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Updated information as of January 2015

Welcome to the JOBsNOW! Wage Subsidy program!  JobsNOW! offers Bay Area businesses a wage reimbursement to incentivize the hiring of eligible San Francisco job seekers and to help them grow their business.

JOBsNOW! has connected over 13,000 San Francisco residents to jobs and has partnered with over 500 Bay Area businesses.

As a Wage Subsidy employer, companies will be eligible to receive the following:

a) For positions that offer an eligible employee compensation at $13.50 an hour or greater, HSA will reimburse employer:
  • 100% of wages paid for 1st month
  • 75% of wages paid for the 2nd month
  • $1,000 a month for the remaining 3 months, assuming wages paid exceed $1,000 in the month.
  • Employees MUST work a minimum of 25 hours a week to be eligible for the reimbursement.
  • Note: HSA will reimburse for wages ONLY up to $35 an hour.  Wages paid in excess of $35 an hour are the sole responsibility of the employer.
    b) For positions that offer employee compensation at less $13.50 an hour, HSA will reimburse employers an amount not to exceed $5,000 for each eligible employee hired:
  • The reimbursement will be paid in monthly installments not to exceed $1,000, for a period not to exceed 6-months.
  • Wages paid in excess of $1,000 in each calendar month are the sole responsibility of the Employer.
  • Employees MUST work a minimum of 25 hours a week to be eligible for the reimbursement.

  • JobsNOW job seekers are pre-screened to meet employer minimum qualifications.  Businesses will also be assigned a JobsNOW Business Account Representative (BAR) to walk them through the application, job posting, recruitment and hiring process.

    Interested employers should call the wage subsidy hotline: 1-877-JOB1NOW (1-877-562-1669) or email Elinoemi.Asenloo@sfgov.org for more information.

    The Wage Subsidy application is processed via electronic transmittal thru DocuSign. Click to view the sample application: JobsNOW! application

    Information for Job Seekers

    JOBsNOW! Program will provide job opportunities for those who receive employment services from the Human Services Agency.  Contact your Employment Specialist or call 1-877-JOB1NOW if you are interested in the JobsNOW! program!

    Job Seekers can also attend a JobsNOW! eligibility session every Monday (excluding legal holidays) or Tuesday at 9:00am or Fridays at 10:00 am at the:

     Mission Career Link Workforce Center
     3120 Mission Street (cross street Cesar Chavez)

    Frequently Asked Questions (updated January 2015)

    I was a former employer of JOBsNOW!, do I have to fill out a new employer application to participate in JOBsNOW!?
    No.  If you completed an employer application that was approved by HSA since October 2011, no new application is necessary.  You will need to complete a one-page JobsNow! Employer Statement of Intent that lists the new jobs you wish to fill through JobsNOW! and outlines the new terms of employer reimbursement. We require that you submit the updated proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance and General Liability. Your Business Account Representative will contact you to update your existing information and walk you through the new application renewal process and reimbursement process.

    How does JOBsNOW! work?
    Once employers are approved, the Business Account Representatives will refer qualified applicants to be interviewed based on the employer's qualification.  All hiring decisions are made by employers.  After the new employees start work (approximately 30 days), employers submit monthly invoices to the Human Services Agency for wage cost reimbursement (the percentage of reimburse depends on the tier; see tier reimbursement above). Employers are expected to retain JOBsNOW! an employee after the subsidy period has ended.

    How do I find eligible participants?
    The Human Services Agency will assist you in finding appropriate candidates for your job opening.  You will be assigned to a Business Account Representative, who will send you referrals and may invite you to a hiring fair.

    Did the program change? 
    Yes, JobsNOW! has adapted since its inception in 2009, when it was fully funded by President Obama's stimulus funds.  When federal funding ended, the City and County of San Francisco and the Human Services Agency made a commitment to continue the program with available funds.  The current version of the program, JobsNOW! began July 1, 2014 and is designed to help businesses who offer higher wage positions.