Gov. Kemp, labor department ready to assist laid-off workers

March 19, 20204min880
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Gov. Brian Kemp said state officials are working with the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) to assist workers impacted by job loss or a reduction in work hours due to COVID-19.

Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler issued an emergency ruling on March 17 mandating that businesses file partial claims on behalf of employees who are temporality laid off.

“We are laser-focused on assisting the hardworking Georgians who have been impacted by the spread of the virus,” said Gov. Kemp. “Working with GDOL and our partners across the public and private sectors, we can ensure affected employees land on their feet and are made aware of other employment opportunities. Together, we will protect Georgia’s top-notch workforce as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.”

Commissioner Butler said employers are mandated to electronically file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily lay workers off.

“We are partnering with the Governor’s office and our federal and state authorities to make sure we are able to get the citizens of Georgia paid,” said Butler. “We are working as an agency to provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of our customers, even when information is changing every day.”

Filing partial claims will result in employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom a partial claim is filed are not required to report to a GDOL career center, register for employment services, or seek other work. All Georgia employers will share in the cost of unemployment benefits paid to employees temporarily displaced due to COVID-19.

GDOL is continuing to work with employers across Georgia to also get Georgians employed. Today, over 101,000 jobs are listed online at www.EmployGeorgia.comfor Georgians to access. GDOL offers online resources for finding a job, building a resume, and many other re-employment needs.

“Our agency specializes in not only providing unemployment support for those out of work, even if temporarily, but also giving Georgians every opportunity to find work and reenter the workforce,” said Butler.

Information on filing an unemployment claim, details on how employers must file partial claims, and resources for other reemployment assistance can be found at www.gdol.ga.gov, and Georgians may visit www.EmployGeorgia.comfor access to today’s job opportunities.

 

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