Labor & Business Committee – Week 9, 2020


SF 2305—Voluntary Shared Work Program

SF 2305 makes changes to the Voluntary Shared Work Program for unemployment insurance. The program is designed for businesses that experience downturns and anticipate a layoff of at least 10% of their workforce. It allows a business to keep its employees, and lower their work hours instead of eliminating jobs.

The bill provides that a reduction in hours and corresponding reduction in wages must be applied equally to all employees in the affected unit for each week reported (italicize = new code language). An employer may file an appeal in writing within 30 days from the date of the decision. These provisions apply to all voluntary shared work plans approved by Iowa Workforce Development on or after the effective date of the bill.
[3/10: 48-0 (Excused: Breitbach, Feenstra)]