As Nebraska Economic Development Office hears of significant slowdown in several industries across the state, and know what our workforce challenges are, there is a program through the Department of Labor available to businesses to help avoid layoffs and potential permanent loss of their workforce. It’s called the STC (Short-Time Compensation) program. In a nutshell, a business would go with reduced work hours across the board, and STC funding would provide partial unemployment benefits for up to a year as an alternative to lay-offs during down times.
The contact for this program would be Katie Thurber. If an employer is interested in the program, she is the frontline contact for getting a plan submitted and approved. Katie.Thurber@nebraska.gov