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PlacementWorks Note: This program is no longer in effect.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Employers who hire people with disabilities will pay no wages for the worker’s first 90 days. This new program, administered by PlacementWorks, a non-profit organization, is supported and funded through the Department of Education and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is designed to connect local businesses with workers with disabilities. Employers who hire people with disabilities will pay no wages for the worker’s first 90 days. In addition, employers who hire after 90 days are eligible to receive a tax incentive amounting to approximately $2,400 per employee hired.

“This truly is a win-win situation for both employer and employee,” explains Christy Boccabella-Brown, Director of PlacementWorks. “PlacementWorks will be paying the employee’s wages during their first 90 days. We have been selected by the State to pilot this on-the-job training program, where our organization pays the employee all wages and Workers Compensation for the first 90 days. After the 90 days the employer can then choose to hire the individual or not. However, we are confident in the outcome. PlacementWorks has a 90% retention rate utilizing similar programs.” Boccabella-Brown explains.

PlacementWorks has hundreds of employable students and adults with varying abilities. Studies have shown that employing people with disabilities leads to a more motivated work force. “Our employees are very loyal, trustworthy and motivated to work.” Boccabella-Brown explains. “The concept of this program is to essentially make tax consumers into tax payers. This program is available now for local businesses to take full advantage of it. And, there are other incentives such as job coaching services and assistance with applying for tax credits.”

For further information or to apply to participate in this program, contact PlacementWorks, 727-798-4564 or e-mail: