Work Sharing

The Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance program allows for the payment of benefits to individuals whose wages and hours have been reduced. This program is considered a temporary and practical alternative to layoffs.

This program was established by the California legislature to help employers and employees avoid some of the burdens that accompany a layoff situation. If employees are retained during a temporary slowdown, employers can quickly gear up when business conditions improve. Employers are spared the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. Employees are spared the hardship of total unemployment.

Any employer who has a reduction of production, services, or other conditions that cause the employer to seek an alternative to layoffs may participate in the Work Sharing Program. For additional information the following products are available on the Web site:

If you need additional information, you can call the Employment Development Department at:

Employers - (916) 464-3343
Claimants - (916) 464-3300

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