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It happens to every business.
A bump in the road.
Maybe demand for your product or services goes down…
…the market goes in the tank…
…I don’t know, the city decides to tear up your street and divert traffic away from your business for months.
All you know is that your business is in a fix and you’ve got hard decisions to make.
You don’t want to lay off staff, they’re like family, but what else can you do?
The answer?
The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Shared Work Program.

The Shared Work Program saves employers money and employees jobs.

Here’s how it works:
Instead of cutting jobs you cut hours. Then employees can collect partial unemployment benefits for the hours they’ve lost.
Say an employee’s hours are cut temporarily by 50%; In addition to a partial paycheck, the worker will get 50% of his or her regular weekly unemployment benefit.
In other words, employers save payroll AND hang on to their skilled workforce while employees keep their jobs AND collect unemployment for the hours lost.
And the program is so flexible.
From week to week, you can change your level of participation…
…from the number of employees to the numbers of hours, up to 60%
It's all up to you.

Don’t think of the Shared Work Program as unemployment insurance.
Rather, it’s EMPLOYMENT insurance. A safety net!
This is a program that keeps workers employed. This is a program that shows employees that you care.
The Shared Work Program protects your business during slow times.

That is, until you’re ready to contact Connecticut's American Job Center, our state’s employment services system, to help you recruit more workers.
How successful has the Shared Work Program been?
The majority of Connecticut’s business owners who have used it would sign up for the program again, and virtually all would recommend it to other employers.
Many say the program has helped them survive recessions.
In every business there are peaks and valleys. When you hit one of those valleys we’ll be here for you.
Connecticut’s Shared Work Program. It saves money. It saves jobs.
Plain and simple, it’s working downturns into upturns.
Here’s how to reach us when you’re ready to get started.

or call 860.263.6660
Shared Work is a program of the Connecticut Department of Labor

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200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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