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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 1, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Arkansas, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Reponse website or the Arkansas Department of Health website

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Description of Program and Relief

Shared Work Program

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program allows employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. Employers may divide available work among a group of employees in lieu of a layoff. Employees may receive up to 25 weeks of benefits.

Government or Lead Agency

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Dates Available

Available now

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

The employer must elect to participate. Any employer electing to participate must have a positive reserve account, and must not have had a temporary layoff of the affected group of employees within the prior 4-month period before the application.

For an employee to be eligible, they must be regularly employed by the employer, have normal weekly hours reduced by at least 10%, and may not accept or search for work elsewhere than from the employer under the program.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


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