COVID-19 Mass Claim Provisions

By March 25, 2020April 16th, 2020COVID-19

As you continue to adjust your workforce due to the COVID-19 virus, you may be wondering if there is an easier, and faster way for your impacted employees to get benefits. Some states do have a provision to allow the employer to file a notification of mass claims to get the impacted employees into the unemployment system and receive their benefits quicker. Please review the provisions for each state as some states still require action on the part of impacted employees.

California https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Mass_Layoffs_and_Wage_Notices.htm
Georgia https://dol.georgia.gov/mass-separations
Illinois https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/IDES%20Forms%20and%20Publications/ADJ029FE.pdf#search=mass%20claims
Indiana https://www.in.gov/dwd/4011.htm
Kansas https://www.kansasemployer.gov/uitax/Tax/LayoffSelect.aspx
Kentucky https://kcc.ky.gov/employer/Pages/Filing-Your-Mass-Electronic-Claim-(E-Claim).aspx
Missouri https://molabor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/282990-what-is-a-mass-claim
Oklahoma https://www.ok.gov/oesc/Businesses/Employer_FAQs_about_UI_and_COVID-19/index.html
Pennsylvania https://www.uc.pa.gov/employers-uc-services-uc-tax/uc-benefit-information/Pages/Mass-Layoffs.aspx
South Carolina https://www.dew.sc.gov/docs/default-source/employers/ucb113.doc?sfvrsn=0
Tennessee https://www.tn.gov/workforce/employers/staffing-redirect/layoffs—unemployment/mass-layoff.html
Texas https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers#massClaimsAndSharedWorkPrograms
U.S. Virgin Islands https://www.vidol.gov/news/new-policies-to-serve-and-safeguard-during-the-covid-19-state-of-emergency/
Vermont https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-employers/mass-layoff
Virginia https://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/employer/pdf/Employer-Services-8-4-2011.pdf
Washington https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information

In addition, 4 state agencies have a provision for allowing benefits to those who hours have been reduced. A partially unemployed person is one who, during a calendar week, was employed by a regular employer and had earnings that were less than their weekly benefit amount and who worked less than his normal customary full-time hours because of a lack of full-time work.

Alabama https://www.labor.alabama.gov/uc/Partials/uc-Partials.aspx#facts
Georgia https://dol.georgia.gov/file-Partial-unemployment-insurance-claims
Hawaii http://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/Partial-unemployment-benefits/
Virginia http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed/Claimant-Handbook/Instructions-for-Partial-Claimants
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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