The Arizona Department of Economic Security has instituted the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program to provide an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in force. It allows the employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the affected employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. Shared Work Programs are valid for one year, and employees may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of Shared Work benefits.
The Shared Work Program provides several benefits. For example:
• Production and quality levels are maintained, and rapid recovery to full capacity is possible through retention of an experienced workforce;
• Employee morale remains high; and
• Employees retain their skills and advancement opportunities.
Shared Work benefits are charged against reimbursement and experience-rated employer accounts in the same manner that regular benefits are charged. However, any experience-rated employer having a negative reserve in his or her tax account and having employees paid Shared Work benefits during the fiscal year ...