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Mark Posey, MCOT Project Manager

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Terry Hodges, MCOT Project Manager

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The Greater Jackson Partnership


Funded by U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with Southcentral MS Works Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership WIN Job Centers

Employer Requirements

Any private non-profit, or private sector for-profit employer who employs individuals in the targeted advanced manufacturing and information technology occupations may utilize H1-B OJT.

However, there are a few restrictions.  MCOT may not be utilized by:

  • A firm or industry in violation of any local, state, or federal labor laws or where any abnormal labor conditions exist, such as a strike, lockout, or other similar conditions, at the establishment or any of its affiliates within the state.

  • An employer for the purpose of training current employees.

  • An employer who has any other individual on layoff, involved in a work stoppage or on strike from the same or a substantially equivalent position as the trainee.

  • A situation where MCOT would infringe upon the promotion of or displacement of any currently employed worker or result in a reduction in their hours.

  • A situation where the same or substantially equivalent position is open due to a hiring freeze.

  • An establishment which has been suspended or barred from doing procurement business with any agency of the Executive Branch of government.  An MCOT employer shall provide immediate written notice if the employer or any of its subsidiaries learn that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous as a result of changed circumstances.

  • An employer whose past performance under WIA-funded agreements has exhibited a pattern of failing to provide the individuals trained through those agreements with continued long-term employment with wages, benefits, and working conditions that are equal to those provided to regular employees who have worked a similar length of time and are doing the same type of work.  The SMW defines “exhibited a pattern of failing to provide training participants with continued long-term employment” as meaning that during the past 12-months prior to the hiring of a new trainee the employer has not retained at least 75% of trainees for a period of one-year from the date of hire.  If the employer’s retention rate is less than 75%, no new trainees may be placed in training with that employer for at least 12 months from the time the retention rate fell below 75%.  Once 12 months has elapsed, the employer may once again be eligible to train participants. 

  • An establishment that plans to use MCOT funds to relocate from another area, or locate new branches, subsidiaries, or affiliates or which has relocated within the past 120 days, when such relocation or location has resulted in an increase in unemployment in the area of original location or any other area.  MCOT may be utilized by such an employer only after operation at the new location for at least 120 days.

  • An establishment who intends to use MCOT to assist in relocating the establishment or any part thereof unless it has been determined that such relocation will not result in an increase in unemployment in the area of original location.   

  • Temporary employment agencies, employee leasing firms, staffing agencies, churches or any facility that is used or is to be used for religious worship.