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The Shared Work Program

Online weekly certification is available. It is convenient, and participating employees will receive benefits faster by avoiding paper mail delays. Please note that if you certify online, plan participants must also certify online.

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Consider the Shared Work program as you manage business cycles and seasonal adjustments. Shared Work lets you keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible.

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Ready to talk about a Shared Work plan for your business? Call (518) 549-0495 today!

What businesses say about Shared Work...

I’d recommend it to anybody and I think not just seasonal businesses. Every now and then I’ve talked to different businesses that just happen to go through a cycle or maybe they lose a big account - depending on the business they’re in – or something happens where they just have a short-term blip and it’s a way to kind of get through without having to shed staff – to keep employees on. And that’s the name of the game.
— Andy Heck, President of Alpin Haus

We had had people with us a long time – trained people – and the decision needed to made, we were looking at letting people go. It was a horrible feeling. Then we found out about the Shared Work Program and I couldn’t believe I was able to keep everybody. They kept their benefits and they were off a couple days a week through our slow season. From an employer’s standpoint you get a little relief on the payroll and the payroll taxes but you’re still retaining good people. It’s good for everybody, all of the way around.
— President, Saratoga Fireplace and Stove in Saratoga Springs

The message it sends to employees...

By signing up for Shared Work, Soft-Tex sent us a message that said, “We want to keep you with the company and we want to help you be able to stay.” They knew that the lost pay from reduced hours might mean some people would not be able to afford to stay. With Shared Work benefits we can still make ends meet - even with a reduced work schedule.
— Employee, Soft-Tex in Waterford

They could have laid us off and they didn’t. They wanted to make sure that we were going to come back – that they valued us; they valued our experience; they valued us as people.
— Employee, Alpin Haus in Amsterdam


Shared Work Forms for Employers
Document Description/Purpose Download
SW 2.1 -- Shared Work Application Use this form to apply for the Shared Work Plan. Download
SW 2.2 -- Shared Work Plan Participant Listing Use this form to list employees participating in the Shared Work Plan. Download
SW 4 -- Shared Work Continued Claim Use this certification form to confirm the status of employees on your Shared Work Plan. Download
SW 4.1 -- Shared Work Continued Claim Waiting Week Certification Give this form to employees to claim first reduced week in Shared Work Plan Benefits. Download
SW 4.2 -- Important information regarding your Income Tax Withholding options Information Regarding Income Tax Withholding Options for Shared Work Participants. Download
Spanish Shared Work Forms for Employers
Document Description/Purpose Download
SW 4S --Reclamo Continuo de Trabajo Compartido (Shared Work) Se usa este formulario para reclamar los beneficios de trabajo compartido durante las semanas en que se han reducidos sus horas normales de trabajo a tiempo completo según un plan de trabajo compartido, del cual su patrón ha consentido. Download
SW 4.1S -- Reclamo Continuo de Trabajo Compartido (Shared Work) - Certificación para la Semana de Espera. Se usa este formulario para reclamar los beneficios del trabajo compartido durante una (s) semana (s) en que se han reducido sus horas normales de trabajo a tiempo completo según un plan de trabajo compartido a cual su patrono ha consentido. Download
SW 4.2S -- Aviso Importante Sobre la Opción de Retención de Impuestos Información Sobre la Opción de Retención de Impuestos para Participantes de Trabajo Compartido. Download

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