The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. 

If your employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan and you meet the qualifications to file an reemployment assistance claim in the state of Florida, you will receive a partial reemployment check to supplement your reduced paycheck.

Employer Requirements

  • As an employer, you must complete a Short Time Compensation Plan Application.  A Short Time Compensation Plan lasts for one year but can be renewed if your employees have returned to full-time work during the plan year.
  • At least 10 percent (not less than 2) of your employees in your total staff or in a particular department must work reduced hours. 
  • Employers must name the employee participating in the program and must provide the Department of Economic Opportunity with the employee’s normal weekly hours (excluding overtime).
  • Employers must certify that they will reduce the employee’s normal number of weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but no more than 40 percent.
  • The situation must be temporary rather than a temporary layoff. 

Employee Requirements

  • You must be a full-time employee, (not part-time or seasonal) with a standard number of hours worked each week (excluding overtime). 
  • You must meet all of the normal requirements to establish a Florida reemployment claim and you must provide the Department of Economic Opportunity with any necessary information or documentation.  
  • While on the Short Time Compensation program you must work and/or receive paid leave for ALL of the hours that your employer has you scheduled to work in order to receive Short Time Compensation Benefits for a week.
  • Every two weeks you will be required to report your hours worked, plus any hours of paid leave from your Short Time Compensation employer and if you have a part-time job, earnings from that part-time job.
  • If you have concerns about the Short Time Compensation program, please contact your employer.
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