Work-Sharing. What is Work-Sharing?. Work-Sharing assists employers and employees facing lay-offs due to a decline in production. During the Work-Sharing agreement, available work is redistributed through a voluntary reduction in hours worked by all employees within one or more work units.
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Work-Sharing assists employers and employees facing lay-offs due to a decline in production.
During the Work-Sharing agreement, available work is redistributed through a voluntary reduction in hours worked by all employees within one or more work units.
This enables the employer to retain a full work force on a reduced work week, rather than laying off part of their work force.
Eligible workers receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for the hours they do not work in each Work-Sharing week.
Work-Sharing benefits employees:
Work-Sharing benefits employers:
Work-Sharing is NOT:
Employees must sign agreement to participate.
Projects can go from 6 – 26 weeks with 20–60%
reduction in weekly hours.
** Feb 1’09 – Apr 3’10 projects can go for up to 52 weeks.**
Work-Sharing Agreements do not affect workers’ rights to regular EI Benefits if they happen to be laid off after the agreement ends.
To be eligible, an employer:
(outlining steps being taken to ensure the viability of the business during the period of the agreement and to recover as the economy strengthens).
To apply for Work-Sharing an Employer must provide:
A Non Work-sharing week
A non Work-Sharing week consists of:
Note: The 2 week waiting period must be served if the employee starts collecting regular benefits at the end of the Work-Sharing period.
Employment Insurance pays 55% of the
normal weekly earnings up to a maximum of
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