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State Shared-Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs


September 22, 2014 by Josh Mahar
Category: Termination

State Shared-Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs

Facing layoffs in this year’s budget? You may want to consider the Employment Security Department’s Shared-Work Program. Through the program, employers can reduce the hours of permanent employees, who can then collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. Even better, the federal government will cover more than 92 percent of shared-work benefits through June 2015. Normally public employers have to pay all benefits back to the state when their laid off employees collect benefits, but this gives you a break. You can retain skilled staff while having a little breathing room to develop a long-term financial strategy. Even if you're not facing layoffs, it may be a helpful program to publicize to businesses in the community, since the shared-work option is available to private businesses as well. For full program details, check out the ESD website.

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About Josh Mahar

Josh joined MRSC in September 2013 as the organization’s first Communications Coordinator. His professional experience includes strategic communications work for the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Portland State University, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Josh has also been heavily involved with local government, working on urban policy issues with Forterra and the Seattle P-Patch program, along with a stint on the Capitol Hill Community Council. Josh has two degrees from the University of Washington, a bachelor’s degree from the Jackson School of International Studies and a master’s degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs.

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