To paraphrase a popular quote: There are years when nothing happens and there are days (and weeks) when years happen.

The nonstop barrage of news, orders, and other materials continues making updating a blog on the subject feel hopelessly out of date the moment you click “Publish”.

So rather than any lofty posts this

Sometimes, government is thought of as the enforcer of rules.  But sometimes, the government is also in the business of helping businesses too.

The latest example of this is an Employer Resource Guide put out a few weeks ago by the Connecticut Department of Labor. You can download it directly here.  

According to its introduction:

One of the better programs run by the Connecticut Department of Labor that gets almost zero publicity is the “Shared Work” program.  For employers, it’s a useful tool when you’re dealing with a temporary slowdown in work.

I talked about it five (!) years ago in the midst of the recession so I’m not going

 A few months ago, I noted that Connecticut’s Department of Labor has had a long-standing (but, until recently, little-used) woPhoto courtesy of Library of Congress, Manchester Parachute Mills, circa 1942rk-share program under the title of the Shared Work program.  

The Connecticut DOL describes it as:

a voluntary program providing an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a temporary decline in business. Rather than