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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.

Graphic of Shared-work employee benefits, text included above

Benefit Payments through Shared-Work

You may use the following calculator to compare how Shared-Work is beneficial to your employees.

Items needed:

  • The employees' gross hourly wage.
  • The employees' weekly average work hours.
  • Your estimate of hours per week that the employee will work during the Shared-Work period.
  • Note: This calculator is to provide a rough estimate only. Results will vary based on the actual Weekly Benefit Rate determined for the employee by PA UC.

    Enter these items:

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To make a more accurate determination of your employees' Weekly Benefit Rate you may view the comprehensive information provided on the Financial Eligibility page.

Other deductions may apply.

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
Must serve an unpaid waiting week X X
Must be able and available for work X
Must register with PA CareerLink®  
Must conduct regular work searches  
Subject to deductions such as
child support or previous UC overpayments


Subject to benefit reductions X
May have Federal taxes withheld X
Must report earnings from
part-time employment
Benefits payable via direct deposit
or UC debit card
Payment info available on UC website X
Who files biweekly claims? Employer Claimant

Learn more in our Employee Frequently Asked Questions