May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
A voluntary program called Shared Work Ohio allows employers to avoid layoffs and workers to receive unemployment benefits proportionate to the time they don’t work. Working people keep their jobs and benefits, while employers retain their workers and avoid the need to hire and train new workers when demand recovers.
Suppose an employer has 10 workers, and no longer has enough work for 4 of them. Instead of the employer laying 4 people off, all workers can work three days a week, and receive unemployment benefits covering the two days each week they don’t work. They will also retain their employer-sponsored health care and other benefits.
Worksharing could be especially helpful to local governments that otherwise might have to lay off or furlough workers. The program could also help employers ramp up as the state reopens. Take a restaurant that has cut back from 10 workers to two, because it’s running only a carryout business. It could bring back the other eight on a half-time basis, and they would continue to receive unemployment benefits for the time they aren’t working. Over time, the employer could bring everyone back on full-time.
More information is available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/SharedWorkOhio/
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