Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Creating Jobs for Workers with Developmental Disabilities

Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Creating Jobs for Workers with Developmental Disabilities

Businesses in New Jersey would be encouraged to hire more employees with developmental disabilities under legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and passed today by the Senate.

The bill (S-3809) would create a new tax credit of $3,000 for every new hire with developmental disabilities. The credit would be applied against the corporation business tax.

“These credits will incentivize the hiring of more adults with disabilities, allowing them to improve their standard of living and give them hope for the future,” said O’Scanlon. “Job opportunities are the missing ingredient for many developmentally disabled residents who are prepared and ready to step out on their own.”

Currently, the state offers a $1,000 tax credit for each employee who specifically works under a special license that allows the individual to work for less than minimum wage under the supervision of extended employment services, formerly referred to as “sheltered workshops.”

Under O’Scanlon’s bill, the credit would also be increased to $3,000.

“We can help hard-working, vulnerable New Jerseyans find a job that can propel them to a life of independence,” said O’Scanlon. “This bill would change lives for those who can finally get their first job and earn money to pay the bills.”

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