Details: The Short-Time Compensation program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees.
- As an employer, you must complete a Short-Time Compensation Plan application. A Short-Time Compensation Plan lasts for one year but can be renewed if your employees have returned to full-time work during the plan year.
- At least 10 percent (not less than 2) of your employees in your total staff or in a particular department must work reduced hours.
- Employers must name the employee participating in the program and must provide the Department of Economic Opportunity with the employee’s normal weekly hours (excluding overtime).
- Employers must certify that they will reduce the employee’s normal number of weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but no more than 40 percent.
- The situation must be temporary rather than a temporary layoff.
- You must be a full-time employee (not part-time or seasonal) with a standard number of hours worked each week (excluding overtime).
- You must meet all of the normal requirements to establish a Florida reemployment claim, and you must provide the Department of Economic Opportunity with any necessary information or documentation.
- While on the Short-Time Compensation program, you must work and/or receive paid leave for ALL of the hours that your employer has you scheduled to work in order to receive Short-Time Compensation Benefits for a week.
- Every two weeks, you will be required to report your hours worked, plus any hours of paid leave from your Short-Time Compensation employer, and if you have a part-time job, earnings from that part-time job.
- If you have concerns about the Short-Time Compensation program, please contact your employer.