Employers in holding patternWork Sharing program still popular, extension ‘appealing’By Sarah Dobson03/08/2010|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2010 Early last year, conveyor manufacturer Univeyor B.C. saw its sales fall substantially. So in February 2009, about one-half of the 20 workers at the Burnaby, B.C.-based company agreed to participate in the federal government’s Work Sharing program.The program allows employers to avoid temporary layoffs — and avoid expensive rehiring and retraining costs — by implementing a workweek reduction of 20 to 60 per cent (one to three days) while eligible employees receive employment insurance income support.“I was so worried about it, with my employees, but when I went in there and explained what was going on, they all thanked me for keeping their jobs,” said Joanne Dancer, owner of Univeyor. “There was such a sudden drop in the economy — no one really knew how to plan for that. And we had a contract coming up… so we didn’t really want to lose our people.” 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.