If your hours have been cut, you should apply for regular unemployment insurance. The best way to apply is by using our Online Claim System.
You also may be eligible for Work Share if your employer participates in that program. Work Share is a type of unemployment benefits that partly replaces your income for the hours that were cut. This is a program that only employers can enroll in. Employees cannot enroll. Your employer would decide whether to participate or not. Ask your employer if they are participating in Work Share, or would consider applying. Employers can learn about Work Share here.
For Work Share, you can only get benefits if your employer decides to participate in the program. If they do, they would fill out most of the paperwork. You would only need to fill out a two-page initial claim form. You don’t have to look for work or file weekly claims to get Work Share benefits. If you have other employment, you do have to report any income from that employment.