For immediate release:
Jan. 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) said she will offer a proposal to implement a work-sharing unemployment insurance plan in Indiana she believes will help both workers and employers.
“Work share” plans provide employers with the ability to reduce the hours of workers, rather than laying them off. They can keep employees they have already trained without the risk of losing them permanently. To supplement their lost wages, the workers receive a portion of the weekly unemployment insurance benefits they would have received if they would have been laid off.
Under this plan, employees in qualifying companies would receive up to 90 percent of their pay, although generally they would receive about 75 percent. They also would keep their healthcare. Additionally, the plan helps employers, who would not have to hire and train new employees.
“This work share benefit would improve morale in the work place,” said Macer. “Rather than worrying about losing half their pay, employees have six to 12 months of help while the company gets back on its feet.”
According to Macer, the work share plan would improve morale because employees would feel more secure and valued while the company was experiencing economic troubles.
“The goal of this plan is to improve the quality of life for employees, employers and the community,” said Macer.
Only non-delinquent companies can qualify, and the unemployment benefits last six to 12 months. The purpose is to provide unemployment benefits only to reliable companies who are undergoing a brief period of hardship.
“This bill is about quality of life,” said Macer. “It’s bipartisan. It helps everyone.”