Shared work programs; established, report. (HB835)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; shared work programs.  Establishes a shared work program that provides employers with the option of reducing the hours worked by employees, while permitting the employees whose hours are reduced to receive partial compensation for lost wages. Program participation requires Virginia Employment Commission approval of a plan, which must provide that the reduction in hours of work is in lieu of a layoff of an equivalent percentage of employees and that employees' fringe benefits cannot be reduced or eliminated during the plan. Employees must be available to work and available for full-time work with a participating work sharing employer. The measure authorizes an affected employee to participate in a Commission-approved training program sponsored by his shared work employer or any other employer on days that he is not directed to report to work by his shared work employer without reduction in shared work benefits. If the U.S. Department of Labor finds that any provision of this measure violates federal law, the finding shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remaining provisions. Finally, the measure requires the Commission to submit reports on the program's implementation and accomplishments, with recommendations to improve its effectiveness. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103209D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2012Assigned C & L sub: #1
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB835)
02/07/2012Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013 with amendment(s)
02/09/2012Committee amendments
02/09/2012Continued to 2013 with amendment(s) in Commerce and Labor
11/29/2012Left in Commerce and Labor

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB376.