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In 2010, the District of Columbia enacted the Keep DC Working Act of 2010, which established the Shared Work Unemployment Insurance Program (Shared Work). Shared Work is a voluntary program that provides an alternative to layoffs for employers confronted with a temporary decline in business. The principle behind Shared Work is simple: instead of laying off a percentage of the work force to cut costs, an employer could reduce employees’ hours by the same percentage and keep the entire work force on the job.
Shared Work offers many benefits to employers. Through this program, an employer maintains high productivity and quality because the existing trained work force remains in place. This means that employers can avoid the time and expense of rehiring and retraining new employees. Shared Work allows employers to maintain high employee morale because employees can avoid the insecurity and uncertainty that an impending layoff could bring.
Participation in the Shared Work Program would allow employers to continue to provide fringe benefits for their employees. Instead of facing the emotional and financial hardships of unemployment, employees would be able to keep their jobs. Additionally, because employees would remain job attached, they could continue to take part in professional development opportunities to further improve their skills.
To apply to the Shared Work Program, please download the DC Shared Work Employer Guide and review the guidelines for Shared Work.
For additional information on the Shared Work Program, please contact the following:
Service Contact: Office of Unemployment Compensation
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: (202) 698-6364
Contact Suite #: 4th Floor
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm