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Federal Bonding Program

Overview

New York State proudly supports the Federal Bonding Program, a U.S. Department of Labor initiative since 1966.

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) was created as a hiring incentive for job seekers with employment challenges. The FBP provides six months of no-cost fidelity bonding coverage to businesses that hire eligible job seekers facing multiple barriers to employment. The benefits of the FBP are promoted to businesses and job seekers at all New York State Career Centers.

For more information about the FBP, contact Central Office bonding staff at [email protected], or any of the New York State Local Bonding Coordinators listed in the section below.

Visit the United States Department of Labor Federal Bonding Program website.

 

The Federal Bonding Program

FBP Documents

The documents below will provide more information on the program targeted towards specific audiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New York State Federal Bonding Program?

It is a hiring incentive established to assist “high risk” job applicants obtain employment. The program issues Fidelity Bonds to businesses that hire eligible job seekers. The program is federally sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.

What is a Fidelity Bond?

A fidelity bond is insurance purchased to indemnify a business from the loss of money or property (products or equipment) in the workplace due to employee dishonesty. This type of bond will cover losses from theft, embezzlement, larceny and forgery. The fidelity bonds issued under the FBP are from Union Insurance Group (Chicago, Illinois). The actual bonds purchased by NYSDOL are written by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

How does the Fidelity Bond assist on an eligible job seeker with finding employment?

The fidelity bond is issued to the business, at no cost, for six months. The bond serves as an incentive for hiring an applicant who may be facing barriers to employment. Barriers can include things such as: a poor credit history, minimal work experience, a dishonorable military discharge, or a felony or misdemeanor conviction. Businesses can hire the employees they need without taking on the potential risk of worker dishonesty

What exactly does the bond insurance cover?

It insures businesses for any type of stealing (such as theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement). It does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries or work accidents. It is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system. It is not a contract bond, performance bond or license bond (sometimes needed to be self-employed).

What restrictions exist in the program's bond coverage?

The worker must meet the legal age for working in New York State. Employers must pay wages to the worker, with federal taxes automatically deducted from pay. The job must have the potential to last at least six months. Because the FBP is a hiring incentive, it does not cover self-employed persons.

Who does the program help?

The Federal Bonding Program provides loss protection to a business that hires a person who has a background that may cause the business to question his or her honesty, which could lead to an adverse hiring decision. The following groups of targeted job seekers are eligible to be bonded under the program:

  • Individuals with a previous misdemeanor or felony conviction(s)
  • People who are in active recovery from substance abuse (e.g., Persons who have completed a substance abuse treatment program).
  • Individuals who have poor credit or who have declared bankruptcy in the past
  • Anyone having a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military
  • People with little or no work history behind them
  • Individuals who are receiving any form of public assistance benefits (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, cash benefits or housing subsidies)
  • Youth or young adults who have current or previous participation in a state or locally-operated employment program
  • Individuals who could benefit from bonding to secure a promotion with a current employer or to prevent a lay-of

Can bonding be issued to cover an already employed worker?

The FBP is primarily designed to be a hiring incentive for new employees. However, bonds can be issued to cover an incumbent worker who is eligible for the program or not readily bondable by their employer. As previously mentioned, coverage can be used to secure a promotion or transfer or to prevent a layoff.

Since businesses buy fidelity bond insurance to protect against employee dishonesty, why is the program's bond needed?

Fidelity bonds that are available for businesses to purchase for their employees typically do not cover individuals that are eligible for the Federal Bonding Program. This is because, due to the barriers they face, these job seekers may not be able to be covered by commercially-purchased fidelity insurance. Only the FBP will issue bonds that cover anyone who may fall into this category, As a result of the Federal Bonding Program, this barrier to hiring is eliminated.

How long does the program's fidelity bond coverage last?

Bonding coverage is issued at no cost for 6 months. If requested, before the initial six months ends, businesses can request an additional 6 months of no-cost coverage, for a total of 12 months of free coverage.

Generally, after the first six months of coverage through the FBP, with no acts of employee dishonesty, the employee is eligible to be commercially bondable through the businesses’ regular fidelity coverage.

Can bonding be issued for a worker assigned to a part-time job or a temporary job?

Bonding can be issued to a: full-time, part-time, temporary worker and temp to perm employee

Who must request issuance of the fidelity bond?

Bond issuance can be requested by either the business doing the hiring or the job applicant. The best way to begin the process is to contact either a Local Bonding Coordinator in the closest city or county by using the contact list below, OR to contact the New York State Bonding Coordinator by email at: [email protected] or by phone at: (518) 485-8037

Can the bond be issued at any time?

No. There must be a job offer with a start date before a bond can be issued. The bonding coverage will start on the job start date and will automatically expire six months from that date (unless it is renewed).

What amount of bonding coverage can be requested and issued under the Federal Bonding Program?

Bonding coverage is determined by the business who will be hiring the worker to be bonded. Bonding coverage begins at the default amount of $5,000 and increases in increments of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000. Any coverage requested that is over $5,000 mut be briefly justified in writing.

What paperwork is the business required to complete?

None. Once the date is set for the applicant to start work, the bond can begin to be processed and requested. The New York State Department of Labor completes all required paperwork. The business is not required to complete any paperwork or maintain any records on file, and the bond is self-terminating. Once requested, the bond is mailed directly to the business by Union Insurance Group.

How can a business or job seeker start the bonding process?

Contact the nearest Local Bonding Coordinator from the list below.

Find Your Local Bonding Coordinator

State Bonding Coordinator
New York State Department of Labor
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, NY 12226
Email: [email protected]

 

Find Your Local Bonding Coordinator
County City Local Coordinator Address Contact
Albany County Albany Andrea Howard

Career Central
175 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

(518) 242-8243

[email protected]

Orleans County Albion Erin Kelly

Orleans Center for Workforce Development
458 West Avenue (Suite 3)
Albion, NY 14411

(585) 589-5335

[email protected]

Montgomery County Amsterdam

Darlene Rose

&

Derek Langlois

Amsterdam Workforce Solutions
2620 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Darlene Rose
(518) 842-2240 x3019
[email protected]

Derek Langlois
(518) 842-2240 x3034
[email protected]

Cayuga County Auburn Melissa Marcolina

Cayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin Street (Suite 204)
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 294-8114

[email protected]

Saratoga County Ballston Spa Polly Jinx Monahan

Saratoga County Employment & Training
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Genesee County Batavia Renee Wilmoth

Genesee County Career Center
587 East Main Street (Suite 100)
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 344-2042 x4218

[email protected]

Bronx County Bronx

Lisa Badillo

&

Carol Hall

Workforce1 Career Center
400 East Fordham Road (8th Floor)
Bronx, NY 10458

Lisa Badillo
(718) 960-7907
[email protected]

Carol Hall
(718) 960-4631
[email protected]

Kings County Brooklyn

Margaret Freda

&

Delphia Penson

Workforce 1 Career Center
250 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Margaret Freda
(718) 613-3721
[email protected]

Delphia Penson
(718) 613-3708
[email protected]

Erie County Buffalo Phyllis Damico

Buffalo Career Center
284 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 851-2680

[email protected]

Erie County Buffalo Phyllis Damico

Buffalo Employment & Training Center
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 851-2680

[email protected]

St. Lawrence County Canton Reggie Hooper

St. Lawrence Career Center
80 State Highway 310 (Suite 8)
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 229-3372

[email protected]

Putnam County Carmel Michelle Bear

Putnam Workforce Partnership
110 Old Route 6 (Building 3)
Carmel, NY 10512

(845) 808-1651 x46611

[email protected]

Schoharie County Cobleskill

Darlene Rose

&

Derek Langlois

Cobleskill Workforce Solutions
795 East Main Street (Suite 4)
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Darlene Rose
(518) 842-2240 x3019
[email protected]

Derek Langlois
(518) 842-2240 x3034
[email protected]

Cortland County Cortland Monica Williams

Cortland Works Career Center
99 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13045

(607) 756-7585

[email protected]

Chautauqua County Dunkirk Susan Ambrose-Rickard

Chautauqua Works
407 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048

(716) 363-6069

[email protected]

Chemung County Elmira Amanda Marsh

Elmira Career Center
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, NY 14901

(607) 733-7131 x2120

[email protected]

Queens County Elmhurst Mary Letman

Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center
90-02 Queens Boulevard (2nd floor)
Elmhurst, NY 11373

(718) 321-6308

[email protected]

Washington County Fort Edward Polly Jinx Monahan

L.E.A.P. (Learning/ Employment/ Assistance/ Partnership)
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Oswego County Fulton Mary Battista

Oswego Workforce New York
200 North 2nd Street
Fulton, NY 13069

(315) 591-9305

[email protected]

Livingston County Geneseo David Carman

Livingston County Office of Workforce Development
6 Court Street (Room 105)
Geneseo, NY 14454

(585) 243-7047 x6901

[email protected]

Ontario County Geneva Yamilez Oliveras

Finger Lakes Works- Geneva
795 Canandaigua Road
Geneva, NY 14456

315) 789-1771 x6

[email protected]

Warren County Glens Falls Polly Jinx Monahan

Warren County Career Center
333 Glen Street (Suite 300)
Glens Falls, NY 12801

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Suffolk County Hauppauge

Leslie Cortez

&

Mandi Haldenwang

The Employment Career Center at Suffolk County
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Leslie Cortez
(631) 687-4821
[email protected]

Mandi Haldenwang
(631) 853-6943
[email protected]

Rockland County Nyack Cristina Wieczorek

Rockland Works
131 North Midland Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960

(845) 770-2900 x6447

[email protected]

Nassau County Hempstead Patrick Bruno

Hempstead Works Career Center
50 Clinton Street (Suite 400)
Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 240-4737

[email protected]

Herkimer County Herkimer Stephanie Madia

Herkimer County Working Solutions Career Center
320 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

(315) 867-1458

[email protected]

Nassau County Hicksville James Ramirez

Hicksville Career Center
301 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801

516) 934-8569

[email protected]

Steuben County Hornell Lisa Klem

Hornell Career Center
107 Broadway
Hornell, NY 14843

(607) 324-8388

[email protected]

Columbia County Hudson Frances Abea

Columbia County Career Center
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534

(518) 828-4654

[email protected]

Tompkins County Ithaca Ramona Emery

Tompkins Workforce New York Career Center
171 East State Street (Suite 241)
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-7570 x 126

[email protected]

Queens County Jamaica Mohammad Abdullah

Queens Career Center
168-25 Jamaica Avenue (2nd Floor)
Jamaica, NY 11432

(718) 557-6715

[email protected]

Chautauqua County Jamestown Judy Mohney

Jamestown Career Center
4 East 3rd Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 661-9553 x 5115

[email protected]

Broome County and Tioga County Johnson City Jennifer Slade

Broome-Tioga Workforce New York
501 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790

(607) 778-3955

[email protected]

Ulster County Kingston Patricia La Spina

Ulster County Career Center
521 Boices Lane
Kingston, NY 12401

(845) 443-8066 x20

[email protected]

Niagara County Lockport Vicki Allen

Lockport WorkSourceOne Center
272 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 280-6187

[email protected]

Wayne County

Geneva

Laura Johnson

Finger Lakes Works- Wayne County

795 Canandaguia Road

Geneva, New York  14456

(315) 221-5435

(315) 946-7261

[email protected]

Franklin County Malone Jessica Bennett

Malone OneWorkSource Center
158 Finney Boulevard
Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-5755 x 4006

[email protected]

Nassau County Massapequa Sam Wang

Massapequa Employment Center
977 Hicksville Road
Massapequa, NY 11758

(516) 797-7930

[email protected]

St. Lawrence County Massena Reggie Hooper

St. Lawrence Career Center- Massena
35 Glenn Street
Massena, NY 13662

(315) 229-3372

[email protected]

Orange County Middletown Genevieve Clineman

Orange Works Career Center- Middletown
18 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

(845) 360-0342

[email protected]

Sullivan County Monticello Patrick Leap

Sullivan Works Career Center
50 North Street
Monticello, NY 12701

(845) 794-3340 x 0599

[email protected]

Orange County Newburgh Courtney Sagala

Orange Works Career Center- Newburgh
3 Washington Center (4th Floor)
Newburgh, NY 12550

(845) 568-5396

[email protected]

New York County (Harlem) New York

Natosha Kearse

&

Liza Kelly

NYC Workforce1 Career Center
215 East 125th Street (6th Floor)
New York, NY 10027

Natosha Kearse
(917) 493-7067 [email protected]

Liza Kelly
(917) 493-7234
[email protected]

New York County (Manhattan) New York Luis Franco

Lower Manhattan Workforce 1 Career Center
199 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

(212) 775-3751

[email protected]

Niagara County Lockport Vicki Allen

Lockport WorkSourceOne Career Center
272 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 280-6187

[email protected]

Chenango County Norwich Stacey Smith

Chenango County CDO Workforce
1 O’Hara Drive
Norwich, NY 13815

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]

St. Lawrence County Ogdensburg Reggie Hooper

Ogdensburg Career Center
1031 Patterson Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669

(315) 229-3377

[email protected]

Cattaraugus County Olean Joshua Marino

Cattaraugus Career Center
175 North Union Street (Suite 4)
Olean, NY 14760

(716) 373-1880 x260

[email protected]

Otsego County Oneonta Stacey Smith

CDO Workforce Center
12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]

Tioga County Owego Jennifer Slade

Broome & Tioga Career Center
501 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790

Office Phone: (607) 778-3955

Fax Number: (607) 778-3011

[email protected]

Suffolk County Patchogue

Gary Gualberti

&

Jennifer Treco

Workforce New York Career Center
160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Gary Gualberti
(631) 687-4876 [email protected]

Jennifer Treco
(631) 687-4894
[email protected]

Westchester County Peekskill Sheree Barrett

Peekskill Employment Center
201 South James Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 737-3490

[email protected]

Clinton County Plattsburgh Stacy Lesinski

Clinton County OneWorkSource
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903

(518) 561-0430 x3062 [email protected]

Toll Free: 1-866-967-5768

Dutchess County Poughkeepsie Rebecca Shafer

Dutchess Career Center
191 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

(845) 249-4618

[email protected]

Monroe County Rochester Christina Fraser

RochesterWorks! Career Center
255 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

(585) 371-9175

[email protected]

Monroe County Rochester Christina Fraser

RochesterWorks! Career Center
276 Waring Road
Rochester, NY 14609

(585) 371-9175

[email protected]

Oneida County Rome Lonnie Etter

Rome Working Solutions
300 West Dominick Street (Suite 1)
Rome, NY 13440

(315) 339-0046 x243

[email protected]

Schenectady County Schenectady Andrea Howard

Schenectady Job Training Agency
797 Broadway
Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 242-8243

[email protected]

Richmond County Staten Island Felipe Cabrera

Staten Island Workforce1 Career Center

120 Stuyvesant Plaza (3rd Floor)

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 285-8424

[email protected]

Onondaga County Syracuse Lisa Lindsey

CNY (Central New York) Works
960 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

(315) 477-6923

[email protected]

Rensselaer County Troy Malee Lennon

Rensselaer County Career Center
1600 7th Avenue (4th Floor)
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 270-2882

[email protected]

Oneida County Utica Lori Robinson

Working Solutions Career Center

207 Genesee Street Suite202

Utica, New York 13501

(315) 793-5395

[email protected]

Madison County Wampsville Tamara Mang

Madison County Working Solutions Career Center
133 North Court Street
Wampsville, NY 13163

315) 367-1369

[email protected]

Wyoming County Warsaw Renee Wilmoth

Warsaw Career Center

448 North Main Street

Warsaw, NY 14569

(585) 344-2042

[email protected]

Jefferson County Watertown Michael Boyce

The Work Place – Jefferson County
1000 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601

(315) 786-3666

[email protected]

Westchester County White Plains Stefano Galluzzo

White Plains Career Center

120 Bloomingdale Road

White Plains, NY 10605

(914) 997-4139

[email protected]

Erie County Williamsville Ronald Brigham

Williamsville Career Center
4175 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 634-9081

[email protected]

Westchester County Yonkers Jessica Liriano

Yonkers Employment Center
28 Wells Avenue
Building 3 (4th Floor)
Yonkers, NY 10701

(914) 461-9060

[email protected]