Pennsylvania’s Shared Work Program May Provide Options for Employers Looking to Avoid LayoffsOn April 9, 2020 by Schnader in Client Alerts
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Schnader’s Karen Baillie has written a new Client Alert, “Pennsylvania’s Shared Work Program May Provide Options for Employers Looking to Avoid Layoffs.” It reads in part:
In 2011, in response to the Great Recession, Pennsylvania joined a handful of states in enacting work sharing legislation (also known as short-time compensation). Congress first created a temporary, three-year short-time compensation program in 1982, and revived the program and made it permanent in 1992. In 2012, the federal government passed the Layoff Prevention Act, which set national program standards and provided incentive grants to states with conforming work sharing laws. Pennsylvania conformed its shared work laws to the federal standards in 2014. The new CARES Act gives states $100 million to support work sharing programs. Hence, the framework is already in place for Pennsylvania employers looking for options to avoid layoffs in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.