Virginia Bonding Program

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Every year, approximately 13,000 returning citizens are released from Virginia prisons. One of the biggest challenges they face is re-entering the job market.

The national Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonds for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. Our state’s version is the Virginia Bonding Program. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the job applicant or the employer.

Who Virginia Bonding Helps

Job Seekers

Use this program to find and keep a job if you have convictions.

Employers

Gain peace of mind in your hiring process at no cost to you.

Virginia Bonding for Job Seekers

Overview

The Virginia Bonding Program is our state’s version of the Federal Bonding Program. It is available to anyone living in Virginia – adult or juvenile of legal work age – with a previous conviction, even if you did not serve any time.

It provides any employer that offers you a full- or part-time job If you are self-employed, you are not eligible for the Federal Bonding Program or Virginia Bonding Program. business insurance for your first six months of employment, including temporary agencies. It is completely free for you and your employer.

  • Request a Letter

    Request an “I am Bondable” or Eligibility Letter from any public service agency. This includes a Virginia Employment Center, Department of Social Services, workforce development center, or your probation officer.

    Find your nearest job center.

  • Use Your Letter in Your Job Search

    Once you have your letter, make several paper and electronic copies. You can use it in your job search in several ways:

    • Attach them to your job application or resume
    • If appropriate, share it during your interview
    • Present it before a background check

    The “I am Bondable Letter” is only a job search tool. It does not indicate that you are bonded. To receive a bond, your employer will need to extend a job offer and contact the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator or a public service agency.

  • Ask Your Employer to Complete the Bond Process

    When you receive a job offer and start date, your employer will need to contact the Virginia Bond Coordinator to have a bond issued. A public service agency can also request a bond on your behalf. Using the bond request form or by contacting the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator.

Virginia Bonding for Employers

The Federal Bonding Program provides businesses like yours the opportunity to support previously incarcerated job seekers while protecting your assets. The Virginia Bonding Program is our state’s version of this initiative.

If your business is growing and you are looking for eager and committed team members ready to work, the Virginia Bonding Program can help you meet your hiring goals while giving you peace of mind.

How it Works

The Virginia Bonding Program provides increments of $5,000 worth of fidelity bond coverage for the first six months of employment for job seekers with convictions.

This program is completely free for you and your employee and carries no deductible.

Bonds can:

  • Apply to any job if an employee requests or requires it. Bonds cannot override federal law.
  • Be used to help those with felonies and/or misdemeanors secure a job only.
  • Cover employee theft, larceny, forgery, and embezzlement. It does not cover injuries or poor workmanship.
  • Apply to full- or part-time employees, including those hired by “temp agencies.” Bonds cannot cover self-employment.
  • Be purchased to cover workers already employed who need bonding to prevent termination or to secure a promotion with a current employer.

How to Participate

Contact the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator to learn more about how to get started.

  • Interview

    When you interview prospective employees, you may ask to see a copy of their “I am Bondable” letter. They may have attached it with their application or resume. If they do not have a letter, they are still eligible for the Virginia Bonding Program.

  • Make an Offer and Request a Bond

    Extend a job offer and set a start date. Next, contact the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator to request a bond. They will fill out the paperwork for you.

    The bond begins on the employee’s start date and expires six months from that date.

  • Receive Your Documentation

    First, you will receive a letter from the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator to acknowledge that the bond was processed. Next, you will receive the bond insurance policy for your records. This will normally take about 10 business days for you to receive the documentation.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Virginia Bonding Program Coordinator.

Extending or Increasing Bond Coverage

When an employee’s bond coverage expires after their first six months of employment, you have the following options:

  • Contact the insurance company on your policy for a quote.
  • Continue employing the individual without a bond.

If you would like to inquire or have questions about extending bond coverage, please contact us.

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