New Hampshire Adopts Work Sharing
May 18, 2010
By Neil Ridley
New Hampshire has become the first state in sixteen years to adopt work sharing, a layoff aversion program that provides partial unemployment insurance benefits to workers whose hours have been reduced.
The new law, signed by Governor John Lynch on May 11, requires employers to submit a work sharing plan and certify that the reduction in work hours is an alternative to a layoff. Employers must continue to provide health and retirement benefits to participating employees. The written consent of the collective bargaining representative must be obtained prior to implementation of a work sharing plan.
New Hampshire joins 17 other states that operate work sharing programs. Additional states, including Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, have pending legislation. See the following CLASP brief, which was released in March 2009, for more information about the use of state work sharing programs: Work Sharing--an Alternative to Layoffs for Tough Times.