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Implementation of Work-Share is pending action at the State level. Work-Share plans do not start until the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) approves and determines the start date.
The information provided WILL NOT take effect until DWD deploys updated program requirements.
Thank you for your service and flexibility as we respond to COVID and the needs of our community. On December 27, 2020, the federal government passed a COVID support bill. This federal support gives the City an opportunity to save money by participating in the Work-share program. Agency Leaders reviewed your department's workload and decided on the best way to participate in Work-share. Please speak with your supervisor to learn more about your agency’s Work-share plan.
Why now? And why so fast?
Work-share is a way to prevent layoffs and to help the City reach the $1.2 million furlough target in 2021. The more employees that are in Work-share, the more we can potentially save.
Timing: On December 27, Congress passed a last-minute COVID support bill, which fully pays for the City’s cost of Work-share plans and provides participating employees with $300 weekly. The $300 for employees ends on March 14, 2021. The window to act is tiny: the City has to move fast to take advantage of this federal support.
Participation: The more employees that participate in Work-share, the more the City saves.
The City will submit agency/work unit plans to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) as soon as possible in January. The plans must first be approved by the DWD for the Work-share plans to move forward. We hope to be able to use Work-share for approximately seven weeks from January 22 to March 14. Based on the savings we achieve with Work-share, the City will reassess the need for voluntary or mandatory furloughs in the spring.
What is Work-Share?
Work-share allows employees to remain employed and helps employers avoid layoffs. Instead of laying off workers, an employer can make a plan to reduce the work hours for a group of employees to save money . Workers whose hours are reduced can apply for Unemployment benefits to recoup lost pay. The federal COVID support bill includes an additional $300 a week, for participating employees.
What to Do after Work-share Begins
Work-share plans must be approved by the State’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) before they begin. Please ensure your supervisor has confirmed with you approval from DWD before you reduce your hours.
File for Unemployment Benefits
To avoid any loss of benefits, make your initial application the FIRST week you are partially unemployed. Your supervisor will inform you what weeks your hours will be reduced.
Note: Working another job may impact your ability to get unemployment. Please consult with your supervisor before participating in Work-share.
Need Help Applying?
Complete Weekly Claim Certification
You need to file a weekly claim every week you are scheduled for reduced hours during the Work-share program in order to receive your unemployment benefit.