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State launches program aimed at boosting employment of the disabled

Cash payments available for employers who hire

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | March 14, 2013

State officials today announced they are launching the new KansasWorks program.

Employers who hire and keep disabled workers in full-time jobs could be eligible for up to $3,000 in cash incentives per person hired.

The program was approved by the 2012 Legislature with urging from the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. A total of $500,000 has been earmarked for it.

The launch was announced by Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George and Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

“This program will be great for Kansas,” George predicted. “We want to make sure that more workers get a chance to secure good jobs and that employers have the opportunity to hire individuals who can greatly contribute to their businesses.”

“These are highly motivated workers with an excellent work ethic and a great desire to be productive,” Gilmore said.

Employers would be paid $1,500 for employing a qualified, disabled worker full-time for 90 days. If the worker was still employed after a year, the employer would be eligible for an additional $1,500. In order to qualify for the incentives, the employer would have to pay the disabled worker the same wages and benefits paid to non-disabled employees.

A $1,000 incentive would be available through the program for those who employ a disabled part-time worker for a year on condition the employee works at least 20 hours per week.

For more information contact Jeff Schroeder with the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-0658 or