The Lila B Design booth at the SFMade Holiday Fair

The Lila B Design booth at the SFMade Holiday Fair

Heard of wage subsidies but don’t know how to take advantage of them? SFMade member Lila B Design figured it out, and so can you! The company, which makes container gardens and living landscapes, hired Nathena three months ago as a part-time employee and they’re getting $5,000 of her wages reimbursed to them over a period of five months.

“We needed someone who could do a lot of different things that we didn’t have time to do like maintenance and gardening,” said manager Max Schroder. They interviewed Nathena after four no-shows, but Max added that it paid off to be persistent through the process. Nathena was given pretty basic duties at first, but her position has since expanded to match her skill set; she’s great at interacting with customers, very personable and responsible. When the five month period is up, the company plans to keep her on staff.

So, what is JobsNow?

-JobsNow is a city program that reimburses employers up to $5,000 in wages for a 5-month period. Companies are reimbursed on a monthly basis.

-Employers can choose from a pool of candidates, all low-income San Francisco residents.

-JobsNow employees must work a minimum of 25 hours per week and get an hourly wage under $13.49.

Who can apply for Wage Subsidy?

Employers that…
Have permanent jobs and offer a minimum of 25 hrs. per week
Are willing to pay San Francisco minimum wage of $10.74
Have worker’s compensation insurance or able to obtain one
Are able to demonstrate fiscal capacity in having the ability to retain employees once the subsidy ends

How to apply?
Email Claire Michaels to get started.

Want more information? Download a power point presentation here.