California Law Extends Provisions for Filing Work Share Plans Indefinitely

By Nicky Jatana © Jackson Lewis July 27, 2022
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​In 2020, California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1731, which created an alternative process for employers to submit and be approved for work-sharing plan programs. Previously some employees would be eligible for unemployment benefits if they were working less than their usual weekly hours and their employer was participating in a work-sharing plan that met specified requirements and was approved by the Director of Employment Development. Employers were required to submit to the director a signed, written work-sharing plan application form that met specific requirements.

For work sharing plan applications submitted by eligible employers between Sept. 15, 2020, and Sept. 1, 2023, the law required that, upon approval by the Director of Employment Development, they be deemed approved for one year, except as specified.

Moreover, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is required to mail an eligible employer a claim packet for each participating employee within five business days following approval of the application. The EDD must also make online claim forms available to the approved employer for each participating employee within five business days following approval of the application if an employer submitted its work sharing plan application online.

On July 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1854, which extends the provisions under AB 1731 indefinitely and requires the EDD to accept electronic signatures on all work sharing plan documents.

Nicky Jatana is a lawyer with Jackson Lewis in Los Angeles. © 2022. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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