The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) adopted an emergency rule for partial claims effective March 16th. This rule states that all Georgia employers must file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee is out of work due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by COVID-19. A partially employed claimant is an individual who, during a particular week, had earnings of less than their weekly benefit amount, was employed by a regular employer, and worked less than normal and customary hours for such employer due to employer action.
The GDOL will require any employer found in violation of this rule to pay the full amount of unemployment benefits paid to the employee. Click here to obtain the instructions for filing partial claims.
Employers that file partial claims will assist in their employees receiving benefit payments faster, usually within forty-eight hours for any claims filed electronically. Employees with partial claims are not required to report to a GDOL career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
Please visit the GDOL’s website for any updates about these rules: www.gdol.ga.gov.