Employer Views about the Short-Time Compensation Program: A Survey and Analysis in Four States
Balducchi, David E.
Wandner, Stephen A.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) contracted with IMPAQ International, LLC (IMPAQ) to conduct a study of employer views about the Short-Time Compensation (STC) Program. STC, also known as work-sharing or shared-work, is an alternative to layoffs for employers that preserves employees' jobs and employers' trained workforces during disruptions to a firm's regular business activity. Under STC the employer reduces the hours of work of employees in an affected unit rather than laying off some employees while others continue to work full-time. IMPAQ conducted this study to investigate the characteristics of employers and employer awareness of, participation in, and perceptions of the STC program. The study included a survey of employers in Kansas, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Washington; site visits to state workforce agencies (SWA); an analysis of administrative data; and a comprehensive literature review.