GDOL has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020.
Georgia Employers are required to file partial unemployment claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period, due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee.
Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
For additional information from the GDOL, please visit:
U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)
USDOL has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.