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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 May 8, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Texas, we recommend that you visit the Governor's COVID-19 Resources portal, the Harris County website or Dallas County's Coronavirus Updates and Information

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Description of Program and Relief

Shared Work Program for Employers

Description of Program and Relief

The Shared Work program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

Shared Work allows employers to:

  • Supplement their employees’ wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits, and

  • Reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in an affected unit by at least 10 percent but not more than 40 percent – the reduction must affect at least 10 percent of the employees in that unit.

Employees who participate in a Shared Work Plan will receive both wages and Shared Work Plan unemployment benefits.

Government or Lead Agency

Texas Workforce Commission

Dates Available

Available now

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Businesses must reduce normal weekly hours ranges from 10 percent to 40 percent and the reduction in hours must effect at least 10 percent of employees in an affected unit. A Shared Work Plan must be an alternative to layoffs, and businesses seeking to participate in a Shared Work Plan must provide an estimate of the number of employees who would be laid off if the business did not participate in a Shared Work Plan.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

For details of who to contact for more information, visit this website.

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