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Hiring Vets a Benefit to Restaurants
Resources and tax credits for hiring members of the Guard and Reserve

WRA is proud to partner with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in supporting veterans. WRA encourages foodservice employers to:

  • Consider hiring veterans and current members of the Guard and Reserve.
  • Make sure your personnel policies accommodate and support participation in the Guard or Reserve.

Show your support by putting it in writing!
Request your Statement of Support online at www.ESGR.mil/SoS then prominently display it at your business.

Review your personnel policies
Questions about The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)? Call 800-336-4590 and ask to speak to an ombudsman – a neutral liaison for employers and employees who can provide guidance on USERRA issues.

Make sure you are displaying the USERRA poster (included in your WRA Labor Law Poster Pack).

Tap into this pool of job candidates
2012 is the Year of the Veteran and there are several programs in place that can help employers connect with veterans. See the Top Ten Reasons To Hire Members of the Guard and Reserve.

Call the Department of Workforce Development’s Job Center Hotline at 888-258-9966 and ask to speak to a Veterans Representative.

Post your current job openings online at the Hero2Hired website and the Wisconsin Job Center (both are free services).

Tax credits available
There are several programs designed to give financial benefits through tax credits to employers who hire veterans.

The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides employers an incentive to hire unemployed veterans:

  • A credit of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire post 9/11 veterans who have been unemployed at least 4 weeks
  • A credit of 40 percent of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire post 9/11 veterans who have been unemployed longer than 6 months

The Wounded Warrior Tax Credit for hiring unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities:

  • Doubled the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • Maintained the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities (currently the maximum is $4,800)
  • New credit of 40 percent of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for companies that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed longer than 6 months

For more information on these tax credits, contact Jody Thomas at DWD’s Tax Credit Office 608-266-1903 or Jody.Thomas@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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