In some states, employees have the option to apply for state specific unemployment insurance or employee work sharing benefits due to a reduction in work hours.
Most production workers are familiar with state unemployment insurance (SUI), and routinely file for it between periods of employment. Click here for more information on applying for unemployment.
Work sharing programs are lesser known unemployment insurance programs that may be used in the event you reduce your employees’ work hours as an alternative to layoffs. Work sharing programs allow an employee to still do some work and to receive unemployment compensation to make up some of the difference in the loss of income.
Typically, a production company has to apply to qualify for and offer a work sharing program to their employees. Often, employers are charged for this insurance in the same manner as for regular unemployment insurance. GreenSlate is happy to assist you in applying for these programs.
Refer to the state in which you currently operate:
New York: Employers who have reduced work hours for their employees may be eligible to participate in a work share program. As a production company, you can contact GreenSlate for assistance with applying at Operations@gslate.com.
California and Georgia: Employees with reduced work hours may be eligible to receive work share benefits if their employer registers to participate in the program. As a production company, you can contact GreenSlate for assistance with applying at Operations@gslate.com.
Last updated: 3.26.20. This information in this communication is general in nature, and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice rendered by GreenSlate, LLC. The reader should contact his or her attorney, CPA, or tax professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.