NDOL Offers Short-Time Compensation, On-the-Job Training Reimbursement Programs

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL, dol.nebraska.gov) encourages employers to apply for their Short-Time Compensation (STC) program and/or On-the-Job Training Reimbursement Program.

The STC program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10%-60% while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit. The program is available to businesses that are looking to retain their workforce during a temporary slowdown and allows employers to voluntary reduce the hours of staff in leu of layoffs. Employees of business approved for the program receive a partial unemployment benefit to help them offset the loss of income. From July 2019 through June 2020, the STC program helped avert over 6,000 layoffs. Over 450 employers were approved for the program, which paid out nearly $2.98 million in benefits. To learn more, go to dol.nebraska.gov/STC.

In addition, NDOL is offering an On-the-Job Training Reimbursement Program for employers who are planning to hire a worker who was impacted by a layoff. Employers who are willing to provide training on the job may be eligible for a 50–75% wage reimbursement up to $10,000. On-the-job training helps employers recruit more efficiently, hire better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectations, and reduce their training costs. These programs also help jobseekers quickly reenter the workforce while increasing their skills and earning a wage. Contact one of NDOL’s job centers to speak to a reemployment coordinator or email NDOL.EconomicTransition@nebraska.gov.

Learn more about the Nebraska Department of Labor and additional programs/resources they offer by going online to dol.nebraska.gov.