How WorkSharing affects UI benefits

Once an unemployment insurance claim is established, a "benefit credit" is calculated. The benefit credit is the total amount of benefits you are potentially eligible to collect during your benefit year - the 52- week "life" of a claim.

Each claim also has a "duration of benefits". This is the maximum number of weeks you are eligible to collect full unemployment insurance benefits.

Here's an example:
If someone had a benefit credit of $7,500 and a regular UI benefit rate of $250, full unemployment benefits could be collected for 30 weeks.

When you collect WorkShare benefits, however, your benefit credit is only reduced by the amount of your actual WorkShare payment.

Since your WorkShare benefits are less than what your regular unemployment benefits would be, the potential number of weeks you can collect is more than the number of weeks in the duration of your regular unemployment claim.

Here's an example:

Under the WorkShare Program, workers receive a portion of unemployment benefits equal to the reduction in work hours. If the reduction in work hours is 40 percent, the WorkShare benefits are 40 percent of the unemployment insurance benefit rate.

If the unemployment insurance benefit rate were $250, the weekly WorkShare payment would be $100. This means that the potential duration of the unemployment benefits would be more than 30 weeks.

In this example, if the plan were for 20 weeks, a WorkShare participant would have collected $2000 of the $7500 available for full unemployment insurance benefits. This means that $5500 remains in the unemployment insurance claim. That money would be available for the 26 weeks remaining in the duration of the claim, if the worker became totally unemployed.

Under the law, the maximum duration of an unemployment insurance claim is 52 weeks. Any benefits remaining after 52 weeks would no longer be available.