may be able to avoid layoffs by choosing the WorkShare alternative.
Previously, in a temporary layoff situation, employers who hoped to reemploy
their workers ran the risk of losing those skilled workers to other business
opportunities. The WorkShare program, however, allows employers to retain
their skilled workers during times of slowdown by simply reducing the
work hours of a larger group of employees.
Employees whose hours and wages
are reduced would be eligible to receive a portion of their regular unemployment
insurance benefits to compensate for the lost wages.
In addition to sparing employers the potential lost of its existing workforce,
WorkShare also spares a company's employees the financial and emotional
hardship associated with a layoff situation.
WHAT'S NEW Employers can now access WorkShare application documents here on this site. If you’re interested in applying for WorkShare, we encourage you to review the information available on this web page.
If you feel your company and employees meet the criteria for approval, complete the application materials under the FORMS box to the right on this webpage, and fax to (401) 462-8318. You will be contacted by a member of our WorkShare Unit within 48 hours.
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