Hiring Special Populations

Florida's Heroes

Florida National Guardsmen and veterans of all branches of military service make great sacrifices to protect our freedom and keep us safe during natural and other disasters. To better support their employment needs as they return home, Governor Rick Scott on Jan. 24, 2012 led business, military, veteran and workforce leaders in launching the Hiring Florida’s Heroes campaign to connect businesses in need of high-quality talent with these dedicated, well-trained men and women. Visit the Employ Florida Vets portal to start your veterans’ talent search today.

Military Spouses

Frequent moves associated with the military lifestyle can make finding employment a challenge. Military Spouse Employment Program aims to improve the lives of working military spouses by lifting them out of unemployment and underemployment. The lifestyle of a military spouse instills in them a unique set of skills including resilience, adaptability, unparalleled dedication, and more. Every employer, whether they are a small business or a Fortune 500 company, can benefit from these traits. Our goal, with the help of our partners, is to bridge the gap between these talented military spouses and the business community.

Hiring People with Disabilities

An untapped source of dependable employees, workers with disabilities generally have higher-than-average retention rates and company loyalty. They also make up about 22 percent of Florida's population and represent America’s largest minority, accounting for about 19.3 percent of the general population.

Hiring At-Risk Workers

The Federal Bonding Program is an incentive program that allows employers to hire at-risk job applicants with limited liability. A Federal Fidelity Bond is a business insurance policy that insures the employer against theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement by the bonded employee. At-risk job applicants are:

  • Ex-offenders
  • Recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs)
  • Welfare recipients and other persons having poor financial credit, or who have declared bankruptcy
  • Economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history
  • Individuals dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Anyone who cannot secure employment without bonding services