The state Labor Department wants you to know there is an alternative to cutting staff during the downturn.
Employers that reduce work hours for full-time employees instead of laying them off may qualify for the Shared Work Program. The program pays up to 20 weeks of partial unemployment benefits to help employees cover their reduced wages.
To qualify, employees must work for a New York employer that has at least five full-time employees. Employers that reduce workers’ wages and hours by at least 20% but not more than 60% can apply.
Participating employers must allow employees to keep such as health insurance. Employers can’t hire additional employees while enrolled in the program.
For more information, go to www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/dande/sharedwork1.shtm.
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