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Shared-Work benefits both employer and workers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Shared-Work benefits both employer and workers. Shared-Work helps businesses keep employees working at reduced hours rather than laying them off. The Employment Security Department makes up the difference with partial unemployment benefits. A better alternative than letting someone go.

Employment Security Department Commissioner Paul Troust says "first it helps the employer retain a skilled workforce. Second it helps the employee and keeps the employee connected with the employer. Third it saves the trust fund money because employers using the shared-work to maintain their relationship. The employee tends to come back to work full time more quickly."

Employers like the Center for Pediatrics, benefit a lot from this program. It is Especially good for businesses with people who have specialized training. The Shared-Work program helps financially assist employers to keep their trained employees.

Right now more than 2,200 employers use this program with 25,000 employees enrolled. The program is offered statewide. For more information check out the Employment Security Department Website.