‘Work Sharing’ Offers Lifeline to Companies Eyeing Virus Rebound

Thursday, April 23, 2020

George Voegele was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing employer concerns with "work sharing" that allows employees to tap into jobless benefits when their hours are reduced. Some states require all participating workers at a company be reduced by an identical number of hours, while other states allow for a balance of different schedules. In states such as Pennsylvania, an employer with an approved shared work plan would need to re-apply if it wants to make modifications, like moving a worker from two days to three days per week. “Such arrangements tend to work better in certain industries, such as manufacturing, where a temporary shut down or reduction in work for a short-term, set period of time—such as for retooling a plant or performing maintenance for a two-week period—are the norm,” said George. “They do not necessarily work well when you have an open-ended crisis, where the company cannot predict its staffing needs beyond the next week or two.”

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