You must still be able to work and available to work to qualify for Work Share. If you have available work for your employee and they choose not to work for any reason, they would not qualify for Work Share that week.
Exception: If your staff miss work due to COVID-19, please let us know. We will accept their weekly claim but will need to review it under regular UI guidelines, and not under Work Share. The person’s earnings may also impact their eligibility for the week.
UPDATE: Beginning August 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020, an employee may use approved, accrued leave as hours worked during the week, such as leave taken for other reasons, including because the employee is sick, is caring for someone else who is sick, is on jury duty, or because of COVID-19 related reasons. This does not apply to leave taken for vacation purposes.
FOR EXAMPLE: If an employee is scheduled to work 40 hours per week but needs to be out all week due to being sick or taking care of someone who is sick, they should use between 24-32 hours of accrued leave to meet the Work Share reduction in hours. If they take more than 32 hours or under 24 hours, they will not meet the reduction in hours of 20-40%.