The study also found that businesses, which pay into the unemployment insurance trust fund through state and federal taxes, would be charged higher rates when they entered a work-sharing program, but no higher rates than they would pay if they laid off employees.
One thing both Brinegar and Frank agree on is that designing the details of a work-sharing program wouldn’t be easy. In past years, work-sharing legislation has been carried by Democrats in the GOP-dominated Legislature but has found some Republican support. Brinegar is hopeful that the measure pushed in the 2014 session will find support on both sides of the aisle.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. Reach her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter, @MaureenHayden.