Employer Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Shared Work Program?

The Shared Work Program from the Kansas Department of Labor provides employers with an alternative to layoffs.

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The Shared Work Program is designed to help both employers and employees.

Shared Work can help employers:
  • avoid layoffs.
  • keep valued employees.
  • recover fast when business improves.
  • adjust as business changes.

Shared Work can help employees:
  • keep their current job.
  • avoid a financial crisis.
  • keep benefits such as health insurance.

Under the program, employers reduce the total number of hours that employees work. Employees can then receive partial unemployment benefits for the number of hours their workweek was reduced.

Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

  • How does it work in practice?

  • What are the business eligibility requirements?

  • Who does the Shared Work Program cover?

  • How do I apply?

  • What are my responsibilities if my application is approved?

Where can I learn more?

Go to the Shared Work web page at
for more information, including Amelia, our always-on chatbot.

You can also email us at KDOL.SharedWork@ks.gov
or contact us by phone at (785) 291-6132 or by fax at (785) 296-1858

or by mail at:
Kansas Department of Labor - Shared Work Program
401 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603-3182

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