Clock is ticking For States to Seek Federal Work Sharing Aid

January 27, 2014 | Employment and Training Reporter |  Link to article

Recently, CLASP and the National Employment Law Project organized a summit to tackle the nation’s pressing unemployment issues through “work sharing.” Work sharing “entails state unemployment insurance programs providing prorated benefits to workers whose hours are reduced as their employers try to avoid a layoff.” By reducing layoffs, work sharing stands to benefit workers and employers as they navigate fluctuating markets and need to respond to changing demands.

At the start of this year, 26 states and the District of Columbia were implementing work sharing programs, according to Neil Ridley, a senior policy analyst at CLASP.

“Several speakers at the summit framed work sharing as a policy that can help workers, companies and state economies during times of recovery.”

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