Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Work-Share Program

Gov. Walker signed into law on Friday, a measure allowing employers to reduce workers' hours, rather than laying them off, when business is slow.

Under the new law, workers could receive state unemployment benefits, for the hours lost. Employers would have to continue providing health insurance coverage and retirement plans.

According to the governor, the work-share program could save the state's unemployment reserve fund nearly five million dollars. He says 24 other states operate similar programs.

The governor also signed legislation allowing amphibious passenger vehicles - such as the Wisconsin Dell Ducks, to drive up to five miles on roadways. Currently, the vehicles can travel on roadways only two miles, before they must head for water. Walker says the change should aid the state's tourism industry.