Issue Brief 20-14
May 29, 2020

Short-time compensation (STC) is partial unemployment compensation (UC) paid to employees whose hours of work have been reduced but who remain employed part-time. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) provides federal payment of STC and $100 million for state administration and promotion. The Department of Labor (DOL) invited applications for these formula grants on May 10, 2020, and will accept applications through December 31, 2023. This brief provides answers to questions about STC programs and CARES Act STC provisions. It also provides state allocations for CARES Act grants and links to additional resources.