The Senate passed work-share legislation last week that seeks to provide flexibility to employers and help keep workers on the job during challenging economic times.
Assembly Bill 15 (AB 15) gives an employer, pending approval by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the ability to reduce workers' hours instead of utilizing layoffs. This bill allows an employee whose hours have been reduced under a work-share program to be eligible for unemployment insurance for the reduced hours that they will not be working, while helping businesses retain skilled workers.
AB 15 previously passed the State Assembly on a bipartisan vote and now goes to the Governor for his signature. Wisconsin would join 24 other states that have work-share programs if the bill is signed by the Governor.