Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) helps reduce the costs associated with identifying, hiring and onboarding employees. ESE reimburses companies up to 100 percent of the wages of a new hire in the first 180 days of employment.

How does it work?

  • We provide your company with a list of applicants who match your employment needs.
  • Your company interviews candidates and makes the hiring decision.
  • You are reimbursed 100 percent for wages during the first four months and 75 percent for the last two months.

What are some requirements?

  • The position must be regular and permanent (not temporary or seasonal)
  • The position must pay minimum wage or more
  • The employer agrees to retain the employee after successful completion of the 6 month reimbursement period
  • Only hours worked will be reimbursed (vacations, holiday pay, and overtime will not be reimbursed)

What documents are needed?

  • Proof of workers’ compensation insurance
  • Current W-9

How do job seekers qualify?

  • An individual must be participating in the CalWORKS Welfare to Work program to qualify. If interested, please see your CalWORKs Employment Case Manager for referral evaluation

How do employers get started?


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