(Jul. 30/13) The Government of Canada has approved the use of special measures under the Employment Insurance Work-Sharing program to assist employers and workers temporarily affected by the flooding in Alberta and Manitoba.

Generally, Work-Sharing is designed to help companies facing a temporary downturn in business avoid layoffs by offering Employment Insurance Part I income support to workers willing to work a reduced work week while their company recovers.

In terms of the just-activated special measures, employers located in communities where a state of emergency has been declared and are experiencing a temporary shortage of work due to the flooding may benefit from these measures, which involve waiving certain program criteria to enter into a work-sharing agreement.

Eligible employers in affected areas have until Sept. 27, 2013, to apply for an agreement involving these special measures.

For more information on Work-Sharing, click here or contacting your local Service Canada Centre.

The Commission recently signed off on the use of these EI Work-Sharing special measures and the announcement of the first company to use them followed soon thereafter. Click here for the press release.

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