Pennsylvania’s Shared-Work Program Keeps You Working
The Shared-Work program allows your employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees as an alternative to a layoff. If you are an employee that participates in a Shared-Work plan you will work reduced hours and collect a portion of Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. Through this program, you’ll maintain a higher income than UC alone and keep your health insurance and supplemental benefits.
Benefits of participating in a Shared-Work plan:
- Retain your job
- Maintain a higher income than with partial UC benefits alone
- Retain your health insurance and retirement benefits
- Maintain your employment skills
- Continue building job tenure and be available for advancement opportunities
Eligibility to participate in Shared-Work:
- You have been employed in the affected unit for at least three (3) months; and
- You work less than 40 hours a week under the approved percentage reduction.
Benefit Payments through Shared-Work
For each week you work in the Shared-Work plan, you’ll receive a percentage of your Weekly Benefit Rate
based on the percentage of your work hours are reduced between 20 to 40 percent. For example, if your weekly benefit rate is $400 and your hours are reduced by 20 percent under the plan, you would receive 20 percent of $400 or $80 in Shared-Work UC. Other deductions
If the Shared-Work plan ends, but your hours remain reduced, you may apply for regular unemployment benefits.
Shared-Work Comparison to Regular UC
| ||Shared-Work||Regular UC|
|Must be financially eligible for UC||X||X|
|Must serve an unpaid waiting week||X||X|
|Must be able and available for work||X||X|
|Must register with PA CareerLink®|| ||X|
|Must conduct regular work searches|| ||X|
|Subject to deductions such as|
child support or previous UC overpayments
|Subject to benefit reductions||X||X|
|May have Federal taxes withheld||X||X|
|Must report earnings from|
|Benefits payable via direct deposit|
or UC debit card
|Payment info available on UC website||X||X|
|Who files biweekly claims?||Employer||Claimant|
Learn more in our Employee Frequently Asked Questions.