SharedWork Ohio (SWO) is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under an SWO plan, eligible employers will reduce affected employee’s weekly work hours between 10 and 50 percent. Participating employees will work the reduced schedule and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will pay them a prorated unemployment benefit.
SWO allows employers to retain their skilled workforce, eliminate the time and expense of recruiting and training new workers and maintain existing employee benefits. It may prevent workers from being permanently laid off due to a lack of work or business closure. Participating employees can remain with the employer and do not have to search and train for a new job.
- To be considered for the program, employers must submit an application and a participant list.
- And approved SWO plan can be in effect for up to 52 weeks (the weeks do not need to be consecutive).
- Additional program information can be found at: jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/SharedWorkOhio or by calling (866) 733-0025, Option 3.
Ohio employers may apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Have at least two affected employees that do not work on a seasonal, temporary or intermittent basis;
- Are current on all Ohio unemployment insurance reporting, contributions, reimbursements, interest and penalties due;
- Agree to the program requirements.
- Municipal employers can participate in SharedWork Ohio as long as all the requirements are met under ORC 4141.51 http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4141.51
After ODJFS notifies an employer that it approves the submitted SharedWork Ohio plan, the affected employees may apply for SharedWork Ohio benefits.
To apply for a SharedWork Ohio plan:
- Go to www.unemployment.ohio.gov
- Log in to your OJI Employer benefits account
- From the Main Menu, under SharedWork Ohio (SWO), select View/Manage SWO Plans