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COVID-19 & Indiana Employers

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) assists employers and agents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the COVID-19 Employer FAQs at www.unemployment.in.gov.

Also, the DWD advises that if an employer plans to lay off associates, employers have a legal obligation to provide unemployment benefits information to associates at the time of separation. At minimum, the DWD recommends that employers provide the below message to their associates:

Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who are unemployed and who meet the requirements of state UI eligibility laws. You may file a UI claim in the first week that employment stops or work hours are reduced.

For assistance or more information about filing a UI claim (or questions about the status of your UI claim once filed), visit https://www.unemployment.in.gov. You will need to provide the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with the following information for the state to process your claim:

  • A valid email account – your email address will become your Uplink Username.
  • Driver’s license or valid ID, address, Social Security number, date of birth and phone number.
  • Last employer’s name, mailing address, phone number, dates of employment and reason you are unemployed.
  • Bank routing number and account number if choosing direct deposit as your payment option (NOTE: Key2Benefits prepaid MasterCard® is also available).

Employers can provide their associates the above posting as a letter, email, text message, or flyer/poster. Employers can also download a UI brochure for their associates here.

And finally, as a reminder, unemployment benefits should be filed online, through a computer or smart phone. The DWD has set up a telephone application but the best and fastest way to apply is an online application. The DWD also states that employers can assist their associates by letting them file from a business computer if possible.

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at https://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

COVID-19 & Indiana Unemployment Tax Filing & Payment Extension

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has provided a 30-day extension for quarterly state unemployment tax filings and/or payments.

The Department announced that the deadline for employers to submit their first quarter 2020 unemployment tax returns and payments has been moved from April 30th to May 31st as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.

More information is available on the IN DWD’s website here.

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.

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 & Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) encourages employers to advise their employees affected by COVID-19 to file for unemployment benefits. that employers advise employees about unemployment benefits. Also, the DWD would like for employers to share the following information with their employees affected by COVID-19:

  • Employees can only file for benefits online with a computer, tablet, or smart phone.
  • Employees can file for benefits at the following website: unemployment.in.gov/. Employees can find can review the state’s claimant handbook and frequently asked questions on this website too.

If employees still have questions, they can contact DWD via email or telephone.
Employees may contact the DWD by email at AskUIContactCenter@dwd.IN.gov or by phone at 1-800-891-6499. For employees that elect to call, wait times will be longer than normal due to an extremely high call volume. As a result, the DWD requests that individuals only reach out with questions on the day corresponding with the first letter of their last name to assist with wait times:

  • Monday:  A-E
  • Tuesday: F-I
  • Wednesday: J-M
  • Thursday: N-T
  • Friday: U-Z, or if you missed your day.

Please contact your representative with any questions.