A program that helped more than 30,000 workers keep their jobs last year has been extended. Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Senate Bill 844 into law, legislation that extends the federal Shared-Work Program. The Missouri General Assembly gave nearly unanimous support to the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, a Republican from Springfield.
Nearly 350 Missouri employers were able to avoid layoffs last year using the Shared-Work Program. Through the program, an employer can reduce workers’ hours and supplement lost wages with partial unemployment benefits.
“The Shared Work Program helps employers weather tough economic times without losing their skilled workforce. At the same time, the program helps Missouri workers make ends meet,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “In addition to supplementing lost wages, employees also retain employer-provided benefits, such as health care. We are grateful to lawmakers and Gov. Nixon for working to extend this valuable safety net. ”
When Missouri Chamber members were alerted that the Shared-Work Program was in jeopardy if this legislation was not passed, many reached out to their legislators and urged action. Their action played a key role in pushing the extension over the finish line.
Note to reporters: The Missouri Chamber has been working with employers statewide to save the Shared-Work Program. If you would like to interview a local business about what Shared-Work means in your region, contact Karen Buschmann, vice president of communications, at 573-634-3511.