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Work Share Programs

Work Share Programs

handshakeWorkshare programs let businesses temporarily reduce the hours of their employees, instead of laying them off during economic downturns. Technically referred to as short time compensation, the goal of worksharing programs is to reduce unemployment.

Worksharing should not be confused with job sharing, which allows two part-time employees to share one full-time job.  Instead, worksharing allows a full-time worker's hours to be reduced, in lieu of laying off the worker.

Workshare programs benefit businesses, workers and states. Businesses retain their trained workforce, for easy recall to full-time work when economic conditions improve. Workers keep their jobs instead of being laid off, and collect reduced unemployment benefits to partially replace their lost wages. States save money by paying only partial unemployment claims, instead of paying full benefits to laid-off workers.
 
Under approved workshare programs, employees qualify for a percentage of unemployment benefits, equal to the percentage by which their hours have been reduced. For example, an employee whose hours are cut by 10 percent would qualify for 10 percent of the state’s established weekly unemployment benefit amount. While that does not fully replace the lost wages, the amount supplements a worker’s income until they are recalled to full-time work.

 

States With Work Share Programs

as of November 2013

  Arizona   Maine   Ohio
  Arkansas   Maryland   Oklahoma
  California   Massachusetts   Oregon
  Colorado   Michigan   Pennsylvania
  Connecticut   Minnesota   Rhode Island
  D.C.   Missouri   Texas
  Florida   New Hampshire   Vermont
  Iowa   New Jersey   Washington
  Kansas   New York   Wisconsin
 

Federal Grant Funds for Work Share Programs

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 provides approximately $100 million in grant funding to states that adopt work share programs that meet two federal requirements. State programs must conform with Section 3306(v) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act and may not be subject to discontinuation. States that already have work share programs in place may apply for the federal grant funding, if their program conforms to the FUTA requirements.
 
In order to qualify for federal funding, state work share programs must meet the requirements adopted under Title II of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, including continuation of employee benefits if they are provided to employees whose hours are not reduced, notice to affected employees, and estimates of the number of layoffs avoided by the reduction in hours.
 
Workers in a work share program must be available for work while collecting unemployment benefits. The federal requirements allow affected workers to improve their job skills by participating in state-approved workforce training programs during their reduced hours, without affecting their eligibility for unemployment benefits.
 
States must submit an application to the U.S. Dept. of Labor to request their share of the grant funding. Two-thirds of the grant funds for each state are to be used for promote the plan and enroll businesses in the work sharing program. The remaining one-third of the grant funds will be used to pay unemployment benefits under the program. States have until Dec. 31, 2014, to submit applications for federal funding.
 
The federal grant funding covers 100 percent of the partial benefits paid out under conforming state work sharing programs for up to three years in states that already have programs. States with existing programs that don’t meet federal requirements may be eligible for federal funding during a two-year transition period.
 
For states without an existing program, federal funds will cover 50 percent of benefits for up to two years for states that enter into an agreement with the federal government to operate a work sharing program, without enacting a law.
 


Resources on State Work Share Plans

Links to state plans, statutes or resources:


2013 Legislation on Work Share Programs

During the 2013 legislative session, 10 states introduced legislation establishing work share programs. States that proposed work share programs in 2013 are Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the only state to establish a work share program so far this year, with the enactment of A.B. 15. Bills remain active in the Illinois and Ohio legislatures.

Twelve states considered work sharing amendments during the 2013 session. Seven states–Arizona, Arkansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington–modified their work share programs to conform to federal requirements. Four states–California, Oregon, New Jersey and Vermont–considered legislation. Colorado passed a bill eliminating a sunset provision on their work share program.

Below are bill summaries, as of June 19, 2013.

ARIZONA
AZ H 2173            Fann (R)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance
Summary:             Relates to omnibus. Includes amendments to state work sharing plan, including notices to affected employees, estimate of layoffs avoided, continuation of benefits and participation in training during work share period.
01/17/2013           Introduced.
01/22/2013           To House Committee on Insurance and Retirement.
01/22/2013           Additionally referred to House Committee on Rules.
02/19/2013           From House Committee on Insurance and Retirement: Do pass with amendment.
02/25/2013           From House Committee on Rules: Do pass constitutional and in proper form.
03/04/2013           To House Committee of the Whole.
03/06/2013           House Engrossed. Printed.
03/06/2013           To House Committee of the Whole.
03/06/2013           In House Committee of the Whole. Insurance and Retirement Committee amendment adopted.
03/06/2013           In House Committee of the Whole. Floor Amendment substituted.
03/06/2013           From House Committee of the Whole. To third reading.
03/06/2013           In House. Read third time. Passed House. To Senate.
03/07/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy.
03/07/2013           Additionally referred to Senate Committee on Rules.
03/20/2013           From Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy: Do pass with amendment.
03/27/2013           From Senate Committee on Rules: Do pass proper for consideration.
04/01/2013           To Senate Committee of the Whole.
04/16/2013           To Senate Committee of the Whole.
04/16/2013           In Senate Committee of the Whole. Commerce and Energy Committee amendment adopted.
04/16/2013           In Senate Committee of the Whole. Amended.
04/16/2013           From Senate Committee of the Whole. To third reading.
04/16/2013           In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate. To House for concurrence.
04/16/2013           Emergency clause passed.
04/16/2013           Senate Engrossed. Printed.
06/13/2013           House concurred in Senate amendments.
06/13/2013           In House. Finally passed.
06/13/2013           Eligible for Governor’s desk.
06/13/2013           To Governor.
 
ARKANSAS
AR S 575               Chesterfield (D)
Title:                       Unemployment Disqualifications
Summary:             Amends provisions of the department of workforce services law; including eligibility for unemployment benefits, collection of overpayments and amendments to the work-sharing plan, including notice to employees and bargaining unit representatives, estimate of layoffs prevented, eligibility of subsequently hired workers, and provision of benefits during work sharing period.
02/27/2013           Introduced.
02/27/2013           To Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.
03/13/2013           From Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor: Do pass.
03/14/2013           Passed Senate. To House.
03/15/2013           To House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.
03/26/2013           From House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor. Do pass as amended.
03/28/2013           Committee amendment adopted on House floor.
04/02/2013           Failed to pass House.
04/03/2013           Emergency Clause Failed.
04/03/2013           Passed House. To Senate for concurrence.
04/04/2013           Senate concurred in House amendments.
04/04/2013           To Governor.
04/08/2013           Signed by Governor.
04/08/2013           Act No. 956
 
CALIFORNIA
CA AB 1392         Assembly Insurance Committee
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance: Work Sharing Plans
Summary:             Revises and recast provisions of existing law regarding work sharing plans and unemployment compensation. Provides for the definition of a work sharing plan as a plan submitted by an employer, for approval, pursuant to which the employer requests the payment of work sharing compensation to employees in an affected unit of the employer in lieu of layoffs. Requires an employer desiring to participate, to submit a plan for approval. Provides the procedures to be followed by the employer.  Would count workshare claims against an employer’s experience rating. Would require union sign-off. 
03/04/2013           Introduced.
03/14/2013           To Assembly Committee on Insurance.
03/19/2013           From Assembly Committee on Insurance with author's amendments.
03/19/2013           In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Insurance.
04/10/2013           From Assembly Committee on Insurance: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations.
05/01/2013           From Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Do pass. To Consent Calendar.
05/06/2013           In Assembly. Read second time. To Consent Calendar.
05/09/2013           In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate.
05/23/2013           To Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.
05/29/2013           From Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations with author's amendments.
05/29/2013           In Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.
06/12/2013           From Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations.
 
COLORADO
CO S 157               Heath (D)
Title:                       Work Share Program Sunset
Summary:             Concerns the continuation of the Colorado Work Share Program; makes changes to the program to bring it into compliance with federal law, including required features of a work share plan to make it eligible for approval by the Director of the Division of Unemployment Insurance; extends the program indefinitely; allows eligible employees to participate in certain job training programs; clarifies that an employer's account will only be charged for benefits if certain federal money is not available.  Deletes the 2013 sunset provision so program continues.
02/04/2013           Introduced.
02/04/2013           To Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology.
02/27/2013           From Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology: Reported favorably.
02/27/2013           To Senate Committee on Appropriations.
03/15/2013           From Senate Committee on Appropriations: Reported favorably.
03/15/2013           In Senate. To second reading.
03/20/2013           In Senate. Read second time. To third reading.
03/21/2013           In Senate. Read third time and amended.
03/21/2013           In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate. To House.
03/21/2013           To House Committee on Business, Labor & Economic and Workforce Development
03/26/2013           From House Committee on Business, Labor & Economic and Workforce Development: Reported favorably.
03/26/2013           In House. To second reading.
04/01/2013           In House. Read second time. To third reading.
04/02/2013           In House. Read third time. Passed House.
04/09/2013           Eligible for Governor’s desk.
04/18/2013           To Governor.
04/26/2013           Signed by Governor.
05/15/2013           Session Law Chaptered. Chapter No. 147
 
HAWAII
HI H 58                 Takumi (D)
Title:                       Employment Security
Summary:              Authorizes certain private employers to administer a work-sharing plan to avoid temporary layoffs, if approved by the DLIR; allows employees under a work-sharing plan to receive unemployment benefits to compensate for lost wages. 
01/16/2013           Introduced.
01/18/2013           To House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.
01/18/2013           Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Finance.
01/31/2013           In Committee: Hearing Scheduled.
02/05/2013           In Committee: Measure Deferred.
03/07/2013           Failed First Crossover Deadline - First Year of Biennium.
 
ILLINOIS
IL H 3402             Kosel (R)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance Act
Summary:             Amends the Unemployment Insurance Act; provides for the creation of a program of shared work benefits, under which an individual is deemed unemployed in any week if the individual works less than his or her normal hours or number of days in a week for the individual's regular employer and the Director of Employment Security finds that the regular employer has reduced or restricted the individual's hours or days of work or has rehired an individual previously laid off and reduced that individual's hours. 
02/26/2013           Introduced.
02/26/2013           To House Committee on Rules.
03/11/2013           To House Committee on Labor and Commerce.
03/22/2013           Rereferred to House Committee on Rules.
 
INDIANA
IN H 1060             Macer (D)
Title:                       Work Sharing Unemployment Benefit
Summary:             Establishes a work sharing unemployment insurance program; requires an employer to submit a work sharing plan for approval by the commissioner of the department of workforce development; establishes the work sharing benefit as equal to the employee's unemployment benefit reduced by a percentage that is equivalent to the number of hours by which the employee's normal weekly work hours are reduced.
01/07/2013           Introduced.
01/07/2013           To House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.
 
IN S 438                Skinner (D)
Title:                       Unemployment Benefit
Summary:             Establishes a Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program; requires an employer to submit a work sharing plan for approval by the commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development; establishes the work sharing benefit as equal to the employee's unemployment benefit reduced by a percentage that is equivalent to the number of hours by which the employee's normal weekly work hours are reduced.
01/10/2013           Introduced.
01/10/2013           To Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor.
 
IN H 1288             Speedy (R)
Title:                       Work Sharing Unemployment Benefit
Summary:            Establishes a work sharing unemployment insurance program; requires an employer to submit a work sharing plan for approval by the commissioner of the department of workforce development; establishes the work sharing benefit as equal to the employee's unemployment benefit reduced by a percentage that is equivalent to the number of hours by which the employee's normal weekly work hours are reduced.
01/14/2013           Introduced.
01/14/2013           To House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.
 
IN HR 95              Macer (D)
Title:                       Legislative Council
Summary:             Urges the legislative council to assign to an interim study committee the topic of work sharing unemployment benefits.
04/16/2013           Introduced.
04/16/2013           Passed House.
 
MINNESOTA
MN H 1137          Mahoney (DFL)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance
Summary:             Makes federal conformity, policy, and housekeeping changes.
03/04/2013           Introduced.
03/04/2013           To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.
 
MN H 1459          Mahoney (DFL)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance
Summary:             Changes shared work provisions; modifies benefits.
03/11/2013           Introduced.
03/11/2013           To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.
 
MN S 1461           Tomassoni (DFL)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance
Summary:             Changes shared work provisions; modifies benefits.
03/15/2013           Introduced.
03/18/2013           To Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.
 
MN S 924              Sparks (DFL)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance
Summary:             Makes federal conformity, policy, and housekeeping changes.
02/28/2013           Introduced.
02/28/2013           To Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.
03/20/2013           From Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development: Do pass as amended.
03/20/2013           In Senate. Second Reading.
04/23/2013           Passed Senate. To House.
04/23/2013           To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.
 
MN H 729             Mahoney (DFL)
Title:                       State Government
Summary:             Appropriates money for jobs and economic development.  Amends work share program to meet federal requirements.
02/20/2013           Introduced.
02/20/2013           To House Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.
02/28/2013           From House Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration: Do pass.
02/28/2013           Rereferred to House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.
04/08/2013           From House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy: Do pass as amended.
04/08/2013           Rereferred to House Committee on Ways and Means.
04/10/2013           From House Committee on Ways and Means: Do pass as amended.
04/10/2013           In House. Second Reading.
04/15/2013           Amended on House floor.
04/15/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
04/16/2013           To Senate Committee on Finance.
04/19/2013           From Senate Committee on Finance: Do pass as amended.
04/19/2013           In Senate. Second Reading.
04/20/2013           Passed Senate. To House for concurrence.
04/20/2013           House refused to concur in Senate amendments.
04/20/2013           To Conference Committee.
05/15/2013           Conference Committee Report adopted by House.
05/16/2013           Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate.
05/21/2013           To Governor.
05/23/2013           Signed by Governor.
05/23/2013           Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 2013-85
 
NEBRASKA
NE L 559               Mello (NP)
Title:                       Employment Security Law
Summary:             Adopts a short-time compensation program under the Employment Security Law. 
01/23/2013           Introduced.
01/24/2013           To Legislative Committee on Business and Labor.
06/11/2013           103rd Legislature -- First Regular Session Adjourned - 06/05/2013 - Carried Over to Second Regular Session.
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NH H 361             White A (D)
Title:                       Worksharing
Summary:             Makes changes to worksharing reporting requirements in order to conform to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act; provides that health benefits and retirement benefits under a defined benefit plan or contributions under a defined contribution plan shall continue to be provided to the employees in the affected units under the same terms and conditions as though their normal weekly hours of work had not been reduced. 
01/03/2013           Introduced.
01/03/2013           To House Committee on Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
01/17/2013           Filed as LSR 647.
02/12/2013           From House Committee on Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services: Ought to pass.
02/20/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
02/25/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce.
04/25/2013           From Senate Committee on Commerce: Ought to pass with amendment.
05/02/2013           Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor.
05/02/2013           Passed Senate. To House for concurrence.
05/22/2013           House concurred in Senate amendments.
06/12/2013           Enrolled Bill Amendment.
06/12/2013           Ordered Enrolled.
 
NEW JERSEY
NJ S 2741              Bucco AR (R)  (SAME AS A 4189)
Title:                       Short-Time Unemployment Benefit Law
Summary:             Modifies short-time unemployment benefit law; stabilizes an employer's workforce during a period of economic disruption by permitting the sharing of the work remaining after a reduction in total hours of work. 
04/29/2013           Filed.
05/09/2013           Introduced.
05/09/2013           To Senate Committee on Labor.
05/09/2013           From Senate Committee on Labor as amended.
 
NJ A 4189             Egan (D) (SAME AS S 2741)
Title:                       Short-Time Unemployment Benefit Law
Summary:             Modifies short-time unemployment benefit law to conform to federal requirements.
06/06/2013           Filed.
06/10/2013           Introduced.
06/10/2013           To Assembly Committee on Labor.
06/17/2013           From Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NEW MEXICO
NM H 325             Louis (D)
Title:                       Unemployment
Summary:             Allows employers to reduce work hours of certain employees in lieu of layoffs; allows certain employees to collect unemployment benefits in proportion to a reduction of work hours. 
01/29/2013           Introduced.
01/29/2013           To House Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
01/29/2013           To House Committee on Judiciary.
02/15/2013           From House Committee on Labor and Human Resources: Do pass.
03/07/2013           From House Committee on Judiciary: Do pass as substituted.
03/12/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
03/12/2013           To Senate Committee on Finance.
 
NORTH CAROLINA
NC S 645               Hartsell (R)
Title:                       Work Sharing Option
Summary:             Establishes a work sharing option for employers under the unemployment security Laws.
04/02/2013           Filed.
04/03/2013           Introduced.
04/03/2013           To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
 
OHIO
OH S 25                 Peterson (R)
Title:                       Sharedwork Ohio Program
Summary:             Creates the SharedWork Ohio Program; declares an emergency.
02/12/2013           Introduced.
02/12/2013           To Senate Committee on Rules and Reference.
02/14/2013           From Senate Committee on Rules and Reference: Recommended referral.
02/14/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
03/12/2013           From Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor: Recommended as substituted.
03/20/2013           In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate. To House.
03/20/2013           To House Committee on Rules and Reference.
04/10/2013           From House Committee on Rules and Reference: Recommended referral.
04/10/2013           To House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Technology.
 
OH H 37                Duffey (R)
Title:                       SharedWork Ohio Program
Summary:             Creates the SharedWork Ohio Program; declares an emergency.
02/06/2013           Introduced.
02/06/2013           To House Committee on Rules and Reference.
02/06/2013           From House Committee on Rules and Reference: Recommended referral.
02/06/2013           To House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Technology.
03/21/2013           From House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Technology: Recommended as substituted.
04/10/2013           In House. Read third time. Passed House. To Senate.
04/10/2013           To Senate Committee on Rules and Reference.
04/17/2013           From Senate Committee on Rules and Reference: Recommended referral.
04/17/2013           In Senate. To second reading. Read a second time.
04/17/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
 
OREGON
OR S 192               Office of the Governor
Title:                       Charge of Benefits
Summary:             Requires charge of benefits to employer's account if employer fails to respond timely or adequately to request for information regarding claim, failure causes overpayment of benefits and employer has pattern of failing to respond timely or adequately to requests; excludes from definition of "affected employee" individuals employed on seasonal, temporary or intermittent basis, for purposes of shared work unemployment benefit program; requires shared work plan.
01/14/2013           Introduced.
01/18/2013           To Senate Committee on Business, Transportation and Economic Development.
02/21/2013           From Senate Committee on Business, Transportation and Economic Development: Do pass.
02/21/2013           To Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
04/04/2013           Assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.
05/01/2013           Returned to Full Committee.
 
RHODE ISLAND
RI H 5526             Edwards (D)
Title:                       Employment Security Benefits
Summary:             Would update the language in Rhode Island's work-sharing statute to comply with the provisions of subtitle D of title II of the federal middle class tax relief and job creation act of 2012 (public law 112-96). This act would take effect upon passage.
02/14/2013           Introduced.
02/14/2013           To House Committee on Corporations.
03/27/2013           Transferred to House Committee on Labor.
04/04/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration. (04/10/2013)
04/10/2013           In House Committee on Labor. Committee Recommends Measure held for further study.
04/26/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration. (05/01/2013)
05/01/2013           In House Committee on Labor. Committee Recommends Measure held for further study.
05/06/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration. (05/08/2013)
05/08/2013           From House Committee on Labor: Recommended as substituted.
05/09/2013           Placed on House Calendar. (05/16/2013)
05/16/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
05/21/2013           To Senate Committee on Labor.
05/24/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration.
05/29/2013           From Senate Committee on Labor: Recommended passage.
06/11/2013           Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar. (06/13/2013)
06/13/2013           Passed Senate.
06/13/2013           To Governor.
 
RI S 571                Lynch (D)
Title:                       Labor and Labor Relations Employment Security Benefits
Summary:             Would update the language in Rhode Island's work-sharing statute to comply with the provisions of subtitle D of title II of the federal middle class tax relief and job creation act of 2012 (public law 112-96). This act would take effect upon passage.
02/28/2013           Introduced.
02/28/2013           To Senate Committee on Labor.
03/22/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration. (03/27/2013)
03/27/2013           In Senate Committee on Labor: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study.
05/13/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration. (05/15/2013)
05/15/2013           From Senate Committee on Labor: Recommended as substituted.
05/16/2013           Placed on Senate Calendar. (05/22/2013)
05/22/2013           Passed Senate. To House.
05/23/2013           To House Committee on Corporations.
05/30/2013           Transferred to House Committee on Labor.
06/03/2013           Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration.
06/05/2013           From House Committee on Labor: Recommended passage.
06/06/2013           Placed on House Calendar. (06/13/2013)
06/13/2013           Passed House.
06/13/2013           To Governor.
 
TEXAS
TX S 919               Eltife (R)
Title:                       Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program
Summary:             Relates to the shared work unemployment compensation program.
02/27/2013           Introduced.
03/05/2013           To Senate Committee on Economic Development.
04/03/2013           Scheduled for public hearing.
04/04/2013           From Senate Committee on Economic Development: Reported favorably with substitute.
04/05/2013           Committee report printed and distributed.
 
TX H 2035            Vo (D)
Title:                       Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program
Summary:             Relates to the shared work unemployment compensation program; establishes requirements regarding fringe benefits, including health insurance and retirement benefits; provides that shared work benefits may not be charged to the account of an employer if the benefits are reimbursed by the federal government under the federal Layoff Prevention Act; requires advance employee notice, an estimate of how many employees would be laid off if the employer did not participate and employee training.
02/28/2013           Introduced.
03/05/2013           To House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.
03/21/2013           Scheduled for public hearing.
03/21/2013           Considered in public hearing.
03/21/2013           Left pending in committee.
03/27/2013           Considered in public hearing.
03/27/2013           From House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development: Reported favorably with substitute.
04/02/2013           Committee report printed and distributed.
04/11/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
04/17/2013           To Senate Committee on Administration.
04/22/2013           Scheduled for public hearing.
04/22/2013           Considered in public hearing.
04/23/2013           From Senate Committee on Administration: Reported favorably.
04/23/2013           Committee report printed and distributed.
04/25/2013           Passed Senate.
04/25/2013           Reported Enrolled.
04/29/2013           To Governor.
05/10/2013           Signed by Governor.
06/03/2013           Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 13
 
VERMONT
VT H 190              Botzow (D)
Title:                       Unemployment Compensation
Summary:             Relates to unemployment compensation. 
02/04/2013           Introduced.
02/05/2013           To House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.
 
VIRGINIA
VA S 1230            Locke (D)
Title:                       Unemployment Compensation
Summary:             Establishes a short-time compensation program that provides employers with the option of reducing the hours worked by employees, while permitting the employees whose hours are reduced to receive partial compensation for lost wages. 
01/09/2013           Introduced.
01/09/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
01/28/2013           From Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor: Reported with amendment.
01/31/2013           Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor.
01/31/2013           Engrossed by Senate as amended.
02/01/2013           Passed Senate. To House.
02/05/2013           To House Committee on Commerce and Labor.
02/12/2013           From House Committee on Commerce and Labor: Reported favorably.
02/14/2013           Re-referred to House Committee on Commerce and Labor.
02/18/2013           Left in committee.
 
VA H 835              Hope (D)
Title:                       Partial Unemployment Compensation
Summary:            Establishes a shared work program that provides employers with the option of reducing the hours worked by employees, while permitting the employees whose hours are reduced to receive partial compensation for lost wages.
01/11/2012           Introduced.
01/11/2012           To House Committee on Commerce and Labor.
02/09/2012           In House Committee on Commerce and Labor: Continued to 2013.
11/29/2012           Left in committee.
 
VA S 376               Barker (D)
Title:                       Unemployment Compensation
Summary:             Provides that establishes a shared work program that provides employers with the option of reducing the hours worked by employees, while permitting the employees whose hours are reduced to receive partial compensation for lost wages; provides that program participation requires Virginia Employment Commission approval of a plan.
01/11/2012           Introduced.
01/11/2012           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
02/06/2012           In Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor: Continued to 2013.
11/30/2012           Left in committee.
 
WASHINGTON
WA S 5356           Holmquist Newbr (R)
Title:                       Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program
Summary:             Adopts short-time compensation provisions in the federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to change the unemployment insurance shared work program; provides that health care benefits, retirement benefits, and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave benefits must continue to be provided to shared work employees under the same terms and conditions as when the employee worked usual weekly hours.
01/25/2013           Introduced.
01/28/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
02/04/2013           Public hearing scheduled.
05/13/2013           2013 1st Special Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WA H 1396          Manweller (R)
Title:                       Short Time Compensation Provisions
Summary:             Makes changes to the shared work program consistent with 2012 federal legislation; provides that shared work benefits reimbursed by the federal government are not charged to employers for a three-year period; makes shared-work available only to permanent employees; provides that part-time employees may participate; allows an employer to reduce benefits to participants if the employer also reduces benefits to employees who are not shared-work participants; requires employers to estimate number of layoffs. 
01/23/2013           Introduced.
01/25/2013           To House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.
02/06/2013           Public hearing scheduled.
02/06/2013           Executive action taken by committee.
02/06/2013           From House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Do pass.
02/22/2013           Placed on 2nd Reading by Rules Committee.
03/08/2013           Amended on House floor.
03/08/2013           Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
03/08/2013           Passed House. To Senate.
03/12/2013           To Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
03/25/2013           Public hearing scheduled.
03/27/2013           Executive action taken by committee.
03/28/2013           From Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor: Do pass.
04/02/2013           Placed on 2nd Reading by Rules Committee.
04/11/2013           Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
04/11/2013           Passed Senate.
04/11/2013           Eligible for Governor’s desk.
04/19/2013           To Governor.
04/25/2013           Signed by Governor.
04/25/2013           Chapter No. 79
 
WEST VIRGINIA
WV H 2952          Marshall (D)
Title:                       Work Share
Summary:             Relates to Work Share.
03/15/2013           Introduced.
03/15/2013           To House Committee on Judiciary.
03/27/2013           From House Committee on Judiciary: Do pass.
03/27/2013           To House Committee on Finance.
 
WISCONSIN
WI S 26                 Farrow (R)
Title:                       Payment of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Summary:             Relates to payment of unemployment insurance benefits under a work-sharing program.
02/15/2013           Introduced.
02/15/2013           To Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue.
02/22/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 1 offered.
03/05/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 2 offered.
04/03/2013           In Senate. Report introduction and adoption of Senate Amendment No. 2. Recommended by Committee.
04/03/2013           From Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, & Revenue: Recommended as amended. Amendment No. 2
04/03/2013           Available for Scheduling.
 
WI S 28                 Lassa (D)
Title:                       Payment of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Summary:             Relates to payment of unemployment insurance benefits under a work-sharing program. 
02/19/2013           Introduced.
02/19/2013           To Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue.
02/27/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 1 offered.
 
WI A 50                 Pasch (D)
Title:                       Payment of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Summary:             Relates to payment of unemployment insurance benefits under a work-sharing program. 
03/01/2013           Introduced.
03/01/2013           To Assembly Committee on Workforce Development.
 
WI A 15                 Brooks (R)
Title:                       Payment of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Summary:             Relates to payment of unemployment insurance benefits under a work-sharing program.
02/15/2013           Introduced.
02/15/2013           To Assembly Committee on Workforce Development.
02/27/2013           In Assembly. Amendment No. 1-2 offered.
03/01/2013           In Assembly. Report introduction and adoption of Assembly Amendment No. 1. Recommended by Committee.
03/01/2013           From Assembly Committee on Workforce Development: Recommended as amended. Amendment No. 1.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Amendment No. 3 offered.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Substitute Amendment No. 1 offered.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Assembly Amendment No. 1 to Assembly Substitute Amendment No. 1 offered.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Read second time.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Amendment No. 1 to Substitute Amendment No. 1 laid on table.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Substitute Amendment No. 1 laid on table.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Amendment no. 1 adopted.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Amendment No. 3 laid on table.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. To third reading.
03/06/2013           In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate.
03/07/2013           To Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue.
04/01/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 1 offered.
04/03/2013           From Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue: Recommended passage.
04/03/2013           Available for Scheduling.
04/08/2013           In Senate. Placed on Calendar.
04/09/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 2 offered.
04/09/2013           In Senate. To second reading.
04/09/2013           In Senate. Amendment No. 2 laid on table.
04/09/2013           In Senate. Read third time.
04/09/2013           In Senate. Refused to refer to Senate Committee on Senate Organization.
04/09/2013           In Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate.
04/11/2013           Ordered Enrolled.
05/16/2013           To Governor.
05/17/2013           Signed by Governor.
05/17/2013           Act No. 11
 
Source:  StateNet 50-state bill tracking database searches on workshare and short time compensation, 6-19-13.
 


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