Layoff Prevention


Employers may be able to avoid layoffs by choosing the WorkShare alternative. Previously in a temporary layoff situation, employers who hoped to reemploy their workers ran the risk of losing those skilled workers to other business opportunities. The WorkShare program allows employers to retain their skilled workers during times of slowdown by simply reducing the work hours of a larger group of employees. Employees whose hours and wages are reduced would be eligible to receive a portion of their regular unemployment insurance benefits to compensate for the lost wages. In addition to sparing employers the potential lost of its existing workforce, WorkShare also spares a company's employees the financial and emotional hardship associated with a layoff situation.

How can I get started?

Employers can access WorkShare application documents on this webpage. If you’re interested in applying for WorkShare, we encourage you to review the information found on this website. Interested employers may apply for WorkShare by completing the application.


WorkShare is available to any employer with two or more employees. Employees who normally work for the employer submitting a WorkShare plan and who would normally be eligible to receive regular unemployment insurance benefits in Rhode Island are eligible to participate in WorkShare.

The following also apply:

  • The employee must serve a waiting period before receiving WorkShare benefits, unless a waiting period has already been served on an existing claim.
  • During the week, the individual is employed as a member of an affected unit under a WorkShare plan which was approved prior to that week, and the plan is in effect the week for which WorkShare benefits are claimed.
  • The individual is able to work and is available for the normal work week with the WorkShare employer.
  • The employee must work all the hours offered by the WorkShare employer in any given week up to the employee's usual weekly hours.
  • If an individual has earnings in the same week with another employer, those earnings will not affect the individual's WorkShare benefits. The employee can receive a maximum of 52 weeks of WorkShare benefits during a single benefit year.

WorkShare Resources

Application Packet
Shared Work Payment Calculation Chart
Participant List Form
WorkShare Brochure
WorkShare Updates

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is the best approach to overcoming the fears of permanent layoffs and closures. A special team of reemployment experts will visit your place of business to ease this fear and assist with the transition of your dislocated workers.

Rapid Response coordination can benefit employers by:

  • Assisting with early intervention to allow employers and workers to communicate their concerns
  • Improving morale and productivity and lowering absenteeism due to reduced stress
  • Assisting in managing your human resource needs
  • Counseling affected workers in their efforts to return to work
  • Educating employers on such topics as Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and other programs.
  • Helping maintain a good corporate relationship with the community

Early Intervention

  • Rapid Response will schedule a management meeting at your place of business at your convenience, where you will be provided with consistent and accurate information about state and federal programs to assist you and your affected employees.
  • Rapid Response presents group employee orientations on or off-site. The presentations include overviews on unemployment benefits and how to access the appropriate federally funded programs that are available.
  • Rapid Response will assess the needs of the workforce by administering a worker survey. A survey will provide the information necessary to address the individual needs of the workers.

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training may also be available. Please see the following resources for more information.


For further information on Rapid Response Services, please contact Susan Biagioni at 401-462-8723.

This phone number is not intended for individual Unemployment Insurance claimants, and will not provide access to the UI Call Center. To contact the Call Center please call 401-415-6772.

Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program established under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.
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