COVID-19 & Missouri’s Shared Work Program

By June 19, 2020COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) announced that, through December 26, 2020, the unemployment accounts for businesses that participate in the Shared Work program will not be charged. While the Shared Work program has been used for over 30 years, the program is helpful for businesses transitioning back to full operations after COVID-19. The CARES Act incentivizes employers to remember associates under the Shared Work program, allowing states the option to waive charges to employer accounts through December 2020. This program protects jobs and minimizes economic harm.

Shared Work permits employers to reduce their labor and turnover costs while retaining skilled employees for when they return to full operations. Also, associates receive prorated unemployment benefits to supplement lost earnings and maintain their work benefits. Additionally, through July 25, 2020, associates that are eligible for even $1 per week of benefits will receive an additional $600 federal supplement each week they receive benefits. Furthermore, the Shared Work program grants employers the flexibility to reduce its workforce as a precautionary health measure and to run on a diminished schedule. Shared Work employers can divide available work among a group of associates that continue to work a reduced schedule. Because a Shared Work employer retains its skilled associates, they can ramp up and scale down its workforce based on business needs and health concerns.

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Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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