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 testimonials

See what SharedWork employers are saying about the program:

Smith Gardens, Bellingham, WA:

Virginia Gonzalez from Smith Gardens, appearing on the Talent Magnet podcast produced by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council

Full podcast:

Falco's, Spokane, WA:

"We are grateful and truly believe our 80-year-old business would have had to close its doors had we not participated in the SharedWork program. We have been able to keep quality, well-trained, long-time employees on staff.

You have created a model program that is well organized and simple to implement and maintain. The SharedWork employees are some of the nicest, most helpful and patient people I have ever encountered. Our business is secure, and we hope others can benefit from this program as we did."

Spokane Galvanizing, Spokane, WA:

"Our business has had its ups and downs, and without SharedWork, we would be forced to lay people off. Our employees are thankful we used it and happy they do not have to draw full unemployment. There are so many advantages to SharedWork.

We do not know what the future will bring. Get approved for SharedWork!"

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