TOPS Employment Partnership

There are many benefits for becoming a TOPS employment partner!

  • On-site job coaching for your interns and employees to master the job duties
  • Diversifying your workforce
  • Providing opportunities for persons who strive to work hard and become reliable employees
  • Potential Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Please review the Employment First Facts for Employers document that Ohio Employment First has prepared.

What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. WOTC helps targeted workers move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers.

Participating employers may be able to reduce their income tax liability by $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired.

You can find more information about the WOTC by visiting the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website.

How can I Get Involved?

Interested employers should contact Ashlee Leslie, Disability Career Specialist, for more information. You are also welcome to attend one of the quarterly Employment First Advisory Committee (EFAC) meetings, the information of which will be posted on our home page.

Ohio State’s EFAC was initiated in response to Governor John Kasich’s Employment First Initiative, which established statewide collaboration and coordination towards achieving the preferred outcome of community employment for individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Ohio.

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1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

(T) 614-685-3185
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Program Director/Principal Investigator: Margaretha Izzo, Ph.D.