The State of North Dakota and the Federal Government have a variety of resources to help businesses thrive.

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Federal Bonding Program


This program assists “at-risk” job seekers who may have a risk factor in their personal background. Job seekers who may benefit from this program include:

  • ex-offenders
  • a recovering substance abuser
  • welfare recipients
  • someone who has poor credit or who has declared bankruptcy
  • a person who was dishonorably discharged from the military
  • economically disadvantaged youth who lack a work history

The use of background checks on job applicants has increased significantly by employers during the past few years. When an employer hires an “at-risk” job seeker, the employer may be able to utilize the Federal Bonding Program through Job Service North Dakota. This program is an employer job-hire incentive that guarantees the job honesty of the “at-risk” job seeker by issuing a bond on the job seeker.

Here are some important facts about the Federal Bonding Program:

  • The bond is free of charge to the employer.
  • It protects the employer in case of any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty.
  • Job Service North Dakota educates job seekers on the Federal Bonding Program. A job seeker may inform the employer about the program and obtaining a bond from Job Service during an interview or when hired.
  • In order for a bond to be issued, the job seeker must receive a job offer and the employer must schedule a date to start work.
  • To request and secure a bond, the employer simply contacts Job Service North Dakota. Job Service will gather the needed information from the employer and complete the necessary paperwork. The employer does not need to complete any paperwork. The insurance company that issues the bond will mail it directly to the employer.
  • The length of the bond is six months from the individual’s start date.
  • There is no age requirement (other than the legal working age in North Dakota).
  • After bond expiration, there is no follow-up or bond termination required on the part of the employer.
  • The bond covers any employee dishonesty committed on or away from the employer’s work facility.
  • Bond coverage is usually $5,000.
  • If a loss is reported by the employer, there is no deductible amount of liability for the employer.

NOTE: The bond does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries, or work accidents. It is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system. It is not a contract bond, performance bond, or license bond sometimes needed to be self-employed.

See our brochure for additional information on the program. For detailed information on the Federal Bonding Program, visit

Federal Bonding Program Poster

To learn more about this program, contact (701) 328-3034.

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Labor Laws

The North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights is responsible for enforcing North Dakota labor and human rights laws and for educating the public about these laws. In addition, the department licenses employment agencies operating in the state and can verify the status of independent contractor relationships. They can be reached at (701) 328-2660 or toll free in-state at (800) 582-8032, or at the Department of Labor Website.

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North Dakota Minimum Wage

Employees in North Dakota must be paid at the current Federal Minimum wage rate, generally speaking. For more information on Tipped wages and overtime please consult your North Dakota Minimum Wage & Work Conditions Summary Poster or the Department of Labor Website.

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North Dakota Resources


New Business Registration Starting a New Business

ND Attorney General Consumer Protection

ND Department of Labor General Information

North Dakota Veterans Affairs North Dakota State Veterans Preference

ND Department of Health Health Standards and Pollution Control

ND Secretary of State Licensing Contractors

Office of State Tax Commissioner Income Taxes

ND Workforce Safety and Insurance Injuries, Job Related & Workers Compensation

ND Department of Human Services Licensing, Day Care