Monthy Newlsetter to Employers from The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

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Tax Credit Opportunity

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) administers the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. Its goal is to assist job seekers who have barriers to employment gain the skills and experience needed to become self-sufficient in life.

By hiring one of these job seekers, you as an employer can earn a federal income tax credit of approximately $2,400. It is possible to earn as much as $9,000 over a two-year period of time depending on the target group. The WOTC program has proven to be a win-win situation for both employers and job seekers alike. South Dakota employers have saved millions of tax dollars each year.

There is little paper work involved with the program. The employer needs to complete the Internal Revenue Service IRS-8850, along with a U.S. Department of Labor ETA-9061 Individual Characteristics form. Both must be completed within 28 calendar days of the new employee’s start date of employment, then submitted to the state WOTC Coordinator Peggy Carrico for approval. She can be reached at 605.626.7652 ext.4415 or For more information, visit our website,

Apprenticeships   Federal Changes
Registered apprenticeships connect job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge. DLR welcomes Julie Ruggeiro as a program specialist with a focus on registered apprentice programs. This position was created as part of a grant awarded by the U.S. DOL in an effort to increase the number of registered apprenticeships in South Dakota.      The U.S. DOL has revised two posting requirements. A new labor law compliance poster is available from local office. This poster includes six federal posting requirements. "Businesses should beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings," said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. "Such companies often use scare tactics about potential fines and penalties." There may be additional requirements for federal contractors. For more information, contact the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at 800-397-6251 or
Why post your job openings anywhere else?
SDWORKS is the premier jobs database in South Dakota. Your company can post an unlimited number of openings at no charge. Register at SDWORKS, or visit with an business specialist at your nearest local office.

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September 2016


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