Coronavirus: Employment Assistance Information

In this time of emergency, the U.S. Federal government has passed bills making additional funds available for Non-Traditional Workers, Paid Sick Leave, Unemployment Insurance, Tax Rebates, and Assistance and Exemptions for Small Businesses; below please find detailed information on some of this additional funding.

  • How to File An Unemployment Claim: click HERE
    • Employers have to do a portion for your claim to confirm the amount of your pay. If they don’t do their portion, your claim may sit in limbo. So, keep good records (keep a notebook with dates, times, names, departments, etc.) for both your communication with the DOL and your communication with your (former) employer to see where they are with doing their portion of your claim.
  • Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)/HR 6201
    • Sick Leave
      • Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act: basic points, click HERE and see page 3
      • From the Department of Labor: Employer and Employee questions and answers about Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave, click HERE
      • Employees of the Federal Government, click HERE
      • Employee Paid Leave Rights, click HERE
      • Is your employer subject to this Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, and which employees and scenarios are eligible? Click HERE and see page 2
      • Our Healthcare workforce is exempt from the mandatory paid sick leave requirement, click HERE
      • Employees within the public sector: questions and answers about FFCRA, EFMLEA, and EPSLA; click HERE
  • CARES Act
    • Unemployment
      • Temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance disaster program increases benefits, extends benefits period, and covers individuals who are not usually eligible for Unemployment Insurance including self-employed and independent contractors; click HERE for more information
      • Questions and Answers click HERE
      • Summary of Key Unemployment Insurance (UI) Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to help those not traditionally eligible for UI, such as self-employed and independent contractors, like gig workers and Uber drivers, as well as those who are unable to work or telework as a result of the coronavirus public health emergency; provides funding to support “short-time compensation” programs, where employers reduce employee hours instead of laying off workers and the employees with reduced hours receive a pro-rated unemployment benefit. Click HERE for more information
    • The Paycheck Protection Program:
      • “The bill creates a “paycheck protection program” for small employers, self-employed individuals, and “gig economy” workers, with $350 billion to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. the “Paycheck Protection Program” would provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains its payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis. This proposal would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.” click HERE for more information.
    • Economic Impact Payment/direct cash payment from the Federal government:
      • As part of the CARES Act, some taxpayers will get a payment from the Federal government. This money is called an “economic impact payment”. click HERE for more information”
        • To find out who is qualified and for the latest information click HERE and HERE
      • The U.S. Department of Treasury will provide information about the economic impact payments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Do not call Social Security regarding economic impact payments.  The U.S. Treasury Department is responsible for the administration and issuance of payments.  Click HERE  to learn more about economic impact payments.
      • A message from the Social Security Administration
        • Do not call Social Security regarding economic impact payments (direct cash payments)
        • As always.. be aware of scammers attempting to defraud in order to gain access to personal information.
        • Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are not affected by COVID-19 and will be paid on time.
        • Your Field Office information can be found HERE
  • Cash Assistance:
    • The Giving Kitchen is offering financial help to food service workers in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury, death of an immediate family member or housing disaster in Georgia. Click HERE for more information and to apply. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions from Individuals to the GA Dept of Labor regarding COVID-19, click HERE

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