is a smart alternative to a layoff. The program allows employers to reduce the hours of full-time (I have heard on some cases part time) employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
Temporary shutdowns due to quarantine: If you need to shut down operations temporarily because an employee becomes sick and other employees need to be isolated or quarantined, your workers may be able to receive unemployment benefits and you may receive relief of benefit charges. You may request to place employees on standby for up to eight weeks and your employees can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work.
Under the new emergency rules, temporary shutdowns related to COVID-19 infection at the place of business that cause you to close or severely reduce operations are considered extraordinary circumstances. You may request relief of benefit charges. Workers must accept any telework you offer.
Temporary layoffs due to a slowdown in business: You may request to place an employee on standby for eight weeks and your employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. If on standby, workers must accept any work you offer that they can do without breaking isolation or quarantine. Relief of benefit charges currently cannot be granted in this situation.