The employer and workers (and, if applicable, the union) must commit to participate in a work-sharing agreement and apply jointly. The COVID-19 measures put in place by Service Canada have been optimized to reduce the processing time before the start date of the agreement to 10 business days (before 30 business days). As a result, employers currently have to submit their applications at least 10 business days before the start date of the agreement (for more details, see the COVID-19 work-sharing program). The amount of benefits paid for a work-sharing week is calculated by comparing the hours of work omitted under the terms of the WS agreement and the hours that the applicant would normally have worked. Benefits are paid as a percentage of missed hours. In order to respond to the increase in requests and to better support all employers and workers, applications are processed on the basis of the launch date. Applications filed more than 10 business days before the start date of the agreement are processed in the most efficient way possible to complete the desired start date, but processing may exceed 10 business days. Jobs continue to meet the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. One option that many employers are exploring is Work Sharing (WS), a program that helps employers and workers avoid layoffs when activity outside the employer`s control temporarily declines. The WS program is an agreement between employers, workers and the Government of Canada and provides EI benefits to eligible workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share available work while their employer recovers. The key concepts and criteria that should help ensure fair employment are: the proposed reduction in working time should be in line with the number of temporary redundancies expected. For example, when an employer asks for a 40% reduction in working time, the employer must declare that about 40% of workers must be laid off.

Staff are defined as all employees who work on the company`s site and work in sectors of the company affected by the labour shortage. Work-sharing agreements must have a minimum duration of 6 weeks. The initial maximum term of the contract is 26 weeks with an extension of up to 12 weeks. The division of labour should not include staff necessary to create work and/or staff essential to the restoration of the company (for example, management. B, marketing/commercial at the management level, external sales agents, technical agents involved in product development, etc.