Work share or sharing, also known as “short-time compensation” is a voluntary program within some state unemployment insurance systems that allows employers to avoid layoffs and cut costs by temporarily reducing the number of employee work hours
"The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has been examining various options to help the unemployed get back to work. One of these options is work sharing, the focus of legislation introduced in both the House and Senate in 2009. On December 11, 2009, PPI held a Solutions Forum on Work Sharing. Solutions forums are designed to provide a platform for nonpartisan examination of policy issues of importance to the age 50-plus population. The work sharing forum brought together national and international experts to discuss what work sharing is all about and what is needed to create successful work sharing initiatives. Data and observations from the forum are incorporated throughout this Insight on the Issues" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

"Work sharing keeps employees on the job, working fewer hours but continuing to earn wages and collecting prorated unemployment insurance benefits; health coverage may also be maintained. When the economy improves, employers can quickly increase work hours, thus avoiding the costly need to search for and train new employees" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)