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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Include a brief description of the circumstances requiring the use of work sharing to avoid layoffs;
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.
Representatives of the government, corporate executives and labor unions agreed Monday that work sharing should be promoted in Japan in the medium and long term.
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of a prenatal support and work planning intervention on parents' workload, household work sharing, and health and partner outcomes and to investigate prenatal to postnatal changes in first-time parents' child care, household, and paid work responsibilities.
The production adjustment is to be undertaken through a work sharing scheme primarily affecting employees involved in the manufacture of blades and controllers, and assembly of turbines.
Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Chikara Sakaguchi said Friday he will visit Germany in mid-January to observe how work sharing is implemented there.
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.
policy, the chief of which would increase the use of work sharing by making pro-rated unemployment insurance benefits more available to workers whose hours have been cut.