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What Is A Work Sharing Agreement

The employer and workers (and, if applicable, the union) must commit to participate in a work-sharing agreement and apply jointly. The COVID-19 measures put in place by Service Canada have been optimized to reduce the processing time before the start date of the agreement to 10 business days (before 30 business days). As a result, employers currently have to submit their applications at least 10 business days before the start date of the agreement (for more details, see the COVID-19 work-sharing program). Work-sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and workers avoid layoffs when economic activity outside the employer`s control temporarily declines. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share available work while their employer recovers. Work-sharing is an agreement between employers, workers and the Canadian government. Jobs continue to meet the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. One option that many employers are exploring is Work Sharing (WS), a program that helps employers and workers avoid layoffs when activity outside the employer`s control temporarily declines. The WS program is an agreement between employers, workers and the Government of Canada and provides EI benefits to eligible workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share available work while their employer recovers. The key concepts and criteria that help ensure equitable work opportunities are: in order to meet the increase in application volume and to better support all employers and workers, applications are processed on the basis of the launch date. Applications filed more than 10 business days before the start date of the agreement are processed in the most efficient way possible to complete the desired start date, but processing may exceed 10 business days. The WS program aims to help employers and workers avoid redundancies when the normal level of activity, which is outside the employer`s control, is temporarily reduced. The program is available to federal and provincial employers.

The WS program provides income assistance for workers who are eligible for EI benefits who work a temporaryly reduced work week while their employer recovers. The WS program establishes a tripartite agreement with the employer, employees and service Canada (the “WS agreement”).