All Massachusetts employers are eligible to participate in the WorkShare Program. This includes both large corporations with hundreds of workers and businesses with only two employees, non-profit as well as for profit, and even governmental entities. Any workers who would be eligible to receive regular unemployment insurance benefits are eligible to participate in the WorkShare Program. Seasonal layoffs, however, are not covered.

The WorkShare Application and Approval Process

  • Login to UI Online. Go to Account Maintenance and select Add WorkShare Plan.  Your application must be submitted online.
  • DUA requires at least three-week lead-time for the application process.
  • Learn more about how to develop your workshare plan pdf format of Developing Your WorkShare Plan: A Guide for Empl
  • The WorkShare Department will approve or deny your application within 15 business days following receipt of the plan.
  • If your plan is approved, a DUA representative will contact you to discuss the implementation of the plan.
  • If your plan is denied, the determination is final and cannot be appealed. However, you may submit another plan for approval at any time.


Begin Your Program

You must reduce your employees' hours in accordance with your WorkShare plan once your program begins. From this point on, until the conclusion of your program, your employees must comply with the program each and every week. Keep a precise log of your participating employees' paid hours for each week. Failure to comply with the program precisely each week will result in the non-complying employees not receiving any benefits for those weeks that they fail to comply. Repeated failures to adhere to the plan will jeopardize your program, and can result in termination of the entire plan.


Report any Changes or Concerns to us

Because WorkShare is an employer initiated program, any concerns regarding lost, missing or inaccurate payments must be raised by the employer. If you must make changes to the plan after it has begun, you must contact your assigned contact person to discuss your options. Additionally, if despite the plan you end up laying off participating employees, you must contact your assigned WorkShare Representative and inform him/her that they have been removed from the program. If they are not removed from the WorkShare plan, they will be unable to receive regular unemployment benefits.

Contact WorkShare

The WorkShare Department
Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Phone: 617-626-5521
Fax: 617-626-6222