Should you have additional COVID-19 inquires, you can contact Thomas & Company directly at

National Association of State Workforce Agencies Resource Link 

https://www.naswa.org/resources/coronavirus

COVID-19 Unemployment Resources

Employer Resources

Alabama

State UI Website
http://www.labor.alabama.gov/uc/ 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.labor.alabama.gov/covid19resources.aspx
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No
Mass Claim Process?
Partial
Link to Details
https://www.labor.alabama.gov/uc/Partials/uc-Partials.aspx#facts

Alaska

State UI Website
www.labor.alaska.gov
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://labor.alaska.gov/unemployment/COVID-19.htm
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
No
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Arizona

State UI Website
https://des.az.gov/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
https://des.az.gov/services/employment/

unemploymentemployer/unemployment-insurance-benefits-shared-work-program-faqs  

Arkansas

State UI Website
https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/ 
COVID-19 A&A Rules Link
https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/src/files/Notice_to_Individuals_

Inquiring_About_the_Availability_of_Unemployment_

Insurance_Benefits_As_A_Result_of_the_COVID-19_Pandemic_Updated.pdf

Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months (1. For worksharing plans effective on or after July 6, 2014, the length of an approved plan is 12 months. For plans effective on or before July 5, 2014, the length of the approved plan is six months. ) 
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://dws.arkansas.gov/Employers/SWP.htm

California

State UI Website
http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
COVID-19 Workers Resources Link
https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Mass_Layoffs

_and_Wage_Notices.htm

HEARINGS STATUS
Telephone Only
COVID-19 IMPACT
All currently scheduled IN-PERSON hearings will be switched to a telephone hearing. All hearings scheduled after 3/11 will be scheduled by phone.
EFFECTIVE DATES
No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled.
ACTIONS
Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to obtain the call-in information and will send call-in information to you.
UPDATED
11-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
California
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 60%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/

Work_Sharing_Program.htm  

Colorado

State UI Website
https://www.colorado.gov/CDLE 
COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave/FAQs Link
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/colorado-health-emergency-leave-pay-%E2%80%9Ccolorado-help%E2%80%9D-rules
COVID-19 Press Release Link
https://www.cpr.org/2020/03/10/colorado-coronavirus-update-gov-polis-announcement/
COVID-19 Press Release Link 2
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-provides-update-states-response-COVID-19
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
Charged to employer’s account in same manner as regular benefits
Website
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/layoffassistance  

Connecticut

State UI Website
www.ctdol.state.ct.us  
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link *Warning: Link under UI and guidance requires a user name and password
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
COVID-19 FAQs Link
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
HEARINGS STATUS
Telephone Only
COVID-19 IMPACT
All currently scheduled IN-PERSON hearings will be switched to a telephone hearing. All hearings scheduled after 3/12 will be scheduled by phone.
EFFECTIVE DATES
No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled.
ACTIONS
Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to request a telephone hearing and will send call-in information to you.
UPDATED
12-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
6 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 60%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/

bussrvce/shared_work/index.htm  

Delaware

State UI Website
https://dol.delaware.gov/
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://dol.delaware.gov/documents/COVID19/UI-FAQ.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No

District of Columbia

State UI Website
www.does.dc.gov
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://does.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/does/

release_content/attachments/03152020_DOES_OnePage.pdf

Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
HEARINGS STATUS
Postponed
COVID-19 IMPACT
The Chief Administrative Law Judge suspended all hearings until further notice due to more stringent requirements to combat the spread of coronavirus.
EFFECTIVE DATES
As of 3/23/2020
ACTIONS
You will be notified as soon once DC reschedules your case.
UPDATED
24-Mar-20

Florida

State UI Website
http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/employers 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/06/governor-ron-desantis-leading-coordinated-response-to-threat-of-covid-19-in-florida/
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
Participating employer’s maximum rate shall be 1% above current max applicable to other employers
Website
http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforceservices/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-foremployers  

Georgia

State UI Website
www.dol.state.ga.us 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
Yes/Partial
Link to Details
https://dol.georgia.gov/mass-separations
Link to Details
https://dol.georgia.gov/file-Partial-unemployment-insurance-claims

Hawaii

State UI Website
http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Partial
Link to Details
http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/Partial-unemployment-benefits/

Idaho

State UI Website
https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/COVID-19
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Indiana

State UI Website
www.dwd.state.in.us
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Indiana_Unemployment_FAQ.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.in.gov/dwd/4011.htm

Iowa

State UI Website
www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
24 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/voluntary-shared-work-program

Kansas

State UI Website
www.dol.ks.gov
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.dol.ks.gov/covid19response
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://www.dol.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ui-covid19-faqs.pdf?sfvrsn=3b4c881f_10
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.kansasemployer.gov/uitax/Tax/LayoffSelect.aspx
HEARINGS STATUS
Postponed
COVID-19 IMPACT
All hearings scheduled between March 23 and April 3, 2020 have been postponed due to the state offices being closed.
EFFECTIVE DATES
March 23 – April 3, 2020
ACTIONS
All hearings will be rescheduled.
UPDATED
19-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Kansas
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
Not applicable to negative balance and delinquent governmental and reimbursing employers
Website
http://www.dol.ks.gov/UI/swpempinfo_bus.aspx   

Kentucky

State UI Website
https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Link
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://kcc.ky.gov/employer/Pages/Filing-Your-Mass-Electronic-Claim-(E-Claim).aspx

Louisiana

State UI Website
http://www.ldol.state.la.us/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.laworks.net/Downloads/PR/

COVID_19_Information.pdf

COVID-19 Information & Resources Link (by division)
http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/

COVID_19_Information.asp

Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes

Maine

State UI Website
www.maine.gov/labor/ 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/COVID-19Resources.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 full calendar months
(after approval)
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
All worksharing benefits charged to worksharing employers
regardless of based period charging rule
Website
http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/workshare/  

Maryland

State UI Website
https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Link
NA
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Massachusetts

State UI Website
http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/claimants/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives#businesses-&-employers-
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
26 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 60%
Financing by Participating Employer
No applicable to negative balance employers, all others charged as regular benefits
Website
http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/businesssupport/worksharing/  

Michigan

State UI Website
www.michigan.gov/uia 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98179—,00.html
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
Waiver
Link to Details
https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241_89981_90225-510334–,00.html
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Michigan
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
52 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 15% but not more than 45%
Financing by Participating Employer
None if full federal reimbursement; 50% of benefits paid if partial federal reimbursement
Website
http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,4680,7-118-1359_67679-352546–,00.html  

Minnesota

State UI Website
http://www.uimn.org/
COVID-19 Workers Protection Information Link
https://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/

MN_worker_protections_related_to_COVID_19.pdf

COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/information-employers/business
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
No
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://www.uimn.org/uimn/employers/help-and-support/sharedwork/index.jsp  

Missouri

State UI Website
https://labor.mo.gov/unemployed-workers
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Yes (8 Week Max)
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://molabor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/282990-what-is-a-mass-claim
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Missouri
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
Participating employer’s base tax rate can be as high as 9%
Website
http://labor.mo.gov/DES/Employers/shared_work  

Montana

State UI Website
http://uid.dli.mt.gov/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
http://uid.dli.mt.gov/Portals/55/Documents/news/24-11-355adp-emerg.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-112334-213
COVID-19 Eligibility Changes Link
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/montanaeligibilitychangesforcovid-19cases.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes

Nebraska

State UI Website
http://www.dol.nebraska.gov/
COVID-19 Press Release Link
https://dol.nebraska.gov/PressRelease/Details/141
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 60%
Financing by Participating Employer
Charge to employer’s account in same manner as regular benefits
Website
https://dol.nebraska.gov/STC 

Nevada

State UI Website
https://detr.nv.gov/
COVID-19 Link
NA
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

New Hampshire

State UI Website
www.nhes.state.nh.us/
COVID-19 Link
NA
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
HEARINGS STATUS
Telephone Only
COVID-19 IMPACT
All hearings have been converted to telephone hearings for the foreseeable future.
EFFECTIVE DATES
No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled.
ACTIONS
Witness information and documentation should be faxed to the fax number on the hearing notice.
UPDATED
20-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
26 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
All worksharing benefits charged to worksharing employers regardless of based period or most recent employer charging rules
Website
http://www.nhes.nh.gov/nhworking/stay/index.htm  

New Jersey

State UI Website
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/
COVID-19 Worker Protection Link
https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
COVID-19 Benefit Scenario Link (English)
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/nj-covid-19scenariosbenefitsavailableenglish.pdf
COVID-19 Benefit Scenario Link (Spanish)
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/nj-covid-19scenariosbenefitsavailablespanish.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Yes  (8 Week Max)
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10%
Financing by Participating Employer
All short-time benefits paid to individual shall be charged to account of the shared work employer
Website
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ea/empinfo/Shared_Work.html 

New Mexico

State UI Website
https://www.dws.state.nm.us/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
Yes (4 Week Max)
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
HEARINGS STATUS
No Impact
COVID-19 IMPACT
New Mexico will conduct hearings as normal with no expected closures or cancellations.
EFFECTIVE DATES
20-Mar-20
ACTIONS
If New Mexico closes their offices, Judges are able to conduct hearings from home.
UPDATED
24-Mar-20

New York

State UI Website
https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.governor.ny.gov/paid-sick-leave-covid-19-impacted-new-yorkers/emergency-covid-19-paid-sick-leave
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
HEARINGS STATUS
Postponed
COVID-19 IMPACT
All hearings scheduled through March 31, 2020 have been postponed.
EFFECTIVE DATES
March 19 – March 31, 2020
ACTIONS
All hearings will be rescheduled.
UPDATED
19-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
53 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 60%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing. Benfit charges are by dollar amounts not by effective days
Website
http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/dande/sharedwork1.shtm  

North Carolina

State UI Website
https://des.nc.gov/ 
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes

North Dakota

State UI Website
http://www.jobsnd.com/
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://www.jobsnd.com/news/unemployment-insurance-and-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
No
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes

Ohio

State UI Website
https://unemployment.ohio.gov/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
No – All Ohio employers planning a mass layoff or shutdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should provide the following mass-layoff number – 2000180 – and linked instruction sheet to their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits.
Link to Details
https://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/num/JFS00671/pdf/
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Ohio
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
52 calendar weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
During federal financing, only the portion not reimbursed by the federal government. After federal financing, normal charging rules apply.
Website
http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm_root/0001InfoCenter.stm  

Oklahoma

State UI Website
http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Claimants/COVID-19_Message.html
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Businesses/

Employer_FAQs_about_UI_and_COVID-19/index.html

Oregon

State UI Website
www.emp.state.or.us
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
COVID-19 Related Layoff/Closure Link
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/covid-19oedemployeefaq030920.pdf
COVID-19 Related Layoff/Closure Link 2 *Warning: Link  requires a user name and password
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/or-eddeptcovid-19resourcesforemployersandworkers2020-03-11.pdf
COVID-19 Benefit Scenario Link
https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2020-03/or-eeddeptcovid192020-03-11.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Yes (4 Week Max)
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
52 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
All worksharing benefits are charged to an employer in the same
manner as regular benefits or extended benefits.
Website
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Unemployment/Pages/Work-ShareProgram.aspx   

Pennsylvania

State UI Website
https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.uc.pa.gov/employers-uc-services-uc-tax/uc-benefit-information/Pages/Mass-Layoffs.aspx
HEARINGS STATUS
By Phone
COVID-19 IMPACT
As of March 26, 2020, PA has resumed hearings by phone. Previously, hearings scheduled between 3/16-31 had been postponed.
EFFECTIVE DATES
March 26, 2020
ACTIONS
Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to obtain the call-in information and will send call-in information to you.
UPDATED
26-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Pennsylvania
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
52 weeks
Required Reduction of Work
At least 20% (with not less than two employees) but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
Charged to employer’s account(s) in same manner as regular benefits.
Website
www.uc.pa.gov/sharedwork  

Puerto Rico

State UI Website
https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/ 
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link (Spanish)
https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/docs/Opiniones_de_la_Secretaria/

Opini%C3%B3n_Secretaria_2020-01,_COVID-19.pdf

Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Rhode Island

State UI Website
www.dlt.ri.gov/ui
COVID-19 Fact Sheet Link
http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/pdfs/COVID-19%20Workplace%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
COVID-19 Press Release Link
https://www.ri.gov/press/view/37878
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
HEARINGS STATUS
Telephone Only
COVID-19 IMPACT
All hearings will be switched to telephone hearings for the foreseeable future.
EFFECTIVE DATES
No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled.
ACTIONS
Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to obtain the call-in information and will send call-in information to you.
UPDATED
20-Mar-20
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/ws.htm  

South Carolina

State UI Website
www.dew.sc.gov
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/coronavirus-and-unemployement-benefits.pdf?sfvrsn=9e21cba5_4
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/employers/ucb113.doc?sfvrsn=0

South Dakota

State UI Website
https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/default.aspx
COVID-19 Eligibility Link
https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/covid_19_ra_eligibility.aspx
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
Yes 10 Week Max
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No

Tennessee

State UI Website
http://www.tn.gov/workforce/section/unemployment
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employers.html
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/faq.html
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
No
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.tn.gov/workforce/employers/staffing-redirect/layoffs—unemployment/mass-layoff.html

Texas

State UI Website
www.twc.state.tx.us
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers#massClaimsAndSharedWorkPrograms
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Texas
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months
Required Reduction of Work
At least 10% but not more than 40%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/shared-work  

U.S. Virgin Islands

State UI Website
https://www.vidol.gov/unemployment-insurance/
COVID-19 Link
NA
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.vidol.gov/news/new-policies-to-serve-and-safeguard-during-the-covid-19-state-of-emergency/

Utah

State UI Website
https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/uifaqemployers.pdf
Waiting Week Waived?
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Vermont

State UI Website
www.labor.vermont.gov
COVID-19 FAQs Link
https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions
Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Yes 10 Week Max
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-employers/mass-layoff

Virginia

State UI Website
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/
COVID-19 Small Business Survey
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11707
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Mass Claim Process?
Yes
Link to Details
https://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/employer/pdf/Employer-Services-8-4-2011.pdf
Link to Details
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed/Claimant-Handbook/Instructions-for-Partial-Claimants

Washington

State UI Website
https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/COVID-19
COVID-19 Workers/Businesses Impacted Link
https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-support-workers-and-businesses-impacted-COVID-19
COVID-19 Emergency Rules Link
https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/rulemaking/COVID-19
COVID-19 Benefit Scenarios Link
https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/

Default/ESDWAGOV/newsroom/COVID-19/covid-19-scenarios-and-benefits.pdf

COVID-19 Resource List Link
https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-businesses-and-workers
COVID-19 State Response Link
https://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2965.E.pdf?q=20200311080551
COVID-19 Requirements Link
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
Yes
Mass Claim Process?
Shared/Partial
Link to Details
https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information

West Virginia

State UI Website
http://www.workforcewv.org/
COVID-19 Link
NA
Waiting Week Waived?
Yes
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Wisconsin

State UI Website
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/
COVID-19 Public Information Link
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/
COVID-19 Employers Link
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/partners/
Waiting Week Waived?
No
Work Search Waived?
Yes
Non-Charging of UI Benefits
No
Work Share/Short Time Compensation
Yes
Duration of Plan (Before New Approval is Required)
12 months or date of plan, if earlier
Required Reduction of Work
Not less than 10% or more than 50%
Financing by Participating Employer
No special financing
Website
https://esd.wa.gov/about-employees/shared-work  

Wyoming

State UI Website
http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/
COVID-19 Information & Resources Link
http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/data/epidemiology/

coronavirus/

Waiting Week Waived?
Not applicable
Work Search Waived?
Non-Charging of UI Benefits

Claimant Resources

Alabama

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.labor.alabama.gov/uc/unemployment-compensation.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-866-234-5382 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri.)
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-800-361-4524 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm,, Mon. – Fri.)
To File a Claim Online
https://labor.alabama.gov/uc/ICCS/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Alaska

Information about Filing a Claim
https://labor.alaska.gov/unemployment/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Anchorage Area: (907) 269-4700
Fairbanks Area: (907) 451-2871
Juneau Area: (907) 465-5553
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Anchorage Area: (907) 269-4700
Fairbanks Area: (907) 451-2871
Juneau Area: (907) 465-5553
To File a Claim Online
https://my.alaska.gov/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Arizona

Information about Filing a Claim
https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual
To File a New Claim by Phone
Toll Free: 1 (877) 600-2722
Phoenix: (602) 364-2722
Tucson: (520) 791-2722
The AZ Unemployment Insurance Call Center hours are currently 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Toll Free: 1 (877) 766-8477
Phoenix: (602) 417-3800
Tucson: (520) 884-8477
The AZ Unemployment Insurance Call Center hours are currently 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
To File a Claim Online
https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/apply-ui-benefits
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Arkansas

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment/
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-501-907-2590
Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:01 am to 6:00 pm
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-501-907-2590
Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:01 am to 6:00 pm
To File a Claim Online
https://www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

California

Information about Filing a Claim
https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-800-300-5616
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific time)
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-866-333-4606
24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish
To File a Claim Online
https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Colorado

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment
To File a New Claim by Phone
Denver Metro: 303-318-9000
Toll-Free: 1-800-388-5515
Monday-Friday: 8AM to 4 PM
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Denver Metro (303) 813-2800
Toll-Free (888) 550-2800
Monday-Friday: 8AM to 4 PM
To File a Claim Online
https://smartfile.coworkforce.com/Start
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A – M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
If you need to file an unemployment claim and your
last name begins with the letter N – Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

Connecticut

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/UI-OnLine/index.htm
To File a New Claim by Phone
Telephone assistance is not available for Unemployment Claims
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Telephone assistance is not available for Unemployment Claims
To File a Claim Online
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/UI-OnLine/BlueWolf/index.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Delaware

Information about Filing a Claim
https://ui.delawareworks.com/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Phone services cannot be used to file a new, additional or reopened claim, and is only to be used for claiming your weekly unemployment insurance benefit check.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Toll Free outside New Castle County
(800) 794-3032
New Castle County
(302) 761-6576
To File a Claim Online
https://uics.delawareworks.com/Forms/Form_WL1
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

District of Columbia

Information about Filing a Claim
https://does.dc.gov/service/unemployment-compensation-process
To File a New Claim by Phone
202-724-7000
To get Information about an Existing Claim
(202) 724-7000
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
To File a Claim Online
https://does.dcnetworks.org/InitialClaims/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Florida

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-800-204-2418
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-800-204-2418
To File a Claim Online
https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Georgia

Information about Filing a Claim
https://dol.georgia.gov/unemployment-benefits
To File a New Claim by Phone
404-232-3180
To get Information about an Existing Claim
404-232-3180
To File a Claim Online
https://www.dol.state.ga.us/WS4-MW5/cics.jsp?TRANSID=UCI1&FRMNAME=UCI1S
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Hawaii

Information about Filing a Claim
http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Telephone assistance is not available for Unemployment Claims
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Telephone assistance is not available for Unemployment Claims
To File a Claim Online
https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/login
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/faq/

Idaho

Information about Filing a Claim
https://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Unemployment-Benefits
To File a New Claim by Phone
 (208) 332-8942
Monday- Friday 8AM to 5PM
To get Information about an Existing Claim
 (208) 332-8942
Monday- Friday 8AM to 5PM
To File a Claim Online
https://www2.labor.idaho.gov/ClaimantPortal/Login?ReturnUrl=/claimantportal
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Illinois

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/individuals/

UnemploymentInsurance/Pages/default.aspx

To File a New Claim by Phone
(800) 244-5631
Monday – Friday 8:30AM to 5PM
To get Information about an Existing Claim
(800) 244-5631
Monday – Friday 8:30AM to 5PM
To File a Claim Online
https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/

10%20Things%20You%20Should%20Know.aspx

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Indiana

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.in.gov/dwd/3474.htm
To File a New Claim by Phone
All UI claims must be filed online, using a computer or smart phone.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
All UI claims must be filed online, using a computer or smart phone.
To File a Claim Online
https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Iowa

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/

file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits

To File a New Claim by Phone
All UI claims must be filed online or in-person
To get Information about an Existing Claim
All UI claims must be filed online or in-person
To File a Claim Online
https://uiclaims.iwd.iowa.gov/UIInitialClaim/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/sites/

search.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/files/content-files/Updated%20-UI%20Worker_COVID-19%20QA.pdf

Kansas

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/Home.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Weekly Claims can be filed via phone at:
Kansas City Area ……….. 913-287-6913
Topeka Area ……………… 785-296-4337
Wichita Area ……………… 316-269-0633
Toll–free number, outside the local calling area: 800-292-6333.
To File a Claim Online
https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/BenefitsStartMenu.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/FAQs/Weekly.aspx#one

Kentucky

Information about Filing a Claim
https://kcc.ky.gov/career/If-you-are-Unemployed/Pages/default.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
502-875-0442
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., EST
To get Information about an Existing Claim
To request bi-weekly payment, call  (877) 3MY-KYUI or (877) 369-5984 (toll free).
To File a Claim Online
http://www.kewes.ky.gov/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Louisiana

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/Default.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call 1-866-783-5567
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call 1-866-783-5567
To File a Claim Online
https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/

registration/ind/uiclaim.aspx?enc=j8p6n2RTDew2IirIcHorMg==

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Maine

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/claimants/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Toll-Free: 1-800-593-7660 (Customer service available Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Toll-Free: 1-800-593-7660 (Customer service available Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
To File a Claim Online
https://reemployme.maine.gov/accessme/faces/login/login.xhtml
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/claimsfaq/

Maryland

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml
To File a New Claim by Phone
During this state of emergency, our normal call center hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, will be extended to 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. effective March 19, 2020. To contact a Claim Center, call 410-949-0022.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
During this state of emergency, our normal call center hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, will be extended to 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. effective March 19, 2020. To contact a Claim Center, call 410-949-0022.
To File a Claim Online
https://secure-2.dllr.state.md.us/NetClaims/Welcome.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Massachusetts

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance
To File a New Claim by Phone
Claims TeleCenter
(617) 626-6800
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Payment Status Line (617) 626-6563
to heck your claim or benefit payment status
To File a Claim Online
https://www.mass.gov/unemployment-insurance-ui-online
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Michigan

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241—,00.html
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-866-500-0017
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-866-500-0017
To File a Claim Online
https://miwam.unemployment.state.mi.us/ClmMiWAM/_/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Minnesota

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.uimn.org/uimn/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090
To File a Claim Online
https://uimn.org/applicants/index.jsp
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Missouri

Information about Filing a Claim
https://labor.mo.gov/unemployed-workers
To File a New Claim by Phone
Toll Free: 800-320-2519
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Toll Free: 800-320-2519
To File a Claim Online
https://uinteract.labor.mo.gov/benefits/home.do
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Montana

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Nebraska

Information about Filing a Claim
https://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits
To File a New Claim by Phone
In order to preserve the confidentiality of your personal information, claims must be filed online
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Questions about your calim can be emailed to  ndol.nichelp@nebraska.gov.
To File a Claim Online
https://neworks.nebraska.gov/vosnet/unemployment.aspx?pu=1&plang=E
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Nevada

Information about Filing a Claim
http://ui.nv.gov/css.html
To File a New Claim by Phone
Northern Nevada: Tel (775) 684-0350
Southern Nevada: Tel (702) 486-0350
Rural Areas and Out of State Callers: Toll Free Tel (888) 890-8211
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Northern Nevada: Tel (775) 684-0350
Southern Nevada: Tel (702) 486-0350
Rural Areas and Out of State Callers: Toll Free Tel (888) 890-8211
To File a Claim Online
https://secure.ui.nv.gov/CSSReg/CSSCreateAccount.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

New Hampshire

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.nhes.nh.gov/services/claimants/index.htm
To File a New Claim by Phone
You must register and file your initial claim application online.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
To File a Claim Online
https://wfc.nhes.nh.gov/auth/sso/login;jsessionid

=A114702552E3547C3E7D5BEECA9971A3?execution=e1s1

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

New Jersey

Information about Filing a Claim
https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/

myunemployment/before/about/

To File a New Claim by Phone
North New Jersey:  201-601-4100
Central New Jersey:  732-761-2020
South New Jersey:  856-507-2340
Out-of-state claims:  888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
To get Information about an Existing Claim
From any of the numbers below, Select option 2 to certify for and claim your benefits.
North New Jersey:  201-601-4100
Central New Jersey:  732-761-2020
South New Jersey:  856-507-2340
Out-of-state claims:  888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
To File a Claim Online
https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/

myunemployment/before/about/howtoapply/applyonline.shtml

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

New Mexico

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
To file a new claim through the toll free number 1-877-NM-4-MY-UI (1-877-664-6984)
To get Information about an Existing Claim
To speak with a customer service representative, or to make weekly certifications may be done through the toll free number 1-877-NM-4-MY-UI (1-877-664-6984)
To File a Claim Online
https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

New York

Information about Filing a Claim
https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm
To File a New Claim by Phone
TCC toll-free at (888) 209-8124 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Tel-Service at (888) 581-5812. You may claim your weekly benefits Monday through Friday from 7:30am until midnight and from 12:01am on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.
To File a Claim Online
https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

North Carolina

Information about Filing a Claim
https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-888-737-0259
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-888-737-0259
To File a Claim Online
https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment/filing-your-unemployment-application
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

North Dakota

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals
To File a New Claim by Phone
701-328-4995
To get Information about an Existing Claim
701-328-4995
To File a Claim Online
https://apps.nd.gov/jsnd/uiiaclaims/login.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Ohio

Information about Filing a Claim
https://unemployment.ohio.gov/PublicSelfServiceChoice.html
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 7 AM – 7 PM, and Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 7 AM – 7 PM, and Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM.
To File a Claim Online
http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/ClaimInformationPage.stm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Oklahoma

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Claimants/
To File a New Claim by Phone
All initial and reopened claims must be filed online at unemployment.ok.gov.
If you do not have internet access or if you have a disability requiring assistive technology, please contact your local Workforce Center for assistance. To find a Workforce Center near you, call 1-888-980-9675.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
All initial and reopened claims must be filed online at unemployment.ok.gov.
If you do not have internet access or if you have a disability requiring assistive technology, please contact your local Workforce Center for assistance. To find a Workforce Center near you, call 1-888-980-9675.
To File a Claim Online
https://unemployment.state.ok.us/W2.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Oregon

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/

Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx#

To File a New Claim by Phone
Unemployment Insurance claims are no longer handled through our Local Employment Offices.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Unemployment Insurance claims are no longer handled through our Local Employment Offices.
To File a Claim Online
https://secure.emp.state.or.us/ocs4/ic/ic-step1.cfm?ID=110286546&lang=E
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Pennsylvania

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/Pages/default.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call the statewide toll-free number at 1-888-313-7284
To get Information about an Existing Claim
888-313-7284
To File a Claim Online
https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/File%20an%20Initial%20Claim.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Puerto Rico

Information about Filing a Claim
https://desempleo.trabajo.pr.gov/reclamacionsubsiguiente/
To File a New Claim by Phone
787-945-7900
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call our Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) at 787-625-7900, in operation 24/7.
To File a Claim Online
https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/desempleo_en_linea.asp
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Rhode Island

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Contact us at (401) 243-9100 to file a new claim during normal business hours.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Contact us at (401) 243-9100 to refile your claim during normal business hours.
To File a Claim Online
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/ClaimantInfo.htm
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

South Carolina

Information about Filing a Claim
https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits/claims-process
To File a New Claim by Phone
Initial claims are filed online through the MyBenefits portal.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
To File a Claim Online
https://scuihub.dew.sc.gov/CSS/CSSLogon.htm;

CSSJSESSIONID=VeKfWZZUXVcuBDx1ibFHArj-DHobCE5sLD34V45irMgddAQBbW-j!-1305124449!1850289875

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

South Dakota

Information about Filing a Claim
https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/individuals/default.aspx
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call 605-626-3179 between 8 am and 4:20 pm CT.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call 605-626-3179 between 8 am and 4:20 pm CT.
To File a Claim Online
https://apps.sd.gov/LD00General/default.aspx?URL_GUID=https://apps.sd.gov/LD75uibpUIUserProfile/

WebForm_UserProfile.aspx?tok=

FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Tennessee

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment.html
To File a New Claim by Phone
Telephone Support for Unemployment Insurance Filing: 844-224-5818
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Telephone Support for Unemployment Insurance Filing: 844-224-5818
To File a Claim Online
https://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits-redirect-2/online-application.html
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Texas

Information about Filing a Claim
https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call: 800-939-6631
To speak with a customer service representative, call an unemployment benefits Tele-Center. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time.
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call: 800-558-8321
To request payment for weeks of unemployment, get payment information or the status of your claim, get general information about unemployment benefits, and establish or change your PIN, call Tele-Serv, TWC’s automated telephone system. Claim status and payment request options are available daily, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time. General information is available anytime.
To File a Claim Online
https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services#applyForBenefits
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

U.S. Virgin Islands

Information about Filing a Claim
https://www.vidol.gov/unemployment-insurance-overview/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Please find claims assistance by calling the following:
St. Croix: 340-773-1440
All other Islands: 340-776-3700
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Please find claims assistance by calling the following:
St. Croix: 340-773-1440
All other Islands: 340-776-3700
To File a Claim Online
Online filing is not available
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Utah

Information about Filing a Claim
https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call the Claims Assistance and Re-Employment Team at 801-526-4400
To get Information about an Existing Claim
For questions regarding an existing claim or UI benefits in general, please call the Claims Assistance and Re-Employment Team at:
Salt Lake and South Davis Counties (801) 526-4400
Weber and North Davis Counties (801) 612-0877
Utah County (801) 375-4067
Remainder of State and Out of State 1-888-848-0688
To File a Claim Online
https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/initialclaims
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Vermont

Information about Filing a Claim
https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-claimants
To File a New Claim by Phone
Call 1-877-214-3331
To get Information about an Existing Claim
Call 1-877-214-3331
To File a Claim Online
https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-claimants/establishing-unemployment-claim
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Virginia

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed
To File a New Claim by Phone
To file a new claim by telephone, call toll free, Monday – Friday between 8:15am and 4:30pm (closed state holidays) 1-866-832-2363
To get Information about an Existing Claim
To file a weekly claim by telephone, call toll free 1-800-897-5630
To File a Claim Online
https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/vosnet/registration/ind/uiclaim.aspx
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Washington

Information about Filing a Claim
https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment
To File a New Claim by Phone
1-800-318-6022
To get Information about an Existing Claim
1-800-318-6022 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m
To File a Claim Online
https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Wisconsin

Information about Filing a Claim
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/
To File a New Claim by Phone
if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours:
Monday-Friday 7:35AM to 3:30 PM
To get Information about an Existing Claim
if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours:
Monday-Friday 7:35AM to 3:30 PM
To File a Claim Online
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

Wyoming

Information about Filing a Claim
http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/workers/ui/
To File a New Claim by Phone
If you do not have internet, access you can file by phone at (307) 473-3789
To get Information about an Existing Claim
In-state: 307-473-3789
Out of state: 1-866-729-7799
To File a Claim Online
https://wyui.wyo.gov/benefits/home.do
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

West Virginia

Information about Filing a Claim
https://workforcewv.org/unemployment/claimants
To File a New Claim by Phone
UI claims must be filed by visiting a West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Center
To get Information about an Existing Claim
UI claims must be filed by visiting a West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Center
To File a Claim Online
uc.workforcewv.org 
FAQ’s/Special Instructions
NA

COVID-19 Unemployment Impact Updates

March 28, 2020

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March 27, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 27, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & Tennessee Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Extension

Governor Bill Lee announced that the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development will be providing extensions to employers affected by COVID-19 relating to the filing and payment of their…
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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & California Payroll Tax Filing & Payment Extension

The California Employment Development Department has provided a 60-day extension for state payroll tax filings and/or payments. The Department announced that employers statewide directly affected by (COVID-19) may request up…
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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Extension

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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & Washington State Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Waivers

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March 26, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 25, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & South Carolina Unemployment Tax Payment Extension

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March 25, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 25, 2020 in COVID-19

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March 24, 2020 in COVID-19

Colorado Unemployment Tax Relief Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Colorado employers affected by COVID-19 may receive relief from unemployment tax increases and delinquency penalties under emergency rules adopted by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Under the guidance, adopted…
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March 24, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & Louisiana Unemployment Tax Filings

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March 24, 2020 in COVID-19

COVID-19 & Maine Department of Labor

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State Unemployment & COVID-19 Websites

Click the appropriate tab to access the state’s website.

Click here to access the Alaska state website https://labor.alaska.gov/

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

Click here to access the Alabama state website http://www.labor.alabama.gov/uc/

Alabama COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.labor.alabama.gov/covid19resources.aspx

Click here to access the Arizona state website https://des.az.gov/

Arizona COVID-19 Resources Link https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

Click here to access the California state website http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment

California COVID-19 Resources Link https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

COVID-19 FAQs Link https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm

COVID-19 Workers Resources Link https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/

Click here to access the Connecticut state website www.ctdol.state.ct.us

Connecticut COVID-19 Link http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF

Click here to access the Delaware state website https://dol.delaware.gov/

Delaware COVID-19 FAQs Link https://dol.delaware.gov/documents/COVID19/UI-FAQ.pdf

Click here to access the Georgia state website www.dol.state.ga.us

Georgia COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services

Click here to access the Hawaii state website http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/

Hawaii COVID-19 Link http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/

Click here to access the Idaho state website https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn

Idaho COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/COVID-19

Click here to access the Iowa state website www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/

Iowa COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19

Click here to access the Indiana state website www.dwd.state.in.us

Indiana COVID-19 FAQs Link https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Indiana_Unemployment_FAQ.pdf

COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm

Click here to access the Kansas state website www.dol.ks.gov

Kansas COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.dol.ks.gov/covid19response

COVID-19 FAQs Link https://www.dol.ks.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ui-covid19-faqs.pdf?sfvrsn=3b4c881f_10

Click here to access the Kentucky state website https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Click here to access the Louisiana state website http://www.ldol.state.la.us/

Louisiana COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.laworks.net/Downloads/PR/COVID_19_Information.pdf

COVID-19 Information & Resources by Division Link http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/COVID_19_Information.asp

Click here to access the Maine state website www.maine.gov/labor/

Maine COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/COVID-19Resources.pdf

Click here to access the Maryland state website http://www.dllr.state.md.us/

Maryland COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml

COVID-19 FAQs Link https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uicovidfaqs.shtml

Click here to access the Massachusetts state website http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/claimants/

Massachusetts COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives#businesses-&-employers-

Click here to access the Michigan state website www.michigan.gov/uia

Michigan COVID-19 Inforamtion & Resources Link https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98179—,00.html

Click here to access the Missouri state website https://labor.mo.gov/unemployed-workers

Missouri COVID-19 Press Release Link https://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus

Click here to access the Minnesota state website http://www.uimn.org/

Minnesota COVID-19 Workers Protection Information Link https://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/MN_worker_protections_related_to_COVID_19.pdf

COVID-19 Information & Resources Link http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/information-employers/business

Click here to access the Mississippi state website https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/

Mississippi COVID-19 Press Release Link https://mdes.ms.gov/news/2020/03/13/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-response/

Click here to access the Nebraska state website http://www.dol.nebraska.gov/

Nebraska COVID-19 Press Release Link https://dol.nebraska.gov/PressRelease/Details/141

Click here to access the Nevada state website https://detr.nv.gov/

Nevada COVID-19 Information & Resource Link https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers

Click here to access the New Hampshire state website www.nhes.state.nh.us/

Click here to access the New Mexico state website https://www.dws.state.nm.us/

New Mexico COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info

Click here to access the North Carolina state website https://des.nc.gov/

North Carolina COVID-19 FAQs Link https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information

Click here to access the North Dakota state website http://www.jobsnd.com/

North Dakota COVID-19 FAQs Link https://www.jobsnd.com/news/unemployment-insurance-and-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

Click here to access the Ohio state website https://unemployment.ohio.gov/

Ohio COVID-19 Information & Resources http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Click here to access the Oklahoma state website http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/

Oklahoma COVID-19 Information & Resources https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Claimants/COVID-19_Message.html

Click here to access the Pennsylvania state website https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Information & Resources Link https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx

COVID-19 FAQ Link https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx 

Click here to access the Puerto Rico state website https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/

Puerto Rico COVID-19 Link (Spanish) https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/docs/Opiniones_de_la_Secretaria/Opini%C3%B3n_Secretaria_2020-01,_COVID-19.pdf

Click here to access the Rhode Island state website www.dlt.ri.gov/ui

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

COVID-19 Press Release Link https://www.ri.gov/press/view/37878

Click here to access the South Carolina state website www.dew.sc.gov

South Carolina COVID-19 FAQs Link https://dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/coronavirus-and-unemployement-benefits.pdf?sfvrsn=9e21cba5_4

Click here to access the South Dakota state website https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/default.aspx

COVID-19 Eligibility Link https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/covid_19_ra_eligibility.aspx

Click here to access the Tennessee state website http://www.tn.gov/workforce/section/unemployment

Tennessee COVID-19 Link https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employers.html

COVID-19 FAQ’s Link https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/faq.html

Click here to access the Texas state website www.twc.state.tx.us

Texas COVID-19 Link https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers

Click here to access the Utah state website https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home

Utah COVID-19 Link https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html

COVID-19 FAQ for Employers Link https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/uifaqemployers.pdf

Click here to access the Vermont state website www.labor.vermont.gov

COVID-19 FAQs Link https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

Click here to access the Virginia state website http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

Virginia COVID-19 Small Business Survey http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11707

Click here to access the Washington DC state website www.does.dc.gov

Click here to access the West Virginia state website http://www.workforcewv.org/

West Virginia COVID-19 Link https://www.workforcewv.org/covid19

Click here to access the Wisconsin state website https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/

Wisconsin COVID-19 Public Information Link https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/

COVID-19 Employers Link https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/partners/

Click here to access the Wyoming state website http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/

Wyoming COVID-19 Link http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/data/epidemiology/coronavirus/

COVID-19 Unemployment Impact Updates

COVID-19 & Updates in Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri

Idaho Department of Labor

The Idaho Department of Labor stated that COVID-19 impacted employees filed 13,341 new claims for benefits during the week of March 15-21, 2020. This number is up 12,310 for a 1,200 percent increase over the previous week. The state advised that their priority is to get benefits to those impacted, and eligible, as quickly as possible, as well as to help hiring employers find the staff they need as quickly as possible too.

Employees can review frequently asked questions about filing for benefits at the following website: https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Unemployment-Benfits/Questions-Answers. The state recommends that employees pull their last two years of their work history before filing online to help speed up the process.

 Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity

The fastest way for employees to file for benefits is online at https://www.Michigan.gov/UIA. The state urges employees to file during off-peak hours to avoid longer load times from 8pm to 8am local time. Employees are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

While many businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to slow the spread of COVID-19, some Minnesota businesses are not only staying open – they are also hiring large numbers of workers and even offering hiring incentives. Not only can employees earn a paycheck in these industries, but these jobs can help serve Minnesotans and save lives. Overall, more than 3,650 new job openings were posted last week on the state’s online job bank. Similar to an ordinary week, jobs in the health care industry accounted for 23% of all new jobs posted, with hospitals and nursing homes having the largest demand for workers.

In addition to health care operations, many other businesses providing essential goods and services are hiring. Among these businesses are grocery stores, pharmacies, transportation and delivery services, banks, childcare, and food production. A growing number of employers – including U.S. Bank, Hormel, Target, and Amazon – have recently announced temporary bonuses or pay increases for some employees. Grocery stores are hiring for a variety of front-line positions including online personal shoppers, stockers, and cashiers. Some of the larger grocery retailers posting for positions in Minnesota are CUB Foods, Lunds & Byerlys, and Target. Many smaller local grocery stores are hiring as well. Moreover, government entities are hiring. For example, the Minnesota Department of Corrections is seeking Trainee-Corrections Officers at facilities across the state with immediate openings. The starting wage is $20.55 per hour. No corrections experience is necessary, and a 6-week paid training program is provided. Nationally, CVS Health announced plans this week to hire 50,000 workers across the country in a range of full-time, part-time and temporary positions. Meanwhile, Walmart announced plans last week to hire people for 150,000 jobs throughout the U.S.

If employees have recently been laid off, their skills may transfer more easily to another field than you might think. For instance, many health care employers are looking for people with skills common to employees in the leisure and hospitality industry – such as customer service experience, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task – to fill a variety of health care positions. While many health care jobs require a state license, certificate, or passing a state exam – a lot of positions may require only on-site training. Among them are home care aides, resident aides, and direct support specialists – as well as positions in medical coding/billing, food service, and housekeeping. Entry-level jobs can be a stepping stone to higher-paid health care positions. Because demand is high, it’s not unusual for employers to help pay for training for many positions that require licensure or certification. There are also numerous grants and scholarships available.

Finally, if employees are looking for work now, or planning to look for work, they can CareerForce at https://www.careerforcemn.com/. Employees may also visit https://www.careerforcemn.com/virtual-interactive-services for links to online classes in resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search – as well as to other online resources. At CareerForceMN.com/locations, employees will find a phone number and an email address for a CareerForce location near them. If employees have trouble connecting, please advise them to call the CareerForce Help Desk at 651-259-7501 or email careerforce@state.mn.us for assistance.

Employees can file for unemployment benefits by visiting the state’s webpage at https://www.uimn.org and applying online. Visit https://www.mn.gov/deed for additional COVID-19 information and resources.

Missouri Department of Labor

While state office buildings may be closed to the public temporarily amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR) and Division of Employment Security (DES) will continue to process unemployment claims. The DES staff are performing essential functions to support Missouri employees and employers in response to this public health crisis. For the week ending March 21, 2020, the DES processed 42,207 initial claims, more than ten times the 3,976 initial claims processed during the week ending March 14, 2020. For perspective, in just one week, the DES processed nearly a quarter of the total number of claims it processed in the entirety of 2019.

Because of high call volumes, the DES encourages employees to file their claims online with UInteract at https://www.uinteract.labor.mo.gov as soon as they become unemployed. UInteract is mobile-friendly and available 24/7 to meet employee needs. Employees usually spend an average about of ten minutes to file a claim. For unemployment assistance or questions, employees can contact the DES at 1-800-320-2519 or by email at esuiclaims@labor.mo.gov. To receive assistance in a timely manner, please advise your employees to include their name, phone number, and last four digits of their social security number. Employees can also watch video tutorials of the system and these are available at https://www.labor.mo.gov/coronavirus. The DES recently expanded UInteract to handled increased workload and will monitor the system 24/7 for potential issues too.

Finally, please remember that the DES also relaxed some requirements for filing for benefits such as eliminating the need to search for work for those who file COVID-19 related claims. The DES is currently working on temporarily waiving the waiting week requirement for COVID-19 related claims. Additionally, the DES has announced that it will temporarily waive charges for COVID-19 related claims to the respective employer’s experience rating accounts. The DES continues to review guidance received from the US Department of Labor for additional changes. It is also important to remember that employers pay into the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund from which benefits are provided to eligible workers. Employees do not pay anything into the unemployment insurance trust fund. It is wholly funded by employers.

For answers to more COVID-19 related unemployment questions, visit https://www.labor.mo.gov/coronavirus.

Thomas & Company Reminder

Our office will be monitoring COVID-19 updates closely and will be sending out additional announcements on our website as we become aware of new development: https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

COVID-19 & Minnesota Non-Profit Organizations

Many non-profits across Minnesota are facing unique challenges brought on by COVID-19. During this unprecedented time, Minnesota doubled down on their commitment to non-profit organizations at DEED. In the last year, Minnesota made several changes to their request for proposal and grant monitoring processes to strengthen their relationships with community non-profits. For instance, Minnesota streamlined processes and made improvements in their systems so that nonprofit organizations can operate with efficiency, clarity, and agility. Please review the below information on how Minnesota will further assist non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash Advances

Reimbursement is the preferred method for grant payments but, in certain circumstances, DEED can approve cash advance payments for nonprofits. Please contact your DEED Program Coordinator to learn about the cash advance process.

Partnership and Technical Assistance

The state is experiencing a rapidly changing economic situation. When Minnesotans are ready to return to work, the state will be ready with a system to support them. The state encourages their partners whose needs have changed to reach out to them. DEED is ready and willing to work with partners facing challenges with performing proposed work on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your DEED Program Coordinator for technical assistance.

Also, if you think you might need an advance payment or grant extension, please contact your DEED Program Coordinator.

Our office will be monitoring COVID-19 updates closely and will be sending out additional announcements on our website as we become aware of new development: https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

 

COVID-19 & UI CLAIMS FOR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

School employees across the state of South Dakota with suspended pay due to coronavirus-related closures are now eligible to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits (also called reemployment assistance). The Labor and Regulation (DLR) department has announced that during this time of crisis, the requirement of eligible recipients to actively seek work while receiving benefits is being waived.

It is important to note that those employees receiving paid sick leave or vacation are not in this group of eligible recipients and that claims are being reviewed on a case by case basis. Those not sure if they meet the criteria can visit https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/publications/ra_covid_19_eligibility_determinations.pdf as a guide that provides potential scenarios for eligibility.  Workers are asked to file claims by visiting this website:  www.raclaims.sd.gob. Those without internet may call the following number for assistance with filing their claim: 605-626-2452.

For more information on this topic, click https://dlr.sd.gov

 Our office will be monitoring COVID-19 updates closely and will be sending out additional announcements on our website as we become aware of new development: https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/.

 

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Indiana Revises Unemployment Tax Rate Schedules to Provide Stability Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to growing concerns by Indiana employers relating to higher future unemployment tax rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed  HB 1111 on March 21, 2020.  This measure will result in unchanged unemployment tax rates for Indiana employers through 2025.

Effective from 2021 to 2025, tax rates are to be determined with a new Schedule C, with which rates range from 0.5% to 3.8% for positive-rated employers and from 4.9% to 7.4% for negative-rated employers. This range of rates is unchanged from 2020.

The measure reduced the number of possible rate schedules to five from nine and widened the range of fund balance ratios applicable to each schedule. After 2025, the revised Schedule C generally is to be in effect when the fund balance ratio is at least 0.9% but less than 1.2%.

Rates for 2020 are determined under Schedule E, which until 2021 generally applies when the fund balance ratio is at least 0.8% but less than 1%.

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

COVID-19 & Supplemental Child Care Funds in Texas

The state of Texas is working on ways to respond to the challenges COVID-19 has brought to its workforce. One way the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is supporting its economy at this time is releasing $40,000 to be dispersed towards child care for Essential Workers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial aid distributed by the Workforce Development Boards will cover children of Essential Workers that are under 13 years old, through Workforce Solutions offices. The amount of funds will range from a portion to the entirety of those costs, depending on different eligibility requirements and service areas. Another way the TWC is jumping in during this time is attempting to streamline the process of eligibility so that the enrollment process is quick and easy for those needing aid. They are awaiting responses to a federal waiver on this request.

With varying levels of quarantine orders and child care center closures, may Texans enrolled in the child care subsidy program are struggling to pay their Parent Share of Cost (PSOC). It is important to note that the Workforce Development Boards will be assisting these folks as well. Details on this assistance is awaiting approval by the Office of Child Care on a federal level.

Please note that the TWC will be waiving the waiting week and job search requirements for UI benefits during this time of crisis. If you have questions, the TWC can be reached by phone with expanded hours by calling 512-463-8942. To practice proper social distancing, please call ahead before visiting offices. The links below are offered for guidance on information updated daily.

Resources:

TWX Workforce Development Board Page

Texas Workforce Commission

Child Care Center information

Email updates from the TWC regarding programs and services

COVID-19 & Tennessee Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Extension

Governor Bill Lee announced that the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development will be providing extensions to employers affected by COVID-19 relating to the filing and payment of their first quarter 2020 unemployment taxes.

Unemployment tax and wage reports will remain due on April 30, 2020 as normal.  However, if an employer is unable to meet this deadline, the Department will allow for an extension.  Employers requiring an extension due to COVID-19 should submit their request through the normal extension process.

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

COVID-19 & California Payroll Tax Filing & Payment Extension

The California Employment Development Department has provided a 60-day extension for state payroll tax filings and/or payments.

The Department announced that employers statewide directly affected by (COVID-19) may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest.  This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC).

In order to request this extension, employers must make a written request that must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  More information is available on the EDD’s website at:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/emergency_and_disaster_assistance_for_employers.htm.

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

COVID-19 & Massachusetts Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Extension

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has provided a 60-day extension for quarterly state unemployment tax filings and/or payments.

The Department announced that employers statewide directly affected by (COVID-19) may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the DUA to file their quarterly state unemployment tax reports and/or payments without penalty or interest.

In order to request this extension, employers must make a written request that must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.  More information is available on the DUAs website at:

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-emergency-actions-to-address-covid-19

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

COVID-19 & Washington State Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Waivers

Governor Jay Inslee announced the expansion of state policies to support workers and businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.  The governor and Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, rolled out new rules to help alleviate the economic impact felt by businesses and workers.

As part of this package, the WA ESD will waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond to information requests in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.

The requirements to qualify for these waivers has not yet been published by the WA ESD but once announced, you will be able to find updated information on their website at https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

COVID-19 & Ohio Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Waivers

During Ohio’s emergency declaration period, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services will waive penalties for late quarterly unemployment filings and/or payments for any Ohio employer impacted by COVID-19.

In order to qualify for these waivers, business taxpayers who submit filings and/or payments late will be required to submit a waiver request either online or via paper along with the late item.

More information is available on the OH DJFS’s website at:

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

Our office will be monitoring these situations closely and will send out additional announcements or make postings on our website (https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/) as we become aware of new developments.

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