Government introduces extended work-sharing programOilpatch increasingly onboard – but approach not for everyoneBy Liz Bernier05/30/2016|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2016 The federal government has announced an extended work-sharing program intended to help embattled oil and gas employers weather the storm.Eligible employers can now benefit from an additional 38 weeks of employment insurance (EI) benefits for employees, for a maximum of 76 weeks. Employers that use the federal work-sharing program have workers’ wages supplemented by EI benefits for the days they are not working. The extension is expected to benefit as many as 33,000 additional workers. As of April, there were 347 active work-sharing agreements with Alberta companies, according to the government. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.