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What is the Work Share Program through the state of Michigan?

Work Share is a program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. With the plan, rather than being laid off, eligible employees work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. With the Work Share program, unemployment benefits are based on a percentage of the reduced hours of work and pay. The reduction in work hours must result in an equivalent reduction in wages. CARES provides temporary funding to the state’s Work Share program. The state of Michigan has a number of conditions that must be met by employers wishing to participate in the Work Share program. The Michigan Catholic Conference has generously offered to assist parishes who wish to explore this option. They can be reached at 1-800-395-5565. Find Work Share Fact Sheet at: