COVID-19 & Partial Claims with the Georgia Department of Labor

By March 19, 2020April 17th, 2020COVID-19

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.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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