SharedWork benefits will not affect employers’ experience rating through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, because:

  • The federal government is fully funding those benefits through that date.
  • Gov. Inslee signed a law in February 2021: Employers will not be charged for SharedWork benefits anytime the federal government fully funds those benefits.
Can I hire new employees while on SharedWork? Yes, but the rules are changing August 31, 2021. Employer application and participant list must be submitted for approval by August 25 before the changes apply.

SharedWork Program eligibility requirements

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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 

Businesses must:

  • Enroll a minimum of two permanent employees in the SharedWork plan.
  • Comply with IRS, state, county and municipal laws, rules and ordinances.

Employees participating in SharedWork must:

  • Be hired permanently.
  • Be eligible for regular unemployment benefits, apply for benefits and submit weekly claims.
  • Be able to work all hours and be available for all work hours offered by the SharedWork employer.

Length of plan

An employer’s SharedWork plan can last up to one year. Employers may reapply at the end of the plan period.


  • A designated representative of your business will work directly with SharedWork Program specialists on all matters about your plan and your participating employees' unemployment claims.
  • Employer representatives will follow all program requirements, including:
    • Providing reports and information within 10 days of request. (We can revoke your plan or you could face penalties if you don't respond on time.)
    • Reporting business changes.
    • Maintaining contact with SharedWork specialists throughout the plan period.

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