Work-Sharing - Overview
Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.
Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time.
The employer and the employees (and the union, if applicable) must agree to participate in a Work-Sharing agreement and must apply together. An application for a Work-Sharing agreement must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested start date.
Before applying, please read all the information provided (including the Work-Sharing Applicant Guide) and discuss it with your employees.
For more information on the Work-Sharing program employers and employees across Canada may call the following toll-free number: 1-866-891-5319 (TTY : 1-800-926-9105).
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