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.