Iowa Employer and Employee Unemployment Assistance Program Just Announced


Governor Reynolds just announced a plan to provide assistance for employers and employees affected by COVID-19-related layoffs. If an employee is laid off due to COVID-19 or stays home to self-isolate, care for family members, or because they themselves are ill due to COVID-19, those employees might be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if they meet other program requirements. Claims filed and identified as directly resulting from COVID-19 will NOT be charged to employers. Fact finding interviews will be waived, though employers will be notified of claims received. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Director Beth Townsend indicated that “IWD encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs. IWD will continue to monitor the situation, working with our stakeholders, and updates will be released on our webpage.” 

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