Employers Learn of Option to Layoffs in Slow Business Cycle

Employers in some states have an alternative to layoffs during a downturn in a business cycle: short-time compensation (STC). STC allows employers to lower the average hours of employees in lieu of laying them off. So, why don’t more employers use STC where available? Turns out, it isn’t used because employers don’t know about it.

For the U.S. Department of Labor, Westat launched an information campaign to a sample of employers in Iowa and Oregon, 2 states with these programs. We found that the major barrier to use was employers simply weren’t aware of them. Once clued in, use of the Oregon program increased by 58% in Portland and 100% outside of Portland.

Learn more about Westat’s research in evaluating efforts to get employers to use state short-time compensation programs.

Want to work with us?
You’ll be in great company.

About Us Careers

Westat Employees.
Westat Employee.
Client List
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Internal Revenue Service
National Science Foundation
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Georgia Department of Transportation
Maryland Cancer Registry
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Texas Education Agency
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
DC Public Schools
NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
ClearWay Minnesota
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Teach for America
The Verizon Foundation
The Johns Hopkins University
University of Denver
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of Michigan
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The National Institutes of Health

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law. Notices to Employees & Applicants.