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Iowa Governor Announces Assistance Programs For COVID-19 Layoffs

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Stephen Vanhorn

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today that there will be assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs.

As more and more places close their doors to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, assistance programs are in place to help those affected by any COVID-19 related layoffs. Governor Kim Reynolds states that “The state of Iowa is doing everything we can to ease the process and shorten the time it will take for Iowans to receive unemployment benefits. All of our state agencies continue to work as one team to lessen the impact COVID-19 will have on our economy and our people.

According to a press release, Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend says that the IWD is “taking steps to reduce the impact of these claims on employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns…and encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs.

Below is the current information regarding unemployment insurance claims:

  •         If you are laid off due to COVID-19 or have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family members or due to illness related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.  Those requirements essentially include working for wages from an employer who claims you as an employee in six of the last eighteen months and have earned at least $2,500 in the same time period. More specific explanation of benefit eligibility can be found at: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/2019-unemployment-insurance-claimant-handbook
  •         Claimants can expect to receive payment within 7-10 days after the date the claim is filed.
  •         Claims that are filed and identified as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19, will not be charged to employers.  Fact-finding interviews for these claims will be waived and not be held although employers will be notified of claims received.
  •         IWD will process unemployment insurance payments to ensure payment will continue to be paid in a timely manner.

More information can be found on the Iowa Workforce Development website. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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