State information on coronavirus and UI collected and summarized
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

State information on coronavirus and UI collected and summarized

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

As states begin to releaase information about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on unemployment insurance benefits, filing, and requirements, Wolters Kluwer is compiling a state-by-state list of links and short summaries for our subscribers. We will continue to revise this list on a weekly basis until it is no longer needed.

Alabama: Alabama has a link to its information page on COVID-19 as well as updated news releases on its Homepage.

See https://labor.alabama.gov/.

Arizona: The state has a dedicated DES COVID-19 page covering topics like “How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits” and an “Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet.”

See https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus.

California: California has its own webpage devoted to COVID-19 in both English and Spanish. The page provides links to various worker and employer scenarios related to COVID-19 and disability insurance, paid family leave, UI, and work sharing.

See https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.

Illinois: Illinois has a dedicated webpage for information on COVID-19 and unemployment benefits. The webpage notes that if an employee receives unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, at this time no guidance has been issued on whether the employer’s unemployment contribution rate will increase. Until such time, normal procedures will be followed.

See https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx.

Indiana: Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is requesting that if a company is planning a mass layoff of approximately 50 or more due to COVID-19, that it provide employee-specific information to assist DWD in processing unemployment insurance claims more quickly for the impacted staff. More information on the information requested can be found at the website below.

See https://www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm.

Iowa: Governor Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed until the end of the second quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments.

See https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/COVID-19.

Massachusetts: Governor Baker signed new legislation waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits in cases related to COVID-19. The state has posted questions and answers that explain the recent changes at the Department of Unemployment Assistance webpage listed below.

See https://www.mass.gov/info-details/employer-unemployment-faq-covid-19.

Michigan: Michigan’s Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity is encouraging employers to implement the state’s work share program. The program permits employers to keep their employees working with reduced hours, while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of their lost wages. More information on the Department’s COVID-19 resources are available at the website below.

See https://www.michigan.gov/leo/.

North Carolina: North Carolina also has a dedicated webpage on COVID-19. It covers applying for benefits and guidance for employers seeking information on how to navigate the new changes to the UI system.

See https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information.

Washington: Washington has a dedicated webpage for COVID-19-related issues for employers, including sections devoted to COVID-19 rulemaking, employer Q and A's, additional resources, and COVID-19 information. Washington also has a separate webpage dedicated to COVID-19 issues for workers, including sections devoted to COVID-19 rulemaking, employee Q and A's, additional resources, and COVID-19 information.

See https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information for employer-related information and https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19 for employee-related information.

West Virginia: West Virginia has a webpage that includes COVID-19 and unemployment updates, and includes the governor's executive order on UI, as well as UI-filing FAQs.

See https://workforcewv.org/covid19.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin has a webpage that includes an extensive list of frequently-asked questions providing information for both employees and employers.

See https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm.

Wyoming: The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has a webpage providing tips for both employers and employees to prevent exposure to, and infection from COVID-19.

See http://wyomingworkforce.org/data/epidemiology/coronavirus/.

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