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Shared Work video
Watch this short video on the program to see how it works.
Shared work (2013)
DescriptionThe department will amend rules related to the Shared-Work program for consistency with changes to state and federal law. Additional policy changes may be proposed.
DocumentsAug. 7, 2013 meeting transcript | CR 101 | CR 102 | Proposed rules | CR 103 | Final rules | CR 105
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SharedWork Program eligibility requirements
The SharedWork Program is governed by state and federal laws.
SharedWork laws and SharedWork regulations written by the Washington State Legislature explain the basic program and eligibility requirements. See the in-depth list of requirements for a printable quick reference guide.
Eligibility requirements at a glance
Be legally registered in Washington for at least six months prior to applying for the program.
Apply for the SharedWork Program
The SharedWork application is easy and takes only about 10 minutes to complete, depending on the number of employees you want on your plan. Apply online, by electronic upload or fax.
Before you apply
You will need this information to complete the application:
Business name, including the “doing business as” name, if applicable
Mailing address, including county and any other operating locations
The name and contact information of one or more …
Businesses can avoid layoffs with Shared Work
by Chad Pearson, Shared Work marketing manager for the Employment Security Department (12/15/14)
It can happen to any business. Demand for your product or service slips. Maybe the market goes in the tank. All you know is your business is in a fix, and you’ve got hard decisions to make. You don’t want to lay off your skilled employees, but what else can you do to cut costs?The Employment Security Department provides an alternative. It’s …
Shared Work Program still helping more than 700 Washington businesses
by Chad Pearson, Shared Work marketing manager for the Employment Security Department (12/18/15)
Washington businesses big and small continue to avoid layoffs using the Employment Security Department’s Shared Work Program.
Even as Washington’s unemployment rate has dropped to nearly, 5 percent, more than 700 businesses in the state continue to use the program. That’s because Shared Work can be helpful not only during …