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Shared Work Program


Employment Security Department

Telephone: 800-752-2500

Email: sharedworkplansect@esd.wa.gov

State Website: http://www.sharedworkwa.com

Local Link: http://www.washingtonworkforce.org/WDCs/index.php

Participation: As of September 30, 2018, 521 businesses and 8,381 of their employees were served by the SharedWork Program

Who is Served: Businesses and their employees. Eligible businesses include private firms, non-profits, associations, cities, counties and tribal entities facing layoffs due to temporary declines in business. Employees of approved businesses receive partial unemployment insurance benefits to offset their reduction in hours.

Program Description: Every business in the State of Washington can apply for SharedWork year after year. To be eligible, businesses must have an unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate less than 5.4%; be current on their UI taxes; be in business with employees for at least 6 months; and employ at least 2 employees eligible to participate. Employees must be eligible for UI claim, showing 680 hours in their base year of employment.

Other Program Characteristics: Businesses also must reduce hours of their employees at least 10% the first week on the SharedWork Program; reduce hours between 10-50% each following week on the program; and continue to provide health and other benefits as if employees were not on reduced hours. For example: sick leave, vacation, etc.

Program History: The U.S. Department of Labor created the program in 1983. The state Legislature wrote the RCWs and WACs to support federal guidelines for SharedWork in early 1984. Washington has one of the most successful SharedWork programs in the country.

Planning Cycle: Biennial

Outcome Measures: In 2017, the Employment Security Department approved 596 SharedWork plans for 554 employers and 8,824 workers, allowing workers to keep their jobs and employers to keep their skilled workers. These plans also prevented nearly 8.8 million in unemployment insurance benefit payouts.

Funding and Regional Division: SharedWork is a state choice program.

State Funding: $0

Federal Funding: $742,594.00

Statutory Authority: Washington SharedWork laws - Chapter 50.60 RCW. Washington SharedWork regulations – Chapter 192-250 WAC.

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