Most human resources departments use a checklist when hiring new employees. Lists are so important, whether they are printed on paper or managed electronically by a paperless onboarding system. Lists help us to consistently and fairly walk new workers through a litany of important tasks.

Is there something important missing from your hiring checklist?

Keep reading to find out.


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has received a lot of attention from legislators this year. A report recently released by the Senate Finance Committee’s Employment and Community Development Taskforce outlined a total of 16 bills, all introduced in the current Congress. Each would either expand, increase, or extend the WOTC program.

Yesterday, Senator Corry Booker (D, NJ) and Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced yet another bill. More correctly, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act was re-introduced yesterday, since Senator Booker originally presented this bill to the previous Congress on April 25, 2018.


The Senate Finance Committee’s Employment and Community Development Taskforce has finally released its report. Unfortunately, the consensus about WOTC subtly mentioned earlier this month by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is absent from the document. But that’s not all bad.  Perhaps we need to read between the lines.

Download the report here.

Per the report, the group was tasked to examine the following six tax incentive programs:

The Senate Finance Committee released the first 3 of 6 reports investigating the status and future of numerous federal tax incentive programs.

According to an article published by Bloomberg on Tuesday, “Two of the reports released, on energy and individual tax provisions, didn’t reach definitive conclusions, indicating either weak support or divided opinion for some of those provisions.”

You can download those reports here:  (energy)  and  (individual)

What About WOTC?