COVID-19 & Supplemental Payments

By March 21, 2020March 24th, 2020COVID-19

The unemployment insurance program provides financial assistance when an employee has no earnings or has a reduction in earnings.  Employees are required to report any earnings to the state agency with which they have filed for unemployment benefits.  As a result, supplemental payments will be considered wages and could impact unemployment benefits because, at this time, there are no current provisions with state agencies that allow for supplemental payments to help make employees “financially whole.”  Additionally, several states now require employers to provide wage information if employees receive any type of payments while off work as a result of COVID-19.  The agencies indicated this information must be provided to ensure proper eligibility for benefits is determined.

Please reach out to your representative should you have any questions or concerns.

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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