WorkShare requirements for employers

Before you apply for the WorkShare program, check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements

Some eligibility requirements have been waived due to COVID-19. 
Employers who are unable to submit their application should contact or call (617) 626-5521 for help.

  • You must be up-to-date with your unemployment insurance contributions
  • You cannot have a negative reserve balance
  • You must have filed employment and wage detail reports
  • You must be a Massachusetts company (a small or large company, nonprofit, or government agency)
  • Your employees must be permanent full-time or part-time workers (seasonal and temporary employees may not take part in the plan)
  • You must develop a WorkShare plan and apply for approval
  • Your WorkShare plan must include:
    • The reduction in hours (between 10% and 60%)
    • The number of employees affected by the plan (must be at least 2 employees)
    • The duration of the plan (can't be more than 52 weeks)
  • You must continue to provide the same health insurance and retirement benefits to affected employees
  • The union must agree to the WorkShare plan if employees are covered by collective bargaining

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