Federal Bonding Program

Eligibility
  • Any at-risk job applicant is eligible for bonding services, including: ex-offenders, recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs), welfare recipients and other persons having poor financial credit, economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history, individuals dishonorably discharged from the military, and others
  • Anyone who cannot secure employment without bonding
  • All persons bonded must meet the legal working age set by the State in which the job exists
  • Self-employed persons are NOT ELIGIBLE for bonding services (bondee must be an employee who earns wages with Federal taxes automatically deducted from paycheck)
  • Bonds can be issued to cover already employed workers who need bonding in order to (a) prevent being laid off, or (b) secure a transfer or promotion to a new job at the company
  • Bonding coverage can apply to any job at any employer in any State
Fees
No fees to the job seeker or the employer.
Services

In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. In most states the bonds are made available through the state agency responsible for workforce matters. The Federal Bonding Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and The McLaughlin Company, an insurance brokerage firm, as agent for Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

If you are seeking bonding services and/or a job you should call the following toll-free number for 1. the location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest your home and, 2. the telephone number of the State Bonding Coordinator for your state. In those states without a state bonding coordinator, callers will be referred to the nearest career center/ one-stop center for employment assistance. In California, the contact information for the State Bonding Coordinator is:

Susan Felt
State Bonding Coordinator Contact
CA Employment Development Dept
800 Capitol Mall
MIC-50
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654 7799
(916) 657- 0055 fax
wsbbonding@edd.ca.gov

In San Joaquin County, interested individuals can obtain bonding services at any One Stop Center with EDD staff. The following San Joaquin County WorkNet One Stop Centers have EDD staff available to provide these services:

CHD / Lodi WorkNet Center
631 East Oak Street
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 331-2081

Manteca WorkNet Center
302 Northgate Drive
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 825-1300

Stockton WorkNet Center
56 South Lincoln Street
Stockton, CA 95203
(209) 468-3500

Tracy WorkNet Center
543 West Grant Line
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 831-5002

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