Linn County Youth Wage Grant

Curt Dannen
CPS Tangent

Linn County is continuing the program that offers partial reimbursement for small businesses who hire first-time youth.  The story below from Lebanon Express Newspaper has some more details.  Here is a link to the Linn County Website, follow the links under Youth Wage Grant for the application form and further details.  This program could be very valuable for growers in Linn County.

Summer youth wage program seeks businesses



The Linn County Board of Commissioners has renewed its summer Small Business First-Time Employment Youth Wage Grant Program which assists small businesses (35 employees or less) in hiring first-time employment youth; a youth who has not previously worked for the employer.
This will be the fourth year this program has been offered. The county will reimburse Linn County small businesses (who employ first-time employment youth) $2 per hour for hours worked from May 3 through Oct. 1, 2010. Maximum reimbursement per employer is $3,000.
An employer can only hire three qualifying youth at any given time. Each youth has to be legal to work in the U.S., a Linn County resident and at least 14 years of age but not older than 19. Youth 14 through 17 must be hired with a Bureau of Labor & Industries permit. The employer has to certify they are in compliance with all federal and state youth labor laws.
In 2009, 30 companies participated employing 45 youth for a total reimbursement of $21,186. Businesses can start applying today. For further information, contact the Linn County Board of Commissioners’ office at (541) 967-3825 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (541) 967-3825      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.