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Work Sharing: A Win-Win-Win Strategy for Avoiding Job Loss

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Work sharing is a voluntary and cost-equivalent alternative to traditional unemployment benefits. It is being used in more than half of all U.S. states and is credited with saving nearly a half-million jobs that would have otherwise been lost due to the Great Recession. Work sharing is a win-win-win strategy and has wide bipartisan support. It benefits the state by mitigating further job losses. The employer benefits by reducing the high costs associated with turnover and maintaining continuity within the firm. And the employee benefits by maintaining wages and reducing the effects associated with long-term unemployment.



Legislative Activity

Testimony Before the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor

Presented by Derek Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst, August 27, 2014


Response to 2013 Summer Study Work Share Questions
Presented by Derek Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst, September 30, 2013


Testimony Before the Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee - Summer Study 
Supporting Work Sharing – Derek Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst, September 30, 2013

Testimony Before the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions
Supporting HB1288, Work Sharing – Derek Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst, February 19, 2013


Source: National Employment Law Project, Center for Law & Social Policy, U.S. Dept. of Labor

IIWF Fact Sheet: Work Sharing - A Win-Win-Win Strategy for Avoiding Job Loss


Manufacturing in Indiana: How Work Sharing Benefits the Manufacturing Sector
States that adopt work sharing programs can preserve vital jobs in manufacturing.


Work Sharing in Indiana: Estimating Jobs Saved with Work Sharing During the Recent Recession
Between 2008 and 2010, more than 320,000 U.S. jobs were saved due to work sharing. If a program had been in place in Indiana in 2009—the worst year of the recession—more workers would have stayed on the job and more employers would have weathered the downturn while retaining qualified workers. Three scenarios are presented to show the potential effect of work sharing on jobs.

Seizing the moment: A Guide to Adopting State Work Sharing Legislation After the Layoff Prevention Act of 2012

Short-Time Compensation (STC) Grants – AmountsSpreadsheet

Draft Language and Commentary to Implement a Short-Time Compensation


Work Sharing News


IIWF Blog Post 2/12/2015

Keeping Hoosiers on the Job, The Best Bang for Indiana's Buck (Franklin, Ind.), 2/09/2015
Guest column: Work sharing deserves a legislative shot


The Herald Bulletin 9/11/14

Work share program needed in Indiana


News and Tribune 8/28/14

Work sharing gains support as alternative to layoffs in Indiana


IBJ 8/27/14

Work share program debated by study committee


The Republic 7/14/14

Indiana Legislature could take another look at work share program as alternative to layoffs 7/13/14

Indiana loses out in Work Share dollars 3/01/14

A bipartisan solution for work force woes 2/25/14
Indiana may pass on federal dollars to start work share program

Inside Indiana Business 2/13/14
A Bipartisan Solution to Protect Hoosier Jobs 2/09/14
Pence’s flip endangers work-share

USA Today 1/29/14
State Risks Losing Millions of Federal Work-Share Dollars 12/5/13
69,000 Hoosiers could lose jobless benefits 12/3/13
Work-sharing program would ease Indiana’s unemployment woes

Indiana Chamber of Commerce 11/8/2013
Chamber Releases 2014 Top Legislative Priorities, Honors Small Business Champions

IIWF Blog 8/21/2012
Work Sharing: Our Response to the Critics

IIWF Blog 4/10/2012
A Second Chance at Saving Jobs in Indiana 12/31/2011
Work-share program to avoid layoffs gaining support

Indiana Economic Digest 12/13/2011
Work-share program to avoid layoffs gaining support in Indiana Legislature

Work Share Take-Up Rates in the US

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