What Is A Work Sharing Agreement

Employers should draw Service Canada`s attention to imminent layoffs to ensure that public servants can help employers define the work-sharing agreement in the most effective way possible. The WS program offers employers an option if conditions that are not under their control, they are not able to support regular schedules for all their employees. In addition to the obvious benefit of preventing collective redundancies, the main benefits of WS are: the amount of benefits paid for a work-sharing week is calculated by comparing the hours of work omitted under the WS agreement with the hours normally worked by the applicant. Benefits are paid as a percentage of missed hours. Employers will continue to pay workers for all hours worked on their payroll. In order to ensure that everyone has a fair and equitable working opportunity, available working hours should be distributed through the WS unit. Employees who participate in a WS agreement are a “work-sharing unit.” The members of the working group are all core workers who have agreed to participate in the SS agreement, reduce their working hours and share the work available equitably. The division of labour unit is usually made up of employees in a single job description or similar job. The work-sharing unit may also be made up of workers who do other work but whose workstations are interdependent.

The COVID 19 pandemic poses major challenges for employers and their workers, and we will continue to provide up-to-date information if the situation evolves. BDO`s besant consulting team helps you develop contingency plans to protect your business and your employees. The Canadian government for employment and social development can provide more detailed information on work sharing. You can also contact members of our team for advice. In this case, the applicant worked 30 hours out of 40 hours possible. As a result, 10 hours out of 40 hours were lost because of the work-sharing agreement, or 25%. This applicant is entitled to 25% of his benefit rate or $125.00 for the 10 hours that were omitted under the work-sharing agreement. The SS agreement must include a reduction in the activity of the regular work programme of workers by no less than 10% (half a day) and no more than 60% (three days). When applying for the WS program, the employer is required to submit a recovery plan that outlines the steps it intends to take to address the lack of work and reduce the work-sharing unit to normal working hours by the end of the SS contract period. 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. Incomplete work-sharing applications may delay Service Canada`s evaluation of your application. The key concepts and criteria that help ensure fair employment are: employers and workers (and, if necessary, the union) must agree to participate in a work-sharing agreement and apply together.

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