State Launches ‘HireNow’ Hiring And Training Employer Grant Program

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The Baker-Polito Administration has launched a program called HireNow that aims to provide funding to eligible Massachusetts employers who hire and retain Massachusetts residents. Employers may be approved for up to $400,000 for 100 eligible newly hired employees.

Funding is awarded at a flat rate of $4,000 for each eligible newly hired employee. The goal is to address hiring challenges experienced by Massachusetts employers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HireNow provides resources to enable Massachusetts employers to broaden their recruiting practices to include workers who do not meet traditional qualifications but can fulfill job requirements with additional training upon hire. Employers are encouraged to rethink hiring practices, minimum qualifications, and onboarding processes to consider candidates with qualification that may differ from traditional standards to increase staffing levels in a tight labor market.

HireNow is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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