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Having to Close your business due to Covid-19? The Department of Labor Can Help!

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The Department of Labor released the following statement to assist employers having to temporarily lay off employers due to COVID-19:

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for 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. 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. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions.

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.

Please continue to monitor our website at gdol.ga.gov for any updates to these guidelines.

Filing your claims online is a REQUIREMENT of employers if you shut down partially or totally and your employees’ wages are effected.

Third Party Payroll Processor –  If you use a third party payroll service to process your payroll, we suggest contacting your representative to verify how this needs to be addressed and who will be responsible for filing the claim.

You Process Payroll In-house – If you login and you do not see the option to File Partial Claim then you do not have the proper administrative rights and you may have to go through the process to setup a new online account with proper rights.

TJSDD Processes your Payroll – We can provide you your online information for the Department of Labor.  Contact our office for your login information.

We will be glad to assist you in any way that we can.  Things are changing rapidly and this is uncharted waters for us all but we will work through this together!

 

Stay safe and well!!