Of course, it’s the right thing to do. To consider a candidate based on his/her ability to do the tasks, which a particular job requires, rather than to discount him/her as a potential employee based on disability. While some accommodations may be required, most employers find the time, effort, and costs are minor in comparison to the net benefits of employing those with disabilities.
As a means to encourage the recruiting and hiring of people with disabilities, a myriad of tax credits and deductions are available to companies who bring persons with a disabling impairment or condition onto their team.
Highlighted here are two of those credits.
A small business that earned under $1 million or had no more than 30 full-time employees in the previous year qualifies for the Disabled Access Credit. This incentive provides a non-refundable credit for expenditures incurred for providing access to persons with disabilities. The credit is offered each and every year the company incurs the access expenditures. Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF), for information about eligible expenditures.
Provided the appropriate government agencies have certified the employee as disabled, an employee with a disability qualifies as part of a “targeted group.” The employer is then eligible for a tax credit of up to 40% of the first $6000 of first-year wages through the Work Opportunity Credit. This credit is available to the employer after the employee has worked for at least 120 hours or 90 days. Employers claim the credit on Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit (PDF).
In addition to the tangible financial incentives, many employers are quick to point out a number of hidden perks they’ve discovered.
- The physically challenged provide diversity that fuels ideas, viewpoints, and approaches
From ways to solve everyday company issues to ideas for innovative new products and services, employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and perspectives. Their viewpoint and wealth of understanding can transform a workplace, bringing greater depth to the products and services offered. Seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a disabling condition is bound to open doors for just about any business.
- Hiring the physically-challenged results in loyal customers
Candidates with disabilities, along with their families, friends and associates represent a trillion-dollar market segment. For one, just like other segments of the market, they will purchase products and services from the companies they feel best meet their needs. Secondly, they will also show their appreciation to companies who hire the physically challenged by patronizing said businesses and encouraging others to do so also, creating for the company a large, loyal customer base.
- Several employment components see lasting improvement
Not only have companies noted an improvement in retention rates, but also a rise in employee loyalty, as well as increased morale and productivity have also been reported by companies who make a point to hire those with disabilities.
At B. Loehr Staffing, we welcome physically challenged candidates amongst our talent pool as we strive to meet the staffing needs of our client companies in the timeliest fashion with the most qualified individuals. Contact our team of specialists and let us assist your company with your greatest staffing challenges. After all, we’ve been doing it for more than 100 years!