The Shared Work program offers an alternative to layoffs for employers facing a temporary downturn in business.
Administered by our Unemployment Insurance Division, the program allows employers to divide available hours of work among a group of employees instead of implementing a full layoff. These employees may then receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.
The purpose of Shared Work is to avoid a layoff, not to subsidize wages. Shared Work can help employers avoid the difficulties that can go along with a layoff. If employees keep working during a temporary slowdown, employers can more quickly gear up when business conditions improve.
Select the following link to learn more about the Shared Work Program on our Unemployment Insurance Division's Web site.