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Description of Program and Relief
SharedWork Program for Employers
Washington’s SharedWork program is an alternative for employers to avoid layoffs when experiencing temporary major slowdown in business due to economic conditions. The program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and hourly-paid employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. While on the SharedWork program, employees are not required to make an active search for work.
Government or Lead Agency
Washington State Employment Security Department
Effective immediately (existing program)
SharedWork is available to employers that:
Are legally registered in Washington for at least six months prior to applying for the program;
Are current on unemployment taxes or a payment contract;
Have a tax rate less than 5.4 percent;
Enroll a minimum of two permanent employees in the SharedWork plan; and
Have complied with IRS, state, county, and municipal laws, rules and ordinances.
For information on eligibility requirements, click here.
Application Deadlines (If Applicable)
Contact for More Information
For information on how to apply, employers should click here.
List of Additional Information
For more information regarding the program, employers should click here or call (800) 752-2500.
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