Work Sharing Information for Employers FAQs

For complete information on Work Sharing, visit Work Sharing Program.

The employee must meet the following requirements for Work Sharing:

  • The employee must be regularly employed by an employer whose Work Sharing Plan Application has been approved by the EDD.
  • The employee must be a part of the employer’s permanent regular workforce and not a leased, intermittent, temporary, or seasonal employee.
  • The employee must have qualifying wages in the base quarters used to establish a regular California unemployment insurance claim.
  • The reduction in each participating employee's hours and wages must be at least 10 percent and no more than 60 percent.
  • New employees must work a normal schedule for one week without a reduction in hours before they can participate in Work Sharing.
  • New: Furloughed and laid-off employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic do not have to work a normal work week to participate in Work Sharing.

No. You can only have one Work Sharing plan per California employer account number. However, units at the same or different locations can be included in the Work Sharing plan.

Yes. If you are an employer and need to add an additional location, employees, or work units to an existing Work Sharing plan, complete the Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Plan Application (DE 8686) (PDF) for expanded coverage. You will need the following information:

  • Business name.
  • Business address.
  • California Employer Account Number.
  • Effective date of your current plan.
  • Effective date of requested expanded coverage.
  • Names of the additional units or locations.
  • Total number of employees in the units.
  • Number of additional employees who will be participating.
  • Employee names and Social Security numbers.
  • Normal and reduced work hours of employees.

Employers are charged for Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits the same way as regular UI benefits.

If you no longer need a Work Sharing plan, stop giving the Work Sharing forms to your participating employees until the plan expires. Refer to the notice of Work Sharing plan approval for the expiration date of the approved plan.

You can also request to cancel the plan by submitting a written notice to our Special Claims Office.

Subsequent Work Sharing plans will be approved if you continue to meet the requirements of the program. The plan is effective for 12 months and subsequent plans may be approved until your economic conditions improve.

No, unless employees in the same position worked during that holiday as part of their normal weekly hours. The holiday must have also occurred during the 12-month period before their employer began the Work Sharing program.

A holiday schedule cannot be changed unless the employer provides documentation that the Work Sharing participants worked, or did not work, during the 12-month period before the employer began participating in the Work Sharing Program.

Yes, like regular UI customers, Work Sharing employees must serve a one week unpaid waiting period. The waiting period is usually the first eligible week claimed after the Work Sharing UI claim is filed.