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JAN 26, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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States use work sharing to limit layoffs

States use work sharing to limit layoffs Some states are adding a new twist to the old concept of unemployment insurance: paying to keep Americans in their jobs rather than giving them cash when they lose them. Washington state has subsidized incomes for dental technicians and plumbers, while Rhode Island paid factory and health care workers when their employers couldn't. Instead of dismissal notices, employees get a shortened workweek, with unemployment benefits partially compensating for lost wages. Even at the program's peak usage in 2009, work share accounted for only 2 percent of ... Read More

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