WorkShare/Short Term Compensation 

April 3, 2020

WorkShare/Short Term Compensation 

The recent passage of the CARES Act last Friday contained several general provisions applicable to State Unemployment Insurance. This message is specific to Section 2108 in the CARES Act offering full relief of charges on benefits paid through Work Share/Short Term Compensation Plans and the process to assist in whether or not they are an effective options for employers.


Workshare programs let businesses temporarily reduce the hours of their employees instead of laying them off during economic downturns. Technically referred to as short time compensation, the goal of worksharing programs is to keep the employee attached to your workforce while still receiving unemployment assistance. Workshare programs can potentially benefit both businesses and workers. Businesses retain their trained workforce for easy recall to full-time work when economic conditions improve. Workers keep their jobs instead of being laid off and collect reduced unemployment benefits to partially replace their lost wages.


It is important to note that not all states have workplace provisions in place. The particulars of plans will vary in structure by state (see bottom of announcement). We recommend that you reach out to your First Nonprofit staff contact if any of the following apply to your organization.


  1. Your organization is considering a temporary furlough/layoff of staff in the next 4 weeks
  2. Your organization has already furloughed or laid off staff due to the impact of COVID-19 or related issues/event to COVID-19
  3. Your organization has already implemented Work Share/Short Term Compensation Plan

Links to state plans, statutes or resources:

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NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.


Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America