This article covers the new Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) rules for unemployment benefits for both Employers and Employees in effect as of March 16, 2020.
On March 16, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced new requirements for employers filing partial unemployment claims. Under Emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5, containing Rule 300-2-4-.09(1), Employers are required to file partial 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. The new rules provide:
All partial claims must be filed by employers online in the Employer Portal;
All employers must file partial claims with respect to any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and
Any employer found to be in violation must pay to the Commissioner the full amount of benefits paid to the employee.
There are several circumstances in which employers should not file a partial claim, including where employees:
Be sure to accurately report the employee’s name, social security number, and date of birth to match the Social Security Administration’s records.
There must be seven days between payment week ending dates.
Do not submit claims until after the week end date on the claim.
Report vacation pay, holiday pay, earnings, during the week it was earned, not paid.
Be sure to report any additional income employees are receiving to the GDOL, except Social Security benefits and pay for weekend military reserve duty.
The Georgia Department of Labor has updated the way that people can file for unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The agency has temporarily suspended in-person requirements for services provided by the department. The agency will now allow people to file for unemployment online. In order to file a claim, you will need your Social Security number, your driver’s license if you have one, your bank’s routing number and account number and your work information history for the last 18 months.
Be advised that as of March 18, all GDOL Career Centers are closed to the public and will be providing online access for unemployment services and other reemployment services. Employees for whom employers file a partial claim are not required to report to a GDOL career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
Should you have any questions regarding this new rule, please contact one of our attorneys at 404-844-4130.