WorkShare requirements for employers

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

Eligibility requirements

  • 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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