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The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program can be particularly beneficial in returning employees to work during an uncertain time as it allows employers the flexibility to scale up or scale down the workforce based on changing business needs. It can help return employees safely back to work while social distancing and providing flexible scheduling. Accounts for contributory and reimbursable employers participating in the Shared Work program will not be charged for Shared Work through December 26, 2020.

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. To participate, an employer must complete an application for the affected unit within the company, and submit it to the Division of Employment Security (DES) for approval.

The DES may approve a Shared Work Plan if:

  • ​There is an “affected unit” of three or more employees.
  • The normal weekly hours of work and corresponding wages for a participating employee are reduced in the plan by not less than 20 percent and no more than 40 percent.
  • The plan applies to at least 10 percent of the employees in the affected unit.
  • The employer certifies that the fringe benefits provided will remain the same as if their normal hours had not been reduced, or to the same extent as other employees not participating in the Shared Work Program.
  • The employer certifies that the implementation of a Shared Work Plan and the resulting reduction in work hours is in lieu of a layoff that would affect at least 10 percent of the employees in the affected unit and that would result in an equivalent reduction in work hours.​
  • The employer has submitted all quarterly contribution and wage reports required to be filed for all past and current periods, and has paid all taxes due for all past and current periods.

Employee Eligibility Program

  • An individual must accept all normal work hours offered by the participating employer for the claim period filed.
  • An individual must be able to work and be available for normal work hours with the participating employer.
  • An individual must be eligible for regular unemployment benefits in the State of Missouri.

Process Once the Application is Filed

If the plan is approved, the employer must complete a request for payment for each week employees are to receive Shared Work benefits. Hours are reported by calendar week online through UInteract and must be reported within two weeks of the week ending date. For more details and tips on how to file a certification/request for payment, please click here.

Labor Talk: Shared Work

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