ResourcesFrequently Asked Questions
Report: A Breakthrough for Work-Sharing
NELP Model Legislation
Seizing the Moment: A Guide to Adopting State Work-Sharing Legislation
US Department of Labor Work-Sharing Website
Work-Sharing In The News
January 29, 2014 : USA Today spotlights Work-Sharing, features NELP/CLASP conference speakers
Featured Videos from the NELP/CLASP Work-Sharing Conference
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What Is Work-Sharing?
Work-sharing is an innovative unemployment insurance (UI) program that has saved nearly half a million jobs over the past five years. By giving employers an alternative to layoffs when facing a financial downturn, work-sharing helps businesses retain skilled workers until economic conditions improve, and helps employees maintain financial stability until they return to full-time work.
Under work-sharing, distressed employers reduce workers’ hours instead of laying people off, and the program helps the workers recoup some of their lost income through UI compensation.
Twenty-four states still do not have work-sharing programs. They have until the end of 2014 to enact conforming legislation in order to qualify for their state’s share of $100 million in federal grants for both program implementation and promotion/enrollment.
More Resources for Advocates
This resource page is for advocates who are promoting the adoption of UI work-sharing (a.k.a. “short-time compensation”) programs in their states. The materials, prepared by the National Employment Law Project and the Center for Law & Social Policy, can be used to educate members of the executive and legislative branches, businesses, worker advocates, and the general public about the value of work-sharing and the mechanics of enacting a state work-sharing law.
In addition to the resource links above, the materials include:
Legislative Guidance from USDOL
A primary technical resource used by state workforce agencies to develop and review state work-sharing proposals (from UI Program Letter 22-12, Change 1)
List of Federal Work-Sharing Grant Dollars Available by State
Newspaper Articles and Editorials
Clips on work-sharing’s benefits for business, workers, and the economy
State-Specific Fact Sheets: AL, AK, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, MT, NE, NV, NM, NC, ND, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WV, WY,
Estimates of potential jobs saved in 2009 if state had an active work-sharing program; and analysis of benefits for manufacturing sector (for states with substantial manufacturing sector)
NELP/CLASP Work-Sharing Webinar
November 20, 2013
What Is Work-Sharing? (Neil Ridley)
Rhode Island Work-Sharing Program (Charles Fogarty)
The Layoff Prevention Act of 2012 (George Wentworth)
Work-Sharing: Federal Financial Incentives (Gay Gilbert)
Work-Sharing and Saving Jobs (Neil Ridley)
If you have questions about work-sharing, please contact NELP Senior Staff Attorney George Wentworth (firstname.lastname@example.org / 860-257-8894), NELP Workforce Development Specialist Lynn Minick (email@example.com / 317-838-9220), or CLASP Senior Policy Analyst Neil Ridley (firstname.lastname@example.org / 202-906-8010).