The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees. It allows employees to keep working but with fewer hours. While you are working fewer hours, we pay part of your regular unemployment benefits.


You must have reduced normal weekly work hours by at least 10% but by no more than 40%. At least 10% of all employees or employees in a certain unit must have their hours reduced. In addition, you must:

  • Have earned enough money to be able to collect unemployment benefits.
  • Not have run out of money on an unemployment claim.
  • Sign up for unemployment.
  • Meet all the requirements of the law for us to pay unemployment benefits, except:
  • When we say that you must be available, we mean that you must be available to work for your current employer.
  • You do not have to look for work or apply for work with another employer.
  • Be able and available to work your normal work hours.
  • Be on only one work-share plan at a time.