Work Sharing


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Work Sharing

An arrangement whereby a company cuts employee hours so that two or more employees work the same amount that one employee previously did. Companies implement work sharing in difficult times in order to reduce expenses without conducting layoffs. Work sharing is also called job sharing.
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Messenger and Ghosheh present work sharing through the prism of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, and with an international approach.
But rather than being a universally negative aspect of the economic crisis, reductions in working hours due to work sharing policies should be seen as a positive development, says Jon Messenger, ILO Senior Research Officer.
A long-time advocate of work sharing, she maps out a vision for a new economics that would not only allow more time for family and community, but would also give people the opportunity to acquire goods and services in more ecologically friendly ways outside of the fossil-fuel intensive market economy.
Instead of laying off these employees, the employer participating in the Work Sharing Program keeps all 100 employees on the payroll, but reduces every employee's hours from five days to four days a week, thereby achieving the same 20 percent reduction in payroll.
Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Chikara Sakaguchi and Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), were among some 40 people who took part in a forum held in Tokyo to discuss work sharing and other labor issues.
Work sharing involves available work being distributed as evenly as possible among all workers, or else reducing overall work time, when production slackens to prevent layoffs.
implemented work sharing for 10 months from June 1999, but it is only recently that Japanese companies have started to consider adopting the system as a way to cut costs while maintaining employment.
Since 1978, 10 States have adopted legislation to permit the voluntary use of short-time compensation--that is, work sharing as an alternative to layoffs, combined with the payment of partial unemployment insurance benefits to help compensate employees for their lost work time.
It has space to house more than 200 engineers and support staff, and will utilize a wide range of engineering software platforms, facilitating work sharing between offices and flexibility in responding to customer requirements.
April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito today applauded the House of Representatives for unanimously passing House Bill 2160, a measure that would establish a work sharing program in Pennsylvania to help prevent layoffs.
There are other potential benefits from work sharing.