Unemployment in Uncertain Times

As we persevere through truly unprecedented times navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our workforce is a foremost priority. Grappling with the reality of business needs has left many employers forced to make hard decisions. Those weighing temporary layoffs and furloughs are struggling to find the best option in trying times. Many have questions on how to properly execute and communicate their reductions to their employees. Some are wary of the impact of unemployment filings and how it will effect their organizations. We’re here to answer your questions and provide timely updates as federal and state agency relief policies are implemented.

Resources

UTCA is proud to be aligned with many employer-focused organizations working to keep businesses up-to-date with the emerging impact to their UI accounts. You can inform yourself by watching the timely webinars below.

CARES Act Update

The CARES Act is now Law. The challenge of implementing the Unemployment related provisions to make payments is now beginning for the federal and state governments as the expectation is it is implemented quickly.

The additional COVID-19 related payments are being implemented with federal funds but through state UI administrative agencies, thus the first step is a USDOL/State agreement to enable federal funds to flow. States will be immediately tasked with making any administrative changes to program, systems, law and policy to respond to federal requirements.

You can read  a summary here which will be helpful to navigate this complex issue.

State Covid-19 Guide

 

This guide will serve to assist you in referencing your state unemployment agency’s progress in implementing UI provisions of the Federal CARES Act. States vary as to how they are enacting new programs such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as well Covid-19 charge relief, UI fraud and return to work refusals. Please note many states are continuing to modify their regulations, rules and guidelines as the Covid-19 related claims volume continues, so this information is subject to change.

 

Federal UI Fraud Update

State agencies are  overloaded by the explosion of UI claims caused by the pandemic. Mounting pressure to approve and pay claims  has bees linked to UI fraud across the country either by filing with stolen social security numbers or scammers looking to “assist” claimants collect easier and then obtaining their personal information. Please read the U.S. DOL Inspector General warning here.

Helpful Links

State unemployment agencies have continued to evolve their Coronavirus related claim processes and have made their individual guidelines and recommendations available. Please see the state agency links below to read more. If you have a questions regarding the impact of Covid-19 related reductions or the rapidly-changing state policies, please contact us. We’re here to help!

Alabama

 https://www.labor.alabama.gov/COVID/COVID-19%20UC%20Changes%20March%2016%202020%20News%20Release.pdf

Alaska

https://labor.alaska.gov/unemployment/COVID-19.htm

Arizona

https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

Arkansas

https://www.arkansasedc.com/docs/default-source/covid-19/revised-and-updated-notice-to-individuals-inquiring_2020_march_21-(002).pdf?sfvrsn=6d680bcf_4

California

https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/12/governor-newsom-issues-new-executive-order-further-enhancing-state-and-local-governments-ability-to-respond-to-covid-19-pandemic/

Colorado

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus

Connecticut

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19-FAQs.pdf?la=en

Delaware

https://laborfiles.delaware.gov/c19/UI-FAQ.pdf

D.C.

https://does.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/does/publication/attachments/Coronavirus%20FAQ%20for%20Employers_v4.pdf

Florida

http://www.floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/ra-covid-19-faqs-eng.pdf?sfvrsn=805543b0_12

Georgia

https://dol.georgia.gov/blog-post/2020-03-26/emergency-rules-adopted-03-26-20

Hawaii

https://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/files/2020/03/COVID-19-Labor-Benefits-Fact-Sheet_20200319.pdf

Idaho

https://idahoatwork.com/2020/03/18/faqs-about-unemployment-insurance-and-covid-19/

Illinois

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

Indiana

https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Indiana_Unemployment_FAQ.pdf

Iowa

https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/COVID-19

Kansas

https://www.dol.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ui-covid19-faqs.pdf

Kentucky

https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Louisiana

http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/PR/COVID_19_Information.pdf

Maine

https://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=2277697

Maryland

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uicovidfaqs.shtml

Massachusetts

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-unemployment-information

Michigan

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-522595–,00.html

Minnesota

https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp

Mississippi

https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/covid19/

Missouri

https://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus

Montana

http://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19

Nebraska

https://neworks.nebraska.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx

Nevada

https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers

New Hampshire

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/press-releases/

New Jersey

https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/covidinstructions.shtml

New Mexico

https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info

New York

https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

North Carolina

https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information

North Dakota

https://dlr.sd.gov/covid_19_resources.aspx

Ohio

http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Oklahoma

https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Claimants/Claimant_Unemployment_Insurance_FAQs_on_COVID-19.html

Oregon

https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19

Pennsylvania

https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx

Rhode Island

http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/pdfs/COVID-19%20Workplace%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

South Carolina

https://dew.sc.gov/covid-hub

South Dakota

https://dlr.sd.gov/covid_19_resources.aspx

Tennessee

https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19.html

Texas

https://twc.texas.gov/news/unemployment-news#ifYourEmploymentHasBeenAffectedByTheCoronavirusCovid1

Utah

https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html

Vermont

https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19

Virginia

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

Washington

https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

West Virginia

https://workforcewv.org/covid19

Wisconsin

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

Wyoming

http://wyomingworkforce.org/data/epidemiology/coronavirus/