Frequently Asked Questions
A basic introduction to work-sharing

Report: A Breakthrough for Work-Sharing
Summary of the Layoff Prevention Act of 2012, the federal work-sharing law

NELP Model Legislation
With explanatory cover memo

Seizing the Moment: A Guide to Adopting State Work-Sharing Legislation
Explains the 9 federal requirements for state legislation, plus optional federally-approved provisions

US Department of Labor Work-Sharing Website

Map Key

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

Can Work-Sharing Help Reduce Long-Term Unemployment? Why Work-Sharing is Good Human Resources Practice pt. 1 Why Work-Sharing is Good Human Resources Practice pt. 2 Why Work-Sharing is Good Human Resources Practice pt. 3

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

Work-Sharing Conference PowerPoints (January 2014)
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)

Contact Us

If you have questions about work-sharing, please contact NELP Senior Staff Attorney George Wentworth ( / 860-257-8894), NELP Workforce Development Specialist Lynn Minick ( / 317-838-9220), or CLASP Senior Policy Analyst Neil Ridley ( / 202-906-8010).