies of any size
  • Express Program
    • Pre-approved, off-the-shelf training
    • maximum award $30,000
    • For companies of 100 employees or fewer
  • General Program Grants
    • Training Grant and Consortium Grant
      • Customized Training
      • Maximum award $250,000
      • Companies of any size
    • Technical Assistance Grant
      • Training needs assessments and training plan development
      • maximum award $25,000

Workforce Training Fund ProgramContact Information


Commonwealth Corporation

Robert Duncan

Tel: (617) 717-6927


Department of Career Services

Michael Corcoran

Tel: (617) 626-6426

Cell: (857) 753-3494



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Welcome to the Commonwealth of MassachusettsExecutive Office of Labor & Workforce DevelopmentDepartment of Industrial Accidents



what does the office of safety do
What does The Office of Safety do?
  • Each fiscal year the Department of Industrial Accidents awards up to $25,000 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training.
  • The goal of this program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative programs. The prevention of occupational injury and illness is in everyone’s best interest.
  • Support train the trainer programs which provides continuing education and/or training beyond completion of the program.
  • Encourage training programs in languages other than English if that pertains to the organization applying for the grant.
  • Your application can address an injury history or establish a pro-active approach to workplace safety.
the purpose of the grant program
The Purpose of the Grant Program
  • The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), through the Office of Safety, is the only State agency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts whose primary function is to provide financial assistance for the prevention of occupational injury, illness, and death in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the business value in safety training and providing a safe workplace.
  • Ensure grants are more evenly distributed throughout the Commonwealth.
the safety grant program
The Safety Grant Program
  • Pays for books, manuals, certifications, and good training DVD’s useful for refresher training or new employee orientation.
  • Covers training costs on a per person, per class or per hour basis. Hourly rates will be capped at $75 an hour for trainers and $125 an hour for doctors.
  • Pays administrative costs up to seven (7) percent of the total amount expended.
  • Greater weight will be given to all inclusive programs, those that incorporate the cost of all training materials and certifications where practical.
who is eligible
Who is Eligible?
  • Employees and employers operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and whose entire staff, including consultants, are covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (M.G.L. Chapter 152).
  • If you are exempt from Workers’ Compensation (e.g. sole proprietorship, DBA, self insured) a letter explaining your exemption must be included in the application.
  • Police, fire, fisheries, federal employees and state workers are not eligible for funding.
the process
The Process
  • Safety Training Grant applications will be accepted beginning in May. Companies and organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to have the maximum practical opportunity for funding, however the application process is open and grants will be continue to be routinely evaluated.
  • Proposals are reviewed and scored by the Office of Safety.
  • Programs can begin once applicants are in full compliance with all obligations to the Department of Unemployment Assistance, Department of Industrial Accidents, and any other obligations to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and final contract documentation is completed.
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EBE Conference

May 16, 2013

Rosemary Scrivens, Central Regional Director



  • Facilitate access to resources
  • Promote job growth and retention
  • Stimulate private investment
  • Help businesses thrive in Massachusetts


  • Financing Workforce Training
  • Tax Incentives International Trade
  • Site Selection Industry Expertise
  • Permitting Business Consultation





Cape and Islands


Greater Boston

Metro West


Pioneer Valley



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Economic Development Incentive Program

Strategic Focus

FY 2013 Results

  • Job creation and retention
  • Manufacturers
  • Project Located in Economic Target Areas: Gateway, Mid-Tier, General communities
  • Significant sales outside MA
  • TIFS -- pers. prop. tax negotiation

As of 3/31/13

  • 34 Projects
  • 2,809 New Jobs
  • 10,424 Retained Jobs
  • $655,113,109 Private Investment
  • 14 Manufacturers


Rosemary Scrivens, Regional Director

508-792-7506 x128



Deval L. Patrick, Governor

Timothy P. Murray, Lieutenant Governor

Joanne F. Goldstein, SecretaryLabor and Workforce DevelopmentMichelle Amante, Director

Department of Unemployment Assistance

worksharing the smart alternative to layoffs
WorkSharing: The Smart Alternative to Layoffs

Worksharing Program enacted into Law on January 6, 1988.

WorkSharing allows workers to share reduced work hours while receiving a partial unemployment insurance (UI) benefits

how can worksharing help me
How Can Worksharing Help Me?
  • Allows you to keep your trained, skilled staff
  • Reduce future rehiring costs
  • Avoids the disruption of layoffs
  • Allows you to remain poised for future growth
how it works
How it works
  • Your employees work reduced hours, the reduction can range between 10% and 60%
  • WorkSharing employees receive a % of their Unemployment Insurance benefits (UI) equal to the % of the reduction in hours and wages.
  • Most employers reduce to a 32 hour work week. A 20% reduction

An employer reduces his workers’ hours by 20% (a four day work week) instead of laying off 20% of his workforce.

His employees receive 20% of their full UI benefit.

is my company eligible
Is my Company Eligible?
  • All Massachusetts employers are eligible to apply for the WorkSharing Program
  • Any workers who would be eligible to receive regular UI benefits can participate in the program
what are the requirements
What are the requirements?
  • You must be up to date with unemployment contributions, payments in lieu of contributions, interest or penalty charges due to the DUA
  • If you have a negative Reserve Balance, you can still participate as a “Reimbursable” employer
  • You must continue to provide the same benefits to affected employees (Health Insurance, Retirement, etc)
requirements cont d
Requirements Cont’d
  • Must have a minimum of 2 employees on a plan
  • The percentage reduction must be equal across the affected unit.
  • You must certify that the reduction in work hours is in lieu of layoffs.
  • You must have Union approval for any employees covered by a CBA
participation rates
Participation Rates
  • On January 1st 2008, at the beginning of the current recession, only 16 companies had active Worksharing plans. By September of 2009, at the height of the economic downturn, that number had grown to 481.
  • Currently in Massachusetts there are 47 companies and over 2000 employees participating in Workshare programs
getting started mass gov dua
Getting Started -
  • You must register for online services at
  • Complete a WorkSharing application online
  • Allow three weeks before you plan to start
  • Contact the Division of Unemployment Assistance WorkSharing Unit at 617-626-5510 for more information