Prior to the Covid-19 emergency, Wisconsin had used 20 work-share plans which involved 899 participants. DWD announced there are more than 500 work-share program plans with almost 18,000 worker participants in Wisconsin. Work-share plans help employers retain employees during slow periods by reducing their hours and allowing employees to file for partial Unemployment Insurance benefits. Workers keep employer-provided benefits. Work-share plans are required to include a minimum of at least 2 Wisconsin employees, and reduction of hours will be a set percentage of at least 10% but no more than 60% of the normal hours per week.