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Shared Work Program

An employer who has at least 10 employees may apply to the division for approval to provide a Shared Work program. The purpose of such a program is to stabilize an employer’s workforce during a period of economic disruption by permitting the sharing of the work remaining after a reduction in total hours of work. Under an approved Shared Work program, workers who have their hours of work reduced may receive "short-time" unemployment benefits for the lost hours of work, while continuing to work at reduced hours with a continuation of their health insurance, pension coverage, and other benefits.

The advantages of the Shared Work Program

Layoff Aversion

Our Rapid Response team can offer you resources to retrain or restructure your workforce to avoid a layoff. The Rapid Response team works closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce engaged in the existing regional economy or industry.

Read more about layoff aversion

File a WARN Notice

If you employ 100 people or more and are planning a mass layoff or plant closing, you may be subject to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This law requires that such employers give 60 days' notice of layoff actions to affected employers and the community.

Learn how to file a WARN notice

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is a proactive, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and help growing companies access an available pool of skilled workers from other companies that are experiencing layoffs.

Learn how our Rapid Response team can help

Trade Adjustment Assistance

If your company has had to lay off workers or reduce their hours due to competition from foreign trade, you can help your affected workers during this transition with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Trade Adjustment Assistance gives trade-affected workers the opportunity to get the skills, resources and support they need to find suitable work as quickly as possible.

Read more about Trade Adjustment Assistance

Research the Labor Market

New Jersey's labor market growth is stronger than ever, fueled by an abundance of talent in sought-after industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, green and sustainable technologies, and information technology. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development publishes up-to-date research and data on job growth, industry trends, and employment statistics, and businesses use this information to make data-driven decisions about hiring, expansion opportunities, and more.

Review labor market research